Monday, October 31, 2005

Dr. Boucher's visit

Dr. Boucher's visit
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Good morning, and a Happy New week to you!

We had a very nice weekend here at the HOH as our good friend Dr. Boucher came for a visit (pictured here with Linda and I at a birthday party). It's always like Dad coming home for the kids, they love him so much and have such a good time when he comes. He also preached the sermon in church Sunday morning from James 3. He encouraged us all to live with Godly wisdom in the midst of a society that most often shows the opposite of that. It was great to have him with us.

Daphno and Kendly are doing great, thank you for praying for them. This week it's Sendilia, Lovely and Sabrina who aren't doing too good, so you could pray for them. Linda is also not feeling well, and could use your prayers.

We received news from Carl Evens in Port-au-Prince. Unfortunately, he was not in the top 100 students (out of 3,000 plus who tried) who wrote the Med School exam, so he will not be attending there this year. He is still waiting for news on the other exams (Agriculture/Veterinary/Dentistry), and will then know in which area of study he will enter. We are proud of him for his hard work, and know that God has a plan for him studying something in the university in PAP and are waiting to find out what it is! Please do pray for him though, he was very sad discouraged (as was his friend Toto from up here who didn't make it either) that he didn't make it.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Prayer needed

Prayer needed
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We'd appreciate your prayers for 2 year old Daphno and 7 month old Kendly. Both these little boys are having a tough time these days. They are both on IV's and not feeling well at all. Daphno has a very severe case of TB, and is being treated for an infection as well. Kendly is being treated for both an infection and malaria and malnutrition. So thank you for lifting them up in prayer. Other than the two of them most everyone is doing fine here at the HOH. The students are working through their exams, thank you for your prayers for them. Most have brought back good reports, feeling that they have done well...I guess we'll see when the grades come in, but it's good to hear they feel they've done well.

Last night we had quite the commotion on our yard. At about 9 pm a huge pig came in through one of the gates, and it was quite an ordeal getting him to leave again. It was hilarious watching all the kids trying to steer the pig in the direction of the gate again, half of them were scared of it! I wished I had a video camera to record the event, there sure is never a dull moment around here!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Exam Week!

Exam Week!
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Good Morning,

This week is exam week for our students. They would sure appreciate your prayers on their behalf. This is Rosemène and Desimène in their uniforms on their way to school this morning. Due to the exams we've stopped all Bible studies this week, but will continue them again next week.

We also have a virus going through the house, so people are dropping one after the other. It has pretty much gone through all the babies which is always the hardest part. Kendly is still having a tough time, and is on IV's, but the rest seem to have made it through ok. Now it's spreading through the older kids and young people, and yes even Linda and I. So thanks for your prayers in that regard as well.

Tropical Storm/depression Alpha went through here pretty much all day yesterday. We didn't have much wind, but did get quite a bit of rain, and had a chance to pull out all the winter sweaters!

Hope you all have a great week. Please thank God with us for all the wonderful things that we received from the boat that came in, and thank you to all of you who sent things. Please continue to pray and ask God to supply our daily needs, and that we'd be faithful in His service here at the HOH.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Alson - ready for Christmas!

When told to pull out some of the nicer clothes for the classes we have each morning with the children, Alson selected this cheery outfit. Linda and I had a good laugh when he showed up to school in it! It is only 2 months to Christmas! What made us even happier however was the fact that Alson accepted Jesus as his Savior yesterday after school devotions. Praise the Lord for a new brother in Christ! 8 year old Alson is here at the HOH being treated for TB. Pray that during the remaining months that he is here Alson would grow in his walk with the Lord.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Carl Evens - Home for a visit!

We are all happy for the chance Carl Evens (our boy who is studying in Port-au-Prince) has had to come back to the HOH for a short visit. Thank you so much for your prayers for him over these past few weeks. He feels that he wrote all of his exams well, and now we wait to hear if he got into Med School, or into another line of study. We think he should find out the results this coming Friday, as soon as we know we'll let you know.

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Thank You!

Sabrina is doing much better today, thank you for your prayers. We do not know what was wrong with her, but she is better, so we thank you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Prayer needed for Sabrina!

Prayer needed for Sabrina!
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Remember tiny Sabrina who came to us in such a terrible condition we didn't think she'd live? She was doing so well these past few months, putting on weight and starting to really come around. This morning she has woken up very lethargic, and distant. She hardly shows any response to stimulation at all. We are unsure what the problem is, she doesn't have any other symptoms showing us something is wrong. We are running some tests today, pray we can find the problem, and that she'll get back on track. Others who need your prayer are Benitha and Licia who are both not feeling well.

