Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer at last

Most everyone can relate to the sigh of relief that comes when summer is finally here.  School has ended for most of our kids and they are excited to begin their summer holidays.  And with them, a flurry of activity in our home...

Lala, Mike, Vava, Nannie and Kiky enjoyed an end of the year school field trip to a local beach...


 Esther gives Mits a ride in the hand-pedal tricycle
Finding ways to keep everyone busy and out of trouble becomes a full time job!  In this effort, Linda recruited our young men to start repairing things around the house that have been neglected over the past few months as everyone was deep into their studies.  

The benches and tables received a nice coat of paint and some tightening up in anticipation of our upcoming VBS Camp.
 The basketball court and play area got a fresh pour of cement...
And some holes in the roof and ceiling tiles were fixed.

A few of the kids are still studying, however, as the government exams for Grade 9 and Grade 13 are coming up.  Our grade 9 students:   Lovedine and Gachner will be writing exams the week of July 3.  And our Grade 13 students:   Sonson, Evelte, Herby, Reginald and Toodley, will be writing the week of July 10.  They'd really appreciate your prayers as they work study hard and take these often difficult exams.  

The next event on everyone's minds is the upcoming Spiritual Life Conference held by our parent Haitian organization each year.  Literally thousands of people descend on our little village to take part in Bible studies, times of worship and music and most notably for our kids a special children's program throughout the week.  Our kids love learning new songs and joining into some fun with other children from all over Haiti.  It is a highlight of their year and it happens in early July.

But the really exciting upcoming event is my (Jenny's) arrival during the 2nd week in July.  We have a great VBS day camp planned for this year -- the theme is Galatians 2:20, "...I no longer live ...but Christ who lives in me."  The Bible study books are made up and packed in my suitcases, the crafts and games are planned and supplies on their way in.  A team of 6 from Miami and 3 from Colorado are going to be joining us the 3rd week in July for the actual camp, and around 200 children and youth (80 from the HOH and the rest from our local area) are counting down the days for it to start.  

We'd love it if you prayed with us for safety in travel for each one heading down to Haiti.  Pray that all our supplies arrive safely as well.  Pray for health while we're down there and pray for a great time of praising, learning and community together.

In the midst of all the activity, we have a new arrival at the HOH.  7 month old Hendy arrived a couple of weeks ago.  He is quite malnourished and we were asked to give him a hand as his mom was also receiving treatment in a local hospital and wasn't able to care for him.  
Gotta love those big eyes!  It has taken a little while to get him feeling better and willing to smile... but here it is....
I can't wait to get there and hold him!

We hope you all have a lovely summer and want you to know we appreciate you all so much and all the different parts you play in making this ministry possible.  As you can see we have some busy weeks ahead -- thank you for praying.  Thank you to each of you who have come on board to help us financially, there is still room for more on our partnering team.   $10 a month goes a long way in enabling us to bring hope to the children and youth in our care.  If you are interested in helping us out with our financial needs, please let us know or see the previous post to see how to give financial gifts.  


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Giving Information...

It was brought to my attention after writing the last update, that unless you go to the main House of Hope News blog page, you might not be able to see our partnering organizations information.  So I am including it here...
Financial donations can be made through Extreme Response at www.extremeresponse.org ,
or checks may be made out to: Extreme Response and sent to:
Extreme Response
PO Box 345
Snellville, GA
30078-0345

and in Canada:
Extreme Response Canada
PO Box 1013
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5B3

Donations may also be made through Crossworld at www.crossworld.org,
or send a check made out to Crossworld to:
Crossworld
10000 N. Oak Trafficway,
Kansas City, MO 64155

Or in Canada to:
Crossworld
1020 Matheson Blvd. E. #11
Mississauga, ON L4W 4J9

For both, please include a note that it is for the House of Hope in Haiti. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thanks again for considering helping us financially.

