Thursday, September 04, 2014

Video

Hi Everyone,  just wanted to share this video with you.  The group from Miami that came down to the HOH made up a video of their time there.  We thought you might like to see it too.  So enjoy...



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mits

As promised, here is a better picture of Mits, our new little baby.

I'm told he now almost weighs 4 pounds.  When he first arrived he was just under 2 pounds!  So, he's heading the right way.  Pray for Nurse Dada who is giving him constant care.  And for the others as they lend a hand here and there.  He will be at the HOH at least until he is much healthier.  He has a Grandmother who will take him once he's there, but for now he is in the best place for healing.  Thank you for praying for him and our staff, and thank you more for giving so we have the resources to help this precious child.

Linda, Dieuny, St. Germain, Rosemène, Jn Daniel, and Manno are all re-writing their government exams this week.  Please pray for them -- this is tough, some have as many as 8 subjects to re-write. 

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Go Go Go!!!

That's how my time at the HOH went.  From the time I touched the ground until I left again it was a constant stream of activity.  And it was such a good time.  I was so excited to see all the things that took place in my absence, and how well things are running.  The team from Miami Shores was incredible, the VBS was a super great time, and reconnecting with the kids was the icing on the cake! 

I took lots of pictures and want to share my time there with you with a bit of a photo diary... hope you enjoy.  If you get a bit bored, scroll down for some current information, needs and prayer requests for the HOH.  That means this will be a bit long -- sorry for that, but I do realize it has been a while too!

These were the smiling, excited, jumping up and down faces that greeted me at the bus station.
I had two full, bursting at the seams suitcases, these home-made dresses, that the girls are modeling, were part of what I brought in.  A big thanks to all the ladies here in Manitoba who made them.
The team from Miami Shores Presbyterian Church arrived a few days after I did.  They brought fun stuff for VBS, but the biggest hit was the T-shirts with our Bible Study theme printed on them.  This team was just awesome with our kids, and some great relationships were formed.  We look forward to continuing and building on these in the future.  Already members of the team are helping me with various jobs that make my task of efficiently helping the HOH much easier -- what a blessing!
 
For the VBS week we split the kids up into three groups.  At times we had over 120 kids in attendance as neighborhood kids heard about what was going on and decided to drop in to participate.  


  It was a great week of:
Bible Lessons
  Songs
 
 and Skits
  All teaching the lessons of God's incredible Grace, and our identity in Christ because of it.  They learned each day about how they are loved, forgiven, accepted, have value, security and liberty in Christ.
Each afternoon we had games of all kinds with the kids.  They competed with their various teams to earn as many points as possible.  We also had quizzes each day and evening based on the lessons the day before.
 
 
 
 
This was the winning team, their prize a Canadian flag, donated by a friend of mine here in Portage.
As you can imagine it was an exhausting week for all involved!
A big thank you to everyone who had a part in my trip down to Haiti and in making the VBS possible.  Many different people donated supplies and funds to make all of this possible and it really was a great time.  One young man from our neighborhood stood up after the VBS and said that some difficult times in his family had caused him to really start having some bad thoughts about God.  The lessons he learned at the VBS helped him realize how much God loves him and is standing with him through the difficult times.  He went home a changed young man.  So, thanks for your part!

Now for some updates.  We have received the results of the Government exams that our students wrote.  We had just a few who were successful, most did not pass which sounds terrible, but the pass rates of the schools where our students attend were between 6 and 31%, so you can see these are not easy exams.  

A few of them did not fail by much and so have a chance to re-write the exams on the 25th of Aug.  Linda falls into this category as well as Dieuny, Saingermain and Rosemène.  You could keep them in your prayers as they study to try and prepare for these exams.  As for school, we are not sure when it is going to start up this year.  They have to wait for these exams to get finished before they can do that, so we imagine it will be a late start again this year.  

