Philippians 4:19

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ. 

Many of you may know of the challenges our family has been going through the last 6ish weeks, but I will recap for those of you who may not.

After much prayer and consideration we made the decision to take a pause with GB Directional Services.  There were many factors considered, but the financial stress it was causing our family was the biggest contributing factor.  Jeremiahs love for his business, his employees, and his passion for the work he was doing has not changed.

This was a HUGE hit on our family, as we were NOT prepared financially to be without an income.  The relief for Jeremiah after making the decision was immediate though.  He became the solid rock for our family, the prayer warrior that we needed to get us through.  All the anxieties going through my mind…  How will we pay our bills?  How will we feed our kids?  How will we put gas in the car?  How will we pay for school needs, medicine, supplements?  ALL of the money wars began in my head.  My rock of a husband would reply….  “God will provide”

During these first few days, we were reliant on the prayerful advice of many of our church family.  One of our brothers in Christ mentioned how his wife and himself kept a prayer/praise notebook. They would write their prayers but the most treasured writings were the follow up praises.  Jeremiah and I bought two separate notebooks so that we could write our prayers and the resulting answers, and our prayer time together immediately became more prevalent.

Both Jeremiah and I were now in the market for a new job.  It was easy for me to put in 20 applications for various employment opportunities in my area, but it was a bit more challenging for Jeremiah.  We had a lot of prayer, we needed wisdom and guidance in deciding what the right answer for Jeremiah would be.  There were several opportunities we needed to look into to know which direction to turn.  During these first few weeks we approached each new opportunity with an open mind and and open heart, ready to let God guide our decisions.  Each door was mercifully closed with each new opportunity.  Does Jeremiah look for work?  Does he work on trying to reestablish the business but going back to the basics?  ( 1 crew, 1 drill, and only drilling) While my anxieties are still very present, I want to share with you the amazing blessings we have since received.

2 days into our new challenge, we were blessed with a delivery of more groceries than I can add up.  Our last GB directional paycheck had been depleted because of expenses that would normally be covered with the business, we had not been grocery shopping for 2 weeks, our normal shopping day had passed because of the lack of funds.  This amazing blessing was going to sustain our family while we worked to figure things out.

Right after the grocery delivery another blessing arrived.  The use of a small Geo Metro car.  The owner of the car knew I was looking for work and that I would be driving a distance to work when I found a job.  He knew that I drive a big GMC Yukon XL, a gas guzzler.  The blessing of this car will save our family so much on gas money! There are so many trips that are made by myself or with just one or two kids, we can use the small gas efficient car instead of the big gas hog!

James 1:17 

Every good gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  

All of this happened right before Christmas.  We had prepared and had most of the gifts purchased for outside of our immediate family already, but we had not for our kids yet.  Without work or invoices coming in we would not have the regular means to purchase any Christmas gifts for our kids.  I know that I get caught up in the worldliness of Christmas with gifts, when that isn’t the reason or the meaning of Christmas…. but….  In my flesh I was devastated.  Have you ever taken the quiz to determine your love language?  Well, mine is gifts.  My heart hurt.  We had a conversation with our children to let them know what to expect this year, and I couldn’t be prouder of the response they all gave.  Another astounding blessing, the love and grace from our kids during this time.

Our families have been such a tremendous help, blessing us even more.  Gifting us money, borrowing us money, gifting us food….. the list goes on and on.  EVERYONE of our family has been so supportive and encouraging during this time…  I would never expect less from any of them, but it is still so very humbling when on the receiving end of these gifts.

Have you ever thought or said out loud that social media and the internet are a blessings?  Well, we were able to sell many household items that we no longer needed, and this allowed us to be able to purchase some gifts for the kids, and everything was loved and appreciated.  We celebrated Christmas by eating birthday cake and honoring Jesus, it was a very sweet family time.

We brought in the new year without any clear indication of what we are being called to do.  We have a full understanding of providing for our family, and again Jeremiah is a lot better on relying on Gods provision than I am.  I have over 20 applications in for jobs, and not jobs that require high levels of education or degrees, jobs like McDonald’s and Dollar General.  I have had ONE interview…. that is it.  No other calls at all.  This has left me feeling completely defeated.  Why am I not good enough for even McDonalds?  During these weeks Jeremiah has been talking with a few different companies about work and also about our equipment.  He has been very busy with selling off of the equipment for GB Directional.  Some things have been an easy sale and others have proven to be more difficult.  We have been able to continue to sell some personal things through the use of social media, covering other needs for our family.

