Church members raise unexpected amount to build school in Haiti


Submitted photo / Work nears completion on the foundation for a new school in Leogane, Haiti. Twenty-nine Jackson County residents will go to Haiti next month to build the school, replacing one that was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake that caused devastating loss of life and buildings in the island nation.

Submitted photo / Haitians work on laying the foundation of a school building in Leogane, Haiti. Residents from Jackson County plan to travel to Haiti next month to help build the school.

A group of church members had no idea their expectations would be so far exceeded when they set out to raise money for a February mission trip to build a school in Haiti.

Members from Lutheran churches throughout Jackson County, in connection with Pastor Thomas Bernard of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Haiti, sought to raise $50,000 to pay for the blocks to build the walls of a faith-based school in Leogane, Haiti.

Instead they raised more than $75,000 to help replace the community’s school, which was destroyed by a devastating earthquake on Jan. 10, 2010.

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