I have been working on growing in my faith in our Lord for about five years now. While I grew up in a home that regularly attended church, and was confirmed in my faith at a young age, I wasn’t really a christian. I had no relationship with the Lord, and I had not confessed out loud.
The last five years have been some of the most blessed years of my entire life. I know why, but I have a tendency to forget why all to often. Then something HUGE will happen, a prayer will be answered, and it will hit me like a ton of bricks up side the head. Then come the emotion of guilt, for forgetting, once again why it is that we have all that we have.
There are many moments that I can reflect on, and know that I was at peace because Jesus was protecting me. Just one example of that is when I was pregnant with Elaina, and my water broke at 30 weeks. I was taken by ambulance and given steroids, and labor stopping meds, and high doses of antibiotics. I should have been shaking with fear of the outcome, but I wasn’t. Healing hands were laid on me, and I was able to incubate the precious life growing inside of me for 4 more weeks. I was in the hospital that whole time, but I was not anxious at all, and I knew why. I knew my baby was going to be just fine. And she was. A short stay in the NICU to “make sure” and we were on our way home with our tiny peanut.
Many of you know that we have been working on raising money for a dear lady that I had the opportunity to meet in Haiti. Her name is Madam Datilus. I was immediately drawn to her and her story. She has a sad story, a single mother with 5 children, 2 of whom are crippled, and homeless. Yet, when the pastor at the widows group asked for prayer requests she was not selfish in her requests at all, in fact, what she had were praises. She was thanking God for everything she had (which I could only perceive as nothing). It took an emotional toll on me, thinking back to my days of being a single mom to three. I was pitiful, and felt sorry for myself on a daily basis. While I was totally committed to my children, my heart was no where near where this inspiring mothers heart was.
We have been taking in donations for her since our return from Haiti in July. Our hope was to raise enough money for this mother to have Lifeline build a house for her. Lifeline is already established in Haiti, and has wonderful relationships with the local people. They are also all about “giving back” to the community. They employ Haitians when they have projects, and have them involved, which I think is incredibly important. It is not just a “hand out” from them, and the people can take more pride in what is being done for them, with them. Every time a donation would come in, small or large, my heart would swell. The anticipation of this gift was growing every day. I have been worse than a child on the night before Christmas waiting to tear into their stockings. My hope with the upcoming vendor blender is that we would be able to raise enough money to have the $5000.00 needed to build a home for this precious woman.
I have been getting a lot of mail lately, because of the vendor blender. The registrations and fees for booths have been coming in almost daily. On Tuesday, there was an envelope with a return address that I did not recognize as being one of a vendor. I opened it and near fell over. It was a good thing I was sitting down. I started crying like I have not cried before. Emily asked me if someone died. No, it was not like that at all, I was crying tears of joy. In the envelope was an anonymous donation for the rest of the building of the home for Madam Datilus. Yes, you read that right. SMACK.. there it was. Tanja, why do you ever forget who is on the side of good. This is totally a “God thing”
Now, while this is a major praise, we move on to another prayer request. And I know with all of you prayer warriors out there, that mountains can be moved. While we now have the means to build a home, we are in need of land to build it on. I think that a lot of the time, when homes are built, they are built on property that is already established. A stick/mud/tarp home is being replaced with something magnificent. Madam Datilus is not from La Digue. She moved down with her children to the village, and had no home. She has been staying with a pastor and his family since she has been there. So, now, we need to pray for the land to build her house on. This obstacle has been overcome before, and people in the village have donated land before to Lifeline. Please, prayer warriors, include this in your prayers.
We will continue to raise money, to continue to do God’s work and spread his word. I wanted to tell you what 7:10 is planning as a holiday fundraiser. While we were in Haiti this last time we were blessed with a visit to Real Hope For Haiti. (RHFH) www.realhopeforhaiti.org This organization takes the sickest of the sickest children. They are fighting for the lives of these children every day. One thing that is used to nurse these children back to health is called Medika Mamba. http://mfkhaiti.org/ It is made in Haiti, and by employed Haitians, and when possible, with Haitian products.
This holiday season, when you are considering a gift, please consider a gift of Medika Mamba. What we would like is for you to make a donation in the name of the gift recipient, and we will send a card to that person, saying that a gift was purchased in your name. We will then gift this money to Real Hope For Haiti, to purchase life saving Medika Mamba. If you use our Donation button above you can note that the gift is for MM and also a name and address for who you would like to receive the thank you card. The card will read like this:
Thank you for your Donation!!!
A donation has been made in your name through 7:10 Foundation to Real Hope for Haiti.
100% of this donation will purchase MEDIKA MAMBA for the children of Haiti. Your blessing alone, will change the lives of many children.
“One of the most vital weapons we are blessed with to combat severe malnutrition is an incredible product called Medika Mamba, a RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food) made of ground roasted peanuts, powdered milk, cooking oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals. Medika Mamba (Creole for “Peanut Butter Medicine) is produced here in Haiti by Meds & Food for Kids , providing jobs for many people in this job-sparse nation.”
(Posted 9/18/2013, http://www.realhopeforhaiti.org/?p=11277)
More information, please visit www.realhopeforhaiti.org and www.710foundation.org
We hope to send this gift to RHFH by Christmastime. Please email or comment on the blog with any questions, and we will get you the answers you need.