Happy Summer! "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad!"
This newsletter is taking us back to Haiti. We all know Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and seems to be hit by one natural disaster after another. It is also plagued with gang crime and disease due to the poverty. But there is another side to Haiti that includes its physical beauty, beautiful people, and extraordinary faith. At the request of Diane Saffran, for this issue I will tell the story of our second trip to Haiti as I shared at a meeting in 2018.
We did it! Mission Circle Inc is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit! Thanks to Cas Crownover for her hard work and skill. What does nonprofit status mean for you--our friends and supporters? Two things. We will soon open an account for Mission Circle Inc to receive tax deductible donations. And we will not be able to request donations from anyone who doesn't live in Florida, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Vermont, or Wyoming--but we can receive them. So this newsletter including information about how to send checks in addition to the articles about our mission countries is for those living in one of these seven states. If you don't live in a listed state, please let us know our error and we will put you on the other contact list in order to comply with all the restrictions for nonprofits.
If you want to honor someone's memory or give a special gift to loved ones, remember our year-round Alternative Giving (Click the green words to access a form, then send your check(s) for preferred missions as described below, print the form and send it to your loved one).
Thank you to those who have responded to the needs of the children in Haiti and the people of Honduras and Cuba! So far in 2022 we have received 43 donations to support St. John Paul II Mission in Haiti, 18 for St. John Bosco in Cuba, and for Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Honduras. With your support, we can continue to aid our brothers and sisters. If you want to help, this is how (changes are coming when we establish a bank account but everything is the same for now):
To donate to the Haiti mission and continue to sponsor your child or children: write a check to Partners with Haiti, write Mission Circle on the memo line and mail to Mission Circle c/o Gini Eckert, 280 Raymore Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. We are still requesting $150 per child, per year, or $15 per month, but will gratefully accept any amount. We are being aided in this effort by Partners with Haiti, a ministry of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg which is a 501(c)3.
To donate to the Honduras mission: write a check to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, with Mission Circle on the memo line and mail to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 380 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, Attention Mission Circle. You may also designate Women's Microcredit Project, water filters, or most needed on memo line. St. Ambrose has formed a sister parish relationship with Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Ambrose Mission Circle is a ministry St. Ambrose CC and donations are tax deductible. For questions about the Honduras mission, please contact Donna Kinney, 954-290-7952.
To donate to the Cuba mission: contact Diane Saffran at email@example.com to make arrangements.