Haiti – June 2017

On June 12, 2012 I emailed the following italicized words to a group of people who were prayerfully supporting our team on a mission trip to Haiti:  “Last night was hard… yet beautiful… we all prayed together before leaving ZANFAN LAKAY (many trying, unsuccessfully to hold back the tears)… knowing that God has brought us together for a reason and He has made an impression on our lives which will forever change us … both those returning to the States and those remaining in Haiti.”  Little did I know how drastically different our lives would be today, five years from that day!  I had no idea God would call me to live in Haiti and to help a number of former street kids transition from the orphanage called Zanfan Lakay into adulthood on a day to day basis.  On October 3, 2015 I moved to Haiti and since then, I and those who have supported me, have assisted these young people with time and resource management, their educational needs, reunification with extended family members (when possible), micro loans for business start-ups, home construction and outreach programs to other orphans and children currently living on the streets of Port au Prince.

We are excited about the progress being made although Haiti remains one of the poorest countries in the world and life is very difficult.  We need your prayer and financial support to continue with the work that has been started.  Would you consider giving a one-time or monthly tax deductible contribution?

  • We are currently building a home and we need an additional $25,000 to complete construction.   Ideally, we would like to move into the home this fall.  Having the home finished will save us having to pay rent each year.  Haiti’s high inflation rate has not been our friend during this endeavor.  The exchange rate when I moved to Haiti was 45 gourdes to 1 US dollar, and recently it was 68 gourdes to $1 US dollar!
  • “Be The Change Haiti” is an outreach to children currently living on the streets of Port au Prince.  A monthly meal is served to 100 street kids in a local park.  Our former street kids share their personal stories and how following Jesus changed their lives.  Ten of those children meet weekly for classroom training to learn how to read and write.  Current food costs for this outreach are $350 per month.
  • “Canaan Kids” is an outreach to ten homeless orphans on the outskirts of Port au Prince in an area called Canaan.  A temporary shelter has been erected for them and the next goal is to provide regular meals and then education.  To provide one meal a day for the children, we are looking at approximately $400 a month.  To send a child to school in Haiti runs approximately $50 per month.
  • Prior to moving to Haiti, my research showed that I would need a budget of $22,000 a year to live there.  The reality is that most things in Haiti cost 3-5 times what they cost in the States!

Please pray for us and 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.  Should you choose to support us financially, you can designate how you want your funds to be used by simply writing a brief note or typing in the notes section online.  “CONSTRUCTION” for home construction; “BE THE CHANGE HAITI” for the outreach with current street kids; “CANAAN KIDS” for the outreach to orphans in Canaan, Haiti; “GENERAL” for our living expenses.  If no designation is made, your donation will go to the General Fund to be used as needed.

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

Thank you for considering to partner with us and thank you for your support.  God bless you!!!

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