An article I just read told me to blog instead of Facebook post… I am not sure how I feel about that, but I will try to be more active here with my blog also…

Life in Haiti is hard.  It is harder than I could have ever ever imagined.  It is physically draining and even more emotionally draining.  My love is made stronger every day, yet my heart cracks a little more at the same time.

Haiti healthcare is less than stellar.  I know that America has problems… in fact I am one of the americans with a problem, I have no health care insurance.  But in Haiti… it is bad.  I could talk for hours on just what I have seen.  I could talk for hours more on what others have seen.  Let me just tell you that there is no appointment making in Haiti.  You go to the clinic/hospital and you sit.  Sometimes you sit all day, and still do not get seen by a doctor.  This last trip in April I spent countless hours in clinics and hospitals, with no end results.

Many of you have kept up on Facebook, but for those of you that do not know, 7:10 has been working with a 12 year old young man named Renand. He has been blind and suffered with pain and infection in one eye for as long as he can remember. We tried to get him help in January with no help.  In April he was the main focus of the trip.  After I had returned home from my trip in April I received a phone call from the eye specialist in Haiti (english speaking) to tell me that Renand has cancer of the retina, retinoblastoma

As much as I prayed for a diagnosis and for pain relief, this was not what I wanted to hear.  This young man is living with his older sister, who struggles to take care of her own children and add Renand to that.  He goes to school every day, walking well over a mile there and back.  He is full of light and kindness, why?  why cancer?  why God…?

Renand needed surgery, he needed his eye removed.  After the call was made, and the decision to have surgery was made, we sent out a call to action.  This was going to cost money that 7:10 just didn’t have.  We have faithful donors, and we appreciate that immensely….  this surprise just was not in the budget.  The Lord provided and we were able to raise 920$ in just 24 hours.  Renand had surgery the next day, and spent 4 days in the hospital.


Hospitals in Haiti do not provide personal care. Any medicine, toiletries, food, bedding… all of this is provided by a family member tasked with staying with the patient.

Renand went home and the next day he was in tremendous pain and had a terrible green ooze coming out of the eye socket.  Rithza brought him to the local Lifeline clinic and was advised by the doctor to get him back to the hospital.  He had an infection.  It was to late in the day to go, so the trek back to Port-Au-Prince was made the very next day.  After arguing with staff about whether or not they would even see Renand (his follow up wasn’t for days, and he was early!!??) He was finally seen (hours later).  Gauze that was used to soak up blood during the surgery was left in his eye socket and was incredibly infected…

Infected ooze coming out of Remands eye

Just 48 hours after the removal of the gauze and more antibiotics, Renand is eating and feeling much better.  He is ready for his follow up appointment.

2 days after antibiotics, and the removal of the infected gauze.

10 days post op and it is time for Renands post op visit.  While there is no scheduled time for Renands follow up, there is a scheduled day.  Another trip to Port-Au-Prince, and another all day outing.  Renand is cleared to go back to school and told that when he starts treatment (which we assume will be chemotherapy) he may be to sick to attend school next year, so he should work very hard to finish this year strong.  BUT no pathology results are back, so we have no treatment plan. We are told we may not see pathology results until next month? (Something else I dare not question because there probably isn’t an answer)  There are two types of retinoblastoma, and depending on the type will determine the treatment.  We are praying that the results (where ever they are, all I can imagine is a rotting eye sitting somewhere not getting tested) will show that this is the non invasive type, meaning it is the type that stays put in the eye and doesn’t spread.  If it happens to be the type that spreads we will need more scans of his brain to see if and where it has gone.

Renands mother has come down out of the mountains to stay with her daughter and stay with Renand during his recovery and hopefully through his treatment.

This is Renands mother and his nephew sitting on the porch of the home they are staying in.

God has been with us through this. This is the receipt for his surgery. This is just over $400.00 US dollars. Thank you Jesus.

Psalm 103:2-4 

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

While we wait for the pathology results please continue to pray for Renand.  He has a very long road ahead of him.  We are making sure to provide healthy food for him, all of his medicine, and transportation support during this.  If you feel led, we will need financial help to continue his care.  You can do that by clicking HERE

One need that we are praying about is a bed for Renand.  The picture below shows how and where he is sleeping right now.  While I have never gone through chemotherapy, I have heard that it is miserable.  We would love to provide this child with a comfortable place to lay his head while he is enduring treatment.  We can do this for $200.00, again, you can do this by clicking HERE and commenting that your donation is for his bed..

Isaiah 41:10 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.  

Please keep Ronald and Rithza in your prayers.  They are coordinating all of Remands care, and trying to run the foundation.  It is never ending for them, and need to be lifted up continuously.  Also, pray for me.  I have so many questions, and no answers.  My Why seems to throw me for a loop all the time.  Why is God seemingly throwing these children at me, when I haven’t gone looking or asked for Him to show me the sick children.  What am I supposed to do with this?  What is His will for me?

