Pa Janm Bliye, 12 Janvye 2010

Never Forget, January 12th 2010.

At 4:53 PM on January 12th, 2010 an earthquake hit Haiti with a magnitude 7.0.  Several 5.0 and higher magnitude aftershocks happened in the days following.  This earthquake was devastating, and I am sure that you all remember seeing the horrific photos in the media in the days and weeks following.

Today, I want to share with you the story of that day from the eyes and the heart of our Assistant Director Rithza.  Rithza was in Port-Au-Prince that day and here is her story, in her words.  (She asked that I only edit to translate it into a more readable version for the English Language)

My name is Rithza Pierre.  I grew up with my aunt in PAP, because my mother passed away when I was 8 years old.  I would like to share with you my experience from January 12, 2010.  

I was in school that day.  I was 17 years old.  My school was very strict about leaving school early for any reason at all.  Even if you were sick they would not allow you to leave early.  That day I left early because my Aunt was coming to Haiti on the 13th and I was so excited to go home and prepare for her arrival, to welcome her.  That day the gate man did not even question me as I left school.  When I arrived home my grandmother asked why I was home early and I told her that I didn’t feel well.  I was standing and watching T.V. when the earthquake started.  I felt the house shaking and I thought it was a big truck driving by, I continued to watch T.V.  Then the second shaking was very hard.  I cried out so loud asking my aunt “What is that!”  Her answer was to get outside, it is an earthquake!  After running outside one word I remember I said was “God, I know I will die, but please save me, please.”  While standing outside I was watching the house I was in moving up and down.  One of my uncles that lived with us was not home yet.  I was crying so much because I couldn’t communicate with him, worried about where he was and if he was safe.  I slept outside for 3 full days, and on the 4th day my aunt and I went to hospitals searching for my uncle.  We passed by my school that day.  Laying on the cliff were my teacher, and all of my friends from school.  All of them dead.  Waiting for the machines to come and scoop up their bodies and dump them into a truck.  I could not stop crying.  The tears were of sadness and also tears of joy, I was giving all glory to God.  I did not have any close relatives die that day, (We did find my Uncle and he was ok)  All I could do was help people now.  There was no clean water any where so we started giving water to people in my village.  

We slept outside on the ground for a full month before finding other shelter.  In July of 2010 my aunt moved us to Arcahaie, she was frightened to have us in PAP because the situation was very bad.  There was no food, no water, and people were suffering all around us.  

Through all of this I just want to thank God for everything He does. 

 

I just want to thank God for everything He does?  How often do we do that, especially in times of crisis or tragedy.

Today, I want to thank God that He guided Rithza out of her school that day.  The Holy spirit was present in her.  He knew that there was a much bigger plan for Rithza and He needed to show her what that was.  Through all the tragedy that day we know for a fact that if the earthquake had not happened she would not have met and married Rodnald.  She would not be part of 7:10 Foundation today.  She is such an amazing asset to us, and God knew her servant heart.

Pray for the hearts of everyone today, on this 8th anniversary of the earthquake that stole so many lives.  Pray that everyone might have the same peace as Rithza, and that all glory is given to God in all things.

When you ask God Why…….

Since I was saved just over 10 years ago, I have not found myself in serious question as to the
“why” of much.  My family has suffered some very tragic losses, and through the mourning I have been able to always find peace in the Lord.

This week has been a very hard week.  First I am going to rewind to New Years Eve, so January 31st 2017.

My dad called both my sister and I that morning, and for whatever reason both my sister and I missed the call.  Later that afternoon he tried again.  At about 3:30 I answered the phone to hear my dad describe some pretty scary events that were happening in our family home with my mom.  She was delirious.  Seeing things that were not there, and having conversations with no one.  I was in Perham at a friends house so I was very close and went right over.  The things my dad was describing scared me into thinking that my mom had suffered a brain injury, or a stroke…  After some conversation she agreed to go to the emergency room in Perham.  While we were getting into the car she recalled falling down the stairs that morning (going from inside to outside) and hitting her head on the stairs when she landed.  Now I was even more fearful.  She had been sick for 10 days prior and the day before (the 30th) she was finally well enough to have a Christmas celebration with our family.  She seemed tired, but normal.

We were brought right in to the ER, the nurses assessed her and the doctor ordered a CT scan of her head and neck right away.  Blood was drawn immediately also.  There was no waiting, no question that she was going to get the care that she needed.  Her scan came back normal, so no head injury was suspected.  We waited for blood work and urine samples to be tested to try and learn more about why she was seeing a half squirrel/half rabbit in the corner of the room… and a little pig with a straw hat on the counter top.  When the blood work came back the doctor informed us that she had very concerning results.  Her heart enzymes were elevated, and her kidneys were not functioning properly.  She needed a bigger hospital that was more equipped to dig deeper into cause and treatment.  An ambulance was called and she was transported without wait to a larger hospital about 2 hours away.

My sister and I followed her up and stayed with her during her intake and additional testing.  When we finally left that night we left in peace, knowing that the professionals had a good take on what was happening and how to treat her.  She was hooked up to fluids to flush her body and get her rehydrated from having the flu for so many days.  She stayed in the hospital for 3 days.  Her hospital room was private, with a couch and a reclining chair.  On the wall hung a big screen TV and a private bathroom was in the room.  The nurses cared for her on a regular basis, aids brought her water and juice, hospitality made sure her room was clean and brought her 3 full meals a day.  By the end of the first full day the hallucinations disappeared and she was on her way to being healthy.  Her meds were evaluated and dispensed as needed.  My mom is home, she is alive.

Wednesday January 3rd. An accident involving a moto occurs.  On the moto is one of our translators mother.  One of our builders Mother in Law.  Our assistant directors very close friends mother.  She has a traumatic head injury and is in need of urgent care. Our Director and Assistant Director Rodnald and Rithza tell me at 5:00 that they have just spent the entirety of the day trying to find a hospital to take her.  The first hospital they went to turned them away, there wasn’t any available beds.  The second hospital they drove her to assessed her and told them there was nothing they could do for her, they needed an ambulance immediately to get her to Port Au Prince and to a specialty hospital.  They did give her a bed, but didn’t do a thing for her.  They did not help to facilitate transport, or help to find a hospital that could or would take her.  Rithza tried calling an ambulance service in Haiti only to find out that the transport would cost $150, and needed to be paid up front.  The family did not have $150.  They also knew that she needed an MRI and this was going to cost anywhere from 200-400$… IF they could get her someplace that would take her.

