Sunday, February 27, 2011
Today we started pouring the foundation for our much needed warehouse! What a wonderful day! We have prayed for this project to be fulfilled because we needed the space to house the food that supplies the 3,500 children each week-day with their cooked meals. When the food comes in it is necessary to place the food in a dry secure place before it is cooked for the children and then distributed to the many more people from Port Au Prince to Gonaives and out to the Island of La Gonave and to many of the mountain people in Haiti. It is such a blessing to have such special people to share the finances that are needed for such a project! I Praise God for those individuals, and I pray that God will reward them abundantly. As the work continues on this project we will keep you updated on the many phases until it's completion.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I have only one suggestion to a person on a journey to discover the meaning of true Human Love and Kindness. This would be to take time from all your daily routines, and come to one of few places that God's Love and Kindness is extremely visible and alive. Come to Haiti.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I was able to encourage, provide guidance, relaxation techniques and prayer to a few young people seen by our team. One, 12 year old girl, had lost her Father to the earthquake and her Mother was killed shortly after that. She was now living with family members and other people, not her family. She said that her Mother was a hard worker and they needed for little. Now, it is a struggle for her family to meet basic needs. She misses her parents. I did grief counseling and prayed for her. I found out that she didn’t have a Lifeline sponsor. This would relieve some of the pressure from her family and give this young girl hope for the future.
A beautiful, 20 year old female, came to me. She lacked self-esteem and confidence in her future. She lived with her brother and said that this was not a good situation. She said that she had no close friends. She was having some somatic symptoms and trouble sleeping. I reminded her that Jesus has a great love for her. He has a purpose for her life. I gave her relaxation exercises to do to help her sleep and prayed that God will reveal His purpose for her life.
It was a busy day, our doctors and nurses saw many children and adults. It was sad to turn many people away. As we prepared to pack up our supplies, I watched chickens come into the school to eat what they can find. Goats came up to the building and ate vegetation and pulled thatch from the walls of the school.
The school head master was very proud of his school and has a great vision for its future. He does the best he can. At lunch time, Lifeline Ministry delivered 2 large pails of nutritious rice and beans for the children. The Haitian people do the best they can, under the circumstances that they live under. Many have hope for the future. With the help of ministries like, Lifeline and short term teams to bring supplies, energy, love and God’s word, many more will have hope. Death is common. The basic needs of shelter, food and clean water, can make death not so common. Please pray for the Haitian people.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Later in the day we went to Barbancourt to do a clinic. I was blessed to see the love and the joy of the people with the little that they have and how we take for granted all that we are blessed with. There were many that I fell in love with and I would love to bring them all home with me. As I was taking pictures with the kids some of them used my camera. I would show them the pictures and they really enjoyed seeing the pictures of themselves. One of them in particular, Fritzline, when I sat down beside her told me, “I love you. I need you.”
After we were done with the clinic we went to the Louissaint Orphanage. Seeing the work that the pastor is doing with these children and the love that he has, I stand in awe of his sacrifice. The conditions that they have are unimaginable compared to our American standards, but the children still smile and sing and seem to be happy with where they’re at. We handed out stuffed animals and Connor juggled. I loved when the children came around me and hugged on me and loved me. I praise the Lord that I’m able to reach out to these people by being His arms of love!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
My favorite part, however, was spending time with the kids! We brought decorated Christmas cards to pass out to the children at the school and I was blessed with the job to distribute them! It was so refreshing to see the joy on their faces as I handed them just a simple craft!
It just goes to show that even a simple gift or thought can make a huge difference! We are truly blessed as Americans but we have lost our joy. These people in Haiti are needy souls, but they have no shortage of joy. You can have all the tangible objects in the universe, but if you don’t have Jesus, you will never be satisfied. The Lord is doing a great work here in Haiti, and I am so thankful to be a part of it!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We are also grateful today because we have been able to begin construction on our warehouse! Lifeline has been in dire need of a new warehouse for quite some time now and we've built the foundation but needed help to complete it. God laid this project on the heart of a kind donor and we cannot thank this special person enough! Because of this new warehouse we will be able to help so many more people. Praise the Lord for generous donors who pave the way for Lifeline to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Bertho is carrying him into lifeline. We immediately seek Dr. Yves help and ask what do we do? The Doctor gave them some medicine and we helped them with food and they went back to the small one room house at Barbancourt where Bertho resides.
