Monday, October 16, 2017

Update on Oliana

Thank you so much for your prayers for Oliana this weekend.  While the doctors still consider her in serious condition, she is doing a bit better.  Her blood pressure has stabilized but they are still unable to get her blood sugar levels steady.  She sends her thanks for your prayers and was able to sit up for a picture to send you all...
Thanks for your continued prayer for Oliana and the whole team helping her.

Some more items for prayer this week are:
  • Dieula (Lala) is writing mid-term exams this week and the rest of our students will write their exams next week.  They would all love your prayers.
  • We are still having issues with our vehicle -- it's hard to find a good and honest mechanic and just all around hard to get it in good working order again.  We could use your prayers!
  • Our University kids have just started their courses for this semester.  Pray for them and their studies and that they would be a light to their schools and classmates.
  • We are in need of some clothing again if anyone out there is able to do a clothes drive for us.  If you'd like to participate in this, just let me know and I can give you more details (houseofhopehaiti1@gmail.com)
Thanks so much for all of your support.  Have a great week!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pray for Oliana

Good Evening,  I know it's a bit late for an update.  But, Oliana has been very sick for the past couple of days.  This evening she seems to be worse.  Her blood sugar levels are high, and her blood pressure is low, her blood count is low.  The doctors need wisdom in caring for her, Linda needs wisdom and strength to deal with everything as well as the other kids who are helping her out.  And pray for Oliana, she is in a lot of pain. 
Because Oliana is not doing well, the car is not finished and a few other issues at the HOH, Linda will not be able to go attend her aunt's funeral.  Thank you for your prayers that that would work out, but with all that is going on she doesn't feel right leaving.  Thank you too for supporting us in prayer.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Update on Life at the HOH

Hello to all of our friends, family and partners!  We have had a couple of good and fairly routine weeks since you last heard from us.  The kids are well into school and the process of getting everyone off to the right school, in the right uniform at the right time is flowing a bit easier with each week that goes by.

Jn Mary and Baselet ready to head off to school

We were so grateful to receive our shipment of food and also some much needed school supplies from our friends in Miami...
 Iverlande supervises the distribution of back packs
Lethnie is happy to get her school supplies
The boys stocking up as well...notebooks, pencils, even deodorant brings smiles all around!
A big thanks to everyone who has made this school year a success so far.  With our car troubles, we have had to purchase another means of transportation for those who classes are further away.  We purchased a moped bike for this purpose.  This will eliminate the need for our car to be out on the roads everyday and hopefully help us preserve it a bit better as well. 
For the time being, Joseph is the designated chauffeur for those whose school is too far away to walk.

We appreciate your prayers and support so much, here are some prayer requests for the next few weeks:
  • Pray for the mechanics that are working to get our vehicle up and running again.  It is a invaluable tool for us.  We are praying that this happens this week because Linda had a death in her family and needs to return to her home town on the weekend for the funeral.  This vehicle is her only way to be able to do that.
  • One of our young men (Joseph) along with 2 of our "adopted" kids from the local community (Wilvens and Haldin) wrote exams yesterday to try and enter the Haitian police academy.  They are waiting for the results and if they are chosen will enter the police academy in the next few months.   It's a tough job in Haiti, but we are proud of them for wanting to serve in this way.  Pray for them over the next few weeks as they await the results.  We'll keep you posted on that.
  • Linda is working hard on the details for sending 2 of our other young men to University in a town close to the city of Cap Haitian.  They are still waiting the results of their entrance exams, but should enter classes in November. Because it's a government school, the fees are minimal, but She needs to locate affordable housing for them as well as transportation to and from the school.  The best option would be for them to find a place in the student housing the university has.  We won't know about that until classes start though, as some are still finishing up their studies from last year.  Please pray that all these details would work out, and that Stevenson and Reginald would find a place in student housing to make all of this easier.
We hope you all have a wonderful week and a Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Home Again, Home Again

Many thanks for your prayers last week.  Hurricane Maria turned North and other than some strong rains that evening mostly missed the HOH.  Boy did it ever do damage where it hit though -- we feel very grateful that we were not on that hit list.

