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  (  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 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!)

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!