Thursday January 4th.  The hospital that Venilia was in kicked her out.  The same hospital that told us that we could NOT transport her that only an ambulance could the night before, is now insisting she leaves.  The desperate family drives her north to another Hospital. Phone calls were made in advance and this hospital said they had room and would take her.  An hour and a half drive later with a critically ill, unconscious patient, and they are turned away yet again.  The trek to Port Au Prince is made..  They go to a good hospital in Port Au Prince that a scan and care could be given, but they were yet again sent away.  Dying, unconscious, critically injured patient in tow.  With no money they take her to a general hospital.  They accept her.  Although the do not have a bed, so she was laid on a sheet on the dirty, cold, concrete floor.

Friday January 5th.  It is determined that we can go to a specialty radiologist clinic and have an MRI done for $278 dollars.  7:10, Grace Malnutrition Clinic, and Children’s Lifeline came together in record time to make sure that this need is met, and the money is sent from our village in La Digue to the clinic in Port Au Prince.  The lab knew that the money was coming but refused to do the scan until the money was there.  The money arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon, and they are told “sorry, we are closed”.  Ven is taken back to the general hospital where just a few short hours later she passed away.  A dirty, undignified, helpless death.  While I believe that her brain had died 2 days before based on the symptoms and bodily actions, it doesn’t justify the manner in which she was cared for by the numerous health care facilities in Haiti.

3 days.  3 days she suffered while all of Haiti health care chose money over life.  Not one facility took value in her life.  In the lives she touched, supported, and loved.  Not one.  My mom is given immediate, intentional, kind and loving care.  My friends mother is thrown away like todays trash.  She wasn’t any less loved by her family than my mom.  This, this has made me ask why.  What is your plan with this Lord?  Why was she valued so much less, when she is loved just as much?  Why does someone who loves the Lord and her family deserve to die such a terrible disgusting death?  Then it moves bigger for me.  Why does a country that has SO MUCH do nothing but COMPLAIN all the time.  Health care is expensive, health care isn’t available, our government doesn’t care about the poor.  I call BS.  (and forgive me for the language, but I am wound up)  Do any of you have any idea how well you have it?  I went a full year (2017) without insurance.  I was still given care.  I have a ginormous bill to pay but guess what, I was NEVER turned away. I had the option to be treated and billed later.  My husband has a debilitating auto immune disease, the medicine without insurance for him was $5000 a month.  Guess what, there are people and companies and organizations that care and he had his medicine every month for $50.  Available and without prejudice.  How can so many people whine and complain about such abundant blessings.  Can any of those people please be forced to see what it could be like? Why.

I am deeply hurt and saddened by what happened with Madam Venilia.  A 57 year old mother, grandmother, wife, sister, friend.  I pray for her family, for peace in knowing she is in a glorious home.  I pray that if they do not know Jesus that they will find Him so that they can be reunited one day with her.

I am also mad.  So while I usually have encouraging scripture and photos to help you get through these blogs, tonight I just do not. I have photos of Venila dying on the dirty floor but they do not show her in the way that she lived her life.  Can you pray for me?  Can you pray that I will have peace and understanding in this tragic awful situation.  Can you pray that my question to God, why, can be turned into a teaching moment and the veil of confusion be lifted?

 

Blessings to you and yours.  Please offer thanksgiving for the blessings you have.

Give Thanks in All Circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

So much to give thanks for.  Four of us traveled to Haiti on August 4th to deliver 84 backpacks for students in need.  It was humbling that so many people provided for this need.

When possible our assistant director would give the back pack to the parent or care giver of the child, so that the parent could be the one gifting the child.  When this wasn’t an option it was always Rithza who would distribute the back packs, not the white person.  Each back pack was given with a prayer and a praise to the Lord.  We will do a back pack drive again next year, if you are interested, please message us and we can get you details.  You can send them any time of the year, and we will distribute in August of 2018.

You might not realize what a blessing this backpack and supplies are to these children.  The kids might not go to school because a lack of supplies.  The parents are responsible for paying a tuition, buying books/materials, and a uniform and shoes.  This is a great expense to parents, especially when a family has several children.  Thank you to God for laying it on the hearts of the people who blessed these children with these backpacks.

Ruth 2:12

May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.

When we arrived in Haiti we were also met with many praise worthy surprises!  We love our Director and Assistant director so much, they are in a constant state of giving!  They were able to keep these two HUGE surprises from us, and were so very excited for us to see!

Surprise number 1.  Remember the smaller piece of property we purchased, next to the larger piece that we call the widowage…  Let me show you what it looked like when we purchased it.

Pretty right?  Well we have done things here since we purchased it.  Ronald had the garbage cleaned up in a day.  We built a latrine on the property first, and it has sat barren ever since.   Nothing built or grown on it.  NOW:

Now we have a FENCE!!!  This is wonderful!  We have been praying for the means to build this fence, so that we could utilize this property for growing and gardening.  Without a fence we can not plant anything without fear that goats or sheep will eat it all.  Ronald is such an amazing steward of the money.  If the exchange rate varies and there is left over when he converts the payroll from American to Haitian Gourde, he saves it.  And now because of this we have a fence and can begin to grow on this piece of property!  This food is used for our widows and the neighbors.  The abundance is then taken to market to sell, to provide for urgent needs of our widows.  God is so good, and we are so blessed by the people invested into this ministry.  Before we left, it had even been planted with plantains.

Surprise number 2.

The second home on the Widowage is started!  Now, the fact that the money was raised was not a surprise, but getting to Haiti and seeing that the construction has started!  Tears.  Now, I know that the question is “Why block?  Where is the sand bags?”  I wish I had an answer that made sense, but I don’t.  We LOVE the earth bag homes.  We pray that we can continue to build them. HOWEVER the village does not like them.  When we build a house we always hire locals to do the building.  We do not want to bring a team down to do this work and take away the opportunity to work from the locals.  The locals are totally opposed to building earth bag homes.  When Ronald looks for workers he finds NO ONE!  Some of the reasons they give are “They won’t stand up”  “We don’t know how to build one”  “They are not safe” .  It doesn’t matter that we have positive proof that these things will not happen, or that we have Haitian trainers to teach them how to build them.  Stubborn, prideful, entitled.  Those are the words that come to my mind, and yes it makes me MAD.  Makes me what to say fine, figure it out yourself then.  Makes me want to throw my hands in the air and scream that I AM DONE.  But, it is not about me, and the Lord does not want me to give up.  What it is about is the widow that needs a home and how are we going to provide that.  I have made a deal with the villagers that every other house we build will be an earth bag house, and if they want the work they are welcome to it, or we will just have to continue to hire the Haitian trainers to come down and build them as we need them.  What I am hoping is that now that we have a sand bag house and a block house standing side by side, that they will see the differences in deterioration, feel the differences in temperature, and not wishing for but a fierce storm might be the difference.  Pray for this please.  Pray for the villagers hearts. Pray that they will see that work is work regardless of myth or rumor.

