New Life Mission - Haiti, Inc.

Looking back on 2021

I think it’s safe to say that these last two years have been almost unbelievable in many ways. From the pandemic starting in January 2020 to Haiti’s president’s assassination in July 2021, life feels almost like a blur of hard times and difficult circumstances.

Yet intertwined with those hardships we’ve created some beautiful memories and have had several exciting plans and dreams come to fruition – and we hope that you and your family can find the beauty and growth from these past 2 years as well. Learning to appreciate the small accomplishments or blips of happiness during hard times is not an easy feat, but when I’m struggling I almost always look to John 16:33 that says

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. BUT TAKE HEART! I have overcome the world.”

We at New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. want to express out deepest gratitude to our Heavenly Father. If you speak any Haitian Creole than you have probably know the phrase “Si Bondye vle” which means “If God wants.” It is a phrase you will hear said in Haiti a hundred times a day if not more. When you say “I’ll see you tomorrow” to someone you would not say it without adding “If God wants” to the end of the phrase. It has always been something that has stuck out to me. For a long time I found it to be silly, almost dramatic, until I lived there long enough to understand its significance. The amount of credit and glory our Haitian family and friends give to God for every single aspect of their lives is incredible. And we want it to be known that though we have so much appreciation for our supporters , we give all the glory to our God for the work that he has had us help carry out in Haiti.

Some highlights from our year that we would love to share with you…

  • Our School Sponsorship program has helped pay for 74 children go to school and university. The program pays each child’s entire tuition, helped to buy uniforms, and provided school supplies.
This is Emmanuel, He has been in the program since its inception and is now in the 7th grade.
  • The Microfinancing program provided 6 small business loans to people in our community. Several of the participants are people who finished their repayment and were granted a new loan to further grow their businesses.
The small store of one of our loan receivers.
  • At the Children’s Home we became a certified “orphanage/foster home” by Haitian social services which is not an easy feat in Haiti. The children began to see a child psychologist about 6 months ago and are beginning to work through some of the traumas they each have experienced. Another highlight of this year was adding a health insurance plan and savings programs options for each of our staff. The home is providing 10 jobs: 2 house parents, 2 cooks, 2 guards, 3 people for laundry, and 1 school tutor. This year’s Hoedown was a great success and brought in over $22,000 for the children’s home.
Our Family and some of our staff at the children’s home.
  • The Medical Clinic aka “Cindy’s Clinic” is almost finished with construction. We still need to purchase/lay the ceramic flooring, finish up electrical work, paint, and do a few more cosmetic things – but this project has been completely funded and that is an incredible blessing. We hope to open the doors to the clinic in 2022.
Cindy’s Clinic
  • This year we raised almost $4,000 to provide meals to family’s in need this Christmas season. We were delayed in sending the funds to Haiti, but the families will be receiving their meals on New Years Eve & Day which is a much more celebrated holiday in Haiti.
A photo from our 2020 distribution

This video shows a brief recap of photos and videos from our last year.

We are so excited to see what God has in store for us and for Haiti this upcoming year. Here are some ways you can pray for us:

  1. The Estime family is still stateside as they await a safe opportunity to travel back to Haiti. We believe that God will do this when he sees fit. Pray for us to have patience in the waiting. Living in limbo can be really difficult and we long to return home as soon as possible.
  2. For our kids and loved ones in Haiti to be kept safe, remain healthy, and happy.
  3. For our different ministries to be able to continue even in our absence. We are so thankful to have such amazing staff taking care of things.
  4. For Haiti as a whole. For peace and healing across the country. For the leadership to seek God’s will for this country. Pray for the people who live in unimaginable suffering on a daily basis – for their hope to continue or be restored.

Other ways you can help…

There is always a financial need and we ask you to consider giving to New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.

You can give online here : https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/81C05670E42A4CB

or donations can be made through the mail. Please include a note for what you would like to have your donation go towards.

Thank you all so much…for reading this, for praying for us, for giving financially…your support means probably more than you know.

Blessings to you are your families and Bon Ane! Happy New Year!

420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522

 717-847-5164

newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com

Giving Tuesday 2021

What a year it’s been. Especially for Haiti. I’m sitting here trying to find the words to describe Haiti’s current state, how it got to this place, and what all has caused it and I’m honestly left speechless every time I try to do this. It feels like way too much to try to sum up into a couple of sentences. And to be honest, I don’t feel qualified. But what I can comment on is that through an incredibly tough year (or years, if I’m being honest) the ministries of New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. have been able to continue and flourish. It’s an honor to be a part of and we give all the Glory to our good, good Father.

