Raising Hope; Building Homes 2nd Edition

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So many things happening with 7:10 Foundation.  Each day I need to remember to take a moment and thank the Lord for all he has provided.

ZECHARIAH 7:10

DO NOT OPRESS THE WIDOW OR THE FATHERLESS, THE FOREIGNER OR THE POOR.  DO NOT PLOT EVIL AGAINST EACH OTHER.

Since our vision of 7:10 began in 2013 progress has continued to be made on the “widowage”  We are so excited that we are ready to build the first home on our property!  The Lord has provided us with a very godly woman to be our first tenant on the property.  This hardworking christian woman will set a very good example for those that we pray will follow.

Meet Elissianne Divelsain

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Elissianne is 57 years old and she has been widowed since 2007.  She has 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.  Elissianne is raising one of these grandchildren, providing all the spiritual and financial support on her own.  She works for Children’s Lifeline, cleaning the school rooms.  She also attends church at Lifelines church.

Meet Madam Elissianne’s grandson,  Chawensky Idone

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Chawensky is 5 years old and is enrolled in Children’s Lifeline school. He is blessed to have a sponsor through Childrens Lifeline that provides a meal a day at the school, tuition to school, and medical checkups.    To learn more about Children’s Lifeline and their sponsorship program please click HERE

Elissianne and Chawensky are currently renting a one room dwelling. The home is not protected from the elements and there is no bathroom available.

Here is a few photos of where Madam and Chawensky call home right now….

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Outside view of the door and the porch

 

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protection from the sun and rain

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Kitchen

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Our plans are to raise the money to build another earth bag home on the property for Madam.  The home would be 2 rooms and a porch, and she would have a latrine with a rain catching system for hand washing.  We would have at least one of the men from Haitian Christian Development Project return to guide us through another build, and hire local help for the labor and construction.

The homes built on the widowage will be owned by 7:10 Foundation, but considered the home of the occupant.  It will be their home until they pass away, get married, or break the contract.  They will be expected to be caretakers of this home and the property.  Helping with gardening and farming, and selling at the market.  Our prayer is that this property will be a self sustaining christian community.  The occupants will not pay rent, but will be expected to maintain the home and property.  Any income coming in will be managed by 7:10 and will be used for tithing,  to pay expenses (like fuel for the water pump, or repairs, fuel for the vehicles used) and then to pay the occupants of the widowage.

Madam Elissianne will take on the roll of the widowage “mother”.  She will lead by example.  In a sense she will be like property manager.  If there are issues or concerns she would take these concerns to Rodnald.

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Finished Earth Bag Home

To make this a reality we need your help.  First and foremost is your dedication to prayer.  Pray that the Lord will guide 7:10 and Madam Elissianne through this entire process.  Pray that He will direct us and all the hands that are involved in this project.  Please pray that the right people will feel led to sponsor this project.  We need to raise $5000.00 per home.  This will cover the cost of the materials and labor for the earth bag home and latrine with the rain catching system.  It will also provide for immediate material needs like furniture and household supplies.  Not everyone has a bed, or a table and chairs.  Also, please help us spread the word.  We would love to be able to present this project to your church or group. Please email me at tanja@710foundation.org or call me at 218-639-5257 if you have an opportunity for us to present.  Please prayerfully consider a donation to 7:10 for this Raising Hope; Building Homes project.  You can donate on line by visiting donate now.  This secure online donation is made through Paypal, and can be set up as a one time donation or a recurring monthly donation.  Prefer automatic bank withdrawal?  Find that form HERE.  Please make sure to mark how you would like your donation to be used.

PSALM 33:20 

WE WAIT IN HOPE FOR THE LORD; HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD

 

Visit our Facebook page for frequent updates…  again, blessings to you all.

 

Tanja

First World Frustrations

Many of you know that our family has been dealing with a long road of medical issues.  For those of you that do not, here is a quick recap and update on that:

Late this last summer Jeremiah started having aches and pains in his back and hips.  He thought it was maybe just his body catching up to all the strain he has put on it over the years.  When the pain was becoming more persistent in the fall he did go in to check for lymes.  He was tested and given the positive diagnosis for lymes disease and treated with a long course of strong antibiotics.  While on the antibiotics he felt great!  The pains had disappeared and he felt normal again.  About a week after his treatment his body rebounded and the pain came back only worse.  He went back to the doctor and many tests and many months they had no diagnosis.  The pain was only getting worse, and Jeremiah was immobile.  There were days that he needed help getting out of bed.  The one thing they did know from his blood work was that his inflammation levels in his body were very high, and they attributed this to the pain.  He was on an anti inflammatory and pain medication that made life tolerable, but he was still unable to participate in daily activities, even bending over to give the kids a hug was a painful task.  Finally in February after visiting with a specialist he was diagnosed with a type of arthritis that usually only affect the spine.  It is called ankylosing spondylitis.  Was the inflammation triggered from a tick disease, and that triggered the inflammation, causing the arthritis?  Did the arthritis cause the inflammation?  We may never know, but after a long road he is on prescription medications that are allowing him to resume normal life activities.  The prescriptions are causing a whole new set of issues, but nothing near as debilitating. We are in prayer that some natural remedies may allow him to eventually not be on the prescriptions, but we are patient.  God has shown us many many things during this time.  Taught us some very valuable lessons.  I found myself incredibly frustrated (ok, that is a fib… I was down right MAD) with the doctors and clinics that were supposed to be helping us through this time.  Why, in this day was he waiting so long for results and treatment.  Why did it seem like no one really cared about what he was going through and how it was affecting our family?  This is what I needed to remember, and this gave me hope.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 

This leads me to my struggle over the last few days.  A whole new test of my faith, and a whole new appreciation for American medical providers and facilities.

