Newsletter: A New Chapter – September 2011

There’s nothing permanent with us except God and His Love and the Family! – Nothing has to be permanent except the Lord! – Only He changes not (see Malachi 3:6).

The past nine months have been an incredibly turbulent and violent time for Haiti and our mission has not been unaffected by any means.

Let me share just a few things our Haitian team has faced during this trying time.  All our supply lines were cut; the organizations with whom we had arrangements to feed our people stopped their feeding programs due to the risk of violence where we were located.

Our Pastoral Team was ambushed while trying to feed our people. We had gang members attempt to breach our compound walls. Our Haitian team witnessed people being kidnapped and/or murdered just out front of our location. And, we even have had “bad guys” in the Port-Au-Prince area use our website and newsletter to gain information to exploit our team on the ground in Haiti.

To give you an idea of the state of affairs in Haiti, here is a quote from The Department of State’s website about travel to Haiti:

“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Haiti and recommends against non-essential travel.  The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Haiti.  The level of violent crime in Port-au-Prince, including murder and kidnapping, remains high, and Haitian authorities have limited capacity to deter or investigate such acts or prosecute perpetrators.  While most kidnappings are financially motivated, some kidnapping victims have been physically abused, sexually assaulted, shot and even killed.  No one is immune from kidnapping, regardless of one’s occupation, nationality, race, gender, or age.

Due to the significant risk to our children and staff, and at the request of our team in Haiti, we postponed the publishing of our newsletter during this tumultuous time until we could successfully move our 77 children (48 girls and 29 boys) and 22 staff safely to the mountains of Haiti to an area called Kenscoff. This move was completed on April 30, 2011 and it represents a new chapter in our mission in Haiti.

During this time, we have formally reapplied for our educational and orphanage certificate.  The certificates were set to be finalized on August 30, 2011 however it needs to be signed off by the Prime Minister.  As of this writing the Haitian government can’t agree on a Prime Minister and we are in a waiting game for the certificate.  The NGOs are requiring us to have the certificate in order to support the mission.  We are specifically looking for support to feed the children and without the certificates that will be difficult.  We ask for your prayers that soon a Prime Minister will be agreed upon and that road block can be removed.

Once we were established in our new location, we immediately became aware that our center represented the only church within that area and the Pastoral Team used this opportunity to begin spreading the Gospel and opening up the center for regular church services to the community.

We have begun the process of arranging to have a well dug for our center.  We are currently getting bids and doing our due diligence on the project.  It will be our intent to use the well to bring clean water toassist those in our surrounding community. The well will also save us at least $150 per week in water costs. We are extremely grateful for the generous donor whohas offered to cover the cost of installing the well.

Due to the generosity of family and friends like you, we have come through a lot over the past couple of years. But now that we have turned the page and begun a new chapter toward a more promising future, we need your help to insure our ability to continue to fulfill our mission and purpose.

Heart of God Haiti has recently been burdened with unexpected and unbudgeted expenses drawing from ministry resources which include:

  • Food, water, and supplies for each month since December at $4,000 per month.
  • Improving the security at our old location, a cost of $1,500.
  • The cost of the physical move totaling $1,200.
  • Prepaying for two years of the long-term lease purchase agreement at our new location cost us $10,000.  The lease comes with an option to buy ; we have the lease for ten years.
  • Capital improvements at our new location costing nearly $1,500.
  • School uniforms and replacement of clothing for 77 children totaled $1,100.
  • Medical bills for the pastors that were ambushed was another $500.

Heart of God Haiti’s mission continues to focus on creating and maintaining a safe sanctuary for children which provides for their physical, spiritual, educational, and emotional care so that they will become responsible Christians and productive citizens of Haiti.

Some folks have asked for a detailed list of our needs at this time.  Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, some of our most pressing needs at this time include:

  • Food for each month requires an investment of $3,500 … monthly.
  • Water for the compound costs $600 … monthly until the well is operational.
  • Internet connection $110 … monthly.
  • Cell phone service for the key leadership costs $150 … monthly.
  • Salary per staff member is $75  … monthly.
  • Fuel for our vehicle to get supplies and food totals $250 … monthly.

Additionally, there are other pressing needs which require either an annual or one-time investment but are considered immediate needs:

  • Uniforms for the new school year $14.28 x 77 kids or about $1,100 … annually.
  • Books and school supplies for the new school year add up to $1,500 … annually.
  • We currently have only one toilet and two out houses for 99 people; we need to install additional toilets to accommodate our large group which will cost about $1,500 … one time.

We are asking that you prayerfully consider making a donation for one of the items listed above.  Or, perhaps you would prefer to support Heart of God Haiti with a monthly donation in any amount.

We currently plan to take a small team down to Haiti in November 2011 to check on our mission; we are also planning on take a larger team to Haiti in May 2012.  If you are interested in more information regarding the May 2012 trip, please let us know.  We are also excited to be in the process of coordinating with an American missionary to live full time at the center for several months beginning in January 2012.

Thank you again for your faithful and prayerful support.

Dave & Julie Young
Heart of God Haiti

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.
Philippians 4:13

 

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