Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
This last week I was privileged enough to be able to visit my family in the village of La Digue, graciously hosted by Children’s Lifeline. I was on a mission that would have only taken a couple of days, but I used the whole week to build relationships with Lifeline and the people of the village. My goals were simple. I had to pay for and pick up our deed and paperwork from the notary in Arcahaie, I had to deliver the remaining amount for the 3rd piece of property, and also deliver the funds to build another family of La Digue a home. Secondary to this was to find someone that could act on our (7:10 Foundation’s) behalf in Haiti. Also, to find a groundskeeper for the property. Lastly, I was going to look at a home that may be a possibility for 7:10 to rent and house Americans when we visit.
First goals were complete the first day I was there. The property owner picked up his payment, and supplies were ordered to be delivered so that construction on the new home could begin the next day. The director of Lifeline was given the money for the notary, and the paperwork would be picked up during the next scheduled trip to Arcahaie.
Next, the task of employees. There was a lot of prayer that went into this. I had been communicating with a trusted friend in La Digue, about a christian adult that could be trusted with handling the affairs of 7:10 Foundation on the ground in Haiti. You have to remember that there is not only a huge language barrier, but also there is a very different way of interviewing and accepting a job position. I was in a meeting with 2 potential employees, Osmy, and Adam, (the head of the village) I learned that in the Haitian culture, a man will work and the employer will then gauge how much the employee is “worth”. I was stuck, because I didn’t want to make an offer that was so high that others would wonder what we were thinking, but not so low as to offend any one. Plus, we would not have any body there to really evaluate any work that is being done. After I agreed to concede to the Haitian culture a bit, and them agreeing to concede to the Americanized views a tish, we were able to come to an agreement.
Meet Rodnald Nicolas:
Rodnald is 7:10’s new Haitian director. He is an educated experienced gardener, and also is a licensed driver, having what would be equivalent to a CDL here in America. He has worked with another nearby mission in establishing their grounds. He will be our “go to guy” in Haiti. Now, there is a language barrier, so we will have to figure this out as we go, but I think he is going to be a great addition to our team. As the property advances, and we have families living there, he will also be the manager of this community.
Meet Raymond St. Jaques (Talloway)
Talloway may look familiar to you. He is the family in the woods. If you have been following us, you know that he and his family were living in very terrible conditions less than a year ago. The Lord has blessed this family with a safe home and beds to sleep in. Talloway has not been employed for a while though, so feeding his family has been difficult. Talloway will be the groundskeeper on the 7:10 Property. This title is pretty vague though, since he will be participating in all the construction and projects that we start. Once the community has families living his job will shift slightly, as we would like the widows and single mothers along with their children to participate in the up keeping of their homes and this property.
Both men were hired on Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning we made our first purchase for them to begin their jobs.
2 shovels, 2 pick axes, a wheelbarrow, a rake, and 2 machetes. The men started at 7am on Monday morning and were there until 4pm. This will be their new schedules, and we need your help to keep them busy! The two salaries total $322.00 a month. Would you be willing to sponsor part of these monthly salaries? We also need to keep spreading the word of our RHBH campaign, so that we can start putting houses up. First we will raise money for the wall, which will be concrete in the front of the property, and then barbed wire along the other three sides. Then we will need to raise money for the first of the compostable latrines to be built. The community center and homes will follow. The RHBH campaign is searching for 150 committed partners to come alongside of 7:10 Foundation with a donation of $10.00 a month. This ten dollars would then help put up 3 homes a year!
2 Corinthians 9:10
Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;
built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
I was approached by several other people that have property touching or near our property that are ready to sell, and it was very difficult for me to have to tell these people that we couldn’t purchase more property right now, but it is great knowing that the potential for expansion is there. I was also approached by several people that would also like the opportunity to be employed by 7:10. This is heart breaking because we would love to be able to help everyone. Unfortunately right now our vision is to have the people that are living in this community to be able to care for it themselves. We want them to be able to be self supporting, and while we might have to bring in some people for educational purposes from time to time, the employment opportunity is not that great. Through gardening, vetiver grass briquettes, rocket stoves, and other projects we hope to help these women make money to support their families, and also to teach their children the same trades so that the next generation can also support their family.
I ask that you all would join us in prayer for the missionaries on the ground in Haiti. They are called there by the Lord to do the Lord’s work. Satan has other ideas though, and I can see where he is trying to get involved and trick good people into doing the wrong things. These missionaries have Jesus and we can all help them to focus on Him and His Word through our prayers. Please also continue to pray that 7:10 will keep growing and the word will be spread, that the Lord will call upon people to come alongside of us and become partners with us. We need partners in Prayer, in finances, and in skilled labor to join us in upcoming projects.
I was able to look at one potential rental property while I was there, and I am waiting for photos of a second possibility and the news of rental costs, please pray that one of these two will work out for 7:10 so that we have a home in Haiti that is near where we will be working.
If you are interested in partnering with us financially, please visit www.710foundation.org and click on the donate button. This will link you to PayPal, a secure site to make transactions. You can make a one time donation this way, or a recurring donation. Please remember to note what you would like your donation to be used for (ex. RHBH, Salary, General)