Merry late Christmas!! I hope everyone had a blessed holiday :) I enjoyed the day with my family and am now currently with family friends at their lake house! I'm the happiest I've been in a long time :) I got married earlier this year to a wonderful man and we now have a 3 month old! He is the most beautiful little boy (I'm a little biased ;) ) but he is a real gem. We love him so much and are really happy together.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to go to Haiti for over a year (seems like forever!) because of the pregnancy and I probably won't go back until my son is a little older.
On the bright side, my husband is from Haiti so I now have even more reason to be in my favorite place on earth.
I thank God that He and blessed me and everyone involved in this endeavor :)
Please pray for the kiddos that have the Chikungunya virus! I talked to a few of the kids yesterday and although Michaelson, my favorite boy named Michaleson, said, "Guess what?! I have chikungunya and, I feel more gorgeous now!" (he must've just learned the word 'gorgeous' and didn't fully know the meaning) at lot more people are getting affected by it. Some of the kids couldn't even get out of bed to talk to me :( thanks so much for the prayers, I know they'll more than appreciate they're getting prayers from the US!
“God may close doors but he always opens a window.” This is the quote I kept repeating to myself during the last week. I was supposed to go to Haiti, but unfortunately, there is a debilitating virus (called Chikingunya) spreading very quickly down there. My doctors didn’t think it was safe for me to go.
I was more than upset, as I feel those kids are like my own children/siblings. I missed out seeing them in over a year. After writing back and forth all year long, this trip was our count down to seeing each other again. I even debated with my mom to let me go for just a few hours; to say hi and explain to them why I couldn’t stay. A letter just didn’t seem to suffice!
Sadly, I had to make due listening to French songs about the beach pretending I was there, reading old letters about these summer trips, or listening to the beautiful sounds of some of the girls singing on a CD they created called Son De Soleil (sounds of the sun.)
Although these things do not even come close to this trip I missed, I know I’ll be back soon. Timoun m’ap retounen byento.
I was just reminded of why I want to build this orphanage. I got a letter from my brother-in-Christ, Guislin, and it somehow ended up inside my math book. I went to do homework and found it.
I don't believe many things are coincidences, and it was a sweet reminder of my love for him, and the children of Haiti. Thank you thank you thank you for helping me reach my goal.
First, I want to thank all of you for your contributions. The idea for this foundation came to me while I was in the hospital and my parents asked me how I thought others could help me. I truly believe that God planted the seed for the foundation in my mind through my work with the Haitian orphans at Holy Family Institute, and at that moment, it grew a little. Now, with your help, the foundation has grown a lot, and I want to update you on its progress.
Although I've always held mission work close to my heart, there is no doubt in my mind the idea of a foundation to help the children of Haiti came with help from the big guy. With His and your help, I am able to start fulfilling my dreams. For that, I thank you SO MUCH!
As this is the mission statement for my foundation: Establish a loving orphanage where children are able to grow up envisioning and fulfilling their dreams and goals, I realize that there is eminent need for some of the money to be put to use now. There is an amazing family in Haiti that shares a similar vision as mine, and I can start making a difference now by helping them with their needs.
The wife is an American woman who was working as a missionary and felt called to stay and give her time, love, and heart to the children in Haiti. Monica met John-Claude (a native Haitian) and they fell in love and got married. Since their marriage, they have adopted 16 children and hope to adopt 4 more.
Last December, I had the privilege of meeting Monica and some of her children. When I met Monica, I felt as if I was in the presence of an angel. I could just tell that her heart was full of pure love. Her children are too cute, as are all Haitian children They have started (and are almost finished with!) building a house to accommodate their entire family. She is living and breathing what I hope to accomplish in Haiti someday: Improving the lives of the children there and giving them a place to call home. So when I heard they needed help in building their house, my immediate reaction was, "Of course!!" I felt in my heart that their home is a version of "the orphanage" that has lived in my mind for years now. I was able to help them financially in building a roof.
I am going back to Haiti on June 11-19, so will be sure to take plenty of pictures of both the roof and house!
I will be there to do a bible camp for the kids in the two main orphanages I visited in December (E.B.A.C. and IDADEE). I am SO EXCITED! I have been counting the days until the trip since I found out I was going for sure. There are 34 days and 4 hours left! My mom is coming too. I am so excited for her to meet the people of Haiti and see why I am so in love with it :)
Thank you again for all of your help, and please pray for me, my mom, and the entire group for the strength and courage to fill the hearts of the children in Haiti with the love and affection they deserve! I will post pictures when I am back!!
When I was just starting my senior year of high school, I was diagnosed with a large brain tumor in my cerebellum. I had emergency surgery and spent almost four months in the hospital and inpatient rehab institute.
At first I was unable to even swallow or turn my head while lying in bed. I was not able to speak for over six weeks. Slowly over time I learned how to sit up in bed and eventually make my way to using a wheel chair. From there I learned how to stand, and afterwards I relearned walking. My speech came back very slowly and I had to practice using my mouth and tongue to form words. After a few months I was able to walk with a walker and talk in short sentences. But, I was still unable to feed myself, or take a shower without help.
Over the next 20 months, I worked extremely diligently on relearning everything I needed to. I have made great strides in all areas of my rehabilitation. I know I must continue working very hard to get back to where I was before the tumor was diagnosed.
To prepare to serve as President of Key Club my senior year of high school, I spent the summer beforehand outlining a year filled with raising money for many different causes. I had a heart for volunteering and doing community service, even to the point of talking to my parents (before my diagnosis) about waiting to start college so I could do mission work somewhere. I have always been a very compassionate person and love to work with children. I had been volunteering at Holy Family Institute where twelve Haitian orphans were living - and fell in love with them. I told my parents I wanted to do something to help other kids like them.
My mission to fulfill this goal is: Establish a loving orphanage where children are able to grow up envisioning and fulfilling their dreams and goals.
Thank you for your support! I am truly appreciative. Christina
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Christina Schuliger Missions Foundation is a non-profit that has obtained its 501(c)(3) exemption status. As such, you may take a tax deduction for any donation you make to my cause.
St Killian (SKY) & St Ferdinand (Youth) - Parishes
18 months ago
Thank you for sharing your story with us tonight Christina. It is a wonderful reminder of our Thanksgiving feast theme:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine
Love in Christ, St Killian & St Ferdinand Youth