I have shared a lot about Madam Datilus over the last three years.  The Lord used her to soften my heart and grow a love for Haiti.  Here is a photo of the first time that I met Madam Datilus:

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She is the single mother of 5 kids, 2 of whom are crippled.  When we met her she was homeless and struggling to feed herself and her children.  With the Lords help 7:10 Foundation was able to help her find and purchase a home and property.

On Thursday of this week I heard from a very close friend of mine in Haiti.  He called to tell me that Madam Datilus had taken her 11 year old Bettina to the clinic that day.  Bettina is one of her daughters that is crippled with a yet un diagnosed problem.  She is unable to walk.  At this time all JP could tell me was that she was very very sick, so sick that the clinic could not keep her and told her she needed to go to a hospital.

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This is a photo of Bettina sitting on her front porch, just a few weeks ago.

JP had sent Madam Datilus with his phone number and asked her to call him with any updates, knowing that we would want to know.  At the time of his phone call he could not tell me anything other than she was very very sick and needed prayers.  Later that afternoon Mdm had called JP and asked if he could arrange for a ride for her and Bettina to come home.  Bettina was going to die and she did not want her to die in the hospital.  JP had arranged with Lifeline a driver and was waiting to go with the driver to the hospital.  When he called to tell me this I was just beside myself.  What is wrong with her, is it so grave that they can do absolutely nothing?  Would a bigger hospital have other alternatives for her?  JP didn’t know any of these answers but assured me that he would go with the driver to pick her up.  I pleaded with JP to please talk to Mdm, and if there was something, anything that we could do to help to please let us know.

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I can not sit idly very well.  I sent a message to another dear sister in Christ, Elizabeth.  Partly because I was so upset and I knew that if anyone would understand my fear and anxiety it would be her, and partly because I was reaching out for any help I could get.  She was able to contact the doctor at the clinic that had seen her that morning to find out that Bettina had severe pneumonia, that was left untreated for far to long.  She was sure that she could be treated though, and that the answer was NOT to send her home to die.  She recommended a different hospital.  When JP arrived at the hospital things were made a little more clear.  The hospital wasn’t not treating her because there was no hope, it was because Madam did not have any money.  Without money, you will remain without treatment.  What are we supposed to do?  We know that Mdm works as much as she can to try and provide for her children.  We are part of the church and this is when we are supposed to step in and help.  Do you want to know how much money it took to keep her for the night?  20$.  You read that right, 20$.  This child could have been sent home to suffer a painful death over 20$.

Fast forward to Friday.  Madam does not have a phone of her own, so we were not able to call her for updates, and she had yet to call JP with any updates.  Late in the afternoon our Director Ronald messaged me to say that he had went to visit Bettina and her mom in the hospital.  He said that the situation was not good at all.  Bettina was barely conscious and could not be off of the oxygen at all.  He also learned that she had not received any pharmacutical care since she had arrived.  She was on oxygen and receiving IV fluids but no medicine.  The reason given for this was that when Mdm Datilus arrived at the hospital, she did not have any paperwork from the clinic stating what her diagnosis was or if she had received any treatment before she left.

Ok, now this is where my mind is BLOWN.  This child has now been in the hospital, struggling to breathe, and she has not gotten any type of medicine yet because of paperwork.  Let’s wrap our first world heads around that!  What would you do?  Well, first the hospital would call the clinic right?  No.  Ronald drove all the way back to La Digue (about an hour and twenty minutes) to try and catch the doctor there and see if she would write something for the hospital in St. Marc.  He missed her…  she had left for the day already.  Can you say defeated?  This is how I felt.  Ronald had asked me if I would call the doctor and ask if she would write or call the hospital in St. Marc so that this child could have some medicine.  At 9:30 last night (which is 10:30) in Haiti, I was able to talk to the Doctor.  Dr. Carmel (wonderful, sweet, kind, loving Dr.) was also upset at the lack of care this child was receiving.  She did not have a telephone number to call any doctor at this hospital, but reassured me that I could give her phone number to Madam Datilus and that she could call her any time last night or today so that she could talk to a doctor.  This is great, except Madam Datilus does not have a phone.  There isn’t a phone by every hospital bed that is free to use, or that we would have a number to even call.  Dr. Carmel had gotten another call before mine last night, from someone she said she didn’t know, that had asked about treatment and diagnosis.  The only thing left for me to do was pray.  I asked God to lay his hands on Bettina, stabilize her, heal her.  Make the connections between the doctors and provide the necessary medicines for this child.

