Summer is here! Oh, wait…. summer is gone. What a crazy busy blessed summer we have had. A trip to Haiti in June, and another in August. A trip to visit two churches and meet with KORE in August, Camp Jim in July, Grandpa Arnold’s auction sale in July…….
Once again I had an eye opening experience during my visit to Haiti in August. I traveled with Jessanne as she was beginning her new adventure as an intern for Children’s Lifeline. I was feeling a little “down” my first couple of days, and it took me a while to figure out why. As soon as I did, I was able to put a kabash on that and finish the trip in an upward fashion. The photo above shows one families possessions piled in a wash bin, soaked and muddy from all the rain they got the night before. The muddy floors of the house offered little protection to the occupants and all of their worldly possessions.
During this August visit, a family that is a neighbor to our Widowage went through the devastating loss of a child. A sweet, two year old little one. This child died from severe malnutrition. It was so incredibly hard for me to wrap my head around. This family lives in a village where there is so much available help in feeding their children. Lifeline alone feeds 8000 meals a day. This family was also part of a program offered with the help of Lifeline that is much like our WIC program here in the states. Formula, eggs, peanut butter…. all provided weekly to this family. The other children in this family seemed healthy, so why the neglect of this one sweet baby. The amazing staff at Lifeline recognized this dying child and helped get this child to a local hospital, but it was to late. The emotions I was feeling were fueled by the darkness surrounding this family. Anger, disgust, even hatred. I just could not understand what these parents were thinking and how they could let this happen. How could they watch this child deteriorate like this, to this extent. Before I left to come home, the father of this child visited Lifeline. The opportunity to pray with this father was laid in my lap. In my heart I asked why? Why would I want to pray with this man after what has happened…shouldn’t he suffer as much as his child did? That is when it washed over me that this was the right thing to do. And although the Lord did not give me the words during the prayer, he did provide me with the peace that this child is home with Him and that I need to show love and grace to this man. Elizabeth is a full time missionary with Lifeline and has been gifted with every talent from the Lord. She lead the prayer this day and humbled me dearly. That very day, another malnourished child in the same village in desperate need of intervention was laid in the hands of Ms. Elizabeth and she was given the strength and the wisdom and the discernment of what to do with this child. This child was rushed to Real Hope For Haiti, and while the recovery road is long, the Lord has plans for this child yet on earth.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Another exciting part of this August visit was a day trip to Gonaives. This visit was to an organization doing work there called Haiti Christian Development Project (HCDP) This group is actively building structures out of earth bags. Earth bag homes are a very safe and economical alternative to the block homes that we have been building in the village. I was blessed to tour several different areas in Gonaives and see what they are doing. We were able to visit a “village” that was done shortly after the earthquake to provide homes for families. The size of the property and the number of homes is very similar to what we envision being on the Widowage. Our hopes are to have the expert builders from HCDP come to La Digue and train our 7:10 staff and local villagers the process of building these homes, and then be able to continue blessing families with homes in the village, and start building these homes in the Widowage. We are sooooooo very close to having enough money to build the first home. My prayer is that we will be able to build one home in the Widowage and another in the village. Our team goal is that each home that we are gifting will not be started until we have enough money to build a two room home with a porch, a latrine, a key hole garden, and have a rain catching system installed. The first time around it will be more because we will need to accommodate the people from HCDP (transportation, housing, meals) We are still actively promoting our Raising Hope; Building Homes campaign. We are asking for partners to prayerfully consider a gift of $10.00 a month. If we find just 150 partners we will be able to build 3+ homes a year! www.710foundation.org/donate If you click on the donate now button you could start today!
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
This leads me to another way that you may be able to help. We are working on growing our ministry, and could use some things that will help us. Some people are not able to give money, but may have “stuff” or something they can give that they might not use any longer. We are a non profit and can provide you a receipt for non cash donations also. Here is a link to a list of things that we are looking for. If you are able to help out, or may have a lead on any of these things please call or email me. Wish List
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As always, the absolute most profitable thing that you can do for us at 7:10 is pray. After the strength and guidance that the Lord provides us, prayer is the most important part of our ministry. YOU can be part of that! Your requests to the Lord are always heard and answered. Although I don’t always recognize the reasons or the way that they are answered, He is always providing. Pray for the foundation and its board, pray for the people of Haiti and specifically the people of La Digue. Pray for the Light of Jesus to shine through in all of our decisions and actions. Pray for all of our financial needs to be met.
Then you will call upon me and come pray to me, and I will hear you.