Seeing Improvement

Good Morning!  Thank you all for your patience in awaiting another update from us.  The past month has been quite busy and we appreciate so much your prayers for us all.  Jenny is safely back in Canada after her travels (more on that later).  And for now, here's what's happening at the HOH...

Praise God we are finally starting to see some marked improvement with Dorothy.   They have been able to remove the feeding tube as she is eating and taking her meds on her own.  She also has more strength, participates in some of the activities around the HOH and is in much better spirits.  Unfortunately, her extended period of time so deathly sick seems to have taken a toll on her mental health and she is having trouble thinking and processing through things so please continue to keep her and her complete healing in your prayers.
 A big thank you to everyone who has specifically prayed for Dorothy -- it has made a difference!

Widson has also shown marked improvement after spending this month with us.  The change in him is amazing, and while he still can't do a lot of things a child of his age should be able to do, we have high hopes as he gets stronger and stronger he'll be able to improve in those area as well.

 As you can see, he's not able to hold his head or sit on his own yet, but look at that smile!  

Lyse seems to be doing better these days as well, but we know it will be a long struggle yet for her with her condition.  The constant ups and downs can really take a toll on her parents and you can continue to pray for her parents as the face each day with her and try to meet her needs as they come up.  Getting blood to transfuse Lyse is always a problem as her blood count seems to drop rapidly when it does and the local blood bank doesn't always have enough supply.  We are thankful she has a very common blood type and we are extremely thankful for God's provision and keeping her this far.

Rain seems to be the biggest problem for the HOH and surrounding area these days.  It has been raining off and on for the past number of days and is starting to cause some damaging flooding in our town and also the town of Port-de-Paix, close by.  While the HOH hasn't received any damage, the same cannot be said for our town, our staff's homes and some of our kid's extended families who live in the area.  We'd ask you to pray for the people who are most affected.  Pray for God's provision to repair and replace what has been lost, for strength and courage as something like this really takes a toll mentally and physically on them.  Pray also for some sun to replace the rain so they can dry things out and clean up the mess left behind.

Thank you so much for your prayers for me (Jenny) as I traveled to Philadelphia, Vermont and the Lancaster areas.  I had such a wonderful time reconnecting with friends, family and partners in that area.  A huge thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make me comfortable, encourage me and help me share the news of what God is doing at the HOH.  Pray with us that from this time visiting with His people in those areas, God would bring more partners alongside of us to help us continue this special work.  

We are encouraging people to consider helping us with $10 a month in financial help.  It may not seem like a lot, but with the many people who truly care about this ministry, when you put it all together -- it enables us to bring hope to those God brings through our doors.  Over the 61 years that the House of Hope has been functioning, thousands of children have found hope here.  And while the financial needs feel daunting at times, we know God has shown us time and time again that He will provide all of our needs.  If you'd like to help us in this area, please let us know or simply send your gifts to one of our sponsoring organizations listed on this page.   And if you are not able to -- we totally understand that and ask for your continued prayers as we bring hope to the children of Haiti.  Thanks so much for whatever way you can and do help us out!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Welcome to Our Home, Widson!

We hope this update finds you all doing well and enjoying this special time of the year.  Easter is always an exciting time at the HOH.  Not only are the kids home from school the whole week, each year they together with Linda put on an open air, evening conference in our yard to share the Good News of Jesus with all who come.  Each evening they have a time of singing, worship and one of our local pastors shares the Gospel and the special meaning of this time of the year.
Linda reports that the meetings have been well attended.  On top of the 100 or so people in our family, there are so many people coming from our local community some nights there is standing room only.  The meetings will continue throughout this week, ending with a special service on Easter Sunday morning.  It is always exciting watching our young adults put their skills and talents into something like this.  Please pray for all the people involved in these meetings, pray as God's Word and Good News is shared that it would be heard, received and life changing for those who hear it. 