Today…  Saturday.  JP called me about 9am.  He had heard from Madam Datilus again.  Some miracle happened over night and they had given Bettina a prescription.  Now the next obstacle.  She could not get this prescription without paying for it first.  JP and Ronald are both in Port-Au-Prince on Saturdays for English school and were not able to get up to St. Marc to bring money to her.  JP already had another plan though.  God is so good.  He had talked to his girlfriend, who happens to live in St. Marc and she was going to meet Mdm at the hospital and give her money for the medicine.  JP will go and visit her after church tomorrow and see what other needs she may have.. He was encouraged that Bettina had made it through the night again, and that she was more awake today.

I have also been praying and ask you to join me in prayer for Madam’s other 4 children.  Madam is required to be at the hospital or have another adult there at all times.  She is a single mother, and this is not easy.  Ronald was able to bring food to the other kids at home today, but they are fending for themselves right now.

Long story… Did you make it to the end?  I guess I could have just gotten to the point right away, and that point is that I should have never ever been upset with the way things were happening here when Jeremiah was in need of medical care.  One doctor can see what another doctor has done or is going to do with the click of a few buttons on a computer.  The pharmacist can see what medicines we are on and what might interact with another medicine, even if they were prescribed by different doctors at different clinics.  Payment plans are readily available, and treatment is never denied due to the lack of money in your pocket.  Communication can be achieved so easily, and almost everyone can get a cell phone.  (for as little as a dollar a month, I know, I use to work in the cell phone industry) Finding an internet connection to send records or an email?  I would be willing to bet if we didn’t have internet that one of my neighbors or friends would have it for me to use.  How about something as simple as a dial tone?  Do we even use land line phones anymore?  Not often, but that is a luxury that is not readily available in Haiti.

If you made it this far I thank you.  I ask you to pray.  If you are feeling lead to help with this road to recovery financially, please click on the following link and mark your donation “Bettina”.

www.710foundation.org/donate  

 

Blessings to you and yours,

 

Tanja

Two are better than one…..

We have so many exciting things to update you on.  I will be traveling to Haiti again on March 17th, and I will be there through the 24th.  I am so blessed with the opportunity to travel with a sister in Christ, and a leader of another ministry in Haiti.  I will be traveling there with Tammy from Bread to the Nations.  Visit the website for BTTN here.  The ministry is located in Carrefour Haiti, and it’s home office is in Alexandria, MN.  We are excited about the many opportunities that may be revealed through this newly established friendship.  I will be staying with Tammy until the 21st, and then traveling with Tammy and her Haitian pastor, Pastor Firmin, to La Digue.  We will have the opportunity to introduce them to our staff, and show her what the Lord has blessed us with in La Digue.  I will be staying with our director Ronald until the morning of the 24th, and then flying home.  

We are excited to announce that the wall around the widowage in COMPLETE!  This is such an amazing thing, it means that soon we will be able to build our first home on the widowage!  

Inside these walls our director Ronald has been gardening.  With plenty of prayer and God’s blessing we have already harvested Berjen (eggplant) FIVE times!  This eggplant has been brought to the market and sold. The money earned from the sales of this eggplant goes back to 7:10 Foundation.  It is used to pay the day laborers that help with harvesting and irrigation, to pay for fuel for the moto and the water pump.  

Psalm 67:6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 

Moto?  What’s that you say?  Oh yes…..  The foundation is the proud owner of a new Dayun moto bike.  Our Director Ronald lives on the opposite side of the village, and our projects seem to be spread out all over.  This moto bike enables him to get from site to site in a more efficient way, and also to give others rides when needed.  

We are also excited to announce the completion of our first earth bag house.  This was done with the help of Haiti Christian Develoment Project, from Gonaives Haiti.  You can visit their website here.   A team stayed with Ronald for about 10 days and trained our team and other villagers in the construction of an earth bag house.  This was done for about 1/3 less than the traditional concrete houses we have helped with in the past.  We built this home right outside of the widowage, and now know that it is the type of home we want to build inside of the widowage.  We will continue to work with HCDP as they grow in their knowledge.  

In other news, we are excited to announce our newly established partnership with Blowers Chapel.  Blowers has agreed to be our sending church (Officially). While we have always felt the support of the many friends at Blowers Chapel, it is now official and when someone asks us, “What church are you part of?”  We can answer with confidence “7:10 Foundation is part of Blowers Chapel”. As a para church it is biblical to have a sending church.  We did things a little backwards, and we are working very hard at doing things the way that the Lord has intended.  

