Let me first share our apologies for the lack of recent updates! Our computer crashed back in May. And then our iPad froze up. And then my (stevie) cell phone went on the fritz as well! It was a very discouraging & frustrating week! Therefore we weren’t able to send an update! Luckily the computer & phone have been replaced, and the iPad has been unfrozen! Praise Jesus! Also, I want to say sorry to those who sent me their email back in January to add you to our contact list. I only realized today that I updated the contacts to the wrong email!
We are happy to share that we added another member to the family at the end of June. Bruno is 14 years old and such a sweet young man. His father and mother both died several years ago and he was living with an uncle that was struggling to care for him on top of providing for his own children. Bruno is a very smart and mature for his age and was the top of his class in school this past year. He loves to lend a helping hand in any task. He even planted his own little garden, one of his favorite pastimes. He is getting along well with Claudelson but they of course already bicker like brothers. Claudelson continues to learn and grow but still requires extra attention to help him focus on improving his behavioral issues. We appreciate your prayers as we work with him on this. He really is a great kid with a big heart, and it breaks my heart that he was neglected for so long before he came to us. Zacharie and I frequently remind each other of this to get through the tough days!
Zacharie was recently nominated as a deacon at our church. He is very proud, as it is the church that his father started before his passing when Zacharie was 7 years old. He has taken a special interest in the youth of our church. He has youth group with them every other Sunday. Antas, Zacharie’s oldest sister, has also recently started a chorus group with the youth that meets every Wednesday & Saturday. These activities are not only encouraging the students in their walk with Christ but also keeping them off the streets, where so many kids fall into temptation in Haiti. We are honored to be apart of such a great congregation of believers. On Sunday, July 21 we were finally able to move into our house! Our entire church came over after the service and spent time in prayer and singing over our house and family. It was a very special time. Church has become a very big part of our lives and we go to services every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. I am always blown away by how I leave each service feeling lighter and at peace. It is such a blessing to watch my children dance with the other kids and sing solos (yes Solos!) In front of the church! Abe marched to the front of the church last Sunday and took the microphone from the pastor and sang an entire song in creole. It was a very proud parent moment! As for Moses, when it was his turn he sang “We will, we will, ROCK you!” Which was a moment we’ll never forget, that’s for sure!
We recently hired two more staff for the children’s home. Elude is 23 years old and she is from Montrious. She serves as our female house parent. We are anticipating 2-3 more children to be joining us in the near future so the extra hands will be very helpful! She has a quiet soul but takes her job very seriously and leads the kids well. We are excited to continue to get to know her and watch her grow in her role with us. We also hired Madamn Vide, Zacharie’s mother, on part time. She serves as a support staff in helping in the kitchen and with the children, but her biggest role is being “Gran” to all the kids. Our goal is to make these children feel apart of a family and Madamn Vide is amazing at showing & sharing Christ’s love to each of the kids. One way she does this is spending time in prayer & singing with the children every day at noon. I, love to sit outside the door and listen to them each take turns praying aloud and choosing songs to sing. As parents, Zacharie and I have always talked about how we would strive to turn our children, biological and not, into passionate Jesus followers. So we are so grateful for Madamn Vide’s special interest in each child’s relationship with God.
Microfinancing is a term used to describe financial services, like loans, to small business owners or individuals who lack traditional banking services. It was always a dream of the New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. to be able to begin providing micro financing loans here in Charrier but had to wait till we had someone here full time to carry it out. We are elated to share that we have begun this program and have already provided two loans to small business owners in our community. One to a young mother down the street who has a successful snack shop and another to a trustworthy man that has a charcoal making business. They have been committed so far and we are excited to see this program grow and build up our community.
We are looking forward to having two teams come to serve in August. They will focus their time on the school sponsorship program which sends 60+ children to school each year – including tuition, uniform, and books. Last year 4 children from our program graduated which is a huge deal in Haiti. There is a large percentage of children in Haiti who do not find the opportunity to go to school AND finish so it is very exciting to watch these kids persevere to the end!
Baby Girl Estime is due to arrive TODAY, July 24! Please join us in prayer as we await her arrival and hope for a smooth delivery without complications. We will be delivering at a local hospital called Albert Shweitzer in DeChapelle which is about 35-45 minutes away. Fun Fact, the person who founded the hospital is originally from Pittsburgh!
Thank you for your continuous prayers and support of our family. We are planning to come home for 4-6 weeks in the beginning of October. We would love to come and share our journey with your church or small group so please contact us! The 5th annual Hoedown for Haiti will be held on October 19, 2019 in Ephrata to raise money for New Life Chidlren’s Home! We will send more information out soon on how to purchase tickets! This event has sold out almost every year so be sure to get your tickets ahead! We love you all and thank you for taking the time to read this update and
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Many Blessings to you all,
Zacharie, Stevie, Katheline, Abe & Moses
Hello friends and family! Happy Spring!