Another event this week has brought some excitement into our home as well.  We were happy to receive a new baby boy named Widson.  
He is 2 and a half years old but extremely malnourished and underdeveloped.  He is the son of a teen mom who abandoned him at a hospital in another town, so they brought him to us.  Unless something extreme happens, looks like he'll be part of our family for a while.  And this make certain people at the HOH very happy... like...
Lala just turned 13 and she was so excited at Widson's arrival, she declared herself his new "mom".  Lala loves being "mom" to the babies most in need and what could be better than a new baby on the very week she was off school!  But she's not the only one happy to give care.  All of us at the HOH are happy to have this addition to our family, and we are so thankful for your support in so many ways that helps us help children like Widson.

Here are some ways you can pray for us these days:
  • The issue with our funds is still not solved, although we hope it will be in the coming week.  If anyone wants to help us with our shortfall during this time, please send gifts to Extreme Response  (www.extremeresponse.org).  Thank you to those of you who have helped out with this already.
  • I, Jenny, had great weekend with Ashern Gospel Chapel in Ashern, Manitoba last weekend.  What a great group of people, it was a great weekend and we are happy to have new partners join our team.  Now, I am preparing for my trips to the North Eastern US.  Pray as I rush to finish logistics and travel next weekend.  I'll be at Valley Bible Church in White River Junction, VT the weekend of April 28 - 30.  Then Grace Baptist Church in York, PA the next weekend. 
  • Thankfully, our three sickly girls all seem to be doing better this week.   We appreciate your prayers for them.  Please continue to pray for their healing.
I will be busy over the next couple of weeks, so if you don't hear from us for a while -- please know we appreciate your prayers and support as together we bring hope to the children and youth in our care.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Things to Pray about

Life can be uncertain at times and it's always nice to have a team of partners to share things with and know you will pray with us about them.  It is also a comfort to know that even though we have no idea how each of these issues are going to work out in the end; we know we can trust our Father to walk with us and no matter the outcome, work things out for His glory.   So, we want to share a few things we've been dealing with and ask you to pray with us about them.  

  • The Fletcher family who have been part of the larger HOH family for years had an unexpected death in their family.  Jonathan had come to the HOH several times and left a very impressionable mark on all of us.  He passed away suddenly, leaving behind a wife and small daughter.  They could really use your prayers during this difficult time.  Pray also for our kids, Dieujuste and Desimène who are especially close to the Fletcher family and took this news hard.

  • Then comes our 3 girls with medical issues... 
    • Lyse has taken another turn for the worse and need another transfusion of blood.  Pray that they can locate that for her and find veins to be able to give it to here.  
    • Dorothy continues to remain the same with no noticeable improvement.  At least she isn't worse, so please continue to pray for her.
    • Oliana, our young lady with the numerous health issue, diabetes being the most difficult is really in rough shape again.  This morning they woke up to her being completely delirious and not knowing who she was or where she was.  Her blood sugar levels are just on a roller coaster up and down and they are having difficulty stabilizing them.  She has been with us a long time and is such a huge part of our family.  Please pray for wisdom for the doctors, courage and strength for all those who are caring for Oliana, especially Linda (as many of you might be able to empathize, it is so difficult to feel so helpless and unable to help someone who means so much to you), and pray for healing for Oliana.
  • Our last challenge of the week is that our parent Haitian organization has encountered some issues with their US bank.  They are working very hard to get it all sorted out but in the meantime are not able to get us any funds through them.  We had already waited almost a month to receive the funds they sent us and now we found out we can't access them.  As you might be able to imagine, this puts us in a very tough spot and has caused quite a bit of stress this week.  We are so thankful that we received a shipment of dry food this past week, so we are still able to feed the kids, but we are going to need some help to get through this challenge until those funds can flow again.  We are also thankful that we have more than one method of receiving funds.  While most of our funds come through the Haitian organization, we do have another partnering organization that can receive funds for us and get them to us in a much less complicated method.  We'd ask you to pray for 2 things:
    • Pray that the Haitian organization can work out this bank issue and get our funds flowing again.
    • Pray that God would provide for our immediate financial needs through other gifts. (if anyone wants to help us out with this need, they can donate through Extreme Response International either online at www.extremeresponse.org or by sending a check to one of their offices:  PO Box 345, Snellville, GA  30078-0345; or PO Box 1013, Simcoe, ON  N3Y 5B3  Canada).
Thank you so much for caring about us and our needs.  Thank you for praying for us and helping us face our challenges.  Thank you for loving our kids and holding up their needs before our loving Father.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ups and Downs...