This leads me into how important we believe having partners is.  We need partners in every part of 7:10, whether you are a sender or a Goer.  A prayer partner, a financial partner, a physical needs partner.  We are so grateful for all of our partners.  My husband and I just had this conversation the other day, about how important it is to have partners, but we think it goes beyond that.  We see our partners as a part of a team.  As a team, it is so welcome for our teammates to share ideas and bring thoughts to the table.  When I read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  I read that we need to work together.  A team is a group of people with a full set of complimentary skills required to complete a task.  Not one of us has all the skills, gifts, or wisdom for 7:10 to be successful, but together with the Lord we can accomplish great things.  If our common goal is to serve and glorify Him, anything is possible.  It is my prayer that our team can continue to grow, and meet together and share ideas.  Would you like to be part of our team?  Please do not hesitate to email me anytime.  Tanja@710foundation.org

Here is a list of specific things that we have been praying about, if you would like to join us in prayer: 

* Political peace and restoration for Haiti.  We are praying for a successful election process coming up in April.  

* Health for all of our friends and family in Haiti.  A health warning has been issued for Haiti for a virus that is being spread via mosquitos, called Zika.  A lot of our Haitian friends and missionary friends have been affected by this virus already.  

*Our director Ronald travels to Port-Au-Prince every Saturday for English school, he also has a good friend of ours Telihomme go with him.  We pray for safety in their travels each Saturday. 

* We are in prayer for the finances to be available for 7:10 to purchase a vehicle in Haiti.  We would like to purchase a four door pickup that can be used to haul building materials, and also act as transportation for team members when in Haiti.  

*We are in prayer for the finances to be available to build an earthbag home on the widowage. We have a widow that is a candidate for our first home that is built on the property.  

*We are in prayer for a Haitian to be hired on with 7:10 and act as a pastoral representative.  It becomes more and more clear to us that it is neccessary to have someone that can teach and lead in Haiti the way that the Lord intended.  We are praying for the Lord to show us the right person for this position.  

* We are praying for the financial needs to be met so that we can finish the rental that we have for us to stay in while we are in Haiti.  Our prayer is that we will be able to have a water filtration system and a power source established to make it easier for us to do the Lords work while in Haiti.  

* We are also praying for the funding for a gate to put on the entrance of the widowage.  

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 

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Please do not hesitate to email us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about any of our on going projects.  Blessings to you and your families. 


Tanja 

Church… Is it a building?

Today I was blessed with yet another amazing experience.  Jean Phillipe speaks at this church every second sunday of the month..  It is on Route 1, between Arcahaie and Cabaret.  Today his sermon was on  worship.  Of course because of the language barrier I did not understand everything but Jean Phillipe had handed out a sheet before hand that had all of the scripture references on the sheet.  I could follow with that partially, but I found my mind drifting.  

Drifting into what church really is.  My mind goes back to all of the sermons at my home church, by different pastors, all teaching the same thing.  How church is NOT the building.  It is not a place.  Today, a group of brothers and sisters in Christ came together to worship, praise, and learn more about Him.  And it didn’t matter that the floor was dirt, and the walls were plywood, the support nothing more than tree branches… 

1 Corinthians 3:9-16 (NKJV)

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

What!  I am God’s building?  All believers are considered to be God’s building.  Our cornerstone, you got it, Jesus Christ.  What an incredible acknowledement.  


The above photo is Jean Phillpe preaching..  I can not wait to get home so that I can post video of him.  What an amazing spiritual gift this young man has.  Today he talked about the elements of worship, I hope that someday he will have the opportunity to share with you.  The pastor took time to have us all introduce ourselves to the congergation, as there were 6 of us with Jean Phillipe.  Rhitza was awesome and translated for Sherry and I.  He also wanted to make us all feel welcome and thanked us several times for coming.  They sang a hym in english for us, and asked me to pray for their discipleship meeting that was taking place after service today.  I am normally not a very good public prayer, and on the spot like that made me very nervous, but no one translated from english to creole, so therefore there were no giggles… Then all 6 of us came forward and the congergation prayed for all of us.  It was so touching.  The love that I could feel radiate through me and around me.  Feeling the Holy Spirit so strongly that tears were running down my face.  

Sherry, Pastor, Tanja (me), and Jean Phillipe 

I am so appreciative of everyone that supports  our growth as a body of believers.  I want to tell everyone that supports us through prayer, and/or with physical/financial gifts, that I praise the Lord for you.  I pray that through you the light will always shine.  

Blessings to you all, I am going to try and ward off the mosquitos who seem to love my cold Minnesota blood….   

Tanja 

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Serving for God’s Glory 

1 Peter 4:9-10 

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 

This week a new project begins.  The Lord has blessed 7:10 with the funding to build an earthbag home for a family living in La Digue.  I have talked about this family in the past.  This family lives right outside of our property at the widowage.  This family lost a 2 year old child to malnutrition in August.  Today I met with Monsieur and Madam Paul.  We talked about what we were hoping to accomplish in the next couple of weeks, in regards to providing a home for them. 

