We have been able to accomplish many things this past year and could not have done them without your support. Thank you very much. The appreciation, thankfulness and love the guys have for each and every one of you whether you have stood by us prayerfully, financially or in making personal connections with them is immense.
Life in Haiti is challenging. Things are more difficult and take longer to do here than meets the eye. I am very proud of all the guys have accomplished, in spite of the difficulties and daily challenges. We have been able to positively impact their lives and help to give them a hope for a brighter future here in Haiti.
Yesterday a man was sharing with me how life was for the boys after God brought them to Jimmy. You may remember I shared in a previous post that life for street kids in Haiti is unimaginable… they are considered “scum of the earth.” When these boys first lived with Jimmy they lived in a small concrete building (approximately 10′ by 10′.) Jimmy gave them food to eat, spent time trying to educate them and gave them a “safe” place to sleep. They were packed in the building like sardines when they slept at night; many slept on the roof and some even slept in the cistern! (The cistern is where water for bathing and cooking is stored. Apparently 4 guys could fit in there to sleep and it was a preferred place to sleep, in spite of the water, because it was cooler and less crowded.) The man told be if you slept in the cistern, you slept well. If you slept on the roof, you slept okay because there was a breeze. If you slept inside the building, you had people sleeping so close to you that you did not sleep well at all as it was very hot and stuffy.
Fortunately God led Mike and Carrie to open an orphanage for these street kids and later led Dan and Natul to start HandUp Global Goods to employ some to the boys transitioning out of the orphanage. The group of guys we have been ministering to on a regular basis is the first group to have transitioned out of the orphanage as well as some from the second group. There is a third group that will be transitioning out of the orphanage this month. I truly believe God has us here so the first group can lead the way in giving hope to other Haitian youth.
Here is an update on what the guys are doing in addition to their school and home responsibilities:
Clivens Francois works part time at HandUp Global Goods. He recently took a Driving Course (a big thank you to Ashworth Road Baptist Church for helping to cover the costs of the schooling!) He is still waiting to get his license due to a clerical error. He hopes to get a motorcycle soon.
Emario Philippe (“Emma”) continues to work full times as a motorcycle taxi driver.
Herby Barthelmy is working part time at the orphanage and also helping his friend, Josue Laverdy, manage the food distribution business.
Kervens Germain is currently working part time as a manager at the orphanage.
Josue Laverdy opened a food distribution store this fall and wholesales rice, flour, milk, etc to various street merchants. Herby Barthelmy helps to manage the store and various friends staff the store daily. Although they don’t have everything the customers want, they have the basics, and little by little, are increasing their product selection. Josue and Patrick Joseph have started the construction of their future home and hope to have it completed by the end of the summer.
Louis Richardson (“Tiblanc”) works part time at HandUp Global Goods and part time as a motorcycle taxi driver. His biological mother passed away in November and he has taken on the responsibility of caring for his 12 year old brother.
Mackenson Noel works part time at HandUp Global Goods and continues to make bracelets and sandals in his free time to sell. He recently purchased a piece of land and hopes to build a home on the land some day. He also is waiting on his driver’s license due to a clerical error.
Marcial Timothe works part time at HandUp Global Goods and in enrolled in an extra curricular English class.
Max Emile works part time at HandUp Global Goods and part time as a motorcycle taxi driver. He spends much of his free time in Canaan with the orphans God has placed on his heart there. He and the other boys helped them with food, schooling and recently had a mission team from the States do VBS with them. He wants to get a soccer club going for them too and has confidence God will provide for all of their needs.
Patrick Joseph is a supervisor at HandUp Global Goods. He purchased a tap tap and hired a former resident of the orphanage to drive the tap tap daily. He faithfully makes his payments on the loan and hopes to purchase another tap tap once this one is paid off. He and Josue Laverdy have started construction of their future home. and hope to have it completed by the end of the summer.
Reginald Charles works part time at HandUp Global Goods and part time as a motorcycle taxi driver. He has also hired a former orphanage resident to work as a motorcycle taxi driver.
Yvener Eugene works part time at the orphanage and is saving money to purchase a motorcycle. The motorcycle will help him to earn additional income and provide a better, more efficient, means of transportation in an around Port au Prince. Some of Yvener’s responsibilities at the orphanage include transporting children to and from the doctor and school.
Please continue to pray for us and to pray for how God wants you to be involved. If that involvement is financial, your gifts, whether one-time or monthly recurring, can be made through my member church, either online or through the mail.
- Online – go to http://www.ashworthroad.com/donate.aspx
- Be sure and select “Other” and input purpose as “Linda Martin – Haiti”
- When donating online, remember there is a 3% fee for credit card processing. (It is less than 2% if you use your bank account).
- Mail – Address is ARBC, 5300 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
- Be sure and write “Linda Martin – Haiti” in the memo line of your check.
Whether He is calling you to serve financially, prayerfully or in some other way, please listen to that call and respond accordingly.
Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’