We are so grateful for the church in Oklahoma who purchased our school shoes for this coming year.  Now we are in need of some other people collecting and sending down some of the other school supplies we need.  If anyone out there is interested in getting a few school supplies collected up and sent down to Miami, please get in touch with me and I'll let you know exactly what's needed and how you can get these to us.  The e-mail to connect with me about this is;  houseofhope1@hotmail.com

We appreciate your prayers, financial support and all the other ways you give to us so we can help the children, youth and young adults God brings to our home.  Thank you for all the ways you help out.  Here are some prayer requests to keep in mind for the weeks ahead:

  1. Continue to pray for health for our staff and kids.  The fever that went through in the spring has calmed down for now in our area, but the long term effects are still hanging on.  Linda is having a very difficult time with her left wrist.  The pain is so strong sometimes she is unable to do anything with her hand at all.  Others of the kids and staff have other joints that are affected.  They'd appreciate your prayers for complete healing especially with the coming school year approaching.
  2. Pray for those re-writing the Government exams on the 25th.  Pray for good times of studying, for the ability to retain the information and for a good week of writing the exams.  Linda has to re-write only 3 subjects, some of our young people have up to 8 subjects -- that's tough!
  3. Pray for the financial needs we have.  Our over-all monthly donations have definitely been higher, but we do have some debt to pay off from our local hospital, and we have the school year looming ahead of us.  We will have to pay approximately $250 US for tuition, school books and uniforms for each child we have in school.  If you or anyone you know would like to help us with the 40+ students we will send to school this year, please let us know or send a donation to one of our partnering organizations.
  4. Pray that God would continue to use the lessons the HOH learned through our VBS .  Pray that they would grow in their knowledge of Him and allow Him to work out these things in their lives.
  5. We were blessed to have a tiny little 17 day old boy named Mits brought to the HOH. 
    I don't have any really good pictures of him yet, but you can see him here with Linda.  As you can imagine everyone is thrilled to have another baby, and so far he is doing very well.  Pray for all involved in his care and pray for his continued improvement in health.  He reminds us of our tiny little Nannie who came to the HOH tiny at 15 days as well.  She is now almost 8 years old and is on the far left of the first picture of this blog.  We hope and pray for the same recovery for tiny Mits.
Blessings to you all, thanks for the prayers and support.  Until next time...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On my way back!!

Greetings to you all.  Tomorrow I start my journey back to the House of Hope for 3 weeks.  As you can imagine, I am excited and so are those on the other end awaiting my arrival.  Getting ready for the trip has monopolized all my time and that's why this blog is happening at the last minute... but there have been a lot of activities at the HOH that we wanted to share with you, and then will come some prayer requests.

School is over for the summer.  All those who wrote government exams are breathing a sigh of relief of having finished them.  Now comes the long wait to see if they were successful!

With the end of school came graduation for some of our Youth and kids.  We had 2 young ladies graduate from our local Professional school.  There they took subjects like sewing, cooking and embroidery...
Iverlande has already started using her cooking skills by managing the kitchen at the HOH.  Finishing school was a big step for her as she has a medical condition that has made it very difficult for her to progress.  We are proud of all the effort she made and so glad she was able to graduate.

Mirlène also graduated from the Professional school.  School has also been very difficult for Mirlène over the years as she started very late.  We are proud of her for sticking with it, and being successful in the end.

 Obed, Linda's younger brother has been staying with Linda and was also able to graduate from the professional school, he studied mechanics.

We are so thankful for all of your support over the years, that has allowed these young people to reach this goal in their education.  We hope the things they have learned will help them be able to support themselves in the years to come.

On the other end of the spectrum came a graduation from Kindergarten.  After three years of getting ready for the rigors of "real" school, Rose-Carline, Micah and Carly all graduated from "Pre-school"...
Rose-Carline, Micah & Carly on graduation day

Linda with the graduates and their diplomas

A small at home party afterwards

Now, with school over, the HOH has turned towards it's summer events.  The first of this is the Spiritual Life Conference of our Haitian Mission.  It is held each year in our small town, which usually causes the population to multiply enormously over the weekend.  It brings much excitement at the HOH as there are morning and afternoon sessions for the kids, and early morning, morning and evening sessions for the youth and adults.  

One thing our kids always look forward to is getting some new clothes and new hairdos to wear to the conference.  All hands are on deck to braid and put beads in the girl's hair...

 Jn Mary helps Nitchy get her new look on!

 Siliana, Jedline, Rose-Carline & Carly happy with the finished job.
 
 All dressed up and ready to go...

