His Heart for Haiti

Giving Hope Through Child Sponsorship


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The Start of School is Spelled “Stress”

Typical Haitian school children!

Typical Haitian school children!

The arrival of the second week of September meant that another year of school started for some…the ones that are privileged enough to go, that is. Families have to scrape the first payment together. Many will not be able to pay subsequent payments, so the schools know this and make the first payment a lot more than the rest. The other kids sit in their houses and watch the lucky ones leave for school each morning. They cry, they don’t look forward to another long day with nothing to do or another long day of helping out in the fields.

In Haiti, there isn’t education for all. Only for those whose parents have a job (80% are unemployed) or those that are fortunate enough to have their education sponsored by someone outside Haiti. With luck, a family will be able to get enough money together to send one of their children to school. They are banking on that child doing well and then helping the rest of the family in the future. Without major governmental change, this is the situation that most families find themselves in…and it is not going to change soon without God’s help.

Our yardman and his wife (our cleaning/laundry lady) with two of their kids in their school uniforms.

Our yardman and his wife (our cleaning/laundry lady) with two of their kids in their school uniforms. All our workers kids are privileged to have sponsors.

Many parents come to the missionaries (“the white distraction”) to ask if we will pay for their children’s tuition, books, uniforms, shoes, book bags…why not just ask and see? Some only see us as $$$. We pray for patience and wisdom to respond appropriately every time, every day we get hit up. And what we have learned in getting all our wisdom? 1) Stay in the States on furlough until the last possible minute before school starts. 2) Keep promoting child sponsorship whenever possible.

Now these aren't your typical school kids! These are Jean's two kids from Child Care!

These aren’t your typical school kids! They are Jean’s children (our office manager at Child Care).

Sponsoring even one child makes a huge difference for that child! Who can put a price on an education or being able to read the Bible? Costs start at $30 per month and increase some depending on the education level. If God has been speaking to you about sponsoring a child, please go to this link for more information: http://www.acworldrelief.org/sponsorships/

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

The last part of Colossians 3:23 has really stood out a lot lately. We do love being here and we are happy to help where we can, but we are learning that desperate people aren’t always thankful people. But who are we trying to please? The Lord reminded us – that we must do it heartily unto Him, not men! And how would we handle ourselves if we were in their situation? Always thankful? How did Jesus feel when the crowds pressed around him? Did they love him and His words or did they just want his healing? The Bible says he had compassion on them after all.

This month the back porch at Child Care has turned into a teeth cleaning station!

This month the back porch at Child Care has turned into three dental check-up/teeth cleaning stations!

Our Update! Grace loves her new 4th grade class and her teacher, Mrs. Ferris, at the Cite Lumiere Christian School. The 4th graders share the room with the 5th graders so she enjoys having most of her friends in one room!  Trinity has resumed her home school studies her junior year, Grant is entering his junior year of college, and Evan is deep in his last year of nursing school already!

Grace's teacher, Mrs. Ferris, lives nearby us.

Grace’s 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Ferris, lives nearby us. Grace will have her two years.

Trinity's Junior photo

Trinity’s Junior photo

Grant, taking a break from school, to help babysit Bessakina, our cook's baby!

Grant, taking a break from school, to help babysit Bessakina, our cook’s baby!

The farewell potluck at Bonne Fin for the Hartzler's!

The farewell potluck at Bonne Fin for the Hartzler’s!

Saying good-bye to a special family, Eric, Jami Hartzler and kids (there are two older girls not shown)!

Saying good-bye to a special family, Eric & Jami Hartzler and kids (the girls are not in the photo).

Sharing a meal with locals and visitors after an English service at our home!

Sharing a meal with lots of locals and visitors after the English service at our home this month!

 

 

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VBS, Haitian style!

Although hot and dirty, we were blessed to spend a week of VBS with one of our sponsored kids, Mantha!

We were blessed to spend a week of VBS with one of our sponsored children, Mantha!

