Merry Christmas and Many Thanks – The Wray’s

Dear Family and Friends; As we near the end of the year 2021, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and also share with you our biggest thanks.

More than 18 years ago, we left home in Canada and moved to Haiti, believing that God was calling us to serve Him and the Haitian people. These past 18 years have been amazing and we thank God for giving us the privilege of living and serving in Haiti.

Ever since our arrival in 2003, convinced of God’s call, we were willing to serve in Haiti for as long as God would allow us. In 2009 when God gave us the Camp Mahanaim project to develop, He also gave us the verse of Revelation 3: 8 ” See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.” Over the years, we held on to that verse, even through the many difficult times, such as being arrested and put in prison, having rocks thrown at us, hurricanes and floods, being surrounded by angry mobs, having tires slashed on our vehicle, a kidnapping attempt, thieves breaking in, and many more challenges. On August 14th of this year, we knew without a doubt that God had closed the door Himself and it was time for us to leave Haiti.
For faithfully being our partners in ministry
For encouraging us through regular communication, visits and prayers
For sending peanut butter, manna packs, hand sewn clothing and many other ministry supplies
For giving faithfully to ensure the function of the camp and Sunday school
For sending sea containers, building supplies, tools and equipment
For coming on teams so that together we could do medical clinics, weddings, childrens’ camps and building projects
For picking us up and helping us stand after hurricane Matthew
For your kindness and support to us personally after the August 14th earthquake

This is an article written by the Catholic priest Jan Hoet who lives is Port au Prince. He is the founder and president of the Banzai volleyball club.Sad traces of the earthquake of August 14, 2021Last week, I received images of the damage caused by the August 14 earthquake at the Mahanaim training center at the Baptist Church. This center is located in a large and beautiful domain on the coast at Torbeck, 20 km south of the town of Les Cayes (see photos). This training center was built by a Canadian couple, Rod and Debbie Wray, who lived there with their daughter Katie since 2009. Everything has been planned for hosting groups for several days, for training sessions, cultural events , alternative relaxation, for sports activities and sports camps. They had built a nice gymnasium there a few years ago. They have invested especially in volleyball. Their women’s team “The Angels” could compete against the best teams in Haiti. We had the opportunity on several occasions to take advantage of their hospitality with young people from Banzai to participate in a volleyball tournament (1914 & 1916) and once for a successful volleyball camp (in 2017). TheThe damage recorded at the center is considerable, most of the buildings were completely destroyed. The gymnasium is still standing, but recovery there will also be very difficult. I learn that the Wray family has returned to Canada. Banzai feels seriously affected by this hard blow that struck this beautiful project and the Wray family. The tremendous work accomplished for more than twelve years by the Wray family in the service of the population and especially the young people of the whole region of Les Cayes, bears our great admiration. We remain grateful for the hospitality we experienced there and hope that the means will be found to rebuild this valuable project.
We hope that you have a moment to view this video that Katie made. It is a video of many good memories and the song is by Don Moen and is called; “Thank you for praying for me”

Katie is registered to attend Capernwray bible school in Spain for three months beginning mid January.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We are enjoying our time on furlough with family and friends, and are continuing to seek God’s will for His future plans for us.

We hope that you will keep in touch, We have appreciated your friendship, partnership and prayers so much,

thanks again,

bye for now,

Love Rod, Debbie and Katie

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Kamloops, B.C.