One of the most exciting parts of this trip, for me, was visiting the home of my dear sister in Christ, Madam Datilus. When I met Madam Datilus just over a year ago she was homeless. Tho she is still a single mother with 5 children, The Lord has blessed her with a home of her very own.
Before our visit we were trying to decide the best gift to give to her and her family. Should we buy supplies for gardening? Should we build a greenhouse? A long day in Port-Au-Prince (with before mentioned break down) and no gardening or green house supplies. The advice of a very respected friend, and a Haitian himself, suggested that we should use the money to buy Madam Datilus goats. Female goats, because they will find a way to bring home baby goats. We decided on 3 female goats, 2 pregnant, and one a bit younger. That Saturday was a very eventful trip to the market to purchase these goats…
Sherry opted out of the trip to RHFH so she could be along to help choose goats. She was the obvious choice out of all of us, because she had the most goat experience, having raised them herself. Kendall and Emily also came along, just to have a market experience. We rode in the back of the cantor truck with Daniel (our translator/protector) our driver, and No-No, the Haitian goat expert from Lifeline. When we arrived at the market, Daniel reminded us that it was not a good idea for us to leave the truck, and to let No-No handle the purchase of the goats. Because we were white, the cost of the goats would have been significantly more. We all knew this, but none of us thought about it before we left. While they goat shopped, we people watched. It was a great experience for us all.
The goats hung out tied to trees in the shade at the mission for a couple of days before we had a chance to deliver them to Madam Datilus. We were all excited to bring her these gifts, with prayers that she will be able to supplement her income enough that she may not have to wear her fingers to the bone so much washing clothes. We also brought her a suitcase with clothes for her and her family, a solar light bulb, some canned food, dish soap and laundry soap, and a new wash bin. The biggest blessing was the ability to purchase a full size bed for the family. Now everyone should have a place to sleep! The Lord kept on providing for the needs of this family.
The home was beautiful and clean. You can tell that she is so thankful to have a place to call her own. We took pictures both inside and out. She has plenty of yard space to raise her goats, and enough room for a garden eventually. Sherry has been doing a lot of research on Keyhole gardening, and we hope that we can do that project on a future visit. One of the needs that we only learned about on this visit, is that the family has no place to go to the bathroom. They are in need of some kind of a latrine, and I was told that one can be constructed for about $250.00… So, here is yet another opportunity for you to be involved in our ongoing projects in Haiti. Please pray that this need can be met, so that the family has some privacy and sanitation while going to the bathroom. If this need is one that touches your heart, please note on your donation that it is for a latrine for Mdm. Datilus.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Madam Datilus invited us right in, and was very happy to see us. We were able to pray together as a team, and fellowship for a while through the use of Jean Phillipe, our translator.
Stay tuned…. we were really on a role this trip, and have other families in need to tell you about. 🙂
Again, I want to mention that we are in search of committed partners with 7:10 Foundation. We would love to have your prayer commitments, as well as your financial support. Please consider a monthly recurring donation of just $10. With 100 people committed to just $10 the foundation would be able to provide housing for 2.5 families a year.
Thank you for your continued support. We love each of you.