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!