Home is Where the Heart is….


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

 

Proverbs 3:6 

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

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

Be full time with my family in Haiti.

Crazy…  right?

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

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

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

Junior with Roseberline in the hospital

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

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

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

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

Millene

Wonderline leaving a TB sample

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings to you all ~ Tanja

 

My Why

Matthew 28:18

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Proverbs 19:17 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are other reasons.  Personal reasons:

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Hebrews 6:10-12

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

 

What is your Why?

#TeamSonrise

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

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

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

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

The full team and our Haitian hosts.

 

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

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

Madam Tallway, 25 weeks pregnant with a little boy

Psalm 127:3-4

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

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

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

Psalm 103:1-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Madam Elissiannes Home

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

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

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

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

 

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

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New News!

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

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

 

Psalm 27:14

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

Meet the O’Keefes:

 

O'Keefes

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

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

Faith Enough To Move

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(credit to Christy O’Keefe)

 

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

 

A quick update on whats happening in Haiti…

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

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

Widow:Grandson

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

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

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

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

Raising Hope; Building Homes 2nd Edition

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

ZECHARIAH 7:10

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

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

Meet Elissianne Divelsain

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

Meet Madam Elissianne’s grandson,  Chawensky Idone

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

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

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

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Outside view of the door and the porch

 

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protection from the sun and rain

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Kitchen

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

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

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

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Finished Earth Bag Home

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

PSALM 33:20 

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

 

Visit our Facebook page for frequent updates…  again, blessings to you all.

 

Tanja

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:

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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.

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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”.

www.710foundation.org/donate  

 

Blessings to you and yours,

 

Tanja

Two are better than one…..

We have so many exciting things to update you on.  I will be traveling to Haiti again on March 17th, and I will be there through the 24th.  I am so blessed with the opportunity to travel with a sister in Christ, and a leader of another ministry in Haiti.  I will be traveling there with Tammy from Bread to the Nations.  Visit the website for BTTN here.  The ministry is located in Carrefour Haiti, and it’s home office is in Alexandria, MN.  We are excited about the many opportunities that may be revealed through this newly established friendship.  I will be staying with Tammy until the 21st, and then traveling with Tammy and her Haitian pastor, Pastor Firmin, to La Digue.  We will have the opportunity to introduce them to our staff, and show her what the Lord has blessed us with in La Digue.  I will be staying with our director Ronald until the morning of the 24th, and then flying home.  

We are excited to announce that the wall around the widowage in COMPLETE!  This is such an amazing thing, it means that soon we will be able to build our first home on the widowage!  

Inside these walls our director Ronald has been gardening.  With plenty of prayer and God’s blessing we have already harvested Berjen (eggplant) FIVE times!  This eggplant has been brought to the market and sold. The money earned from the sales of this eggplant goes back to 7:10 Foundation.  It is used to pay the day laborers that help with harvesting and irrigation, to pay for fuel for the moto and the water pump.  

Psalm 67:6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 

Moto?  What’s that you say?  Oh yes…..  The foundation is the proud owner of a new Dayun moto bike.  Our Director Ronald lives on the opposite side of the village, and our projects seem to be spread out all over.  This moto bike enables him to get from site to site in a more efficient way, and also to give others rides when needed.  

We are also excited to announce the completion of our first earth bag house.  This was done with the help of Haiti Christian Develoment Project, from Gonaives Haiti.  You can visit their website here.   A team stayed with Ronald for about 10 days and trained our team and other villagers in the construction of an earth bag house.  This was done for about 1/3 less than the traditional concrete houses we have helped with in the past.  We built this home right outside of the widowage, and now know that it is the type of home we want to build inside of the widowage.  We will continue to work with HCDP as they grow in their knowledge.  

In other news, we are excited to announce our newly established partnership with Blowers Chapel.  Blowers has agreed to be our sending church (Officially). While we have always felt the support of the many friends at Blowers Chapel, it is now official and when someone asks us, “What church are you part of?”  We can answer with confidence “7:10 Foundation is part of Blowers Chapel”. As a para church it is biblical to have a sending church.  We did things a little backwards, and we are working very hard at doing things the way that the Lord has intended.  

