Pere Jean Jacques Deravil and his wife Fenide were in
this weekend. Pere Deravil is the priest in charge of Memphis St. Paul’s school in . This is where the children from Montrouis, Haiti St. Vincent’s school were evacuated after the earthquake and this is where the mission team stayed in April. ’s school has about 250 children from kindergarten thru eighth grade, and many of these kids were seen in our medical clinic in April. St. Paul
Through the generosity of Margaret McLaughlin and others (Margaret was one of our team members in April), Pere Deravil and his wife were able to visit us in
Memphis while in the , visiting family in Trenton, New Jersey. They both worked at the Stop Hunger Now food packaging event at Holy Communion church on Saturday, July 31, joining approximately 390 volunteers (a total of 450 counting Friday’s volunteers) in packaging 144,747 meals. They worked alongside everyone else, counting meals to be packaged into boxes. Pere Deravil was also given a very special gift at the food packing event. Raymond Williams decided a few months ago that instead of presents for his 10th birthday, he wanted to collect items to help children in Haiti. Raymond brought a suitcase full of toothbrushes, pencils/pens, note book paper and toys to give to Pere Deravil for his children at St Paul’s school. All present were touched by the generosity of this young boy and the opportunity to witness the gift to the Haitian people firsthand. United States
The following morning, Pere Deravil spoke briefly at Grace St Luke’s and later at St Mary’s Cathedral during Sunday services. He said he was touched by the testimony of people old and young working to help his countrymen who are hungry. The Deravils also paid a visit to More Than A Meal at Grace St Luke’s on Sunday afternoon, where Pere Deravil again spoke to the crowd in thankfulness for all that the church community has done for the people of Haiti. His message was timely in a room full of hungry people who had just been fed by that same church community. Pastor Chris Hamm, of Germantown Presbyterian Church, also visited with the Deravils briefly on Sunday afternoon. Germantown Presbyterian Church installed a water purification system at St Paul’s School in April 2010, and we met them while we were visiting St Paul’s ourselves. We are in discussion about ways to connect the various churches in Memphis who are doing ministry in Haiti.