Blessings to all. I am hoping that you have all had a very Merry Christmas, and will have an equally blessed new year.
I have been away from the blog for a bit, I always seem to have things on my mind that are important, but I do not know how to put them in words. After the vendor blender, I took a little sabbatical from the foundation, so I could put some much needed focus on my family.
We have made it through another Christmas. It was bitter sweet for me, because I was recalling last Christmas day, when we were flying out of Minneapolis, on our way to New York, to eventually land in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The kids were all so thrilled to be opening their gifts, and I was wishing that I had more to give to those that were not opening anything in Haiti. I have been struggling with the culture difference as it applies to my children. They are so acclimated to how we do things here. My struggle is hurting their young hearts and feelings with no physical gifts to open and enjoy, so that we could do more for the kids in Haiti. What can I do to help them understand the needs there? Elaina is only 1, so she really could care less. She loved opening the packages, but didn’t really care all that much about what was inside. Faith and Lydia are 3 and 5, and fully understand that they get to open packages on their birthdays and Christmas, but I have no idea how to show them the needs of others. Cameron (16) has been to Haiti, and is old enough to understand, and he really didn’t ask for anything for Christmas from us, but also did not suggest that we give his gift to others in need. Emily is 12 and Madelyn is 11, they have not been to Haiti and only know what we tell them, but it is still a competition with their peers on who got what. My prayer is that one day they will want to take care of others before themselves, but I do not want to pressure this and have them resent me later.
I have had several ideas pass through my brain with more fundraising opportunities for the foundation. We have been blessed enough with the money needed to build a house for Madam Dautilus, and also blessed enough to help out a few widows near to home. My hope is to keep raising this money, to keep doing more of the same. Thank you to ALL for your very generous gifts to the foundation this last year. We here at the foundation know what a sacrifice it is for you and your family and appreciate it hugely.
We are planning our next trip to Haiti this April, and I am hoping for volunteers to get a few projects completed before we leave. I am looking for some creative hands that may be able to put together some salvation dolls, make some dishcloths for the widows, and donate some items to take with us. We would like to bring formula, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and the little bottles of shampoos and goodies that you may be collecting from your various hotel stays.
We also have some members of our next team that are still in the fundraising process for their trip in April. If you feel led to donate to these members please visit the donate now link on the website. You can dedicate any donation to a specific need by commenting in the notes line in Paypal.
I also would like to ask for your prayers for me personally, for our small family on the board of 7:10 Foundation, and for the foundation. We need direction and wisdom on how to raise the money and how to disperse the money. I need the wisdom given to me on teaching my own children the difference between needs and wants. Please pray for the country of Haiti, and the people that live there. The Lord listens and hears our prayers.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Please feel free to “comment” below, your prayers, advice etc. 🙂