This leads me into how important we believe having partners is.  We need partners in every part of 7:10, whether you are a sender or a Goer.  A prayer partner, a financial partner, a physical needs partner.  We are so grateful for all of our partners.  My husband and I just had this conversation the other day, about how important it is to have partners, but we think it goes beyond that.  We see our partners as a part of a team.  As a team, it is so welcome for our teammates to share ideas and bring thoughts to the table.  When I read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  I read that we need to work together.  A team is a group of people with a full set of complimentary skills required to complete a task.  Not one of us has all the skills, gifts, or wisdom for 7:10 to be successful, but together with the Lord we can accomplish great things.  If our common goal is to serve and glorify Him, anything is possible.  It is my prayer that our team can continue to grow, and meet together and share ideas.  Would you like to be part of our team?  Please do not hesitate to email me anytime.  Tanja@710foundation.org

Here is a list of specific things that we have been praying about, if you would like to join us in prayer: 

* Political peace and restoration for Haiti.  We are praying for a successful election process coming up in April.  

* Health for all of our friends and family in Haiti.  A health warning has been issued for Haiti for a virus that is being spread via mosquitos, called Zika.  A lot of our Haitian friends and missionary friends have been affected by this virus already.  

*Our director Ronald travels to Port-Au-Prince every Saturday for English school, he also has a good friend of ours Telihomme go with him.  We pray for safety in their travels each Saturday. 

* We are in prayer for the finances to be available for 7:10 to purchase a vehicle in Haiti.  We would like to purchase a four door pickup that can be used to haul building materials, and also act as transportation for team members when in Haiti.  

*We are in prayer for the finances to be available to build an earthbag home on the widowage. We have a widow that is a candidate for our first home that is built on the property.  

*We are in prayer for a Haitian to be hired on with 7:10 and act as a pastoral representative.  It becomes more and more clear to us that it is neccessary to have someone that can teach and lead in Haiti the way that the Lord intended.  We are praying for the Lord to show us the right person for this position.  

* We are praying for the financial needs to be met so that we can finish the rental that we have for us to stay in while we are in Haiti.  Our prayer is that we will be able to have a water filtration system and a power source established to make it easier for us to do the Lords work while in Haiti.  

* We are also praying for the funding for a gate to put on the entrance of the widowage.  

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 

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Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about any of our on going projects.  Blessings to you and your families. 


Tanja 

Church… Is it a building?

Today I was blessed with yet another amazing experience.  Jean Phillipe speaks at this church every second sunday of the month..  It is on Route 1, between Arcahaie and Cabaret.  Today his sermon was on  worship.  Of course because of the language barrier I did not understand everything but Jean Phillipe had handed out a sheet before hand that had all of the scripture references on the sheet.  I could follow with that partially, but I found my mind drifting.  

Drifting into what church really is.  My mind goes back to all of the sermons at my home church, by different pastors, all teaching the same thing.  How church is NOT the building.  It is not a place.  Today, a group of brothers and sisters in Christ came together to worship, praise, and learn more about Him.  And it didn’t matter that the floor was dirt, and the walls were plywood, the support nothing more than tree branches… 

1 Corinthians 3:9-16 (NKJV)

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

What!  I am God’s building?  All believers are considered to be God’s building.  Our cornerstone, you got it, Jesus Christ.  What an incredible acknowledement.  


The above photo is Jean Phillpe preaching..  I can not wait to get home so that I can post video of him.  What an amazing spiritual gift this young man has.  Today he talked about the elements of worship, I hope that someday he will have the opportunity to share with you.  The pastor took time to have us all introduce ourselves to the congergation, as there were 6 of us with Jean Phillipe.  Rhitza was awesome and translated for Sherry and I.  He also wanted to make us all feel welcome and thanked us several times for coming.  They sang a hym in english for us, and asked me to pray for their discipleship meeting that was taking place after service today.  I am normally not a very good public prayer, and on the spot like that made me very nervous, but no one translated from english to creole, so therefore there were no giggles… Then all 6 of us came forward and the congergation prayed for all of us.  It was so touching.  The love that I could feel radiate through me and around me.  Feeling the Holy Spirit so strongly that tears were running down my face.  