In the past the Lord has blessed us with money to build homes, and the money was provided to include labor on the homes we build.  After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to change our ways.  Rather than paying for labor, we would like the home owners to be very involved in the building of their home.  We would like them to ask family and friends to bless them with their hands and strength.  Neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ coming together to help one another, knowing that the Lord will bless them for blessing others.  It will be a sort of “pay it forward” system.  We will pray with the home owners, and pray that volunteers will step forward.  We will pray with the whole team throughout the whole process.  Using scripture to show what happens when you give from your heart.  2 Corinthians 9:6-15 says: But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he wo sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.  As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the Poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may he wo supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in  everything  for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.  For the administration of this service not only su7pplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God, while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, and by their prayer for you, who long for you because of the exceeding grace of God in you.  Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 

Meet the Paul Family.  From left to right we have Wilfod (1yr), Madam Clara Elisma (38), Katiana Etienne (14) Wilkerson (7), Tatie (8), and Wilnove Paul (54).  

This is their home.  I asked if it was ok to take photos of the before and after home pictures and the family agreed to share their living space with me, and you…   

This is it folks…  Sticks… tarps…. mud….   It was very neat and tidy and well kept.  You can tell that there is a love for what they do have.  

Please visit us over the next few weeks to see updated progress on the house the Lord has provided for us to build for this precious family.  Daily updates (as long as our internet is working) will be posted on our Facebook page.  With the help of Haiti Christian Development Project out of Gonaives Haiti we will be building an earth bag home with a rain catching system set up on the home.  To learn more about this amazing mission please visit.  www.hcdp.net

This group will be staying at the home of our wonderful director here in La Digue, Ronald, and his mother Claudette will be providing meals for these men.  Please keep HCDP in your prayers as they prepare to travel this next Monday, and pray for the families that they will be leaving at home.  Pray for the Paul family as they prepare to receive a new home and learn a new trade, building earth bag homes.  

We are actively fundraising at 7:10 Foundation, fundraising for our missionaries and the homes that they will be staying in while in Haiti, fundraising for our property wall and gate to be completed, and finally for more homes.  Homes to be built on the widowage for widows and single mothers, and homes to be built in the village for families in need.   Please keep 7:10 in your prayers that the Lord will provide for our projects.  

Blessings, 

Tanja 

In the Blink of an Eye

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…….

 

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Muddy….Laundry that is soaked from the storm the night before….

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.

 Romans 8:18-19

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.

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Exterior of one earth bag home in Gonaives

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Earth bag construction in Gonaives. When it is complete it doesn’t look different than the houses we have seen built in La Digue

 

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!

Proverbs 19:17

 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

My phone number is 218-639-5257 and my email address is tanja@710foundation.org Our mailing address is

63508 450th ST, Sebeka, MN 56573

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.

Jeremiah 29:12

Then you will call upon me and come pray to me, and I will hear you.

 

 

 

The most powerful weapon in the universe!

Lets just start with, Jeremiah is posting this so there will be grammar mistakes! As my beautiful wife is in Haiti again, I get a lot of time, after the little kids go to bed , to talk to my lovely teenage daughters. and then a lot of time by myself, and God.  As Tanja and I text and instant message, (yes I can instant message, you can teach red necks new things) she is struggling with many things. and the mission that she is at, is getting attacked by satan . wait a second spell check just wanted me to capitalize that name, ARE YOU KIDDING ME.  Anyway, 7:10 is being attacked, missionary’s are being attacked, my family. So while talking to her, it hit me, why are people that have the Holy Spirit in them not using the most powerful weapon in the universe . the name of Jesus Christ!   Peter , healed in the name of Jesus. was he saved with more grace than us? Did any of the Apostles call out to a greater name than we do? when people get saved in today’s age are there different levels of saved? No. so why then does it seem like a large part of the Church doesn’t use the name of Christ Jesus, to tell satan to get behind them, and he will flea? Now don’t  be stupid and go stand in front of  a train and try and use his name to get it to stop. my point is, we the church, Who serve the only true and one living God, who have being saved by grace and are filled with the Holy Spirit and have  the greatest name in the universe, the name of Jesus the Christ ,not use it more? we need to use his name for praise, for one another ,when we are sick, for protection, ect. And the want to be god, and his worthless army CAN NOT win against the name of Jesus Christ. Thanks for reading, and in the words of a brother in Christ and friend, rest in the Lord, brothers and sisters, rest in the Lord!

Wall-stacular

What a whirl wind of a summer it has been thus far.  I simply cannot believe that we are already into August.  It seems like just last weekend we started going to spring graduation open houses.  It was just yesterday that I was telling you all about our last trip to Haiti in June, wasn’t it? Now I am preparing to leave again for another week on August 19th.  I will be accompanying Jessanne,  one of my favorite (I have several 😉 ) 2015 graduates, so that she can start her three month internship with Children’s Lifeline.

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This is the friendly fellow that tried to share my lunch, he was to quick for me, so I missed the photo op when he was still on my plate. I think Ronald thought I was as crazy as they come.

Sometimes I am still in awe of what the Lord has done in my life.  How my priorities have changed, and how living for Jesus is really a spectacular journey.  If you knew me as a teen and a young adult you would have laughed at the idea of Tanja using a squatty potty.  That person was much to vain to spend her time or money in a third world country.  Did I tell you that in June I was at lunch with our Haitian staff at a supermarket type deli, and while I was eating a friendly cockroach scurried across my plate?  Ya, that happened.  Now, what would you guess I would do……  Scream?  Throw my food away?  Jump?  Nope, I took a picture and continued to eat my lunch.

