We wish we could have sent this sooner, but with lack of Wifi and poor cell phone service we haven’t been able to. We are spending two days at a resort to get a little family time which has been sparse over the last 6 weeks. We’ve been busy working on a business venture, putting the roof on our house and best of all- bringing the first child into New Life Children’s Home!
Claudelson joined us about 3 weeks ago. According to people in our community, He is about 10-12 years old. His birth certificate states he is 16, but he’s definitely not that old. His mother and father both died several years ago and he was living with a half sister. His sister had asked us to take him last year as she has 3 kids or her own that she also struggles to care for. So when we knew we were opening our doors, he was the first child to come to our minds. After we arrived We didn’t know when we’d be ready to open our doors, I (Stevie) was nervous and scared of what that meant. But when Zacharie went to visit Claudelson and talk to his sister, he couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him in that situation one more day. He didn’t have a bed to sleep in or even a grocery bag to keep his clothes in, resulting in the cows chewing up all his belongings. So from that day on, he was ours. It’s been a roller coaster ride, for each of us. Adjusting has been difficult some days. He’s practically been without parental guidance for quite some time and needs extra attention and care to guide him in correct behaviors. But he has a big heart and is eager to learn. He started school (kindergarten) this week. He will most likely not pass as there is only about 3 months left in the school year, but we’re excited for the opportunity he’ll have to prepare himself to excel next year. Please pray as we continue to grow, learn, love and share with him.
***We are in need of $150 per month for his living expenses. If you would like to support Claudelson monthly please follow this link,
click New Life Children’s Home as your designation, AND Add a note to your donation stating for children’s home child #1 :
***OR donations can be mailed to New Life Mission – Haiti, inc., 420 east Fulton street, ephrata, pa 17522, AND attach a note that states it is for children’s home child #1. Thank you for considering!
We have the opportunity to take in another child from Montrious that is about 12 years old and has been diagnosed with a heart condition. Please pray as we take time to decide if we can be the right fit for him.
So far we have hired a full time cook, Antas (Zacharie’s oldest sister) and a male house parent, Cheney. We also have a part time cook assistant/maid, Assie and person to do our laundry, Yez. With the exception of Antas, they are all people from our community. As we bring in more children we will hire a female house parent, security guard, and maintenance worker.
As some of you may have heard we have had times of political unrest here in Haiti. Prices of food and gas and pretty much everything else across the country have sky rocketed over the last year especially. The people are fed up and began to fight back the only way they know how – through protests, road blocks, fighting, stealing, etc. We were able to stay safe tucked away in the mountain but the conditions in port au prince and surrounding cities caused us to have to cancel teams planning to travel down this month. Things have been calm for the last 2+ weeks but please pray that Haiti can see actual change and find real resolutions to these problems.
We thank you for your prayers over our family. The boys are adjusting well and we have very much enjoyed being reunited with Katheline.
She is such a ray or sunshine in our lives. She’s strong, devoted, compassionate, fearless and loves her Jesus. These last couple weeks have been so fun with her and God has opened up my eyes to the many reasons we NEEDED her in our lives! We hope to start the adoption process soon. Right now we are focusing on finishing our home so we hopefully don’t have to live with 5 people in one room much longer! We put the roof on our house this past Wednesday which makes us feel that much closer to move in day! We are enjoying our mini vacay after a busy last 6 weeks !
Before we left in January, we were really feeling attacked from the enemy with illnesses in our family. We shared that with others and by the grace of God and power of prayer, upon our arrival to Haiti we felt that burden lifted from us! We have been fairly healthy with the exception of a small scare for myself, Stevie, last week. As many of you know we are expecting this July and I’m now 21 weeks pregnant. This week I was feeling a lot of low abdominal pain that I had only previously experienced during labor with the boys. Needless to say, I was scared. At the same time, there was no cell phone service in our area to be able to call the doctor. But as the pain increased we decided to go to the hospital anyway, which in Haiti can be a long waiting game with the chance of them sending you home without seeing any doctor. But praise Jesus, our friend that is a doctor who lives near the hospital was home watering his flowers when we pulled up. He jumped in the car with us and drove us across the way to our OB’s house. Our doctor had just left the hospital but sent us there and quickly came to find me there minutes later. An ultrasound and check up showed that everything was just fine and in order. The pain lasted another day or so and I have been without pain for almost 48 hours now. I am thankful to be (well, more) comfortable again but also for the way God has provided us with connections here in Haiti that help us feel his hand of protection over us!
We love you all and thank you again for your prayers for our family. We feel them! Though we miss our loved ones in the states VERY much, Haiti is beginning to feel more and more like home every day. We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers over Claudelson, our family, and our work in Haiti.
Blessings to you all,
Zacharie, Stevie, Katheline, Abe, & Moses
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420 East Fulton Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
Thanks for the update. keeping everyone in prayer. Love to all. Diane