Sherry, Pastor, Tanja (me), and Jean Phillipe 

I am so appreciative of everyone that supports  our growth as a body of believers.  I want to tell everyone that supports us through prayer, and/or with physical/financial gifts, that I praise the Lord for you.  I pray that through you the light will always shine.  

Blessings to you all, I am going to try and ward off the mosquitos who seem to love my cold Minnesota blood….   

Tanja 

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Serving for God’s Glory 

1 Peter 4:9-10 

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

This week a new project begins.  The Lord has blessed 7:10 with the funding to build an earthbag home for a family living in La Digue.  I have talked about this family in the past.  This family lives right outside of our property at the widowage.  This family lost a 2 year old child to malnutrition in August.  Today I met with Monsieur and Madam Paul.  We talked about what we were hoping to accomplish in the next couple of weeks, in regards to providing a home for them. 

In the past the Lord has blessed us with money to build homes, and the money was provided to include labor on the homes we build.  After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to change our ways.  Rather than paying for labor, we would like the home owners to be very involved in the building of their home.  We would like them to ask family and friends to bless them with their hands and strength.  Neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ coming together to help one another, knowing that the Lord will bless them for blessing others.  It will be a sort of “pay it forward” system.  We will pray with the home owners, and pray that volunteers will step forward.  We will pray with the whole team throughout the whole process.  Using scripture to show what happens when you give from your heart.  2 Corinthians 9:6-15 says: But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he wo sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the Poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may he wo supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in  everything  for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.  For the administration of this service not only su7pplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 

Meet the Paul Family.  From left to right we have Wilfod (1yr), Madam Clara Elisma (38), Katiana Etienne (14) Wilkerson (7), Tatie (8), and Wilnove Paul (54).  

This is their home.  I asked if it was ok to take photos of the before and after home pictures and the family agreed to share their living space with me, and you…   

This is it folks…  Sticks… tarps…. mud….   It was very neat and tidy and well kept.  You can tell that there is a love for what they do have.  

Please visit us over the next few weeks to see updated progress on the house the Lord has provided for us to build for this precious family.  Daily updates (as long as our internet is working) will be posted on our Facebook page.  With the help of Haiti Christian Development Project out of Gonaives Haiti we will be building an earth bag home with a rain catching system set up on the home.  To learn more about this amazing mission please visit.  www.hcdp.net

This group will be staying at the home of our wonderful director here in La Digue, Ronald, and his mother Claudette will be providing meals for these men.  Please keep HCDP in your prayers as they prepare to travel this next Monday, and pray for the families that they will be leaving at home.  Pray for the Paul family as they prepare to receive a new home and learn a new trade, building earth bag homes.  

We are actively fundraising at 7:10 Foundation, fundraising for our missionaries and the homes that they will be staying in while in Haiti, fundraising for our property wall and gate to be completed, and finally for more homes.  Homes to be built on the widowage for widows and single mothers, and homes to be built in the village for families in need.   Please keep 7:10 in your prayers that the Lord will provide for our projects.  

Blessings, 

Tanja 

In the Blink of an Eye

Summer is here!  Oh, wait…. summer is gone.  What a crazy busy blessed summer we have had.  A trip to Haiti in June, and another in August.  A trip to visit two churches and meet with KORE in August, Camp Jim in July, Grandpa Arnold’s auction sale in July…….

 

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Muddy….Laundry that is soaked from the storm the night before….

Once again I had an eye opening experience during my visit to Haiti in August.  I traveled with Jessanne as she was beginning her new adventure as an intern for Children’s Lifeline. I was feeling a little “down” my first couple of days, and it took me a while to figure out why.  As soon as I did, I was able to put a kabash on that and finish the trip in an upward fashion.  The photo above shows one families possessions piled in a wash bin, soaked and muddy from all the rain they got the night before.  The muddy floors of the house offered little protection to the occupants and all of their worldly possessions.