The conference goes on through this weekend.  Then tomorrow morning starts the wait for "Tati Jen" to arrive.  I should get there sometime Wednesday evening.  Here are some things you can be praying for...
  • Safety in travel over the next few days, and also a safe arrival of all the bags containing the supplies for our week of VBS.
  • The lessons are prepared, the supplies on the way down, and the books made up.  Please pray that God would use these lessons sharing his Incredible Grace, and our Identity in Christ to encourage and bring growth in the lives of our kids, youth and young adults.  Pray for me as I'll be teaching each morning and evening.  Pray for the group from Miami Shores Presbyterian Church who will be helping out where they can and also bringing games for the kids to do.
  • I have many other issues to help the leaders at the HOH deal with as I go down, so pray for wisdom as we iron out some wrinkles, and make plans for the year to come.
  • Linda will be teaching a Child Evangelism course to some new teachers in the area the last week that I am in Haiti.  Pray for her as she prepares these courses and for strength and health as she teaches these teachers how to present the gospel to children.
  • Lastly please pray for good health -- lots of sickness going around, it'd be nice if we could have a few healthy weeks to accomplish all that we want to.
  • Praise God for the increase in monthly support over the months, we still need more, but it has made a difference!  So pray for this continued need with thankfulness for what has already happened.
We appreciate you and your support so much. Thank you for the different parts you play.  We'll be in touch, most likely when I get back!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Thanks for the prayers!

Thank you so much for praying for Linda, the staff and kids.  On a whole, they are doing much better, although a few are still going through the fever.  They asked me to say thank you for holding them up in prayer.  This weeks starts the grade 12 government exams.  We have quite a few writing them this year including Linda.  Please pray for them.  I know they are very stressed and would appreciate the support in that way.  Thanks!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Keep praying

Just found out Linda has come down with the fever as well as numerous other HOH kids.  So, they could really use your prayers over the next couple of days/weeks as they fight through this. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

More Celebrations, a New Virus and Lots of Goodies

There were two more special days in Haiti that the HOH kids were able to participate in.  The first was the 18th when Haiti has their "Flag Day" celebrations.  There are always all kinds of dances, parades and music on this day.  Each primary school in our area does a special program.  This year several of our kids participated, including Dieula who had a special recitation she learned and performed with some classmates.

 Dieula (far right) performs with some classmates

The last Sunday in May was Mother's Day in Haiti.  The HOH kids and Linda put together a special program for our staff ladies who are considered "Moms" for everyone.  The program was complete with special songs, skits and thank you messages to those who care for our kids and youth.   Here are some pictures...
 Our "Moms" sit and enjoy the special program
 
Linda leads the HOH kids in a special thank you song

June has started out to be a rough month for life in general at the HOH.  In the midst of final exams for school, graduation celebrations, and preparing for government exams; they are working with extremely intermittent electricity and water supply.  For some reason the hospital generator that usually provides electricity for the HOH has been broken down and causing lots of trouble.  We also get our water provided through the hospital and that seems to be having problems as well.  You can imagine how difficult it is to care for almost 100 people without a steady supply of either of these things. 

Then to make matters worse, the Chikungunya Virus that has been taking over Haiti has hit the HOH hard in the past two weeks.  First it was our staff members who became ill, now it is the kids.  Every day the list of sick kids that Linda sends me keeps growing.  The virus causes a lot of different symptoms but generally a very high fever for several days and a lot of joint pain.  From all people have said it is a very painful and difficult virus and they say that the symptoms such as joint pain can be felt even years afterwards.  I know the kids and staff at the HOH would appreciate your prayers as they battle through this sickness over the next little while. 

On a much nicer note we have received many gifts from visitors and people sending in boxes of supplies for us.  Here are some of the latest things we've received...

 Visitors who came to work at the hospital brought along these helpful supplies in their suitcases

 
A young lady from Miami collected school supplies and sent them down.  Her last project for us was a couple of months ago when she collected canned foods to send down as well.  She is coming with her mom to help with the VBS in July.  We are so excited to watch such a young girl have such a heart and give so much to others who are in need.

 
A sewing group called "Sew Gorgeous" (www.sewgorgeous.org) sent down many clothes for our kids.  Here are some of the girls and boys who received new clothes thanks to this group.

There are many ways to support and help the HOH.  Collecting and sending in supplies for us is one of them.  If you would like more information on how you can help in this way just let us know at:  houseofhope1@hotmail.com .

We appreciate each one of you and the ways in which you do support us.  Blessings to you all!