Dèyè mòn, gen mòn. (Behind mountains, there are mountains.)

mountains

Haiti is a land of mountains… physical, spiritual and emotional.  As this picture depicts, there is beauty in the mountaintops and also in the valleys.  And so it is with life.  Sometimes we can get so caught up in the difficulties, we forget to see the entire picture and need to be reminded.  For the past few days, I searched in vain for a scripture verse for today’s message and God delivered it to me this morning, with little to no effort on my part, as I did my morning meditations.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.  Psalm 3:5-6

Dave Whitehead wrote, “It is easy to be caught up with anxiety over the circumstances that surround us, yet King David lifts our perspective to a reality that has been in existence all along—God has always been our sustainer. This means that peace is available even in the direst situations, because if God sustained us in the past, he will do so again today. This is not ignoring our challenges, but seeing through them to the one who is greater than any obstacle that we face.”

On January 3 of this year, Reginald was in a motorcycle accident requiring him to be hospitalized.  His bike was impounded and although he paid the fines and fees to get it back, it seemed the police did not want to relinquish his bike.  He made many trips to the police station, numerous phone calls and ultimately talked with a senator before getting his motorcycle returned this week.  Unfortunately, it was returned missing about $600 (US) in parts!  Reginald, who previously was one of the most joyous of the guys, is carrying a heavy weight.  This bike, in its present state, can not be used to supplement his income and it will take him a year to have the money to repair it and replace the missing parts.

Recently Clivens was promoted to Supervisor at HandUp Global Goods, where many of the guys work making jewelry.   We are all excited for him!  He is a diligent and conscientious worker and is well liked by everyone.  He works at HandUp each weekday morning and goes to school in the afternoon.  He recently purchased a motorcycle to get to and from work, school and church.  He also uses it to supplement his income by transporting people from place to place as a motorcycle taxi driver.

We are very grateful to Rex Plaizier, of WesTech Engineering, for partnering with Pure Water for Life.  Thanks to him and several of his employees, we received three Hydraid BioSand Water Filtration systems; one was installed at my home, one at the boys’ apartment and one at HandUp Global Goods.   I can’t tell you how exciting it is to know there are no parasites or harmful bacteria in our water today!  We are able to take the water from any available water source (in our case, the cistern), filter it and use it for drinking, cooking, and cleaning (including bathing.)  This saves us from having to purchase separate drinking water and I believe will lessen the chance of sickness and infections going forward.

The need for clean water is great and we have been asked by several people how they can get one installed in their home, orphanage or church.  WesTech reports that as donations are made, more filters can be installed.  If you are so inclined to join Mr. Plaizier in this cause, click https://impact.purewaterfortheworld.org/checkout/donation?eid=102463

Speaking of less sickness, please keep Max in your prayers.  He has been down for the past few days with a fever and general malaise.

So far you have contributed $5,655 (US) towards building the house we are trusting God to have completed by September 2017.  Thank you!!!  Earlier this week we were able to purchase most of the PVC needed for the electrician to be able to run the electrical wires of the main living area of the house.  The PVC will be inserted into the cement walls as the walls are being built.  We went to CK Hardware, which is as close as you can get to a Lowe’s or Home Depot here in Haiti and spent the better part of the day getting supplies.  Nothing happens quickly here.  Unfortunately, the store did not have everything the builder requested so the guys are searching elsewhere today for the rest of the PVC.

What I love about this photograph is that the tap tap (truck) is owned by Patrick.  Patrick and Josue own the house that is being built. When Patrick bought the tap tap, he hired Evens, a former resident of the orphanage they used to live at, to drive it.  (Tap taps are the Haitian version of taxi cars.)  Evens is resting on the left side of the hood of the tap tap and Josue on the right as they wait for the hardware store staff to give them the okay to leave with the PVC.  You, by following God’s leading, are changing the lives of these young people for the better.  Ten years ago, they were living on the streets of Port au Prince and treated in ways no human being should ever be treated.  Five years ago they were living in an orphanage and dared to believe God cared for them.  Today they are working together, building a brighter tomorrow… and God has allowed us all to be a part of it!

Thank you too for the opportunity to share with you a glimpse of life here.  By writing today, I have been reminded of the bigger picture God is creating in the lives of these young men.  Yes, the frustrations and injustices endured by the people of Haiti from those in power, along with the difficulties incurred due to extreme poverty, still exist but focusing on He who gives and sustains life makes all the difference.


Speaking of life, yesterday we were blessed with being able to witness the joy of new life.  Our cat delivered four healthy kittens.  She is tired today but all are doing well.

As I close, thank you for all you have done to help with this mission God has us on. Please continue to pray for us and to pray for how God wants you to be involved. 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.’”

1.  DONATE ONLINE!
(www.WorldOutreach.org/donations)
(Search for “Martin, Linda – Haiti” and follow the prompts.  You can also set-up
automatic monthly gifts if you select the “monthly” option.)

2.  MAIL CHECKS TO –                                  
World Outreach Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box B
Marietta, GA  30061
(designate for Linda Martin #564)

3.  BILL PAY – via your online banking
World Outreach Ministries, Inc.
(designate for Linda Martin #564)
P.O. Box B
Marietta, GA 30061

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