We appreciated your prayers for Linda's trip to Port-au-Prince as well.  She had a great trip down, a good conference with the mission leadership and a nice visit with some long time friends she hadn't seen for a while.  Unfortunately, the trip back was not so nice. 

The bottom line is, our vehicle is old.  It's been working hard for almost 20 years now, and it is definitely showing it's age.  It broke down 3 different times on her way back, making the normally 6 - 7 hour trip turn into a 26 hour saga -- most of those hours spent sitting by the side of the road. When she arrived back home this morning, she was very thankful for our prayers for safety, and that the trip was over!

Another answer to prayer, the boat arrived in Haiti.  They started to receive the shipment of food today -- always a good day when the groceries arrive!



Please continue to pray:
  • For our students as they dig into their school work.
  • For Lyse, she has once again had a bad turn in her health and has been hospitalized needing blood transfusions.
  • For Jenny as she is planning a quick trip back to Haiti in about a month -- everyone is thrilled about this "bonus" trip.
  • For some decisions about our sick vehicle... that we'd be able to fix what we can to continue using it for now -- and for wisdom to know what to do about the future.
  • As always,  our financial needs never seem to go away!  Please pray for some more monthly donors to help us out as we bring Hope in its many forms to the kids in our care. 
 Thank you all so much for partnering with us in this special work. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Here we go again...

Well, no doubt by now you've heard of another hurricane going through the Caribbean.  So far, it looks like the eye of Maria will go by even further North and East then Irma.  This is good for our part of Haiti and while we might get rain and wind from the outer bands, we are hoping it's not too bad.  We'd really appreciate your prayers though, as you know these things can be quite unpredictable.  We have a shipment of food for the HOH on the way to Haiti this week -- pray that it arrives safely.

Another area of prayer is for Linda as she has to travel to Port-au-Prince this week for some meetings with the leadership of our Haitian Mission.   As you can imagine traveling around Haiti is tough for her on a good day.  This week they are facing some unrest and demonstrations popping up from time to time, and now there's the possibility of bad weather due to the hurricane. 
Sweet Lovedine will be Linda's travel partner to help her out along the way.

Some of the boys will be driving them down.  And the Joseph and the young leaders will hold down the fort along with our staff.  Pray for safety as they travel.  For good meetings while they are there, and for health especially for Linda.  Seems like there is a virus going through the house -- about 10 woke up with colds and fevers this morning!

The rest were up and ready for school early.  
Here they are eating breakfast before they head out...

We are so grateful for the many ways you support us!  Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and  have a great week. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

School Starts (Take 2)

The kids officially got started back to school this morning.  It really ended up being very good they didn't have school last week, as we had the whole Irma thing to deal with.  But it was good to have them all get off this morning.  Here are a couple of pictures...
 Manouchka and Mits 
(I know this picture looks like they are being tortured -- but they really were excited to go this morning!)
Valandjina is ready to head off for the 5th grade

In the end, there wasn't a lot of damage to our area of Haiti after the storm went by our Northern coast.  We seemed to have had a lot more rain than other areas were reporting, but that is not anything new for us.  We are grateful for being spared, while at the same time realizing with sad hearts that many other people were not.  

Our prayers continue to be for our friends, family and supporters in areas of the Caribbean and US who were severely affected by these storms and ask you to do the same.   It feels so weird for them to be the ones in need and not be able to help them as they so often do for us when we are in need.  So for that, we ask you to pray along with us as they have some weeks of tough recovery ahead of them.  

We are so thankful for your support in so many ways.  Thank God for us as we received enough funds this past week to be able to pay off the first installment for the kids' school tuition.  God is so faithful in providing for our needs -- thank you for being a part of that provision. 

Friday, September 08, 2017

The morning after!

Good morning, heard from Linda this morning. It was a pretty scary night for them, the wind was fierce, she said she wondered if the house would still be standing! It is still raining a lot as it did through most of the night. She doesn't know how it is in our community, but we'll update you later about that. Just wanted to let you know they are ok.