Getting Closer

We are counting the days to our trip.  It has come so incredibly fast.  God has worked in so many ways to make this a very successful trip, it just humbles me on a daily basis.

The special people in our lives, helping us prepare for our journey, friends, family, and even complete strangers.

We packed diapers that were made and donated into 7 different suitcases.  This is nothing short of amazing.  The time that was put into this project, donated time, is very appreciated.  A special shout out to all the ladies that participated in this project.

We also packed close to 300 feminine hygiene pads.  We have several more that are in the final stages of being completed and can be brought on our next trip.  This will be such an amazing gift to the young girls in Haiti that miss so much valuable time in school due to their monthly cycles.  Again, every one of these was put together with love and donated out of kindness.  Thank you.

We had two suitcases of donated items from a church in Henning, and another from the Christian school in Bluffton.  Close friends and relatives gave numerous items to bring to the children and families in Haiti.

We are scheduled to Depart from the Minneapolis airport at 5:50 am on Friday the 4th of April.  We land in Miami at 10:30 am.  Depart from Miami at 2:25 pm and land in Port-Au-Prince at 4:20 pm.  From their we head to La Digue to Children’s Lifeline.

We have had satan try and stop us from going on this trip a few different ways , and your prayers are much appreciated to keep us all healthy, the roads for travel good, and a smooth check in at the airport.  We know that he does not want us to go and do God’s work, but we are rebuking him and praising our Savior for helping us and protecting us on this journey.  Please remember us in your prayers for the next two weeks.  Help us keep the devil at bay.  Some specific requests are to pray that we are able to locate and secure land to build the home for Madam Dautilus while we are there.  We are also very anxious to meet some people that may have some specific needs that we can help them out with, like the money to start a business and bring in income for their own families.

I will keep the blog updated as much as possible during our trip, with photos to follow when we get home. Thank you for all of your prayers and your help in getting us there!

Blessings~ Tanja

FAQ

Q.

Why don’t you help our own people, our people right here in America that are suffering from starvation and poverty?

 

I have been struggling with this for weeks now.  How do I answer this question using grace and mercy, and not anger and disgust.  I have prayed for help in addressing this question, and here is what I would like to say to those that ask the above question in one way or another.

First I would like to remind everyone that God created Adam from dirt and breathed life into him, then from his perfectly complete body he pulled a rib and created Eve, a perfectly made spouse for Adam.   This, as many of you know is how we all began.  Adam and Eve are the mother and father of all of us, meaning that we are all God’s people.

Genesis 1: 26-28 

Then God said ” Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitlful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fishe of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 

What does this mean?  My interpertation of this is that no matter where I was placed on this planet, I am still a child of God.  It means that no matter where you live, Russia, China, Africa, France, Austraila, or Haiti, you are still my sister or brother.  God has called on all of us to help those in need, regardless of placement on the planet.

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1 John 3:16,17

“By this we know love, Because He laid down His life for us.  And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethern.  But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”  

As Americans I think that we take the blessing that God has given us for granted.  We tend to be very entitled, owed something.  We often forget why we even have what we do.  This is a pretty generalized thing to say, please know that I know that this is not all of us.  Do you know what the poverty level in America is?  For a family of 4, it is $23,550.00 a year. http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm  In America we have public schools that our children can go to, have to go to.  These schools provide free lunch for people that fall into this level of poverty.  Our country has many outlets for those in need, especially those with children.  We have helpful programs to make sure that if you fall into these income guidelines that you and your children do not go hungry.  You fill out an application and have an EBT card to buy groceries; you bring your children in for check ups and there are programs like WIC that will help with the necessities to feed you children who are under school age.  You also have access to this program to help make sure that while you are pregnant with your child that your child is growing healthy and getting the nutrition that it needs.  There are also programs that help make sure that you have heat in your home during the cold winter months, and that you are able to afford the roof over your head.  How amazing is this?  How many countries can say this?  I know that the rebuttal is what about the people that fall through the cracks?  I am sorry for that, and this is why we need to get our feet on the ground and help those in need, regardless of location.

Now, for a little perspective.  Over 55% of the population in Haiti lives on less than $1.25 a day.  For a family of 4, that for the purpose of this visual, has 2 working adults.  This means that they will make about $912.00 a year.   In September of 2010 the cost of a gallon of milk in Haiti was the equivalent of $12.00.  Moms and Dads in Haiti do not have a WIC program to help them out with dairy needs.

I ask that each of you read 2 Corinthians chapter 8.  Also, Mathew 28: 16-20, notice in this scripture Jesus tells us  to go and make disciples of ALL NATIONS.

My heart is at peace with the focus that we have here at 7:10 Foundation.  We have a passion for widows and orphans here AND in Haiti.  I have met many of my brothers and sisters in Haiti and I love all of them.

If I were to have a frequently asked question, it would be; What are you doing?

In Christ

~Tanja