Youth Group has been back under way for 6 or 7 weeks. Of the 100+ teens that were attending pre-quake, only about 25 remain. Some, missionary kids and Quisqueya students, have evacuated to the US and are finishing the school year there. Others, children from 2 local orphanages, went to adoptive families on the Humanitarian Parole fasttrack. Still others are just not around; perhaps they have gone to the country or perhaps they have not heard that we are back in session.
However, we do not have 25 attendees on a given Saturday. Youth group has already doubled in size - this week, we had 52 teens crowded into the church gazebo. They are almost all from lower middle class or poor families so when I hauled out the suitcase full of donated Bibles that you, my faithful blog followers, sent me, they got very excited. Every teen who asked received a Bible and there were still a few leftover for future needs.
Thank you very much to everyone who donated Bibles for the Youth Group! They will be changing the lives of young people, their families, and their communities. Mesi anpil!