We were full of good news in our last update.  But you have to be ready in our line of ministry for the ups and downs.  This past couple of weeks has not been as good for our two girls that we've been tracking with you all.  

Dorothy has not made any more progress ahead.  She continues to receive her food and meds through the tube and cannot spend much time out of bed.  They doctors continue to be stumped and unsure of their diagnosis.  But we are doing everything we can for her at the moment.  Please continue to pray for her physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

Lyse had a rough couple of weeks as well.  Her blood count dropped significantly and the local blood bank was out of blood for over a week.  As you can imagine, her parents were incredibly frustrated and discouraged as they waited for blood to become available.  Thankfully they found some and she has received it now.  Please continue to pray for all of them.

Meanwhile, we have received a few newcomers to our home these past couple of weeks.  Brothers, Markens (3) and Marc Edner (2), came to the HOH with malnutrition. 

Another little girl, Rose Naisha (20 months) came with malnutrition as well.  

These children will be at the HOH at least a couple of months as we feed and care for them and also find out what is going on with their family situation.  Often, with learning some of the issues going on in the family home and then with some education for the moms or other key family members; these children are able to return home once they are healthy again.  

As for the rest of the HOH...
  • Our students are facing mid-term exams and so are studying and feeling a bit stressed.  They'd really appreciate your prayers for them.   
  • Our vehicle is broken down.  It is being fixed, but it is taking a lot longer than originally thought.  It is a vital part of our work and not having it to rely on is tough on Linda and the young people who help her.  You could pray that it gets back up and running again soon.
  • While we've significantly reduced our debt to the hospital, it is not completely gone yet.  Our staff are really due a raise, but we are not allowed to raise the salaries until our bill is at zero.  Please continue to pray that we would receive more funds and be able to pay this off -- then that we would get in enough to give our staff a much needed and very  much overdue raise.
  • Jenny will be making a trip to the North Eastern US to visit some supporting churches, friends, family and supporters.  She hopes to encourage our current supporters and also pick up some new ones as she travels.  She will be in the Philadelphia area off and on from April 22 to May 13. She'll be in White River Junction, VT at Valley Bible Church for the weekend of April 28-30.  Then she'll be in the Lancaster, PA area from May 4 - 10.   Sunday, May 7th she'll be at Grace Baptist Church in York, PA.  If you are in or around those areas and would like to schedule a time to get together with her -- just let her know.  If you want to come to one of the church services while she's there -- you are most welcome.  She hopes to see as many of you as she can!  For those who aren't in the area, please pray for safety and health as she travels.
We are so thankful for each of you who plays such an important part in this ministry.  This past month here are some of the blessings we've also received:
  • A church sent us some tubs of much needed clothing and medical supplies -- especially insulin syringes that we've had trouble getting in our area of Haiti.
  • A friend in Haiti has been working hard to help us get our car fixed.  A supporter raised funds to help us cover the costs of fixing it.
  • A church donated funds to cover food costs and shipping this month.  The food started arriving over the weekend as the boat was being unloaded.  Food shipments are always a huge help to Linda.  A friend in Miami always helps us purchase it and ship it over -- couldn't do this without him.
  • Another church sent over a bunch of sheets and towels -- they haven't been unloaded off the boat yet, but the excitement is high for those -- everyday they wait for those drums to get offloaded!
  • Many of you have supported us either with finances, encouragement or prayers -- We are so blessed by you all.  Thank you!

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!)