The boat has finally come in, so we are looking forward to receiving lots of boxes and supplies today and the rest of this week. Other than that things are pretty much going as normal. We appreciate your prayers on our behalf. Please continue to pray for health and wisdom for Linda and I as we serve the Lord here. Continue to pray as well for God's provision for our financial needs to function each month here at the HOH.

Pray as well for Maika. Yesterday she left the HOH for good. She wanted to go home and be with her father. We kept putting it off, because we knew what hard times her father was going through, and how difficult it would be for her there, but she just kept doing bad things in an attempt to make us send her home. When her disobedience was here at the HOH we could deal with it, but she finally started to give problems in school and in our local community, and we felt like it was time that we allow her to go where she wants to go. It will not be easy for her, but please pray that she will not cause more problems for her father and will obey him. Pray also that she would grow in her spiritual walk. We will miss her, but we haven't seen her so happy as when she was leaving here with her dad in a long time, so we have to let her go and know that God will still be with her where she is going.

Wonder Boy!!!

Wonder Boy!!!
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He eats, he laughs, he cries, he sings, and now he is trying to talk as well. What a miracle! We never really thought 8 year old John Kerry would do much of anything, especially laughing, talking and singing. But everyday that goes by he seems to wake up more and more, it is so exciting to watch. He has been with us just over a month now, and has gained 6 pounds, now weighing in at 24 pounds. Thank you so much for your prayers for John, and please continue to pray that he'll continue to progress and become a healthy little boy.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Oh Baby!!

Oh Baby!!
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We keep getting in more babies here. Yesterday two children went home, and we received two babies to replace them, so we are still at 100 total, but with 22! Many of them are very young, we don't remember ever having so many before. Most of them are malnourished, but are quickly gaining weight as we fill them up with milk and love.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Jenny's new Office Assistant in training

Dieula is growing up fast and is such a joy to have here at the HOH. She wants to be involved in everything and is very quick to learn. She seems to have the right technique for working on the computer already!

Monday, October 03, 2005

100 And Counting!!

Good morning, and Happy start of another week! We are finally back online at the HOH, it’s amazing how dependent you get on something like the Internet and e-mail. We are glad to have a reliable system now though, and we’ve even been able to get the Our Hope Kid’s computer online so they can start to learn how to use the computer and Internet/e-mail.

We have received an unusually high number of very malnourished children over the past two weeks. Eight children from ages of 5 months to 5 years old have been admitted to the HOH. All of them have very severe malnutrition. This puts our number at 100 and also the highest number in both Linda and my time here. The names of these new kids are: Rocken (1 1/2 year old boy), Lovena (4 year old girl), Landie (5 month old girl), Mathias (3 year old boy), Sendilia (1 ½ year old girl), and Dieunika (5 year old girl), Blandine (9 month old girl), and Stevenson (10 month old boy). As you can imagine our house is just hopping busy!

Two of these children really need your prayers, Mathias and Dieunika are not doing well at all, their parents are here with them as they are in a bad way. The doctors want Mathias to go to PAP since they aren’t sure what exactly his problem is, Mathias’ parents are not able to take him at this point, and are still seeking the Lord’s guidance on what they should do. Dieunika is just so very malnourished, she is not doing well at all and could use your prayers as she is suffering a great deal.

John Kerry is continuing to improve, he is gaining weight and eating a lot, but has not made any other improvements as far as comprehension or talking goes. Sabrina is doing great, her family came to see her on the weekend and were very surprised at how great she looks!

Carl Evens has finished writing the entrance exam for Med School and now must wait for the results. In the mean time he will write entrance exams for several other studies in case he doesn’t make it into Med School he can study something else, and transfer later on. He will be writing an exam for Dental school starting tomorrow. He really appreciates your prayers. He felt like he did a good job on the first and third days of the exams, but on the second day didn’t feel quite so confident. Please continue to pray for him and for God’s will in his life for this coming school year.

Please pray as well for Evelte. Many of you who have been here in the last year will remember him as the little burned boy in the wheelchair who had an incredible smile and attitude in spite of everything that he’s been through. Well, on Saturday we received news that his mother had passed away. We were all very shocked by the news as we’ve known her for a long time. Evelte took the news hard as he was very close to his mom. Some of the older kids took Evelte to the funeral yesterday. But he could sure use your prayers during these difficult days.
We appreciate your prayers on our behalf very much, and thank God for each and every one of you.