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Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out to all of you prayer warriors today.  Facebook is a wonderful thing, I am so very grateful that we have this communication tool.  I was able to have a conversation with a very special person in Haiti this morning through facebook.  I am reaching out to all of you to please lift Madame Datilus and her family up in prayer.

As I have mentioned in the past she has 5 children, and two of them are crippled and can not walk.  They visited a doctor recently and were told that there condition is irreversible, and it lies in their hips and spine.  At this time I do not know what the medical condition is that ails these girls, but I do know that we have a very gracious Lord, and I ask all of you to call out in prayer for these girls and their health.

Psalm 107: 19-21

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

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Please remember that we are also trying to raise money for a home for Madame Datilus and her Children.  We will also need to be able to find land for her home to be built on, bringing up the cost we need to raise.  If you would like to donate to her home please click the donate now button and please comment that the donation is for Madame Datilus.

Blessings to you all


Addressing the Hungry

My son was recently challenged by someone very close to him as to why we would want to help people in another country when we have so many hungry people right here in the United States.  The conversation did not end there, but I want to address this question first.

Are we not all God’s people? The bible is clear that all people are God’s creation (Colossians 1:16), and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but only people that are born again are children of God. (John 1:12, 11:52, Romans 8:16, 1 John 3:1-10)

I believe that as a child of the Lord, it is my duty to help others.  I fail at this every. single. day.  I get wrapped up in my own luxuries (smart phone, facebook, cable television) and often forget what I am here for.  As a child of God, I am supposed to mission to others, disciple to the lost.  The mission of 7:10 is not only for the people of Haiti, but Haiti has definitely captured the hearts of all of us that have been there.

My goal in this post is not to “defend” our decision to focus on Haiti.  I am fully aware of the need worldwide.  As much as I would like to be able to wave a wand and fix every where, I have to have a main focus, or I would be overwhelmed with the sense of failure.

Here are some facts that I have found about hunger in America.

~16.1 million people or 22% lived in poverty in 2012.

~ 1 out of every 6 Americans is hungry.

~ In 2012 the poverty level for a family of 4 was set at $23,050 for a yearly income.

What about Haiti?

~54% of the population is living on less than ONE DOLLAR a day

~80% of the people live below the poverty line.  Living on less than two dollars a day.

~90% of Haitians do not have running water

~Haiti is the 3rd hungriest country in the world.

I often wonder what you many think the definition of hungry is? I had the privilege of visiting a church this last Sunday for my nephews baptism.  During the sermon, the pastor said that we should be thankful for everything.  Even the dishes that need to be washed.  Huh?  Who wants to be thankful for dirty dishes?  He followed by saying that the dirty dishes mean that you got to eat today.  When we think of going hungry in America, how many days are we going without a meal, or is it how many meals in a day are we missing?

Let’s take a look at a severe form of malnutrition called Kwashiorkor. Which is just one form of malnutrition. Real Hope for Haiti has a wealth of information on this on their website.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary medical definition is this:

 : severe malnutrition chiefly affecting young children especially of impoverished regions that is           characterized by failure to grow and develop, changes in the pigmentation of the skin and hair, edema, fatty degeneration of the liver, anemia, and apathy and is caused by a diet excessively high in carbohydrate and extremely low in protein—compare pellagra

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From this website, a government website,

Kwashiorkor is very rare in children in the United States. There are only isolated cases. When kwashiorkor does occur in the United States, it is usually a sign of child abuse and severe neglect.

There is not an accurate way to determine the number of kwashiorkor cases in Haiti.  There are several types of undernourishment, and it often goes un diagnosed.

I rest at night knowing that there is more hope in America for the hungry than in Haiti, and that is why I want to help in Haiti.  There are so many resources in our very blessed nation of America.  The opportunities to eat are more available to our children than the children in Haiti.  There are so many wonderful programs that we as parents can turn to, to help feed our kids.  There are many wonderful people that have been lead to help right here in our own country.  Even our government, while not flawless, has several funded programs to help feed the hungry.  The U.S. department of agriculture alone has 13 programs.  Google did not yield any results for a government funded agency in Haiti.  I was able to find plenty of foreign aid programs, but not any that were funded by their own government.  This speaks volumes to the needs.

Another thing that America has going for it is education.  The lack of knowledge and literacy in Haiti is just one of the many reasons why they are hungry.

Help is needed every where in our world.  And my question to those that are asking why would you help in Haiti is this.  What are you doing to help?  Regardless of where, or how, what are you doing?  The bible is not prejudiced.  I don’t think that the Lord above sees me any differently than he sees a Spaniard, or French man, or a Haitian.

1 John 3:18

Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. 




Love Bundles

We have hit the half way point of October.  Thanksgiving, then Christmas will be upon us soon.  I wanted to update you on the Love Bundle drive.  We are so very blessed to have people in our lives that have the means to help us help Children’s Lifeline with their Love Bundle drive.