By the time we left Haiti on the 11th the house looked like this:

And this is the finished product.  We are just waiting for the funding for paint:

Now.  This is where the story begins, and where your prayers are needed the most.

We had a widow set to move into this home.  In June we had moved her out of her dilapidated shack that was not safe or even rain proof to a rental that we had until the end of August.  We prayed that the funding would come in to finish the house on the Widowage before the end of August and IT DID!  Praise God…..  We have been supporting this widow with food for her and her grandson for 2 months.  When we started having conversations about what to expect when she moves into her home on the property things went wrong…  very very wrong.  You see, we have a contract for our widows to sign and agree to terms before being allowed to move in.  This contract was written after years of compiling and praying.  We have to put God and his law first, and the protection of the widows and children next.  In this contract it is very specific that men can NOT live on the property, and if men visit it has to be a pre arranged approved visit, with visiting hours established.  Our widows grandson is 22 years old.  He is a man.  He can not live on the property.  Our widow can not live without him.  Our widow has 7 grown children that are living and one of them offered to let the grandson live with her so that our widow could still be blessed with a home, and our widow refused.  The other issue is the 7 grown children, who live in the shadows and do not help provide for or take care of their mother, until there is food that is.  As soon as we would bring monthly rations to our widow, all 7 kids would show up and the food would be gone.  We explained how we were not honoring God or our supporters by letting this happen and our widow would not agree to stop.  She had choices and options presented to her and she chose, on her own, that she did not want to move into the home on the widowage.  Flabergasted?  Just a little.  After a meeting with her children (only 2 showed up because we did not offer food for the meeting) we agreed to find a room for our widow to rent, and that we would pay 1 year of rent for her.  That is it.  We gave the children the responsibility to feed her from now on and after the 1 year of rent they are responsible for her 7:10 is not.  This sounds harsh, I know.  I wish you knew how hard this is on my heart, but we really worked for hours with this family to have a different outcome and it just didn’t matter.

Where are we now?  Now we have a completed house that is waiting for a new occupant.  We are praying that the Lord will show us who should live here.  We have established new guidelines for even putting a widow on the list of possible occupants and the Lord is in charge of the rest.  Will you please join us in prayer? Psalm 17:6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.   Pray for our hearts at 7:10 to not bleed when the first person comes to our door and needs a home.  Pray that we will be diligent in following the new guidelines and take time to pray about the people coming to us.  My love language is gifts.  I want to give everyone everything they need, and often I jump the gun and do not pray first to make sure that this is what the Lord wants not just what Tanja wants.  It has been a hard lesson to learn, and I hope that we are there but will need your continued prayers to stay there.

Other prayer needs:

Upcoming Missionary Conference with Southbrook Baptist Church.  Pray that Rodnald and Rithza will be granted their visas to visit during this time and speak at this conference.

Tires for our Nissan in Haiti.  We are praying for $800.00 to purchase 4 new tires for our truck.  This truck is really the lifeblood of what we do, and right now it is not safe to drive with the tires it has.

Dwire’s support to come in to move to Haiti.

The spiritual attack on our staff in Haiti.

The health of our staff in America and in Haiti.

The new school year that is starting.

Thank you for your continued prayers.  Much love.

Tanja

Home is Where the Heart is….


But what if your heart is in more than one place?

 

Proverbs 3:6 

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Yes, I know.  Listen.  He knows what He is doing and I don’t.  I like to argue.  Anyone that knows me knows how incredibly stubborn I am.  He has been hinting for over a year, and I push the idea aside.  Well now, he smacked me in the face with it.  What, you ask is He telling me to do?

Be full time with my family in Haiti.

Crazy…  right?

My ideas, my thoughts, my answers are not His.  I have always said that we would run our ministry from America with the help of our very skilled Haitian employees.  We will continue to go once every 2-3 months for a week or so, to stay accountable and do administrative duties.

In my mind “my” mission was always and only widows.  Boy, God sure had other plans in that department too.  In January our first team visited Haiti, they had a strong urge to visit orphanages… I do not have any connections with orphanages but our director Rodnald sure does.  He brought us to Garden Of Hope in Montrouis, a small orphanage with 38 kids and no committed support.  The owner of the orphanage works to pay for all of these children and the staff.  He can not do it on his own and many of these children are sick and hungry.  I still fought the need to be involved.  We visited, we prayed, God will provide.  Right? Of course He will, but only if I listen to Him.

Shortly after our trip in January, Pastor Jake was notified by Junior (orphanage director) that one of his children was very ill and in the hospital, needing funding.

Junior with Roseberline in the hospital

I cried out to God…”Why!  Why me!  I don’t do orphans!!” His answer was to provide the funding needed for this hospital stay.  Ok, I hear you, but I still don’t like it.

During this time a family had approached 7:10 about serving full time in Haiti.  Again, this had not been on our radar, but what we heard from this family is that they were called.  How can we say no to that?  But, lets do a see and feel trip first.  A week long trip was planned with the family and myself as a guide for mid April. The family prayed dillegently, planned carefully, and even started to learn creole.  We met at the airport in Minneapolis, at a ridiculously early hour on Saturday morning, after a restless night with little to no sleep.  Our flights were smooth and we landed on time as expected and were through customs in a breeze.  Our ride waiting for us outside.  None of us had eaten that day, so our first stop was at an americanized restaurant for a burger before heading back to the village.  The ride to La Digue went smooth, but the baby was not feeling well.  It was hot.  Mama missionary was not comfortable with her decision to travel with the baby and after our arrival in La Digue, the decision to go back to the states the very next morning was made.  Flights were booked without any problems.  Mama and Papa missionary had a very loooooong night with a very restless baby.  Mama had a kidney stone before she left that had decided to visit again.  The heat and dehydration were not helping the nursing mom with that pain.  It was a wise decision to go home.  But why?  Why were they called to go through all of this, all the fundraising, all the planning, all the preparing, to only stay for a few hours?  And now what was I going to do?  I had no real purpose to be there other than welcome the family and introduce them to the country I love.  Should I go home too?  (insert the sound of thunder and a lightning strike to my head here)

The answer was clear.  No.  I attended a funeral that Sunday in the mountains, and the week never slowed down after that.  I know that this is going to sound crude, but this is what I felt.  God literally “dumped” 5 very very sick CHILDREN!!! in my lap.  He said, “here you go my child, love these children, they need you”

The why was made clear to me very quickly.  The family that wanted to join us in Haiti HAD to come.  They had to come to see why it wasn’t their time or season to serve in Haiti.  If they had stayed home, waited, not listened….. they would not have been shown why the season wasn’t right.  They also HAD to go for me to realize that yes, indeed, we do need a missionary family on the ground in Haiti serving with 7:10.  That family is us.

