Raising Hope, Building Homes

Did you know that  a 2 room home, with a porch and a latrine, can be built for under $5500.00?

It can.  Look what the foundation, with God’s blessing, was able to do for the Joseph family:

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The above photos were of the home before, and after you all pulled together to help raise enough money for this family of NINETEEN, a new home was built:

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The last time we were in Haiti, we met a family that we have called “the family in the woods”.  This family of 7 was living literally on the ground.  When it rained nobody would sleep because there was not a dry spot to lay.  The team was able to put together around $750 dollars while we were still there to get a frame and a roof for this family, which is a HUGE start.  We would love to raise the rest of the money ($2500.00) to get the walls put up for this family.

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This is what the family was living “in” before the founder of Children’s Lifeline was introduced to the St. Jaques family. He shared this heart wrenching story with the team (7:10) at Lifeline.

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The door to the temporary shelter while the new one is being built.

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This is what has been completed for the family in the woods. They are dry and have a roof over their heads, but walls would be great!!

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This is mama, Madam Raymond St. Jaques, with the youngest, Wisnel St. Jaques, 6 month

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Before the tarp was on, you can see the tin for the roof.

 

The foundation has been talking about single mother Madam Datilus for over a year now.  She was the first home that the God blessed the foundation with enough money to purchase.  It took longer because since she was homeless she had no property of her own.  We were actually able to purchase a nice home and property for the $5000.00 that was raised.  She is still in need of a Latrine, and this can be constructed for about $250.00

 

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Madam Datilus and her 5 Children now have a home of there own

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This is Mama and 3 of her girls. The two that are sitting are the two that are physically disabled.

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The team gifted the family with 3 goats during the last visit to Haiti.

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There is so much need in Haiti.  So many people in need of a safe and secure roof over their heads.  Walls to surround them.  We have been trying to figure out what we can do to raise interest.  What would it take to build homes for people in need in Haiti.  Listen to this!  (or in your case, read this)  IF we could get JUST 150 families to commit to JUST $10.00 a month, we could build THREE homes a YEAR!!  Doesn’t this sound awesome!

(Side bar note here—-)  I know that we have homeless in the United States also.  And I am not heartless, but, I know that there are jobs available…. there is assistance available……  There are no government programs in Haiti to help out families in need.  The availability and options are so much grander here..  

Let’s take a look at what you do with $10.00 a month.  (33 cents a day)  Stop at a gas station and buy a soda or a coffee and throw the 33 cents in your ash tray, or lose it in your couch cushion.  In one day you can easily spend that $10.00 on a meal at McDonald’s, or bring home 2 gallons of milk. A Netflix subscription…. Would you miss 33 cents a day?  Could your family commit to $10.00 a month?  I put this request out on Facebook a while back, and I did get one person to commit to $10.00 a month.  Only 149 to go!!  🙂  It is so easy to do….  Follow this link: http://www.710foundation.org/donate/

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This link will take you right our secure Paypal site, where you can put your donation amount in and check the box under “make this recurring (monthly)”.   There is a place where you can note what your donation is for.  If you are choosing to make this commitment please comment “Raising hope, building homes”

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7:10 Foundation is a 501(c)3 non profit organization.  The board and committees consist of volunteers, no salaries are paid to our members.  All donations are tax deductible.  The things that we do as a foundation, we are only able to do because of the giving hearts of people like you.  The blessings on the families in Haiti are only made possible through the Lord, and you.

Thank you for all that you do.  I ask that you please share our blog site with your friends and family and if you are on Facebook, please like our Facebook page at facebook.com/710foundation

Blessings to you and yours~Tanja

Guest Blogger~Jillene Piemonte

Have you ever experienced a time when a series of events reveals a re-occurring theme? A Pastor’s message, a song on the radio, a blog you’ve read and a conversation with a coworker all strike the same chord? Do you think maybe God is trying to tell you something? “Do Something”“Do Something”“Do Something”… “How do you know when God is calling you to do something?” It became apparent that God was speaking to ME. I have been given an opportunity to DO SOMETHING. I thought my “doing” was helping others to go and do. It took me a little while to realize God was calling ME to GO and not just SEND someone else. God was asking me to step out of my comfort zone and follow Him…all the way to Haiti. So in August I did just that: I was given the opportunity to Do Something in Haiti.

 

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In Haiti the needs are vast and vary in degree: some need a home, some simply need shoes, and many need food. We really need discernment when helping people. HOW do we help, HOW MUCH help do we offer, and because there are so many- WHO do we help? Where do we even start? God is faithful to provide direction and opportunity. In Haiti we were able to be of help in so many ways, giving out shoes, clothes and food, to name a few. In one case, we were presented with an opportunity to give money towards building a shelter for a family. A more simple gift we were able to give was snuggles and smiles to babies and children.

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Deuteronomy 15:11 says “Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God’s, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures. There are always going to be poor and needy people among you. So I command you: Always be generous, open purse and hands, give to your neighbors in trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.” (Msg.)

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Maybe we don’t have a lot of money to give to help, but maybe there are clothes we’ve outgrown or extra shoes we don’t need. Maybe we can buy an extra can of peanut butter, tuna or a bottle of Tylenol to send with a team. Maybe we can sponsor a child to help that child have an education and better life. One of the greatest ways we can help is praying for the people of Haiti, their nation and the missionaries there. God asks us to give spontaneously and generously from our resources. He is asking every one of us to Do Something somewhere, maybe Haiti, or maybe your hometown.

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Lately I have pondered the words of Jesus and an article from John Stumbo in the Alliance Life magazine. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” John’s article says “Be intentional about finding ways to minister not only in our immediate vicinity – our Jerusalem – but also having eyes to see the Judeas and Samarias around us. Reaching the ends of the earth. It was never intended to be an “either/or” but a “both/and” both Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria and the uttermost parts.”

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People may ask “Why Haiti?” I’m sure there were people that questioned “Why Samaria?” God is calling us to Do Something for our neighbors here as well as the Judeas and Samarias like Haiti. It’s a matter of praying and asking God “The needs are so great, who do we help and where do we start?”

-Jillene Piemonte