Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Good News!

I received some good news from the HOH and wanted to share it with you.  It seems like Dorothy is steadily improving, and was even able to stand for a little bit yesterday.  Linda took a picture for me to post so you all can see how she's doing and rejoice with us...
Thank you so much for your prayers for her.  We'd ask that you continue to pray that she will take her meds on her own volition (we are still having to give them to her in a tube), eat our good food and continue to improve.  Also pray for her emotional needs.  Many of our kids know what if feels like to be discouraged and feel like there is no hope; so pray that they will be able to minister to Dorothy and share the hope they have found with her.

Another good bit of news I received last night is that our little girl Lyse is doing much better.  She had a crisis a couple of weeks ago and needed a blood transfusion.  When they went back earlier this week to have a check up they found that for the first time in her life her blood count went up not down in the past couple of weeks.  This feels like a big turn of events in her little life and while she is not out of the woods yet, we feel this is a big step ahead.  Please continue to pray for her and her family as well.
Lyse has a lot to smile about these days!!

Thanks so much for your care for this special place.  We appreciate the many ways you stand with us to bring hope to these precious ones.  Have a great rest of the week!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Moving ahead

Thanks for your prayers for Dorothy and those giving her care.  She is continuing to take small steps ahead.  She is talking more but still needs the tubes to eat and is not able to sit up yet.  We are thankful for every little bit of improvement and ask you to continue to pray for her and her needs. 

Lyse has had a few rough days as well, but seems to be on the up side of that.  As you can imagine, with so many bodies in our home, every day is a surprise when you wake up to see who is doing better and who is worse health wise.  Thank you for allowing us to care for these precious lives and for standing with us in prayer and support as we do so. 

Happy Valentines Day to you all!  (or as our kids call it, Happy Chocolate Day!)

Monday, February 06, 2017

A Small Step ahead for Dorothy

Once again, thank you so much to everyone who has been praying for Dorothy and for your notes of encouragement.  While it may not seem like a huge deal, she has made a small step ahead, she is speaking a few words -- so we'll take that!  We just wanted to let you know that and ask you to keep it up!  We'll share more as things progress.  Thanks!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Update on Dorothy

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Dorothy.  We appreciate your prayers and your notes of encouragement for everyone involved.  She had a really rough weekend and while she seems to have rallied a little bit, she is not improving much at all.  Over the weekend she became unresponsive and the doctors fear she might have had a stroke.  She is at least a little bit responsive now, Linda took a picture for me but I can't share it online as she is not in good shape at all.  

This is one of those frustrating cases where we are doing all we can, but are hindered greatly by the limitations of health care in our area.  Even if her family could make it happen she wouldn't survive a trip to the capital city where they might be able to do more extensive testing for her.   So, please continue to pray for the doctors and nurses -- for wisdom to do all they can.  Pray for her family who have come to be with her and hurt so much for her.  Pray for the HOH family as they continue to serve Dorothy and her family at this difficult time.  

Your partnership enables us to bring what hope and health care we can to the children who come to our home.  Please continue to pray for the other areas of the HOH -- for our students as they are studying hard for a successful school year -- and for our continuing financial needs. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Please continue

We were hoping to be able to offer you an update of Dorothy doing much better, but unfortunately that is not the case.  She seems to have gotten worse and they are having to feed and give her meds through a tube they've put from her nose into her stomach.  We know it is hard to imagine how she'll be able to pull through at this point, but we have seen it happen before... so, please continue your prayers on her behalf.  We will update as we are able to.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prayer needed for Dorothy

I mentioned 14 year old Dorothy in our last blog.  She is not doing well at all.  She is extremely sick with TB and as you can see by her picture extremely sad.   She refuses to eat or take the medication that she needs
Linda asked me to ask for our prayers. She needs wisdom in dealing with Dorothy and trying to get her to open up and be willing to receive treatment.  Pray also for the kids and staff as they try to reach out to Dorothy by serving her needs at this time.  We are so glad Dorothy has come to our home and has the chance to learn what a precious young lady she is.  Thank you to each of you for the part you play in bringing the message of hope to Dorothy. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year!!

Christmas is such a special time at the House of Hope.  The house is all decorated and the kids are all excited.  Those who have been here for previous Christmas times tell their most grandiose stories to the newcomers who in turn get equally excited.  

This year was no different as the decorations went up, the songs started to be sung and taught to the new arrivals.  Throughout the house impromptu singing sessions would break out into Christmas songs always within earshot of Linda.  She would respond with her usual response, "I know, I know, you are just singing for your gifts", at which point the kids would run away laughing the kind of laughing that comes from deep within the gut and explodes all over the place.  The little game never seems to get tiring -- for the kids at least.  

So, as can be expected all eyes were on the boat bringing in the gifts this year.  We had assurances from the shipping company that they would arrive in time for Christmas, but started to doubt as Christmas morning arrived and the gifts were nowhere to be found.  

No problem, this is Haiti -- we are flexible.  With great gusto Linda and the kids threw themselves into preparing a lovely  meal to be shared by the HOH kids, staff, friends and some neighbors.  We don't often get to eat all together as a whole family, so this is always a special meal and everyone helped to put it together...

 
 It takes a lot of work to get a special meal prepared for as big a family as we have.  Then, in the middle of all the meal preparation came a call -- the gifts were ready to be picked up!  You can sure believe some of the boys dropped everything they were doing, grabbed the vehicle and went to pick up the gifts...

Even though they waited until the next couple of days to go through everything and organize the gifts, it was well worth the wait and allowed Christmas to be stretched out for even more days.  

 
 
 

The gifts once again came from a supporting church in York, PA with some staff gifts and big Christmas cloth gift bags came from our church in Simcoe, Ontario Canada.  Some friends in Texas helped us with some extra funds to use for the Christmas meal, and others in Colorado sent some new Christmas decorations for this year.  Our friends in Miami made sure everything got to us, as well as purchased and sent in food and other items we needed.  We are so blessed to have a such a wide and varied support team that allows us to have such a special time for our kids.  Thank you to each one of you who played a part.

The best part of our Christmas Season is being able to share the true meaning of the season with our kids.  The hope that Jesus brought to us all when he came so long ago means a lot to our kids who come from extremely hopeless situations.   We received 2 new arrivals over the holiday season and everyone at the HOH now has a chance to share this message with them.  

They've asked me to ask you to pray for them as they share God's love with Dorothy and Saskie.  Saskie is a little 2 year old girl suffering from extreme malnutrition; she is at the HOH with her mother.  Dorothy is 14 and is having a particularly difficult time being at the HOH.   She is in such terrible physical condition Linda is not comfortable even taking a picture to show us.  She has been suffering from TB for quite some time and has just now come for medical care.  She needs daily medication but refuses to take it.   Our staff, and the other kids are doing all they can to care for her.  Many of them remember how hard the first few weeks at the HOH can be, especially when you are feeling so very sick.  Please pray for patience for all those giving her care and that they would be able to show her the love and hope that come from life with Jesus.
 
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season and we look forward to another year sharing life with all of you, our friends and partners.  A Happy New Year to you all!