Millene

Wonderline leaving a TB sample

I came home in a real bad place.  I had fallen in love with the children that we served that week. I bonded.  I nurtured as they were my own.  I had to leave my heart in Haiti, to return to where my heart was in America.  I argued with God and with my self for weeks after my return.  I was ugly.  My husband… gentle and kind, said to me “Tanja, when are you going to listen to Him, and what He is calling you to do?”  BUT…. BUT…. BUT…..

So.  Here we are.  Raising support so we can go to Haiti.  Here is a link to our support letter if you are interested in reading it.   Dwire Family Support Letter

People think we are crazy.  People think it is reckless.  People think it is wrong.  But it doesn’t matter what people think.  Only what God thinks.

We ask you to be in constant prayer for us and for our journey.

If you feel led to donate to our support here is a direct link Donate to the Dwire’s

We are open to any questions that people may have for us too.  We know this is huge, and we are open with our thoughts, plans, and intend to share with everyone.

Blessings to you all ~ Tanja

 

Updates….

An article I just read told me to blog instead of Facebook post… I am not sure how I feel about that, but I will try to be more active here with my blog also…

Life in Haiti is hard.  It is harder than I could have ever ever imagined.  It is physically draining and even more emotionally draining.  My love is made stronger every day, yet my heart cracks a little more at the same time.

Haiti healthcare is less than stellar.  I know that America has problems… in fact I am one of the americans with a problem, I have no health care insurance.  But in Haiti… it is bad.  I could talk for hours on just what I have seen.  I could talk for hours more on what others have seen.  Let me just tell you that there is no appointment making in Haiti.  You go to the clinic/hospital and you sit.  Sometimes you sit all day, and still do not get seen by a doctor.  This last trip in April I spent countless hours in clinics and hospitals, with no end results.

Many of you have kept up on Facebook, but for those of you that do not know, 7:10 has been working with a 12 year old young man named Renand. He has been blind and suffered with pain and infection in one eye for as long as he can remember. We tried to get him help in January with no help.  In April he was the main focus of the trip.  After I had returned home from my trip in April I received a phone call from the eye specialist in Haiti (english speaking) to tell me that Renand has cancer of the retina, retinoblastoma


As much as I prayed for a diagnosis and for pain relief, this was not what I wanted to hear.  This young man is living with his older sister, who struggles to take care of her own children and add Renand to that.  He goes to school every day, walking well over a mile there and back.  He is full of light and kindness, why?  why cancer?  why God…?

Renand needed surgery, he needed his eye removed.  After the call was made, and the decision to have surgery was made, we sent out a call to action.  This was going to cost money that 7:10 just didn’t have.  We have faithful donors, and we appreciate that immensely….  this surprise just was not in the budget.  The Lord provided and we were able to raise 920$ in just 24 hours.  Renand had surgery the next day, and spent 4 days in the hospital.

 

Hospitals in Haiti do not provide personal care. Any medicine, toiletries, food, bedding… all of this is provided by a family member tasked with staying with the patient.

Renand went home and the next day he was in tremendous pain and had a terrible green ooze coming out of the eye socket.  Rithza brought him to the local Lifeline clinic and was advised by the doctor to get him back to the hospital.  He had an infection.  It was to late in the day to go, so the trek back to Port-Au-Prince was made the very next day.  After arguing with staff about whether or not they would even see Renand (his follow up wasn’t for days, and he was early!!??) He was finally seen (hours later).  Gauze that was used to soak up blood during the surgery was left in his eye socket and was incredibly infected…

Infected ooze coming out of Remands eye

Just 48 hours after the removal of the gauze and more antibiotics, Renand is eating and feeling much better.  He is ready for his follow up appointment.

2 days after antibiotics, and the removal of the infected gauze.

10 days post op and it is time for Renands post op visit.  While there is no scheduled time for Renands follow up, there is a scheduled day.  Another trip to Port-Au-Prince, and another all day outing.  Renand is cleared to go back to school and told that when he starts treatment (which we assume will be chemotherapy) he may be to sick to attend school next year, so he should work very hard to finish this year strong.  BUT no pathology results are back, so we have no treatment plan. We are told we may not see pathology results until next month? (Something else I dare not question because there probably isn’t an answer)  There are two types of retinoblastoma, and depending on the type will determine the treatment.  We are praying that the results (where ever they are, all I can imagine is a rotting eye sitting somewhere not getting tested) will show that this is the non invasive type, meaning it is the type that stays put in the eye and doesn’t spread.  If it happens to be the type that spreads we will need more scans of his brain to see if and where it has gone.

Renands mother has come down out of the mountains to stay with her daughter and stay with Renand during his recovery and hopefully through his treatment.

This is Renands mother and his nephew sitting on the porch of the home they are staying in.

God has been with us through this. This is the receipt for his surgery. This is just over $400.00 US dollars. Thank you Jesus.

Psalm 103:2-4 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

 
While we wait for the pathology results please continue to pray for Renand.  He has a very long road ahead of him.  We are making sure to provide healthy food for him, all of his medicine, and transportation support during this.  If you feel led, we will need financial help to continue his care.  You can do that by clicking HERE

One need that we are praying about is a bed for Renand.  The picture below shows how and where he is sleeping right now.  While I have never gone through chemotherapy, I have heard that it is miserable.  We would love to provide this child with a comfortable place to lay his head while he is enduring treatment.  We can do this for $200.00, again, you can do this by clicking HERE and commenting that your donation is for his bed..

Isaiah 41:10 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.  

Please keep Ronald and Rithza in your prayers.  They are coordinating all of Remands care, and trying to run the foundation.  It is never ending for them, and need to be lifted up continuously.  Also, pray for me.  I have so many questions, and no answers.  My Why seems to throw me for a loop all the time.  Why is God seemingly throwing these children at me, when I haven’t gone looking or asked for Him to show me the sick children.  What am I supposed to do with this?  What is His will for me?

My Why

Matthew 28:18

And Jesus spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

I am frequently presented with the question “Why Haiti?  Why not America?”  or the statement “I only support American projects.”  I would like to reply to this today.  This is “My why.”