We have been traveling to Haiti for 2.5 years now, and crazy how even our priorities have changed in Haiti.  Each of us has grown closer to the Lord and He has given us the knowledge that we need to do things better than the way we started.  Helping the Haitian people and their physical needs all while teaching and helping to grow their spiritual needs.  This can only be done through Jesus.

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This is a photo of the foundation for the wall. Ernso is posing with his bicycle.

When we hand our trials over, He always provides.  Everything I have viewed as an imposible venture, has proven to be possible.  The purchase of the property….  the hiring of employees….  the fence…  and now the foundation for the wall.  The wall will be 286 feet long and 8 feet high.  This means we will need about 3000 blocks to finish the wall on the front side of the property.  Each block costs .50 cents, so it is about a $1500.00 project.  We are of course still raising money for our first home on the widowage and the home that borders our property.  We are still praying that we will be able to do the earthbag homes and that the cost of these homes will remain around $2700.00 each.  I know that all these things are possible, because He takes care of every need that we have had.  He does this through all of you! Your fervent prayers have been so very helpful.  Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Thank you to all who support us through prayer and financially.  We are confident our needs will be met.

Please keep my family in your prayers as we leave this Saturday for a trip to visit close friends in Tennessee and in Kentucky.  We will be driving our motor home and will be gone for 10 days.  When we return I will fly out for Haiti the next day!  Pray for safety and patience….  We have the opportunity while in Tennessee to meet with a foundation called Kore foundation in Nashville and we hope that this will open some new doors towards self sustainability in our little community in La Digue.  We also have the opportunity as a family to present 7:10 Foundation to a small church in Kentucky…  Both of these things are such a blessing for us.

I hope to update you while I am in Haiti again, but that is of course dependent on access to internet.  Your prayers are appreciated!

Blessings,

 

Tanja

Church???

This trip was a very successful trip, and we accomplished a lot.  I promise I will update you on all the things that the Lord did for us on this trip…..  but first, I wanted to talk about whats on my heart.

There were pastors from Kentucky that joined us on this trip, and their mission was to host a pastors conference for area pastors, and also have a soccer camp for the village youth boys.  What they accomplished was so much more, and I would bet they do not even know that they were  touching my heart with everything they accomplished.  Now, I know that these men would never say that they alone accomplished these things, that the Lord did, and I know that also.  He chose them to do His work, and they did His work so very well.  He blessed them with the words and the discernment on how to use them.  These men projected His light regardless of any personal situations that they were going through.  I pray that some day I can learn to put my problems aside and always project His light as these men do.

On Sunday morning, these pastors were given the opportunity to preach at the two lifeline property churches.   One pastor went to the church at Barbancourt and one stayed to preach in La Digue.  I had been blessed with the sermon that Pastor Damien gave over Christmas, so I chose to stay and listen to Pastor Eric, since I had not heard him preach before.  (except when he was telling me to “rest in the Lord, sister”)  Church started at 8am.  There was a time of song, worship and praise.  Every single seat in the church was filled, and more chairs and desk benches from the school were being brought in.  The sun was shining and the people were smiling.

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We heard testimony from a man that had recently just accepted Jesus into his heart, and we took up a special offering for a family that was in desperate need of a roof over their head.  Regular offerings were also made.  We watched the dedication of a very special child to the Lord.  We were blessed with the sound of the sweet children from COBBA singing for us.

Listen to Joe from COBBA and hear the performance HERE…

When Pastor Eric was able to give his sermon we were already almost 3 hours into the service.  Yes, you read that right…  THREE HOURS.  Can you believe that the people were still sitting…  the children still paying attention.  Not one person was pointing to their watch or fussing in their seat about the time.  The message was powerful and hit home for me with the first story.  The story of the prodigal son (the lost son)  We heard the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin.  (Luke Chapter 15) Pastor Eric reminded us that through our bad attitudes and our bad behaviors, Jesus will always love us.

I found myself a little down when we left the service.  I was thinking about how we view “church” .  We wake up Sunday mornings, and may have a thought in the back of our minds about whether we really need to get ready and go to the Sunday service.  When we get there we are worried about whose name is on the bulletin for ushering or leading music.  We are concerned with the songs being sung for worship today, “Why do the young people dislike the old hymns, or what’s wrong with new contemporary worship songs”  When in all truth both types of music are loved and respected.  It never fails, when the clock hits 11am, someone is looking at their watch.  “is it almost over” “how long will he preach today”

I am reminded that I have an opportunity almost every minute of the waking day to be growing in the Lord.  I live in a country where electronics are common place, computers are in almost every home.  Pod casts, video casts….  beyond that it is not even legal in America to not have an education, so we are blessed with the ability to read, and can pick up a bible at almost any time.  My Haitian friends walk to church on Sunday morning in the blazing heat and give as much time as it takes to the Lord.  To hear the Word, and pray for the needs of their brothers and sisters.  This is the only opportunity a good majority of the congregation will have for the entire week to hear the Word.  Most people do not have their own bible, and if they do they may not be able to read it.  By the time they get home from working hard to provide for their families and themselves it is close to dark, and they may not have the light to read by.  Oh… how we take Sunday mornings for granted.