I feel like now is a perfect time to honor my children and all they have done to help us through these trying times.  For those of you who do not know we have been incredibly blessed with six amazing kids.  Ages 22, 17,16, 10, 8, 6.  When I was doing the mom stress thing about Christmas, my son offered to gift me the money that he had intended on using to buy Christmas gifts… offering to not give gifts so that I could.  My mama heart swelled with joy, and it was clear in that moment that he was meant to use that money to get the gifts from him..  My three little girls came to us the same day we told them we were out of work and that money was going to be tight for a while to ask us how to use Ebay.  After further discussion we learned that they wanted to list all of their Barbie things on Ebay to earn money for our family.  **insert tears here** My oldest daughter has put gas in our vehicle a few different times through this, and both teenage girls have been buying all of their own personal hygiene items, and picking up a few groceries here and there… ALL of this with grace and respect.  There are plenty more instances, but you get the picture.

Isaiah 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am you God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. 

I can read this particular scripture over and over again.  I can wake up every morning with every intention of not fearing…  Handing my anxiety to the Lord.  Some days I am successful…  for a hot second, and then I take it all right back and let it weigh on me instead of on Him.  In my flesh I am not able to consciously give these things over to Him.  I have no will power on my own to be patient and wait on Him… But you know what is so humbling?  God still loves me, He still provides for me, He does not leave my side.

On Thursday last week Jeremiah had an interview with a company that offered him a job doing exactly what he has always done.  This job is more than we prayed for, more than we asked for.  God is taking care of us. This job is so amazing that it is still going to allow me to still stay home with my kids as a SAHM.  God knew why I wasn’t getting calls back on any application that I submitted.  My anger and disappointment was all unnecessary.    You know what else he is doing?  He is opening the door to possibility of GB Directional still operating.  After much prayer we have realized that for GB Directional to be successful we need to bring it back to the basics…  back to the beginning…..  when we were faithfully honoring God and the blessings He provided with every paid invoice.   Jeremiah has the potential to help this new company grow in the underground world, while GB may have the potential to live on.


We have not had a paycheck for almost 6 weeks now, and we have managed…  The Lord has now provided employment and a paycheck to follow in 2 weeks.  But, we have still been accruing bills that will need to be paid in February.  We live in Minnesota, and if you don’t know, it is quite frigid during the winter months.  We heat our home with a natural gas furnace.  We also have a wood burning stove that can be used to heat.  We started this fall with what we thought was a good amount of firewood, but quickly realized after the unseasonably cold fall that we would need more.  The whole month of December we were on natural gas heat only.  This last weekend the blessings poured in!  A very close church family offered us the opportunity to come and cut oak off of their fields….  An amazing hard wood that will burn hot and long.  Saturday was going to be an unseasonably warm day with temperatures at about 25 degrees for most of the day, giving us a perfect day for cutting, loading, and hauling.  We have the truck, chainsaw, and kids to help.  We talked about the day ahead of us while visiting with another family on Friday night and without missing a beat they offered themselves and kids to come and help!  Saturday morning while visiting my sister both my niece and nephew were on board to come and help too! THREE families without one question rallied together to help us with firewood to heat our home!

The purpose of this post today is two fold.  While I wanted to update many on our family what I really wanted to point out is the many blessings that come from having a relationship with the Lord.  Even when I choose to be disobedient, my God is so good that he still pours the blessings on.  I have to ask myself why it takes discomfort in my life before I give praise?  Why is it that I seemingly only see these tremendous blessings when I am in a “crisis”.  The blessings are ever present and surround us every single day, regardless of our personal struggles or challenges.  I am going to challenge you today to offer up praises for your blessings… EVERY… SINGLE… DAY…

I recently finished reading Laura Story’s book called “When God Doesn’t Fix It”  if you need encouragement through your time of crisis, no matter how huge or how small it may be perceived as, I strongly recommend this book.  Even listening to her song “Blessings” is a big lift!

Galations 6:9 

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.  

Now, I have a prayer request, I am calling out to all to gather around and rally this specific need to the Lord fervently.