First, read the opening scripture again.  This is directly from the mouth of our Savior, Jesus.  With ALL authority he commands us to GO to ALL nations.  That is really the only reply right?  Some still don’t understand or refuse to be supportive of my love for Haiti.   (although I feel the need to point out that 7:10 does help widows that are local to us, but spotlights are not put on this) When God placed it on my heart to serve in Haiti I was blindsided.  If you know me at all you know that in the not so distant past I was the biggest germaphobe you would have ever met.  I went through 13 years in the public school system and can count on 1 hand the number of times I went into a girls bathroom to actually use the bathroom.  Bugs?  NO WAY… especially  things like lice, and scabies, and worms…. not to mention GIANT spiders.  Then there was the problem of things like power, running water, oh and air conditioning…..  No one could have predicted my love for serving in Haiti.  What do you do when you are called by God?  You listen, and obey.  He does the rest.  He changed my heart and took away my fears.  I kiss children with typhoid and play with those with head lice.  I take cold showers and sweat immediately after exiting the shower.  I eat goat, and actually like it.  Only one thing could make these things happen and that is God.

Yes, this is a GIANT spider, and it co excited in the same home as me…

 

God doesn’t call everyone to Haiti. In fact he calls people to put themselves in real danger in countries like Syria and China, where christians are martyred.  He calls people to serve in Africa and in Sweden.  Guess what?  He even calls people to serve in their very own home of America.  Yes.  Again, scroll to the top and read about the great commission again.  As long as you are going, or sending, you are answering the command that God has given us all.

 

Proverbs 19:17 

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. 

Now for the secular reasons I am called to serve in Haiti.

Welfare.  Don’t have a job?  Can’t find a job?  Have no money?  You can walk into a local social services office and apply for welfare.  This is money you can use for whatever you want.  Food, clothes, rent, even beer if you want.  There is no welfare in Haiti.  Along with an unemployment rate near 90%.

Rent Assistance.  I wonder how many of the readers of this blog realize that I at one time in my life was on rent assistance.  My son had some serious medical needs and I was unable to work, I was able to qualify for part of my rent to be paid every month by my county.  There is no rent assistance in Haiti.

Food Stamps.  Yes, when I was a single mother and not working, I also qualified for the ridiculous amount of $700. a month for groceries for my family of 4.  Again, apply and qualify, and your family doesn’t starve.

Food Shelves.  Can not qualify for food stamps because you are just down on your luck for a short time, and need a little help getting through the week or the month?  Most communities have food shelves.  Haiti, no food shelves.

Unemployment Offices.  Unemployed?  No problem.  If you have been employed in the past and do not have a job currently due to circumstances not caused by yourself, you can qualify for unemployment checks each week until you are able to find another job.  Can’t find another job, these offices provide services to help you find one.  There are not unemployment agencies in Haiti.

Functioning Government.  Ok, I know it is a stretch most days to say that we have a functioning government, but really in comparison, we do.  We have accountability checks and a justice system that gives us executive, judicial, and legislative branches.  In Haiti you just might sit in a prison in a cell with 50 others for years without ever being charged with a crime.

Child Protection Services.  This is HUGE to me.  And I know you can all tell me a horror story of when and where our CPS services have failed someone.  And believe me when I tell you that these stories break my heart, thinking that they can even happen here in our country…  But I can tell you more than 1, more than 10, more than 100 times that children have been failed in Haiti.  Raped and bearing their fathers children and NOTHING that can be done about it. These children are slaves more than you can begin to imagine.  Orphans are not always in managed and controlled orphanages, starving and sick.

Law Enforcement.  Men and women that sign an oath to protect and serve.  To put their lives on the line to protect the children from the monsters of the world, keep and maintain peace.  Haiti, we get stopped by the police and the ticket depends on how much you can pay for a bribe.

Health Care.  Yes, ours is expensive for some but it is always available to all. You can walk into any hospital and expect care.  It will be sterile, educated, care.  You will be served while in the care of the doctors and nurses.  Your broken arm will be re set and casted even if you can’t pay for it at that moment and your lab work can generally be done at the same facility and the doctors have access to oxygen when you need it.  In Haiti, none of the above.

Armed Forces.  Thank you to all that protect and serve our country.  Your service is appreciated.  Currently there is no active governed armed forces in Haiti.

There are other reasons.  Personal reasons:

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Hebrews 6:10-12

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do ministered to the saints, and do minister.  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  

 

What is your Why?

Raising Hope; Building Homes


Psalm 33:20 

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 

7:10 Foundation was founded with a vision for helping widows in an area of Haiti that we felt a strong connection to.  We were blessed from the moment this vision was given.  Property, wall/fence, employees, gardens, a widow, and finally the first home.  We continue to raise money for the next 9 homes, a depot, and a community kitchen on this property.  We have criteria in order for you to be eligible for a home on the widowage.  One thing that is not allowed is men.  This is for the protection of the women and children.

We are often shown the needs of many families in the village we have our ministry in.  Because there is a mom and a dad with or without children does not make their needs any less.  Some of these needs are so extreme that we want to do whatever we can to try and help these families have a safe home to live in.  Outside of the home built for our first widow on the 7:10 property, we as a foundation have been blessed with helping 5 other families build or buy homes.

When I had the chance to sit down with Rodnald and Rithza (Director and Assistant Director) at the first of the year, they mentioned that they would like 7:10 to pray about helping two different families living in destitute situations.  Today I want to share with you about these two families.

The first family lives right up the mountain from Rodnald and Rithza.  It is quite the hike up, and no vehicle could make the trek.  Every day supplies are carried up the mountainside…  heavy supplies that are necessary for living.  Like water.  This home has 8 people living in it.

Mud.  Sticks.  Tarp.  When it rains the children will go into the kitchen to try and stay dry, because there are not enough beds up off of the dirt floor to keep everyone dry.

Dad is Lerison Torrilis and he is 45 years old.  To help support his family he works in the market on market days selling bags of water.

Mom is Ozemari Alesè and she is 44 years old.  She also works on market days in the market selling clothes.

Olenison Torrilis is 20 years old, Rozeni Torrilis is 17, JnDani Torrilis is 13, Nantoni Torrilis is 11, and Yaline Torrilis is 7 years old.

This family of 8 also has a few chickens and goats, but they do not use these for profit.  Instead they will gift these for food to families in need.  Like when there is a funeral or a wedding and the meat could be used for these events.

7:10 is committed to helping this family with a new home.  Lerison and his boys are also committed to providing the labor for a new home, so we would only need to raise enough money for the materials for a new home.  We would also like to raise enough money to provide a rain catching system for this family.  During the dry season they would still have to haul their water up the mountain side, but during rainy season it would save so much time and energy, all while providing safe, clean water.  To do this we need to raise $6000.00.  Interested?  Please click HERE and make sure to leave a note on your donation that your funds are for the Torrilis family.

Proverbs 19:17

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given. 

The next family has 9 people living on the property.  They live in the same type of houses as the first family, Stick.. Mud…Tarp….  One has Rock.  There are two structures on this property.