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We will continue to collect love bundles here from our friends and family, and Laura and Charlie from theirs, until the end of the month.  At that time we will regroup and determine the best way to get them to Children’s Lifeline.  Thank you again for everything you all do.  If you do not have the means to help out financially or with the physical, we know that you are helping out with your prayers.  We rest knowing that 7:10 Foundation will keep on growing and be able to help more and more because of all of the dedicated praying from you.

We are planning a trip the first part of April, and will try to bring anything with us at that time in our suitcases that may not make it to Lifeline to get shipped out.


Blessings and thanks to you all,


7:10 Logo


After our first trip to Haiti in December of 2012, our hearts were forever changed.  We knew that we wanted to do more.  (Jeremiah and I)  While we were on opposite ends of the spectrum in the beginning we eventually met in the middle and 7:10 Foundation was born.  The 7:10 is reference to the bible verse Zechariah 7:10:

Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  In your hearts do not think evil of each other.

There are a lot of steps that go into starting a foundation, and we had no idea where to start.  We are very blessed to live in the times of “google” because the search bar got us well on our way.  Naming the foundation came easy to Jeremiah.  I was looking way to deep into it, and the ideas were not there.  It took him all of about six minutes to come up with it.  We needed to meet with our lawyer and our accountant to get things going.  Our lawyer established and registered our name with the state of Minnesota, and started our bi-laws.  The accountants were challenged with their first ever 1023 application form, which is the application for the IRS that if approved gives us a tax exempt and non profit status.  They put in many hours to make sure that the application was submitted correctly the first go around, hoping to prevent any hang ups that would take more time.  We also needed a logo.  Both Jeremiah and I are blessed with very talented sisters.  Jeremiahs sister Terra was put to the task of designing the logo, after we told her what we were looking for.   We new that Faith, Hope, and Charity were on our hearts, and hoping to have that some how integrated into the logo.  The symbol for faith is that of a cross, hope is an anchor, and charity is a heart.  With those three words and symbols, Terra went to work.  It was like she could see right into my mind because the outcome was perfect.  The colors were chosen for a reason also.  Red is an extremely powerful color, and is often used when representing love.  It has been proven to have the ability to to physically affect humans by increasing the breathing and pulse rates.  Orange is a warm and inviting color.  Both red and orange are happy colors (in my mind).

We had our first fundraising event on Saturday the 12th in Perham.  While I had hopes to do better, I am happy that we were able to talk to a few people about what we do and why, along with spreading the happiness that is sweet, salty, delicious kettle corn.  The money that was brought in on Saturday was more than we started the day with, so in my mind that is a success.

Love has been on my mind this week.  We hope to spread love with the foundation.  I was reminded last week while working with the two Awana cubbies in my house that “God is Love” 1 John 4:8

Stay tuned for more about what we are doing next….  God Bless


7:10 Event

Here we are, one day away from our booth in Perham, MN.  We will have lots of information at our booth ready for you to see.  We have some materials from Children’s Lifeline with information on sponsoring a child, and other material.  We will have a drawing for a basket made by the “basket lady” in Haiti.  Depending on if we have power, we will also have a slide show of our last visit to Haiti.  If you can not visit us in Perham, I welcome you to view our slideshow from our website or:


I would tell you to follow your nose tomorrow to find us, but I am not sure which plant in Perham will be emitting a scent, so I will tell you we will be set up in the parking lot across from Pizza Ranch, behind Gene’s Sport Shop.  The closer you get, you will know we are there with the smell of hot fresh popped kettle corn.  If you could please join us in our prayer that the rain will stay away between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm, it would be greatly appreciated.


I had asked on a swap and shop site a while back for anyone that may have un-opened formula that they were no longer using.  I had some response and am very excited to be taking donations of un-opened, not expired baby formula tomorrow also.  It got me thinking that maybe some of you that will be visiting tomorrow might have some other unused items that could be donated for us to bring with us to Haiti.  Formula, diapers, baby powder, bottles (new).  Also, we will have a display of a “love bundle” for Children’s Lifeline, and encourage you to put one together too. Here is a link to what a “love bundle” is:

We will also have a bowl for donations to go to the home that we would like to help fund through Children’s Lifeline for Madam Datilus.  She is the single mother of 5 children that is in need of her own home to shelter and raise her children.  Two of her children are handicapped and can not walk.  A home through Children’s Lifeline is $5000.00, and would be two rooms and a porch.  Again, if you are not able to visit us tomorrow you can make a difference with a donation for the home by clicking the “donate now” button above, and noting that you would like your gift to go towards the home for Madam Datilus.

Thank you for your prayers for the success of this foundation.  I know that the Lord always provides, and His hand in our lives is always where it is supposed to be.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Blessings to you all,