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.

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


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?


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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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:



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.


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

sam version


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.



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


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


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….

widow house

Outside view of the door and the porch


widow house 2

protection from the sun and rain

widow house 3


widow house 4

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.


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 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 



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First World Frustrations

Many of you know that our family has been dealing with a long road of medical issues.  For those of you that do not, here is a quick recap and update on that:

Late this last summer Jeremiah started having aches and pains in his back and hips.  He thought it was maybe just his body catching up to all the strain he has put on it over the years.  When the pain was becoming more persistent in the fall he did go in to check for lymes.  He was tested and given the positive diagnosis for lymes disease and treated with a long course of strong antibiotics.  While on the antibiotics he felt great!  The pains had disappeared and he felt normal again.  About a week after his treatment his body rebounded and the pain came back only worse.  He went back to the doctor and many tests and many months they had no diagnosis.  The pain was only getting worse, and Jeremiah was immobile.  There were days that he needed help getting out of bed.  The one thing they did know from his blood work was that his inflammation levels in his body were very high, and they attributed this to the pain.  He was on an anti inflammatory and pain medication that made life tolerable, but he was still unable to participate in daily activities, even bending over to give the kids a hug was a painful task.  Finally in February after visiting with a specialist he was diagnosed with a type of arthritis that usually only affect the spine.  It is called ankylosing spondylitis.  Was the inflammation triggered from a tick disease, and that triggered the inflammation, causing the arthritis?  Did the arthritis cause the inflammation?  We may never know, but after a long road he is on prescription medications that are allowing him to resume normal life activities.  The prescriptions are causing a whole new set of issues, but nothing near as debilitating. We are in prayer that some natural remedies may allow him to eventually not be on the prescriptions, but we are patient.  God has shown us many many things during this time.  Taught us some very valuable lessons.  I found myself incredibly frustrated (ok, that is a fib… I was down right MAD) with the doctors and clinics that were supposed to be helping us through this time.  Why, in this day was he waiting so long for results and treatment.  Why did it seem like no one really cared about what he was going through and how it was affecting our family?  This is what I needed to remember, and this gave me hope.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 

This leads me to my struggle over the last few days.  A whole new test of my faith, and a whole new appreciation for American medical providers and facilities.

I have shared a lot about Madam Datilus over the last three years.  The Lord used her to soften my heart and grow a love for Haiti.  Here is a photo of the first time that I met Madam Datilus:


She is the single mother of 5 kids, 2 of whom are crippled.  When we met her she was homeless and struggling to feed herself and her children.  With the Lords help 7:10 Foundation was able to help her find and purchase a home and property.

On Thursday of this week I heard from a very close friend of mine in Haiti.  He called to tell me that Madam Datilus had taken her 11 year old Bettina to the clinic that day.  Bettina is one of her daughters that is crippled with a yet un diagnosed problem.  She is unable to walk.  At this time all JP could tell me was that she was very very sick, so sick that the clinic could not keep her and told her she needed to go to a hospital.

Bettina Datilus 11

This is a photo of Bettina sitting on her front porch, just a few weeks ago.

JP had sent Madam Datilus with his phone number and asked her to call him with any updates, knowing that we would want to know.  At the time of his phone call he could not tell me anything other than she was very very sick and needed prayers.  Later that afternoon Mdm had called JP and asked if he could arrange for a ride for her and Bettina to come home.  Bettina was going to die and she did not want her to die in the hospital.  JP had arranged with Lifeline a driver and was waiting to go with the driver to the hospital.  When he called to tell me this I was just beside myself.  What is wrong with her, is it so grave that they can do absolutely nothing?  Would a bigger hospital have other alternatives for her?  JP didn’t know any of these answers but assured me that he would go with the driver to pick her up.  I pleaded with JP to please talk to Mdm, and if there was something, anything that we could do to help to please let us know.

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I can not sit idly very well.  I sent a message to another dear sister in Christ, Elizabeth.  Partly because I was so upset and I knew that if anyone would understand my fear and anxiety it would be her, and partly because I was reaching out for any help I could get.  She was able to contact the doctor at the clinic that had seen her that morning to find out that Bettina had severe pneumonia, that was left untreated for far to long.  She was sure that she could be treated though, and that the answer was NOT to send her home to die.  She recommended a different hospital.  When JP arrived at the hospital things were made a little more clear.  The hospital wasn’t not treating her because there was no hope, it was because Madam did not have any money.  Without money, you will remain without treatment.  What are we supposed to do?  We know that Mdm works as much as she can to try and provide for her children.  We are part of the church and this is when we are supposed to step in and help.  Do you want to know how much money it took to keep her for the night?  20$.  You read that right, 20$.  This child could have been sent home to suffer a painful death over 20$.