GB Directional has been an amazing financial support for 7:10 Foundation.  We have always looked at GB Directional as our own “tent making” business.  If you didn’t know, the apostle Paul was able to financially back a lot of his mission work through his tent making business.  I believe that what the business has been able to provide has been biblical and an amazing blessing.  Now, I believe that the challenges with the business are a way for us to plead to others to learn more about what the ministry is with 7:10 Foundation, why it is important in the kingdom of God, and how others can be involved.  We need help in covering our paid staff in Haiti.  We pay a salary each month of $750.00.  Our ministry is Haitian lead and ran, and without our staff, there would not be 7:10 Foundation.  We have a shortfall in financial commitments totaling $500 a month for salary.  We are praying for this need to be met, and we are hoping you can pray for this amount specifically.  We are praying for the opportunities to present to churches, groups, organizations will be made available to our American 7:10 volunteers…  sharing about our ministry and rallying partners to join us in our mission.  We are praying specifically for a grant writer, someone to own the research and commit to the very time consuming process of grant writing.  Can you partner with us today in prayer?  Please feel free to message me or comment on this post if you have questions or suggestions!


Week of Conviction

It has been a while since I have updated, or tried to write anything intelligible.  Our family has had a pretty chaotic 18 months or so.

In this time, I have let myself slip into a sort of spiritual depression.  I wasn’t as faithful as I should have been.  Not getting into the scriptures, appreciating the daily devotions that the kids and I do.  It has been like someone hit that first domino was hit and then they all fell one after another.  The veil over my eyes made it impossible for me to even recognize what was happening.

Two weekends ago I went on a college preview weekend with my daughter Emily.  She is pursuing missions.  She found an amazing university that trains missionaries while serving here in the states and abroad in the 10-40 window, all while earning 2 majors and a minor.  We sat through several presentations that weekend…  all of them speaking about the command of the bible, and that is to GO… make disciples of ALL nations.

One year ago, 7:10 was invited to speak at a round robin missions conference, presenting at 5 different churches over one week.  It was more speaking than we had done in one week than over the course of the last 4 years.  It was a great learning experience, and I appreciated the opportunity.

This week, the same round robin missions conference, only I get to be a guest rather than a speaker.  5 different missions groups speaking at our church, with 5 different stories of how they are actively living for Jesus, being the light in the dark world, and being faithful servants to what the Lord is calling them to do.

The message has been clear, for a long time, but really POUNDED into my brain over this last month.

You might be thinking, “wait, doesn’t she have a ministry in Hait?  Isn’t she already following the command of the great commission?”

Ya, I thought that too.

Sunday morning missionary is serving in Central Asia.  I was able to listen to him during the Sunday School hour, and let me tell you my heart was swelling and my brain was screaming.  It really had me thinking about what and why I was doing what I was doing in Haiti.  Tanja, you are comfortable.  You do comfortable things when you visit.  You stay safe, and ask your faithful employees to do the “hard” stuff.  I let the veil fall, and the Spirit was screaming at me, It’s time to change your perspective, you are not supposed to be “comfortable”.

My heart is full of desire to do ministry better.  I am not quite sure what that means for me yet, but I am positive that if I commit to active prayer that the Spirit will guide me.  I know that the Lord has placed the people in my life at the exact moment of need, and that these people will pray for me.  I am so incredibly blessed with the staff that we have in Haiti.  They are actively committed… they are doing the hard work… they are suffering the attacks and warding off satan.  They are confronted with the uncomfortable every single day.  It is time I take some of that burden.  I need to be uncomfortable.  Can you help pray for me that the Lord will show me how to do this?  Pray that I will actively commit to studying the Word regularly so that I may share it effectively with others?

Finally.  I ask a big ask of you.  What are you doing?  The other message that has been significantly clear this last month is that we are ALL called to DO SOMETHING.  You are saying “I can’t go overseas, I can’t even travel at all” OR you might be saying ” I just don’t have the desires to travel”.  Well guess what, not all of us are called to GO.  But… that doesn’t let you off the hook.  If you don’t go then you have to send.  You have to.  There are many… many ways to send.  Financially, prayerfully, you can mobilize and encourage, you can teach and train. You can sew and gather.  You can share with others.   WE are all apart of God’s master plan of Global Evangelism.

Matthew 24:14 

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Father God, 

I come to you right now and I ask you to wrap your loving arms around me, and everyone close to me.  Guide me and others in the direction you are calling us without fear or reservation.  Open our hearts to willing accept your will.  Father please place peace in place of fear or anxiety so that we may clearly see your path.  Lord, I ask that you show us all where our place in discipling is.  I ask that you help us always show your light through the darkness that surrounds us, that others will ask “why” and want to hear about your saving grace.  


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.


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.


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



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:















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


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…..


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