Today is #GivingTuesday. A “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.”  We wanted to let you know of a couple ways you could bless our ministry today.

  1. Every year we raise money to provide meal packages to our community at Christmas time. Your donation of $30 would provide one family with a package of rice, beans, oil and bullion cubes. This has been an enormous blessing to our community every year and we are excited to do it again!

 Follow this link donation link and choose “Christmas Feeding Program” as your designation.

OR Mail in your donation to the address listed in the photo

2. For the third year in a row we have created an amazon Christmas Wish List for the kids in the Children’s Home. We have been incredibly blessed these past couple of years to have the gifts for the kids provided for. This year we have provided some wants and needs for the kids.

You can access the wish list here: https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/47N6R9OONL9Q/guest-view

Our Precious Kids -Renelson (15), Claudelson (15), Pedline (10), Asmalie (9), & Bruno (16)

3. Zacharie & Stevana Estime and their 4 children are our full-time missionaries living in Haiti working as

Directors of the mission. With the cost of living getting higher every day in Haiti, they are in need of support.

 If you feel led to give to their family you can follow this donation link and choose “Estime family personal support” as your designation.

4. Solar Panel Fundraiser – Our electricity in Haiti is very unreliable (we have electric about 50% of the time), unsafe to use (we had several people in our village die from electrical shocks this past year) , and the current fluctuates constantly (which is killing our appliances!). We would love to get enough solar panels and batteries to run our whole property. We *estimate* this to cost around $20,000. We are about 1/4 of the way to meeting that goal and need your help to raise the remainder of these funds!

 Follow this link donation https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/9A9ABBE1B61A48D to donate online or send donations by mail with a note attached “for solar panels”

5. Maybe you are unable to give financially at this time and we get that! We also know that many people are strapped because it’s tough enough just to get all your gifts purchased.  One way you can bless our ministry is using Amazon Smile. By using the URL www.smile.amazon.com and choosing “New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.” as your designated mission , a small portion of your purchases will go to us. Every little bit helps!

Thank You for considering choosing New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. to give towards this #GivingTuesday!

Many Blessings to you and yours this Holiday Season!

New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.

420 E. Fulton Street,

Ephrata, PA 17522

2021 Christmas Feeding Program

THE AUCTION IS NOW LIVE!

Our online silent auction is now live!!!

We have over 100 great items to choose from including vacation homes, photography sessions, massages, gift baskets, children’s toys, and more! Get your Christmas gifts now and support New Life Children’s Home at the same time!

https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=22920

https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=22920

It will run today until this Friday, Oct. 22 at 8 pm. So set your alarms! 😉

Thank you all for your support!

Virtual Silent Auction

Our virtual silent auction is almost live!! All proceeds will go toward New Life Children’s Home to take care of all the needs of our wonderful kiddos.

It will take place on Tuesday, October 19th at 8:00 AM until Friday, October 22nd at 8:00 PM.

Take a sneak peek through the link and set your alarms for Tuesday (and then again for Friday night before it ends!)


We have everything from vacation homes, photography sessions, restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, art, several made in Haiti products, tools, and so much more! We have over 90 items to choose from and more are being added! Check out the link below!

https://www.biddingowl.com/NewLifeMissionHaitiInc

Thank you all for your support !!

You’re Invited – 2021 Hoedown for Haiti!

The 2021 Hoedown for Haiti, our annual fundraiser for New Life Children’s Home, is coming up and YOU ARE INVITED!

Here are the details!

Silent Auction = We had such success with last year’s online auction that we decided to do that again this year! The auction will be held Tuesday, October 19 until Friday, October 22, 2021. It will be accessible through our website, but we will also send a direct link in the days before the event. We had some AWESOME items available last year and we cannot wait to share what this year’s will be!

Check out some of the great products we had last year!

