Thursday, November 29, 2012


This is a picture of the group of ladies Roseny is working with at Second Mile making beads.  All these ladies have a child with a serious health condition, I'm sure Roseny appreciates being around others who understand.  Amy and Jenn say she is a hard worker and they are happy to have her as part of their team.

I  posted earlier how we want to empower Roseny, not just give a handout.  I'm happy to say that we can officially take Roseny's expenses down about $50/month because she is making enough money making beads to pay for food for her family.

I would like to set up a way to purchase her jewelry on this blog...I'm working on it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sick Again

Jude checked on Milonia yesterday and said she was very sick.  Roseny took her to the hospital in Milot today because she was in alot of pain.  They gave her IV fluids and prescribed medicine for her.  Jenn has set up an account at the hospital so Roseny can go in and not have to worry about paying.  Roseny used to wait until Milonia was on the verge of death before taking her to the hospital because she had no way to pay for it.  Now, she can take her before it becomes life threatening.  This has been made possible because of your donations.  They are now home and feeling better...just worn out I assume.  Hopefully we'll get more information soon and have a better idea of what was actually going on.
Milonia's struggles with her health seem to be never ending...please pray for perseverance, strength, and faith for both Milonia and Roseny as it takes a toll on a Mama just as much as a child when her child is in pain.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Flood Update

I heard from Jude and he says that Cap Haitien is in pretty bad shape right now.  When he went to Milonia's to see if they were OK, they were already gone.  I heard from Amy and she said they have gone to Madeline (a close by community) to stay with some friends.  I'm not sure if their home will even be habitable when they return.  Surely this flooding has destroyed Roseny's business and who knows what else.  Their family will be needing prayerful help as well as financial help to get back on their feet.  Please keep this in mind as you consider in your giving and prayers this month.  

This water is very contaminated to say the least.  Please pray for the health of all those in Cap as a cholera outbreak is of great concern right now.

This is close to Milonia's neighborhood.

This picture is just outside the orphanage we work with in Cap that is about a block from where  Milonia lives.

This drainage ditch is about a block from Milonia's house.

Friday, November 9, 2012

No Higher Ground

Jillian wrote this blog about the flood that happened in Cap Haitien last night.  Milonia lives a block away from the orphanage and her family would have had no higher ground to go to.  I am waiting to hear from Jude as to how everyone is doing, but it may be awhile before he can get somewhere to the internet.

Please pray for all of Cap Haitien.  This much rain would be tough on America (look at Sandy), but Haiti, with it's lack of drainage system and infrastructure, a situation like this becomes nearly impossible to deal with.  This will affect everyone in Cap.  Again, please pray for those we love in Haiti.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Don't you Know There's a War Going on?

"We really want Rosenie to trust the hospital in Milot."  Amy, the nurse from Second Mile writes to me in an email.  Milona had been sick the last two weeks and instead of going to the hospital they tried natural remedies and other "remedies." Later, Jude tells me that Roseny believes that Milonia's diabetes is "caused by an evil spell someone had cast on her, so she took her to someone who could help her with some special remedies."  If you are going to be involved in Haiti at all, it is important to understand their culture, their belief system.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul talks about the "heavenly places" and in chapter 6:11, he says that "our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places."   In case you're wondering, you're sitting in the heavenly places right now.  This battle is constantly taking place all around us and we rarely take notice.  In Haiti, the battle is real and unlike in America, it's in your face every day. 

In Haiti, VooDoo is rampant.  All Haitians believe in VooDoo, even the Christians.  And, although I believe Satan to be a very powerful and active force in our world (I Peter 5:8) and that we in America tend to minimize his power, he only has as much power over me as I allow him. Haitians turn to VooDoo out of fear, they are fully aware that Satan is prowling about seeking out prey.  

To us, it sounds irrational that Satan could cause something like Diabetes, but for those we love in Haiti, it is a daily struggle to let go of this pervasive belief that controls almost every aspect of their culture. Most problems; illnesses, poverty, unemployment, death are believed to be caused by a curse or from someone casting an evil spell.  So, our dear Roseny and Milonia are also acting out of fear and not trust.  Please pray that they do learn to trust not only conventional medicine but their Creator as well.

Trust is a difficult thing to earn.  It's also a difficult thing to give.