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Haiti presentation set for Sunday

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pastor Joseph Santill (back), Rochelle Skaggs, Mallory Jenkins, Zeph Smith, Ian Heffner, Meredith Heffner, Tyler Mattox, were teachers that assisted with the Vacation Bible School in Cap Haitian, Haiti, during a recent Center Point United Methodist Church trip.
CENTER POINT -- Center Point United Methodist Church members will show a presentation of a recent trip to Haiti, Sunday, at the church.

A member of the trip, Cheryl Robinson, has been a member of the church for over 30 years.

Robinson said the trip took place July 11- 20.

It consisted of 14 people from the Center Point church and one person from Farmersburg who had made trips to Haiti before and served as the trip leader.

Robinson said her group traveled to Cap Haitien, Haiti, and taught bible school during the trip.

"We got there on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we did a Bible school," Robinson said. "Then on Saturday morning, we went to a satellite church and put up a big tent so that they could hold Sunday school services for the children there."

According to Robinson, the tent was set up next to the church in a lot that had been used as a dump before it was cleaned up.

Robinson said they had approximately 520 children in their Bible school the first day and the number grew everyday after, and that her presence made a notable impression on the children she met.

"(We got) a lot of love from the children, the children were just amazing," Robinson said.

Robinson said she was told that the meal the children received during the bible studies might be the only meal they got that day.

She said despite most of the people's situations in the town, they still seemed to maintain a happy disposition.

"Most of them were really upbeat and smiling; happy to see us," Robinson said. "The people themselves seem to be quite resilient."

Even with Center Point churchgoers home from Haiti, the church is still attempting to send relief.

Robinson said the church is participating in Christmas Bags for Haiti, which sends a Christmas present to children in schools and orphanages.

In the bags are hygiene items, school supplies, fun items and church related items.

Robinson's group will be putting on a presentation Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. at Center Point United Methodist Church.

The presentation will include pictures and allow for people to share their experiences from the trip.

Robinson said she hopes people attending the presentation will see how fulfilling their trip was, and want to help out too.

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