Gift card bundle
Homemade Gourmet Desserts
Tool Kit Bundle
Made in Haiti Products

Pork BBQ Dinner & Line Dancing = We are so excited to have the Hoedown in person this year and will be having dinner and line dancing at the beautiful Copper Horse Barn (Ephrata, PA). We will have a Pork BBQ (made by the famous local JR’s Brisket & BBQ) meal with some delicious sides like baked beans, coleslaw, and Jill Zimmerman’s cupcakes! After dinner there will be a chance to hear from our missionaries living in Haiti, Zacharie & Stevie Estime for an update on all things Haiti! THEN we will end our evening with line dancing with DJ Mike Michener! Tickets are a suggested minimum donation of $35 per person.

Here’s how to get your tickets…

  1. Print this form & mail it to “New Life Fellowship” 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 –

OR

2. Purchase your tickets online here – www.egsnetwork.com/events/?eventid=51F93A41219E467

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our event coordinator, Mary Adamson at 7172863385 or email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com!

ALL funds raised through the event will go towards New Life Children’s Home!

We hope to see you there! Thank you for your support!

*If you are on our mailing list, you will receive a hard copy of the invite soon!*

Earthquake Update…`

A 7.2 – magnitude earthquake violently shook Haiti on August 14. Just 5 weeks after the assassination of their president, Jovenel Moise. It was even more powerful than the 7.0 magnitude earthquake of 2010 that killed nearly 300,000 people. This earthquake’s epicenter, Petit Trou de Nippes, is a less densely populated area of the country. About 80 miles west of Port Au Prince. Two cities that have reported major devastation are Les Cayes and Jeremie, which are located in Haiti’s southern peninsula. Two cities that are still rebuilding since the devastating hurricane Matthew of 2016. As of this morning, there have been 1,297 reported deaths so far with thousands of others injured. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of homes and buildings are completely destroyed.

We felt the earthquake here in Charrier but, by the grace of God, experienced no injuries or structural damages. Zacharie’s family members were not directly affected either. The kids are definitely shook up and you can feel the tension in the air as there are many who suffer from the trauma of their experience with the 2010 earthquake. Zacharie and his sister Antas included as they were both in Port au Prince that day.

The aftershocks on the day of the August 14 earthquake had everyone nervous, so we decided to camp out together in our yard. Waking up the next morning with all my kids close by made me so thankful for our big yard to be able to do that.

We have been closely following the relief efforts that are taking place right now. At this time we do not have plans to start our own relief efforts, but we wanted to make recommendations on some worthy organizations to give toward right now. These are pre existing organizations that are already established and working in country. We encourage you to consider giving toward smaller scale orgs as large non profits usually have a huge overhead and the funds that actually make it to Haiti would be only a small percentage of your donation.

Here are some great organizations to consider giving toward right now:

  1. Hero Rescue Haiti https://www.heroclientrescue.com/ is a 24/7 emergency medical ambulance and medevac service here in country that is already working to help treat and transport the injured to major hospitals. Follow the donate link on their website.
  2. Haiti Air Ambulance https://www.haitiairambulance.org/ is a nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency helicopter services in country that has also already been working in the affected areas. Donations can be made on their website
  3. Hope for Haiti https://hopeforhaiti.com/ is an org in Les Cayes that has been established for 30+ years. They have a full short and long term recovery plan on their website and are posting updates about their relief efforts frequently. Follow the link to donate.
  4. Little Footprints, Big Stepshttps://littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/ is an org that “protects vulnerable children in Haiti by reuniting families and empowering them with resources and opportunities to build a self sufficient future.” They are working to help as many as possible affected by the earthquake and donations can be made on their website.

I’m sure there are MANY worthy organizations right now, but here are just a few that we have been aware of that are working right now to help those affected by this earthquake. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Above all, please join us in prayer over this country. Haiti really cant seem to catch a break. Yes, these people are amazingly resilient which they’ve proven time and time again. But they are still human and they can only handle so much.

Thank you all for your continuous support.

Some information was taken from this article https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/14/world/haiti-earthquake

The Hoedown for Haiti 2021

Hello everyone! It’s that time again !

The Hoedown for Haiti is our annual fundraiser to support New Life Children’s Home. ALL proceeds go toward foods, our kids’ daily needs, paying our 10 amazing Haitian staff members, keeping up with house & vehicle maintenance, gas, propane, EVERYTHING! As you can imagine, it all adds up fast.

See all the details for the event below…

We have some needs for this event…

Would you or your business like to sponsor the event? All sponsors will receive recognition for their generosity at the event, on our website, and in our newsletter. In addition, sponsors who give $100 or more will receive 2 tickets for the event. Please make your checks payable to New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc., 420 East Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 with a note attached stating it’s for the “Hoedown for Haiti sponsor donation.”