My Why

Matthew 28:18

And Jesus spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” 

I am frequently presented with the question “Why Haiti?  Why not America?”  or the statement “I only support American projects.”  I would like to reply to this today.  This is “My why.”

First, read the opening scripture again.  This is directly from the mouth of our Savior, Jesus.  With ALL authority he commands us to GO to ALL nations.  That is really the only reply right?  Some still don’t understand or refuse to be supportive of my love for Haiti.   (although I feel the need to point out that 7:10 does help widows that are local to us, but spotlights are not put on this) When God placed it on my heart to serve in Haiti I was blindsided.  If you know me at all you know that in the not so distant past I was the biggest germaphobe you would have ever met.  I went through 13 years in the public school system and can count on 1 hand the number of times I went into a girls bathroom to actually use the bathroom.  Bugs?  NO WAY… especially  things like lice, and scabies, and worms…. not to mention GIANT spiders.  Then there was the problem of things like power, running water, oh and air conditioning…..  No one could have predicted my love for serving in Haiti.  What do you do when you are called by God?  You listen, and obey.  He does the rest.  He changed my heart and took away my fears.  I kiss children with typhoid and play with those with head lice.  I take cold showers and sweat immediately after exiting the shower.  I eat goat, and actually like it.  Only one thing could make these things happen and that is God.

Yes, this is a GIANT spider, and it co excited in the same home as me…


God doesn’t call everyone to Haiti. In fact he calls people to put themselves in real danger in countries like Syria and China, where christians are martyred.  He calls people to serve in Africa and in Sweden.  Guess what?  He even calls people to serve in their very own home of America.  Yes.  Again, scroll to the top and read about the great commission again.  As long as you are going, or sending, you are answering the command that God has given us all.


Proverbs 19:17 

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. 

Now for the secular reasons I am called to serve in Haiti.

Welfare.  Don’t have a job?  Can’t find a job?  Have no money?  You can walk into a local social services office and apply for welfare.  This is money you can use for whatever you want.  Food, clothes, rent, even beer if you want.  There is no welfare in Haiti.  Along with an unemployment rate near 90%.

Rent Assistance.  I wonder how many of the readers of this blog realize that I at one time in my life was on rent assistance.  My son had some serious medical needs and I was unable to work, I was able to qualify for part of my rent to be paid every month by my county.  There is no rent assistance in Haiti.

Food Stamps.  Yes, when I was a single mother and not working, I also qualified for the ridiculous amount of $700. a month for groceries for my family of 4.  Again, apply and qualify, and your family doesn’t starve.

Food Shelves.  Can not qualify for food stamps because you are just down on your luck for a short time, and need a little help getting through the week or the month?  Most communities have food shelves.  Haiti, no food shelves.

Unemployment Offices.  Unemployed?  No problem.  If you have been employed in the past and do not have a job currently due to circumstances not caused by yourself, you can qualify for unemployment checks each week until you are able to find another job.  Can’t find another job, these offices provide services to help you find one.  There are not unemployment agencies in Haiti.

Functioning Government.  Ok, I know it is a stretch most days to say that we have a functioning government, but really in comparison, we do.  We have accountability checks and a justice system that gives us executive, judicial, and legislative branches.  In Haiti you just might sit in a prison in a cell with 50 others for years without ever being charged with a crime.

Child Protection Services.  This is HUGE to me.  And I know you can all tell me a horror story of when and where our CPS services have failed someone.  And believe me when I tell you that these stories break my heart, thinking that they can even happen here in our country…  But I can tell you more than 1, more than 10, more than 100 times that children have been failed in Haiti.  Raped and bearing their fathers children and NOTHING that can be done about it. These children are slaves more than you can begin to imagine.  Orphans are not always in managed and controlled orphanages, starving and sick.

Law Enforcement.  Men and women that sign an oath to protect and serve.  To put their lives on the line to protect the children from the monsters of the world, keep and maintain peace.  Haiti, we get stopped by the police and the ticket depends on how much you can pay for a bribe.

Health Care.  Yes, ours is expensive for some but it is always available to all. You can walk into any hospital and expect care.  It will be sterile, educated, care.  You will be served while in the care of the doctors and nurses.  Your broken arm will be re set and casted even if you can’t pay for it at that moment and your lab work can generally be done at the same facility and the doctors have access to oxygen when you need it.  In Haiti, none of the above.

Armed Forces.  Thank you to all that protect and serve our country.  Your service is appreciated.  Currently there is no active governed armed forces in Haiti.

There are other reasons.  Personal reasons:















Hebrews 6:10-12

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do ministered to the saints, and do minister.  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  


What is your Why?