(Almost) Monthly Message from Father Ken

Haiti trip is scheduled for August 26 to 28, 2016!

athletic shoes 1Aloha! Back from my annual prayer, meditation and recharging stay in Hawaii and it’s time to rev up for my next journey to Haiti. 4 short weeks from now, I’ll be on a plane with 230 pairs of new shoes for the students at Institut Montfort.

The Vineyard Grapes are hard at work with an athletic shoe distributor and we hope to have a commitment for all the sizes we need in the next few weeks. We can always use a back-up plan, so if any of you out there in the extended Vineyard have contacts within the sports or apparel industries and can provide an introduction for FKV, please contact us at Grapes@FatherKen.org.

As I emailed Sisters Mercie and Maryse at Montfort Institut: “I will begin soon a new full-time ministry at Bishop Montgomery High School, Torrance, and my flexibility is now more limited.”

Here’s what we still need:School supplies 2

$4,000 for school supplies (at $25 each) – I buy these in Port au Prince to contribute to local economy and lessen amount of “stuff” I carry on the plane.

$460 for LED projector – will have shipped from U.S.

$400 for 2 more sewing machines – will have those shipped as well.

$2,400 for 8 more laptops (at $300/each) – will have shipped from U.S.

$3,000 for large screen (65” or 75”) for projecting lessons to deaf students. I can buy this in Port au Prince.laptop

Think of the kids being able to read a lesson on a big screen, perhaps even watch an animated video or two. How about a bunch of Grapes funding this monitor?barbecue-graphic

This is my chance to fit in a Haiti trip before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Will you dig down for the funds to provide shoes and learning tools for the students at Institut Montfort? Can your church, school, office or family “adopt” a group of children at Montfort?

Chris and Lynn Knox hosted a BBQ at their La Canada home before our trip over Thanksgiving, 2015. This provided not only significant funds, but also a fun evening and a chance for me to personally share about the kids and the daily operations of Intitut Montfort.

Think about hosting one of these get-togethers and maybe even matching the donations of your family and friends.

Every donation goes a long way towards providing these essentials for our friends at the Montfort Institut.