We are also looking for donations for our silent auction. Donations may include but are not limited to gift cards, services, themed baskets, monetary gifts, event tickets, etc. Donors will receive recognition of their generosity in our newsletter and on our website. Donations can be picked up by one of our team members by calling or emailing, or may be delivered to the above listed address.

If you or someone you know can help us out with a business sponsor or a silent auction please call Mary Adamson at 7172863385 or email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank you for helping us take care of these awesome kids we get to call ours!

An update I struggled to write.

I have struggled to sit down and put into words what is going on in Haiti. I used to think I had a way with words, but currently, I’m just feeling too tired. Or too sad to try to write something that explains things but is also encouraging. 

As many of you probably already know, last Wednesday on July 7th the president of Haiti was assassinated in his home. His wife was also injured, but was able to survive the attack. I won’t begin to try to explain the who, what, where, and why of it all because with all the different stories coming out there is no way to know what is truth. But a simple google search can give you some answers.

My heart hurts for Haiti and its people.  With all they’ve been through these last 3 years, it just seems unfair. There has been almost constant civil unrest and gang violence, and people can no longer feel safe doing a simple task like going to work, to market or sending their kids to school. Another struggle is that inflation has once again caused prices to skyrocket. Some foods are more than double what we would have paid just last year. In a country where people live off an average of $2 US per day, how can you expect them to be able to feed their families? Gas is not available because the town of Martissant in Port au Prince has been taken over by gangs. People are fleeing from their homes and living on the streets. A main road runs right through that town and the gas trucks are unable to pass to deliver to the rest of the country. So many businesses are hurting because they are unable to function without their generators.  And now the leader of their country is gone. Though he wasn’t very popular, it does not take away the fears of what this lack of structure could mean for the country. I asked Madanm Vide, Zacharie’s mother, how she is feeling about it all, and she said, “How can we carry on like this? It doesn’t seem possible.” It really doesn’t.

It feels like everyone is just holding their breath, waiting to see what disaster will strike next.

So what next? We don’t know. As for us, we will keep doing ministry, keep building the medical clinic, keep on keeping on as long as the Lord allows us to. We feel safe where we are, and we are thankful to be a part of a wonderful community here in Charrier.

Please pray for us as we are striving to encourage those around us in a time that feels so unsure and unsteady. We trust that the Lord is in control, and we are trying to encourage those around us to do the same. Please pray for the people of Haiti to have hope, and to not lose their faith. Pray for the leaders left in this country to unite together to propel Haiti forward in a positive direction. For the family of the president as they mourn a husband & father. For the entire country to prosper!

We also recognize that it is not only in Haiti that tensions are high. All around the world, people are struggling and fighting to survive. While I, Stevie, was in the US in April I reached out to a couple people for encouragement. After explaining some of my personal struggles, not one but 3 different people prayed the same set of verses over me.

Ephesians 6: 11-18 reads

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

They reminded me that every single day is a battle. God and Satan are in a battle for YOUR mind and soul. Every single day we must wake up and make a choice to choose Jesus and choose joy in the midst of our heartaches and struggles. We must! Or why would this life be worth living? Put on your armor every morning and be prepared to fight.  Be on guard because your heart is on the line. Look at your strengths and use them. Figure out what your weaknesses are and lean on those who can help! And guys, we don’t know how much time we have left here on earth, so take each day as an opportunity to love and encourage those around you. Because we all know there isn’t a single person out there with a perfect life and we all need Christ!

I want to say how grateful we are for every thought, every prayer, and every dollar sent our way. Words will never be able to express how thankful we are.

Please keep them coming. 

We love you all,

Zacharie & Stevie Estime

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

We are so close to FINALLY being done with construction of Cindy’s Medical Clinic. We cannot wait to be able to open our doors. We have been so blessed on this journey to have so much support from you all and we can not say Thank You enough! Cindy would without a doubt so excited to see this of hers dream coming to fruition. We can just hear her cheering us on from heaven! God has been so very faithful to our mission over the years and we are continually blown away by his goodness!

We are having a Chicken BBQ fundraiser on July 17, 2021 to raise money for the remaining construction costs. Here is all the information you need. If you have any questions please reach out!