The patriarch of the family is Eliotte Marcellus, he is 65 years old.  Elliotte is married to Nalia Martel who is 63.  Together they have 3 children, Nlòise 30, Esaié 28, and Herold 23.  Also living in the home are nephews Zigaud Vilmeus age 24, Jeff Kerry age 17, Erick Vilmous age 26, and Wideline Overtus 15.

Elliott works hard in his gardens to try and feed his family.  His boys will help him when they can. Madam Eliotte will make and sell food in the “little market” where many mountain people gather and leave their donkeys and mules when they head to the market.  This money is not enough to do much other than feed themselves.

This is one room in the stick and mud house.

This property is also located a good distance from water and a rain catching system would benefit them greatly.  Again, $6000.00 for the materials and the very able and willing residents will be in charge of the labor of this home.  Need the link again?  Click HERE to donate and please mark that it is for the Marcellus home.

Would you like more information about these families and why they are so dear to our hearts?  Or, maybe you would like to plan a short term missions trip to Haiti with us and see these homes with your own eyes?  Please do not hesitate to email me at tanja@710foundation.org

#TeamSonrise

7:10 Foundation recently hosted a team from Minnesota on a short term missions trip to Haiti. This was a first for us, and also a first for most of the team. We had been preparing for this trip for months, speaking from personal experience and also going through a study titled “Helping Without Hurting”. This study helped us all prepare to support lasting change in ourselves and to the materially poor in Haiti. The concepts were new to most, but from the beginning we wanted the team to focus on relationship building, and not physical building (ie. churches, homes, schools)

Ben, Karen, Faith Swain; Jake and John Heppner; Dan and Michelle Kern; Jeremiah and Tanja Dwire; Sherry Dwire

Ephesians 4:1-6
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 

Team Sonrise took this trip on faith.  Faith in the Lord that He would provide.  We really had no idea what to expect upon arrival.  One of the prominent men in the village prepared his home for our team to stay in.  I had seen the home once, I had no photos, and the team had no idea where we would be staying.  We were so blessed to arrive at our new “home” for the week.  Beds, fans, running water, and a generator.  The hospitality was wonderful, we were treated like family.  I have asked the team to each write a guest blog, and I can not wait to read, and for you to read about their experiences.

The full team and our Haitian hosts.

 

Each trip for me comes with joy, love, and also hurt and disappointment.  Our primary focus on this trip was to introduce the team, teach and show them about the country, and help them to build relationships in the village.  Secondary was trying to help the people we love and support, our leaders in Haiti.

Our loved groundskeeper Tallway is expecting another child.  It has been a very trying time for them and some tough decisions about this pregnancy have had to be made.  The Lord has provided us with a sponsor to help her with her prenatal care.  Providing healthy food and vitamins, and occasional clinic visits.  Unfortunatley, Madam Tallway has been having some complications.  It is so hard for me to grasp and understand the level of medical care available in Haiti.  When we arrived we were told that she had been having stomach “cramping” for over a week, and in general just did not feel well.  We arranged for her to visit a doctor to try and establish what was going on.  Her intake included her basics; full name, age, number of children.  No weight was taken, no blood pressure was taken, no temperature was taken.  Madam layed on the bed and the doctor looked at baby on an ultrasound.  Then we were done.  The doctor “suspected” a urinary tract or bladder infection.  He wrote orders for her to get a urine test done at a lab.  The clinic does not have a lab so you have to drive somewhere else to a lab.  The test was done the next day but the results were not given until the following day.  Then Madam has to drive the results back to the doctor to read them and write a script if needed.  Finally, four days later, a UTI was confirmed. She was prescribed antibiotics and also given another lab order to test for H pylori.  I have not heard if that test has been done, or resulted yet.

Madam Tallway, 25 weeks pregnant with a little boy

Psalm 127:3-4

Children are a gift from the Lordthey are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. 

Later in the week we were introduced to 12 year old Renand.  He has something wrong with his eye.  It is swollen shut, weeping fluid, and very painful…. causing him headaches.  This is affecting his ability to go to school and learn.  Due to faithful supporters that provide for clinic visits to people in need we were able to send Renand to an eye doctor.  The prognosis was not good.  Something called Thè.  I have not been able to translate this to know what it is in english, but it is something “covering” his eye.  It did not look like a cataract to me, but I do not know.  The eye doctor says that it is irreversible and there is no hope for him to see out of this eye again?  We are praying that this child can be seen by an american specialist to give us a different prognosis.  Please keep Renand in your prayers.

12 year old Renand. His left eye will not open.

Psalm 103:1-3

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, 

Something else that I see frequently is children with spots on their head.  We have learned that this is a fungal infection, treated with anti fungal medicine, shampoo, and cream.  I was privelaged to visit the doctor with our good friend Doni to treat his fungal infection.  The doctor was very clear that this is a very contagious infection and Doni was to stay out of school until it was cleared up.  She also said that all his bedding should be washed daily until it cleared up.  This is so common that many kids still attend school, because they can not afford to treat it.  Doni was also given some flack because he was not in school.  Learning curve.  I keep telling myself that it is a learning curve.  My practices are different than Haiti practices and I can not impose mine into theirs.

Doni getting his head shaved to begin the treatment for the fungus.

As soon as the hair is gone we can apply the shampoo treatment. You leave the shampoo on for one hour before rinsing.

Please keep all of these people in your prayers.  They are all dear to us and we pray God’s healing hand on every individual.

The most exciting part of the trip for us was being able to show others the progress on the widowage.  We are so incredibly blessed by our little garden of eden, and for our first widow to be living on the property.  We affectionately call her Eve.  Her name is Madam Elissianne, and her grandson Chawensky lives with her.  She is an amazing woman of God and will be a good steward of all things 7:10.  We are still raising money for the next home to be built, and our ultimate goal is 10 houses, a depot, and a community kitchen.  The Latrines/showers are built and useable but we still need about 500$ to finish the latrine.

Madam Elissiannes house is the one that is the top right home, in the top left corner is the Latrine/showers

Just another view, our plans for the widowage. Front right home is Mdm. Elissiannes.

 

Madam Elissiannes Home

Madam Elissiannes view from her front porch, the other side of the widowage

When I met with our Director and Assistant Director at the beginning of the year, and asked them what their vision for 2017 was, their answers were the same.  First thing they are praying for is a guest house.  A place where we can host teams and for us to stay when we are in Haiti.  An office space for Rodnald would also be in this guest house.  We had already been gifted the property for this house to be built, and the plans had been drawn up.  It will have 8 bedrooms and a bathroom to each room (each room can have 2 sets of bunk beds, sleeping 4 to a room), a full kitchen, 2 living rooms, and a dining room.  It is around 7000 square feet.  Completed this house will cost us $125,000.00.  We are praying for this, for grant writers and funding to come through so that this can be started.  The property is beautiful, and the balcony off the 4 back rooms will have a spectacular view of the mountains.  This was something that was far from our plans, but every single Haitian friend is hoping for this for 7:10 Foundation….  Please pray for wisdom and finances if it is God’s will to have this guest house.