Bertho said he would sleep outside while his brother and sister could stay inside the room. However, the father had responsiblities in the mountain of animals and garden, and he did not even pass one night with the children. After the week-end we recieved the news that the boy was not getting any better and there was no time to waste. When we went to get him, he was laying lifeless and I asked where is Bertho and they replied that he had got up very early to go work in someones garden so he could help them. We called for him to come so we could take the two children to the hospital and when he came then I ask him how much he made for working in the garden and he told me fifty gourdes and that is a little over one dollar so I just gave him the money for the day that he would have made because he needed to go with us to take care of his brother and sister. In Haiti every hospital does not accept all patients. So because the two youths had TB we drove to four hospitals and that truly meant a day of driving to finally find one that would accept them in. When we got there the time was after two and they didn't accept patients. BUT, I AM FOR SURE THAT GOD HAD A HAND IN THE PLAN!! because, the gateman allowed us to come in. Bertho carried his brother into the facility and we recieved immediate help for our two patients. Without money to take care of them, I knew that this was truly a LIFE OR DEATH sitauation that had to be taken care of, and I know that God will provide the funds that we need to care for these dear, precious children. Please pray for them and I will keep you posted on their status. ONLY GOD, can move the mountains that the people of Haiti have to endure just to survive each day! WHO could not have compassion on a situation such as this?!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
When I returned this time I was able to visit the orphanage of Pastor Louissaint where the little girl had stayed and her sister still lives. Lifeline is providing food for the children now so that they receive two meals a day. They have also helped to transfer Jaline to an orphanage in Port au Prince where she can receive special attention and care and she is soon to be adopted to a couple that visits Lifeline. There is nothing more encouraging than to be a part of a place that is making a difference, especially in the lives of those faces you remember. When Lifeline sees a need, they seek to meet that need whether it’s a starving child, discouraged mother or jobless father. They can’t do everything, but for this community, they are a true Lifeline.
I am a part of Imperial Valley Hope for Haiti. We are a small community organization that started shortly after Ryan Rothfleisch, our director, came to Haiti after the earthquake.
He and others have been going back and forth, trying to help and making our community aware of Haiti’s needs. We did not have a place for our ministry to call home or friends to call partners until December when we stayed at the Lifeline. We are now partnering with Lifeline and are building an orphanage in Barbancourt on land adjoined to the Lifeline Barbancourt school. This week a team of four—three farmers and a pastor—are overseeing the rest of the foundations for the support buildings on the sight where they laid our main orphanage building in December.
It is my fourth day today and so much has already been accomplished. The men and their Haitian team of workers have poured four foundations and hope to set more.
I went into town to get prices on all of the items we’ll need to raise funds for from potty-training potties to refrigerators as well as gained invaluable knowledge and experience by spending time with Pat and Carrie at the mission. In just one day here, I saw burns treated, wounds cleaned with Carrie and went with Donald to take a girl to a nearby clinic for a TB test. Things that would take months to learn about in a class happen all in one day here. It had been such a blessing to know that my one week here is not just me seeing something and leaving but I know that while I am gone, Lifeline continues to make a long-term difference in the lives of those in their community and beyond.
Once the orphanage is finished I will be coming down to be the US administrator and I am so thankful that I will have Pat and Donald just down the road and that I will be working in the wonderful community I have begun to build a relationship with. I’m looking forward to being a part of assisting the community in finding solutions and helping volunteers that come be a part of a long-term effort.
**To follow Jaline's story of adoption, follow their blog at http://www.sixhendos.blogspot.com/.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
That was not the only gift, as if that wasn't enough, that this team brought to us today. We also received a gift of some much needed baby formula from Formula One Life. This is a non-profit organization of flight attendants and volunteers delivering infant formula to third world countries such as Haiti. The mission is accomplished primarily by the flight attendants using their benefits to provide these vital donations to a growing number of orphanages around the world. Many times the mothers of Haiti are malnourished and cannot produce the proper natural milk necessary to nurse a baby. So today this mother of twins was able to receive a portion of this blessing of baby formula for her babies. God continues to place people with us to provide the needs for this country, one step at a time. Praise God!