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In January I had the pleasure of being included in the team from KY, that also included Pastor Eric.  During this trip he met a woman that was unable to walk.  If you ask her, she hasn’t been able to walk for several years, and it was because of a voodoo curse.  Pastor Eric prayed with this lady during his visit in January and continued to pray for her when he returned home.  When I visited again in March, Chelsea and I stopped and prayed with this gal again, praying for the healing power of Jesus to come upon her and give her the strength to use her legs and walk again.  Pastor Eric, Pastor Damien, Pastor Odmy, and Tom were doing prayer walks in the village one day during our June trip and they stopped once again to pray with this woman who can not walk.  The men all prayed over the woman once again.  This time a miracle happened.  She stood and walked.  With the support of Pastor Odmy and Pastor Eric she walked to the canal and was baptized!!!  This folks is what it is about.  We are so immune to miracles at home that we do not even recognize them for what they are.  When your surgery is successful, or your cold is cured……It takes something HUGE like a woman walking again for our eyes to be opened to the healing power in the blood of Jesus Christ.   I can not wait to go and pray with her again in August.

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We were blessed with the money to buy 40 bibles in Haiti before we left on this trip in June.  We knew that we wanted to be able to gift each one of the girls that were part of our girls bible study a bible and that we were counting on 25-30 girls.  We were not sure what we were going to do with the remaining bibles, but knew that the Lord would point us in the right direction when we got there.  The money went to Osmy the first night we were there and he sent Julmeis to purchase the bibles.  His suggestion was that we bought them in french, as this was taught in school and sought after.  Guess what?  French bibles are cheaper than Creole bibles.  Julmeis came back to the mission with SIXTY EIGHT bibles.  The seemingly random number was clear to us later.  25 girls in the girls bible study…..  and 43 boys in the soccer camp/bible study.  GOOSEBUMPS…

Pam’s mission this trip was to lead some young ladies in a bible study.  What a blessing she was to this trip.  Pam is so gifted in education, and especially gifted with the patience and discernment of teaching others.  She touched some pretty tough subjects, but I am positive that she planted many seeds and that she touched the hearts of every girl.  We used this opportunity to distribute hand made feminine hygiene pads, hand made washcloths, toiletries, and of course their very own bibles. Pens, highlighters, pencils and a prayer journal were also gifted.   Pam made the class fun with door prizes and also made each girl a book mark.  A big shout out to all the talented people that helped to provide these items for these girls.

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Pastor Odmy with the proclaimer

When we learned last spring that a great majority of people can not read or write we were really struck with the thought of how these people can hear and learn the Word.  Sherry started researching right away how we can help those that can not read.  She was led to Faith Comes by Hearing.  This amazing tool can broadcast the Good News to up to 300 people in their native language.  The proclaimer is powered by solar and also has a crank to charge it up.  There is an option to plug it in, but that is not always possible in Haiti. We were gifted one through the company and the money for a second was donated to the foundation.   The above photo is a photo of Pastor Odmy receiving the gift of a proclaimer for him to use with people in the village of La Digue.  The second one was brought to a pastor in a mountain village called Petit Bois.

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view from the porch of the widows group

One of our favorite parts of our visits to Haiti is when we can meet with the weekly widows group.  They come to Lifeline each Tuesday morning for a time of worship and prayer.  After this they are provided with some food stipends for the week, provided by Lifeline.  We like to visit with them when we are there, and have a short devotional with them if possible.  During this trip our very talented Pastor Damian was ever ready with the guitar to play and sing.  With the help of our translator Jean Phillipe, we were able to worship through song with the widows group.  After that is when we distributed a gift bag, all with things that were made possible through our supporters here in America.  The washcloths are such a special thing that we can pass on to these special ladies.  There was enough money gifted so that each bag had dish soap and laundry soap purchased in Haiti, and other toiletries that were brought along.  Dr. Lou and his son Kyle (Who is a med student) then provided check ups for the widows, which was much needed.  Thank you Dr. Lou and Kyle for your time and talents given to the widows this day.

 

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Sherry working on a key hole garden

Another project was to build and instruct on how to grow a key hole garden.  Sherry was in charge of this one with her heart and knowledge for anything green.  The idea is that your waste water and compost will feed and nourish your garden so that you do not have to haul water special for your garden.  We were able to start 4 gardens, and complete one.  There is money for a 5th and hopefully it is being done in our absence.  The completed one was done at Tallways home (7:10 Haitian staff member) with the idea that when we do not have an active project at the widowage that he can help others in the village make their own gardens;  That he will be able to share seeds and plant cuttings to neighbors to help start a more self sustainable idea in the community. He will also be helping and instructing the other four families with their gardens that we started.   Learn more about key hole gardens HERE

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This is where we will pump water from to water our plants at the widowage

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7:10’s first building! Right now it is not only a latrine, but is also doubling as a storage unit.