We were able to join a week-long VBS camp out in the Puit Sales school compound as soon as we returned to Haiti! Our ministering partner in Haiti, HCH, holds three weekly camps back-to-back in August. By actually seeing the camp in action and by observing Adline and the wonderful job she does with what she has, we were able to find lots of ways to support her in the future.

The theme for the week was the Ten Commandments. Adline even composed a song about the commandments for the kids to learn them better! Every day they learned two new commandments and then learned two new verses of the song. This song will definitely go on to be published in Haiti as the kids loved it! The Ten Commandments had an effect on the kids. Trinity overheard a conversation with two kids. One of them wanted to take someone’s bracelet and the other one said “Do not steal! Don’t you remember?” He was quickly reminded.

We were amazed at how eager the boys were to learn how to make bracelets!

We were amazed at how eager even the boys were to learn how to make bracelets!

We were included in the meals, the lessons and the evening programs, and it was a huge blessing! The evening programs consisted of reciting Bible verses, singing songs (solo or duets), and a contest between which room knew the most on their lessons for that day. We slept in the second floor guest house as did many of the other workers. One night we didn’t have electricity (no fan) so we slept in a classroom near the kids to get relief from the heat. We also learned the art of Haitian bracelet making. All the kids participated in this every day, even the youngest to the oldest boy there were really interested.

Another activity they really enjoyed was the room decorating contest. For three days, each room redecorated their space in only one hour, and they were so creative! Some of the ideas were a restaurant, a phone store, a cinema, a doctor’s clinic, a courtroom, a conference room, or homes. The most interesting was the room that compared the rich and the poor! They had to scurry around the compound searching for items to use to fix up their room. It was all about imagination.

An outstanding example of the room decorating contest, this room showed the difference between the rich and the poor.

An outstanding example of the room decorating contest, this room showed the difference between the rich and the poor in Haiti. This is the “poor” side of the room, a house on the left and a traditional outside Haitian kitchen on the right.

We were especially excited to be able to spend the week with our sponsored child, Mantha, as she was in attendance. We had a lot more time to share many things with her, and she with us. She really liked to touch Trinity and Grace!

Mantha really liked to have Trinity by her side!

Mantha really liked to have Trinity by her side! (Notice there are never books in the benches.)

Working on bracelets together!

Working on bracelets together!

Mantha is four years older, but enjoyed Trinity so much!

Mantha is four years older, but she appreciates Trinity so much!

One afternoon we tried to go to the beach, but it wasn’t very enjoyable with the immense amount of seaweed that has started to plague Haiti’s beaches since this Spring. It literally is piling up on the beaches as far as one can see and it really stinks! We got in the water a short while, but it was thick with loose seaweed and that wasn’t too pleasant.

This seaweed is covering most of the Caribbean beaches!

This seaweed is covering most of the Caribbean beaches, not just in Haiti.

The food was a lot different from what we had in the States, but it was good. We are not used to corn mush almost every meal and drinking warm water all the time. Adline had a lot of canned pork included in the meals and one night we had fresh goat. The main meal in Haiti is always at lunch so we also had to adjust to very light evening meals. One dinner was only a piece of bread served with hot tea! As we ate our bread and water, we remembered with wonder the meals we were just served in the States! (We also couldn’t blame the Israelites anymore for thinking of the food back in Egypt.) The kids at the camp were so thankful for all the food they received and they ate every bit! There was no complaining to be heard. If we didn’t want something of ours, when offered they would eat that too.

It was a long and hot week, but we felt blessed to take part in a truly Haitian experience!

A section of the store had a nice selection of pillowcase dresses!

A section of the “store” had a nice selection of pillowcase dresses!

Adline was always directing traffic or giving orders!

Adline was always directing traffic or giving orders! Some of the kids are already dressed up for the evening program.

Grace loved playing with Annie, Adline's daughter.

Grace loved playing with Annie, Adline’s daughter.

Before they left for home, the kids are showing off the book bags they won!

Before they left for home, the kids wanted to show off the book bags they won. Thanks for donating them, they were just thrilled!