It has been said that God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called. He has provided a strong network of prayer warriors who support and believe in this work. He has given the boys a trust and openness that is not necessarily prevalent in this culture. He has provided for every need we have had although not usually in the way or time that I thought He would. He has been showing me what it truly means to completely trust Him rather than in my own abilities to communicate, facilitate or plan.
Construction of the house is coming along. It is our main goal to have it completed by September 2017 and so far you have generously given $2,655 towards the $30,000 needed. The house and land are owned by two of the boys, Josue and Patrick. They hired a friend of theirs who is studying architecture to design the house to their specifications and it can be built in stages, if needed. It is where they will most likely live for the rest of their lives and eventually raise their families. The picture on the left shows the lumber being used to build the pillars which will support the main living area of the house. The picture in the center shows the workers as they work and the picture on the right shows the status of the house as of this past Saturday. The house will have no basement so the ground level will include an area for parking, an area for storage, one sleeping room and a laundry area. Currently we do not have the funds to purchase electrical supplies so the builder is waiting to start on the main living area. In the meantime, he is having the hole dug where the cistern will go to hold water for use in the house. Having the work done by Haitians is great for the local economy and because Josue and Patrick negotiated with the builder, they are getting a fair price rather than an inflated price if it was known that Americans are helping with the funding.
Mackenson has also secured a tract of land adjacent to Josue and Patrick’s. He plans to start construction of his future home next year.
The boys are good at time management as their days are filled with work, school, church, friends and preparing food and doing their laundry by hand.. Many have a part time job that requires them to clock in and clock out at a certain time and to be productive while at work. Most have a part time business or a full time business and they are quickly learning the joys and challenges of business ownership.
Max Emile, who is nicknamed, “Pastor,” asked me to write about what he has seen in Canaan and what God has told him. Canaan is a commune on the outskirts of Port au Prince. Most homes are put together with salvaged lumber, tin and/or tarps. Pictured above is the place where people congregate to worship the Lord. The plight of the people of Canaan, particularly the children, weigh heavily on the heart and mind of Max. He envisions the children being able to eat everyday and have access to education and medical services. He wants to help the adults in the area establish sustainable businesses so they can have an income. He spends much of his already busy time teaching the children of God’s love through Bible stories, providing food for them and playing soccer with them. At times he seems overwhelmed by responsibility of having such a great vision for these people and doesn’t understand why so many in the world have so much and others have so little. He said that God told him that God has given much to some so that they can share with those who have nothing. Max says he knows that God parted the Red Sea so His people could walk to freedom on dry land and he believes that God will provide for His people in Canaan.
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. If you want your gift to be used for a specific endeavor, please email me and let me know.
- 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.