Fast forward to Friday.  Madam does not have a phone of her own, so we were not able to call her for updates, and she had yet to call JP with any updates.  Late in the afternoon our Director Ronald messaged me to say that he had went to visit Bettina and her mom in the hospital.  He said that the situation was not good at all.  Bettina was barely conscious and could not be off of the oxygen at all.  He also learned that she had not received any pharmacutical care since she had arrived.  She was on oxygen and receiving IV fluids but no medicine.  The reason given for this was that when Mdm Datilus arrived at the hospital, she did not have any paperwork from the clinic stating what her diagnosis was or if she had received any treatment before she left.

Ok, now this is where my mind is BLOWN.  This child has now been in the hospital, struggling to breathe, and she has not gotten any type of medicine yet because of paperwork.  Let’s wrap our first world heads around that!  What would you do?  Well, first the hospital would call the clinic right?  No.  Ronald drove all the way back to La Digue (about an hour and twenty minutes) to try and catch the doctor there and see if she would write something for the hospital in St. Marc.  He missed her…  she had left for the day already.  Can you say defeated?  This is how I felt.  Ronald had asked me if I would call the doctor and ask if she would write or call the hospital in St. Marc so that this child could have some medicine.  At 9:30 last night (which is 10:30) in Haiti, I was able to talk to the Doctor.  Dr. Carmel (wonderful, sweet, kind, loving Dr.) was also upset at the lack of care this child was receiving.  She did not have a telephone number to call any doctor at this hospital, but reassured me that I could give her phone number to Madam Datilus and that she could call her any time last night or today so that she could talk to a doctor.  This is great, except Madam Datilus does not have a phone.  There isn’t a phone by every hospital bed that is free to use, or that we would have a number to even call.  Dr. Carmel had gotten another call before mine last night, from someone she said she didn’t know, that had asked about treatment and diagnosis.  The only thing left for me to do was pray.  I asked God to lay his hands on Bettina, stabilize her, heal her.  Make the connections between the doctors and provide the necessary medicines for this child.

Today…  Saturday.  JP called me about 9am.  He had heard from Madam Datilus again.  Some miracle happened over night and they had given Bettina a prescription.  Now the next obstacle.  She could not get this prescription without paying for it first.  JP and Ronald are both in Port-Au-Prince on Saturdays for English school and were not able to get up to St. Marc to bring money to her.  JP already had another plan though.  God is so good.  He had talked to his girlfriend, who happens to live in St. Marc and she was going to meet Mdm at the hospital and give her money for the medicine.  JP will go and visit her after church tomorrow and see what other needs she may have.. He was encouraged that Bettina had made it through the night again, and that she was more awake today.

I have also been praying and ask you to join me in prayer for Madam’s other 4 children.  Madam is required to be at the hospital or have another adult there at all times.  She is a single mother, and this is not easy.  Ronald was able to bring food to the other kids at home today, but they are fending for themselves right now.

Long story… Did you make it to the end?  I guess I could have just gotten to the point right away, and that point is that I should have never ever been upset with the way things were happening here when Jeremiah was in need of medical care.  One doctor can see what another doctor has done or is going to do with the click of a few buttons on a computer.  The pharmacist can see what medicines we are on and what might interact with another medicine, even if they were prescribed by different doctors at different clinics.  Payment plans are readily available, and treatment is never denied due to the lack of money in your pocket.  Communication can be achieved so easily, and almost everyone can get a cell phone.  (for as little as a dollar a month, I know, I use to work in the cell phone industry) Finding an internet connection to send records or an email?  I would be willing to bet if we didn’t have internet that one of my neighbors or friends would have it for me to use.  How about something as simple as a dial tone?  Do we even use land line phones anymore?  Not often, but that is a luxury that is not readily available in Haiti.

If you made it this far I thank you.  I ask you to pray.  If you are feeling lead to help with this road to recovery financially, please click on the following link and mark your donation “Bettina”.  


Blessings to you and yours,



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