Team SonRise in front of the property gifted to 7:10 to build our future guest house….

Lastly….  something fun.  When in Haiti, one must be Haitian.  All we needed to complete this would be 2 goats and a baby…..

 

Would you be interested in leading a team to Haiti through 7:10 Foundation?  Please email me at tanja@710foundation.org

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Often times life can just get in the way of the things we really want to accomplish.  Job, house, bills, family…..  with each of these comes struggles.  Are they struggles?  Or are they trials?  What are these trials meant to teach us?  Why are we given these trials?  I can only guess that some of my trials are to teach me patience, grace, and forgiveness. It seems like I will never ever learn, and when I am frustrated and crying out to the Lord during these times I wonder why nothing is changing for me.  During a special devotional time last night I was reminded of the part of the movie War Room, when we were asked to remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test.

One of these tests, or trials, on the elevation of my patience level has been ongoing in 7:10 Foundation.  My heart aches for all of the things that I want to see accomplished, and the lack of speed in which these things are being accomplished.  I have the wisdom to know that things only happen in His time, and not in mine, but I sure do not have the ability to give these things over to Him and leave them with him.

 

Psalm 27:14

I never knew how much dedication it takes to accomplish things that are done solely through the giving hearts of others.  I have often felt overwhelmed, under appreciated, and ready to throw in the towel.  My love for my family in Haiti will always eventually trump these feelings, and the prayers of all of the dedicated prayer warriors are a driving force in the next hour and day.  I have been praying for quite some time for committed hearts to come along side us and help share the gospel, and our story.  Hearts for ministry and the freedom to use these gifts.  I prayed, and handed this need to the Lord.  But guess what I did, I took it right back.  I justified it by telling Him that “it is just for a second, while I give you some ideas on how to speed this up a little”  When all I needed to do was “wait” and take “courage” that He will provide, in His time.  When I needed Him the most, He provided.  I am so happy and encouraged to announce the arrival of a very special family to our 7:10 family.

Meet the O’Keefes:

 

O'Keefes

John and Lisa O’Keefe, with children Christy and John David

John has had many roles in his life, the most important of these is disciple.  He is a husband and a father.  He first came into our lives about 4 years ago when he was in the role of pastor at our small sending church Blowers Chapel.  When the Lord spoke to John and Lisa just over a year ago and told them that they need to be in a different type of ministry they moved back to their home in Tennessee.  The plan was to quickly sell this house and head back north to start a soup kitchen ministry in a neighboring city to us.  God had different plans and when the house sold a year later that plan was for this family to join the forces of 7:10.  He will work with Jeremiah in our tent making business GB Directional Services, always using his God given gift of ministry.  Lisa is an amazing wife and mother of 4.  She is filled with more grace than I can ever hope to have.  She home schools her children teaching them so much more than math and english.  together they have four children; Elisabeth, Michael, Christy, and John David.  Elisabeth and Michael have both college students, and Christy and John David still home.  What an amazing trust this family has in our Lord.  They have put their faith in Him and sold everything.  Bought a motor home and moved north to Minnesota from Tennessee.  Just to serve Him.  Below is a paper that Christy wrote for a school assignment recalling the adventure north:

Faith Enough To Move

I can honestly say that the move from Tennessee to Minnesota in May of 2016 has been the hardest and easiest move we have had yet.
It was difficult because of all the strange transitions and in-between phases. It was the easiest because the actual packing seemed more ordered than the other times. There were also less family members, meaning that there were less arguments and hurt feelings.
I learned a lot of things on this move: how to live out of a suitcase for weeks on end, how to keep entertained in a hotel room for hours, and how to sleep with the knowledge that I could be thrown across the room, out a window, and into heavy traffic at any given time.
I also learned some more important things: everyone has their breaking point, that time where they’ve just had enough. And it’s our job to not provoke that breaking point, and help each other through it when it does come. I learned that family is the most important thing in life (aside from God). I’ve also learned that if you have complete, without-a-doubt trust in the Savior, you will feel at perfect peace.

Sometimes when God does things, you don’t know why He did it until a long time later. Sometimes you never find out why He does some things!
Faith is a strange thing. Last year, I wanted absolutely nothing more than to be able to go to camp. I prayed, and prayed. I looked at all the possibilities and options. I expected God to do something crazy in order for me to be able to go. Maybe have two hundred dollars fall from the sky for plane fare, or have someone from camp “just happen” to be driving through Tennessee on their way to camp. I had so much faith that God could do something like that. That’s good…right? Well…
Faith is not when you say, “God, do this.” and then expect it to happen. Well, it is a form of faith, but not the kind we should have as Christians.
The kind of faith we ought to have is the kind where you take your life, your plans, and your dreams, and hold them out and say, “God, these do not even belong to me. This is what I want to happen, but regardless of my wishes, let Your will be done. Take them. I trust You fully.”
I always look at this and think ,”I could never have that much faith. I could never do that.” WRONG. Jesus said “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Repeat NOTHING.
At the beginning of this year, I looked at last year’s plans. To go back to Camp JIM was one of them. I didn’t get to go, and I still don’t know the exact reason why. But again, I put down in my resolutions that I might possibly be able to go back to camp. Only this year would be different. I wouldn’t say “God, I know you’re going to let me go to camp, so I trust you with how I’m going to get there.” No, this year, I said, “God, if it is in your plan to allow me to work at camp, then please let your will be done.”
And that’s when it happened. It wasn’t immediate. It was actually a very gradual process. But now that I look back on it, it feels sudden. We were going to move. We weren’t going to move just any place either. We were moving back to Minnesota. God had opened up a place for us to help the Dwires with the 710 Foundation. We had a purpose. He gave us one. And at the same time, my prayers were answered.

Now when I prayed for this opportunity, I was not expecting to move back here even a little bit. But we did, and that’s how it worked out. And turns out, I learned a lot of lessons on the way. I learned about faith, trust, long suffering, love, selflessness, and just plain endurance. I’m not saying those words just so that my word count can be bigger either. Each one means something different.

I was learning how to have faith before the move even took place.

I learned about trust when I needed a crazy amount, not only in God, but also in my family during the whole planning stage. When dad was buying the RV and trailer, I had no idea what was going on, what the plan was, how it was all going to work out, and so my trust was really stretched.

