08 April 2015
The boy is Jesse, the son of a pastor in Nicaragua. He has been in our sponsorship program since we started on the Island of Ometepe. Like all of the others, his family lives on a minimum of worldly goods. Prices are high for anything brought to the island on the ferry. Fortunately, volcanic ash makes fertile soil and lots of good food grows almost year round. But the island cannot grow a wheel chair.
It was exciting for me as I watched the Lord answer each question-- that is, those about which chair, how to find it, how to get it back to the island..... One issue was already resolved-- that of how to pay for the wheel chair. Assuming that we could find the chair and resolve the logistic issues (which we did) the Allow The Children Urgent needs Fund exists for situations like this one. Many people give generous un-designated gifts which we use for needs like this one. During travel in country, we often come upon needs that just cannot or should not wait for fundraising or search for a specific donor. It is a joy to be ready to meet needs like this one and to know that the Lord has used many hands along the way to accomplish His provision.
03 April 2015
I do not know how our work with develop in Haiti. There are certainly plenty of opportunities. As we build these relationships with pastors, we may be able to organize medical clinics as an outreach tool or many of the other projects we are doing in other countries.
We took about 15 children of pastors this time. As we find sponsors for these and build the program, we will probably move up to at least 30 children. It is exciting to think of the new directions and the many new projects to come as we serve in Haiti.
On this day, one committee drug a table out to the beach and we had our meeting at the sea side. It was a wonderful reminder of the spectacular beauty of Haiti. Haiti is struggling with profound poverty, the devastation of the earthquake, crime, fraud, filth and drought. It would be difficult to find many places on the planet where daily life is more challenging than Haiti. At the same time, the Lord has blessed this island. There are little pockets of believers who are busy working for the spiritual harvest. It is a privilege and a joy to partner with them.
What was I doing in Haiti? I was visiting our children's homes, taking new photos and reports, talking with the leaders for the ministries for accountability, encouragement, trouble shooting future planning and assessments of the needs of the children.
The Hope for Life Children's home needs a new kitchen, but so many other things as well. Which project should have the priority? Which ones could be accomplished better or with less expense if pursued along with another? For example, should we build a kitchen or work on a whole house which would include a kitchen?