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Church to feature speaker from Haiti

SUWANEE -- The director of St. Joseph's Home for Boys fell seven stories inside that building when the recent earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The fall cracked multiple vertebrae in Bill Nathan's back.

On Wednesday, he will share the story of his recovery, and stories of the difficulty he faced growing up as a child slave in Haiti before coming to St. Joseph's, during a service at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee.

"His life story is so compelling that he is featured in the first chapter of a book called 'A Crime So Monstrous' that was released in early 2008 by Benjamin Skinner," said Rick Barger, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church and founder of the Haitian Timoun Foundation, which supports St. Joseph's.

Nathan's visit to the Suwanee church will coincide with local performances of the Resurrection Dance Theatre, a dance group started at St. Joseph's to allow boys to express their history in the form of dance. The group will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Epiphany Lutheran Church and then again at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Norcross. The performances are free to attend and a voluntary offering will taken, with all proceeds going to St. Joseph's.

For more information on any of these events, call the church at 770-831-1966 or visit www.epiphanysuwanee.org.