Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 19, 2014

Northern Notes: Church mission teams seek Creole instructor

Each year churches in Traverse City and the surrounding counties send mission teams to various areas in Haiti. Those teams vary in size from two to three to several dozen participants.

Central United Methodist Church has sent two teams each of the last several years and the make-up of the teams varies depending on the intended purpose of the trip — medical, construction, public service, education, etc. But one thing all the team members who go frequently have in common is the realization that a basic understanding of and fluency in conversational Haitian Creole would be beneficial, even though the teams have access to translators.

Staton Lorenz wrote on behalf of the Central United Methodist Church mission teams seeking someone who might have the skills to teach Creole to what he described as a “steady supply of eager adult students interested in paying for the service.”

“I contacted Julie Doyal at NMC about this problem, since she is involved with language classes at NMC, but she has no instructional personnel to draw from when it comes to Creole,” Staton wrote.

Anyone with the skills and interest in helping the mission teams with this should contact Staton, 492-2121 or


United Way of Northwest Michigan is collecting new and gently used books for children of all ages.

The book drive continues through the end of May and the books will be distributed in the five-county region during United Way’s week-long Days of Action event, which will be held the week of June 16.

Books can be dropped off at the United Way office, 521 S. Union St.; at any Chase Bank branch location; or at participating Traverse City Area Public Schools’ elementary schools. Individuals wishing to drop books off at a school should call first to make sure the school is participating.

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