During this August visit, a family that is a neighbor to our Widowage went through the devastating loss of a child.  A sweet, two year old little one.  This child died from severe malnutrition.  It was so incredibly hard for me to wrap my head around.  This family lives in a village where there is so much available help in feeding their children.  Lifeline alone feeds 8000 meals a day.  This family was also part of a program offered with the help of Lifeline that is much like our WIC program here in the states.  Formula, eggs, peanut butter…. all provided weekly to this family.  The other children in this family seemed healthy, so why the neglect of this one sweet baby.  The amazing staff at Lifeline recognized this dying child and helped get this child to a local hospital, but it was to late.  The emotions I was feeling were fueled by the darkness surrounding this family.  Anger, disgust, even hatred.  I just could not understand what these parents were thinking and how they could let this happen.  How could they watch this child deteriorate like this, to this extent.  Before I left to come home, the father of this child visited Lifeline.  The opportunity to pray with this father was laid in my lap.  In my heart I asked why?  Why would I want to pray with this man after what has happened…shouldn’t he suffer as much as his child did?  That is when it washed over me that this was the right thing to do.  And although the Lord did not give me the words during the prayer, he did provide me with the peace that this child is home with Him and that I need to show love and grace to this man.  Elizabeth is a full time missionary with Lifeline and has been gifted with every talent from the Lord.  She lead the prayer this day and humbled me dearly.  That very day, another malnourished child in the same village in desperate need of intervention was laid in the hands of Ms. Elizabeth and she was given the strength and the wisdom and the discernment of what to do with this child.  This child was rushed to Real Hope For Haiti, and while the recovery road is long, the Lord has plans for this child yet on earth.

 Romans 8:18-19

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

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Exterior of one earth bag home in Gonaives

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Earth bag construction in Gonaives. When it is complete it doesn’t look different than the houses we have seen built in La Digue

 

Another exciting part of this August visit was a day trip to Gonaives.  This visit was to an organization doing work there called Haiti Christian Development Project (HCDP)  This group is actively building structures out of earth bags.  Earth bag homes are a very safe and economical alternative to the block homes that we have been building in the village.  I was blessed to tour several different areas in Gonaives and see what they are doing.  We were able to visit a “village” that was done shortly after the earthquake to provide homes for families.  The size of the property and the number of homes is very similar to what we envision being on the Widowage.  Our hopes are to have the expert builders from HCDP come to La Digue and train our 7:10 staff and local villagers the process of building these homes, and then be able to continue blessing families with homes in the village, and start building these homes in the Widowage.  We are sooooooo very close to having enough money to build the first home.  My prayer is that we will be able to build one home in the Widowage and another in the village.  Our team goal is that each home that we are gifting will not be started until we have enough money to build a two room home with a porch, a latrine, a key hole garden, and have a rain catching system installed.  The first time around it will be more because we will need to accommodate the people from HCDP (transportation, housing, meals) We are still actively promoting our Raising Hope; Building Homes campaign.  We are asking for partners to prayerfully consider a gift of $10.00 a month.  If we find just 150 partners we will be able to build 3+ homes a year!  www.710foundation.org/donate  If you click on the donate now button you could start today!

Proverbs 19:17

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

This leads me to another way that you may be able to help.  We are working on growing our ministry, and could use some things that will help us.  Some people are not able to give money, but may have “stuff” or something they can give that they might not use any longer.  We are a non profit and can provide you a receipt for non cash donations also.  Here is a link to a list of things that we are looking for.  If you are able to help out, or may have a lead on any of these things please call or email me.  Wish List

My phone number is 218-639-5257 and my email address is tanja@710foundation.org Our mailing address is

63508 450th ST, Sebeka, MN 56573

As always, the absolute most profitable thing that you can do for us at 7:10 is pray.  After the strength and guidance that the Lord provides us, prayer is the most important part of our ministry.  YOU can be part of that!  Your requests to the Lord are always heard and answered.  Although I don’t always recognize the reasons or the way that they are answered, He is always providing.  Pray for the foundation and its board, pray for the people of Haiti and specifically the people of La Digue.  Pray for the Light of Jesus to shine through in all of our decisions and actions.  Pray for all of our financial needs to be met.

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call upon me and come pray to me, and I will hear you.

 

 

 

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