I learned about long suffering during all those nights in the hotel rooms where the lights had to be on when I wanted them off, when I had to run down to the car to get something when I didn’t want to, when I had to share a bed, and had to wait for the bathroom, or got only five minutes of hot water in the shower. The mundane things really taught me long suffering, because those were (and still are) the things that seem so significant to you at the time, but when you look back at them, you see that they really didn’t matter except for how you learned from them.

I learned about how to love when I had to be in a small space with six people for a week. I learned about love when I found out that you shouldn’t try to hide your weaknesses from the people who love you, because they don’t think you’re perfect anyway. I learned about love when I saw mom and dad driving for hours on end even when they were dead tired so that we could make it to Minnesota.

I learned about selflessness when I had to keep asking if there was any way I could help with packing, or when the job seemed endless, or when I saw how different members of the family gave a part of themselves to be of help when the days got long and hard. I learned about selflessness when I woke up feeling tired but content from working so hard late into the night. I learned about selflessness when I watched mom and John stand for ten minutes emptying fifty pounds of sewer down a hole without a complaint about the smell.

I learned about endurance when I got sick and it felt like the aches and pains would never end. And when I had to keep reminding myself to stay cheerful even when I felt like lying down in the middle of the road. (“Woah, that was a HUGE pothole!”). I learned about endurance when I look at my family and look at our past and see how many times we’ve moved, and how we are still in love with each other after weeks of seeing nothing but each other’s faults and worst sides.

So basically, I am so thankful for this move. I’m thankful for my family who is teaching me things that they could never know they taught me.
Even though it was a very hard, very long, and very unusual trip that still hasn’t ended, I’m still very happy we had it.

(credit to Christy O’Keefe)

 

We are feeling so blessed and reinvigorated just by having the O’Keefes here.  What is God going to do next?  I don’t know, I am waiting on Him 🙂

 

A quick update on whats happening in Haiti…

We are working hard on getting the rental property ready for our very first team that will be visiting in January.  A team of 16 from west central Minnesota will be visiting for a week.

We are about $2500.00 away from being able to build our first house for widow Elissianne and her grandson Chawensky.  Our Raising Hope Building Homes Campaign is still active and I would like to ask you to think about what just 10$ a month could do.  Do you know 10 people that could give just $10 a month?  If we had just 50 people giving just $10 a month we could build one home a year.  100 people giving just $10 a month we could build 2.  I challenge you to talk to 10 people today.  Share what skipping 2 coffees at a specialty coffee shop a month could do for a widow or a single mother in Haiti.

Widow:Grandson

Elissianne and Chawensky Grandmother and widow that the first home on the widowage is being built for.

We are praying for the funding to come in so that we can have Rodnald, Rithza, and Claudia visit our families in Minnesota and in Tennessee over the holidays.

If you are interested in giving to any of these needs please use the donate link and make sure you comment what your donation is for.

As always we appreciate your prayers.  We are fully aware that we would be nothing without the Lord laying it on your hearts to pray for us.  Thank you and blessings to you.

Raising Hope; Building Homes 2nd Edition

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So many things happening with 7:10 Foundation.  Each day I need to remember to take a moment and thank the Lord for all he has provided.

ZECHARIAH 7:10

DO NOT OPRESS THE WIDOW OR THE FATHERLESS, THE FOREIGNER OR THE POOR.  DO NOT PLOT EVIL AGAINST EACH OTHER.

Since our vision of 7:10 began in 2013 progress has continued to be made on the “widowage”  We are so excited that we are ready to build the first home on our property!  The Lord has provided us with a very godly woman to be our first tenant on the property.  This hardworking christian woman will set a very good example for those that we pray will follow.

Meet Elissianne Divelsain

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Elissianne is 57 years old and she has been widowed since 2007.  She has 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.  Elissianne is raising one of these grandchildren, providing all the spiritual and financial support on her own.  She works for Children’s Lifeline, cleaning the school rooms.  She also attends church at Lifelines church.

Meet Madam Elissianne’s grandson,  Chawensky Idone

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Chawensky is 5 years old and is enrolled in Children’s Lifeline school. He is blessed to have a sponsor through Childrens Lifeline that provides a meal a day at the school, tuition to school, and medical checkups.    To learn more about Children’s Lifeline and their sponsorship program please click HERE

Elissianne and Chawensky are currently renting a one room dwelling. The home is not protected from the elements and there is no bathroom available.

Here is a few photos of where Madam and Chawensky call home right now….

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Outside view of the door and the porch

 

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protection from the sun and rain

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Kitchen

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Our plans are to raise the money to build another earth bag home on the property for Madam.  The home would be 2 rooms and a porch, and she would have a latrine with a rain catching system for hand washing.  We would have at least one of the men from Haitian Christian Development Project return to guide us through another build, and hire local help for the labor and construction.

The homes built on the widowage will be owned by 7:10 Foundation, but considered the home of the occupant.  It will be their home until they pass away, get married, or break the contract.  They will be expected to be caretakers of this home and the property.  Helping with gardening and farming, and selling at the market.  Our prayer is that this property will be a self sustaining christian community.  The occupants will not pay rent, but will be expected to maintain the home and property.  Any income coming in will be managed by 7:10 and will be used for tithing,  to pay expenses (like fuel for the water pump, or repairs, fuel for the vehicles used) and then to pay the occupants of the widowage.

Madam Elissianne will take on the roll of the widowage “mother”.  She will lead by example.  In a sense she will be like property manager.  If there are issues or concerns she would take these concerns to Rodnald.

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Finished Earth Bag Home

To make this a reality we need your help.  First and foremost is your dedication to prayer.  Pray that the Lord will guide 7:10 and Madam Elissianne through this entire process.  Pray that He will direct us and all the hands that are involved in this project.  Please pray that the right people will feel led to sponsor this project.  We need to raise $5000.00 per home.  This will cover the cost of the materials and labor for the earth bag home and latrine with the rain catching system.  It will also provide for immediate material needs like furniture and household supplies.  Not everyone has a bed, or a table and chairs.  Also, please help us spread the word.  We would love to be able to present this project to your church or group. Please email me at tanja@710foundation.org or call me at 218-639-5257 if you have an opportunity for us to present.  Please prayerfully consider a donation to 7:10 for this Raising Hope; Building Homes project.  You can donate on line by visiting donate now.  This secure online donation is made through Paypal, and can be set up as a one time donation or a recurring monthly donation.  Prefer automatic bank withdrawal?  Find that form HERE.  Please make sure to mark how you would like your donation to be used.

PSALM 33:20 

WE WAIT IN HOPE FOR THE LORD; HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD

 

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Tanja

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