In a recent report for Global Ministries, the current missionaries working with CONASPEH (the National Spiritual Council of Churches in Haiti) described attending a graduation of nurses and seminarians. David Entin, Judy Sherman and I attended this graduation the previous year and were all deeply moved by the ceremony.

Along with their diplomas the seminarians received either a gift of a Bible or a commentary or a book of church history. Our friends at the Longmeadow UCC church provided nursing bags for graduating nurses that included a blood pressure kit, a nurse’s watch with a sweep second hand, a digital thermometer, a penlight for examining pupillary response and a pair of bandage scissors. This gift bag is part of the church’s “alternative Christmas” program, which members have supported for the past four years. In past years, First Churches has contributed to the nursing bags and Bibles. To read more about the ceremony, click here .

As a reminder, a group from our area will be traveling to Port-au-Prince March 7-14th, 2015. The group will include nursing students from American International College, but the focus will be more than just medical. Whatever your talent or interest is, you can share it with the students and staff at CONASPEH, and they will be very appreciative. If you are like others who have gone before you, you will return a changed person, likely much wiser and more grateful. Interested persons should contact David Entin, Judy Sherman or Pauline Bassett. – Pauline Bassett