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Beautiful view of the mountains while standing on the widowage

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One side is of the property was done in a day with posts in. Crazy when each hole is dug with a machete and a plastic butter tub.

The property.  Wow….  another “God thing”  We were blessed with funds for the fencing just days before our trip.  $3500 is what we had been quoted to do the fencing on three sides of two pieces.  On Monday morning I had the opportunity to go with our director Rodnald and driver/translator Julmeis to Port-au-Prince for supplies.  I could talk for hours about how different it is to shop in Haiti versus America.  Let’s just say it isn’t a quick trip into Home Depot to pick things up and be on our way home again.  BUT….  again the hand of the Lord was with us at every turn.

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loading the truck…

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Shopping….

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Our new PUMP!!!

 

We ended up coming in WAY under budget.  So, we bought a water pump and hose and still had extra money.  So, now planting can begin.  From what I understand, vetiver grass will be planted on the side where you see the fence posts above, and some plantains and other fruit trees at the back side of the property.  I am anxious to see the progress in August.  Now, we can start raising money for our first home!  This is a place that I was not sure we would ever get to… and look what happens when I wait for things to happen in the Lords time and not expect it to happen in my time.  We are working with someone that is skilled in building Earth bag homes.  This will be a less expensive way for us to build homes, while providing a safe place for widows and single moms.  These homes are earthquake proof, flood proof, hurricane proof, and maintain a cool internal temperature.  We are working with our contact to work out the details and I will post more when I know.  I think that we should be able to build one of these homes for about $2700.00 which is almost half of what we were building before.  When we are ready to build our first home, I am hoping that we have enough money that we can build a home for the family that lives right next to our property.  It would be horrible to think of building new homes and leaving this one.

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This structure is what six people are calling home right now.  It is tarps, and sticks…..  Please pray with us that we will be able to provide this family with better living conditions.  We know that taking care of our neighbors is also very important.

Again, I ask for your prayers.  Why are we so blessed?  Because we know that anything that we are able to accomplish is only because Jesus is with us, we know that our prayer warriors are looking out for us and diligent in their prayers for the foundation….  Thank you.

If you are intersted in partnering in the housing project please visit our website at :

www.710foundation.org 

Email me at:

tanja@710foundation.com

or visit us on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/710foundation

 

And, just because I think they are adorable, here is a photo of two of Tallway’s children…….  He looks just like his daddy!

 

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2 of Tallways children after school at Lifeline’s school

 

 

 

Blessings to you all!

Tanja

June Trip

So many things planned for this upcoming trip in June.  All of which I pray will spread the gospel news, while helping our dear friends in Haiti become more self sufficient.  My biggest fear is that of the American economy collapsing, and us not able to support our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  Our mission is to help stabilize this with the Good News, and also the education of supporting themselves.  In Haiti, this means being able to feed yourself and your family, send your children to school, and some how have a safe roof over your head.

This trip we have things planned to disciple to the teens of the village of La Digue.  We are hopeful we will be able to provide a Haitian Creole bible for each teen girl we will be studying with.  (25-30 is our goal) We are hoping to put together something fun and something practical for the girls too.  Nail polish, hair accessories, feminine hygiene pads, soaps……

We will also be visiting with the widows at the compound when they come for their weekly meeting.  This is such an inspiring time for me, and these women helped to change my heart over 2 years ago.  We have in the past been able to gift them the gospel of John, soaps for their bodies, handmade washcloths, soaps for clothes and dishes….  We will put together a bag for them again this trip too….  soaps and washcloths again for sure..

We will also take a day trip to Real Hope For Haiti, and while there we will deliver supplies, medicine, and birthing kits.  The team we are joining from KY is bringing a doctor along on this trip, and he may have the opportunity to help out in the clinic that day.

Sherry (my mother in law) and I have one major goal that we hope to accomplish this trip, and that is to build some key hole gardens.

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Visit Key Hole Garden plans HERE

We would love to start with the first garden at the home of our employee Talloway (from the family in the woods)  We would put this garden together at his home, with his help, learning how to build it and maintain it.  We hope to put a second garden at the home of another family in need, with Talloway present again so that he will have all the skills he needs to build these gardens.  This way when we leave, he can help other families to build their own key hole gardens.  The materials are easy to find and save until you have enough to build a garden, with the only expense being in the plants.  Our prayer is that these families will then help their neighbor to build one and so on……..  Eventually having plants to share with the family that you are helping to build their own key hole garden.

7:10 will need to purchase the materials to put these first gardens together.  We have estimated the cost to be about $52.00 per garden. This would buy manure, black dirt, cinder blocks, and chicken wire.   Would you be willing to sponsor a garden, or part of a garden?

You can sponsor any of our upcoming projects, or partner in our Raising Hope Building Homes campaign by visiting our website, or mailing a check.  Please note in on the donation what project you are sponsoring.

You can donate on our website or you can mail a check to: 7:10 Foundation

63508 450th ST

Sebeka, MN 56477

Please visit our website at www.710foundation.org 

email me at tanja@710foundation.org 

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/710foundation 

 

Blessings to you and yours,

 

Tanja

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