We’re excited to be emailing you from Charrier because we have WiFi! Crazy, right?! Especially for those that have been down here with us before this seems impossible, I’m sure. But God had his hand in it all and as always, what seems impossible is possible with him! In the past, to send an email update I’d have to wait till we were spending time at a resort to utilize their WiFi. I’d always spend my time worrying about getting it done instead of truly relaxing with the family. But not any more! J Our town had never had public power before. Every politician running office dangled it in front of citizens in order to get votes, but no one ever made it happen before now. Currently, they are not charging people to use the power. They mostly give it during the day and it does go on and off frequently. We, among maybe 10 other people in our community, paid to have a meter installed, so we anticipate to have to start paying in the near future – probably once the next election starts if you catch my drift! We also installed 3 solar panels in order to supplement the power in the evenings. This is saving us a ton of money on gas and allows this pregnant Mama to run fans all night! We plan to add additional solar panels in the future as the 3 panels is only enough power to run our house and a refridgerator for a couple of hours. So we are now able to better stay connected with y’all! Thank YOU Jesus!
Zacharie, along with wonderful friends from our community, have spent many hours in the mission garden this spring. Last year we planted lime and grapefruit trees and it’s been exciting to watch them come up this spring. They recently planted additional citrus trees along with hot peppers and yucca root. This winter the garden provided us with endless amounts of plantains, something we eat quite often here. Rainy season is upon us and we’re excited for what that means for the gardens!
LOTS of plantain and banana trees!
Speaking of water… please pray we can find someone soon to dig a well for us. You may remember that we had a well hand dug 2 years ago. Unfortuanetly, we had to fill that well in as we hit salt water and the location of the well proved to be unsafe location for a property with so many children running around. With the process of hand dug wells being so dangerous and taking so much time, we have decided to seek out a business or organization to dig one for us. Please pray we can make this happen soon! We are all pretty tired of carrying buckets!
It’s mango season in Haiti! Which means eating mangoes and drinking mango juice 24/7. But we’re not complaining!
Thank you all for your prayers over Claudelson, the first child to join us at New Life Children’s Home. It has been so fun to watch him experiencing new things – like eating cupcakes and doing Easter egg hunts J A prayer request we have for him is that school/learning will come easier to him. After years of no formal education, it’s very difficult for him to sit and focus. He will not pass this year, and we have discussed hiring a tutor for him over the summer. We ask that you join us in prayer as we consider our options. We anticipate 2-4 more boys to join us this summer after the school year ends, depending on how a couple things work out. We are also still searching for a full time female house parent. Please pray over the children’s home with us as we strive to carry out God’s will for these kids and fill our staff needs with people that wish to do the same.
We will be adding 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on top of the cafeteria.
With plans of several children joining us being boys, we are realizing the need for separate living quarters if a girl were to come to us. Haitian social services require certain distance between male and female sleeping areas therefore we will be constructing 2 rooms and a bathroom above our cafeteria. The iron has already been laid and we are now waiting on cements blocks to be delivered to begin the walls. Then we will finish with a tin roof.
I, Stevie, was in the states for a short trip on April 14-18. I was on a mission to bring our family dog, Miley, to Haiti! It was always a dream to have her here with us, but I never knew how I would make it possible. After several failed attempts and outrageous quotes provided by professional shippers, I began to lose hope. However, when friends of ours recommended Missionary Flights International, we found a way! This is the organization we use to have a mailing/shipping address. So I got in late on Sunday night and was en route to MFI’s headquarters in Fort Pierce, FL by Tuesday afternoon. I then flew out to Haiti with Miley early on Thursday morning. It was too quick of a trip home but I’m very thankful that it went just as planned. The whole family has enjoyed having her here with us, and for me, she makes Haiti feel a little more like home.
We are excited to have a team of 5 people coming next week with Cindy. They will help us do some painting and maintainence projects on the children’s home property. Please pray for safe travels and that we can honor and glorify God together in Haiti during their time here with us.
Our family on Easter Sunday
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayers and support for our family! We do not take for granted how much the Lord has blessed us on this journey. Everyone has been healthy and happy. And we are all anxious to meet baby GIRL Estime at the end of July!
With every passing day, Haiti feels more and more like “home.”
Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:24
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To our wonderful family and friends,
We just wanted to add a video that had some recent photos and information about our work in Haiti! Enjoy!
from all of us at New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.
We had another awesome time at the 2018 Hoedown for Haiti! We had a sold out crowd and over $20,000 was raised for New Life Children’s Home! We give ALL the GLORY to GOD! Like each year before, I’m left speechless from gratitude for those who donated their time and efforts, attended and danced, and helped make the night such a success! All funds raised will go directly toward New Life Children’s Home which will be opening their doors to more children this coming year as Zacharie & Stevie Estime will be moving down to Haiti permanently in January of 2019.
First off, we’d like to say show our appreciation to Leon & Elsie Eby for allowing us to use their barn for the 4th year in a row! The Copper Horse Barn is a beautiful venue that can seat more than 250 people. There is a kitchen, bathroom, elevator, and bridal suite! Contact them at 7173363328 or 7176299845 with any questions!
We had 9 awesome local business donors who blessed our ministry through this event!
A BIG THANK YOU TO
MN Zimmerman Co. ,
Lichty Brothers Collision Repair,
Zartman Erosion Control Products
We had another silent auction and it was a great success thanks to the different local businesses and friends who donated over 100 items for the event!
Thank You to Sight & Sounds, Janae Rose Photography, Eve’s Photography, Pottery by Gary Eberly, Pottery by Pots by DePerot, Bee Still Crochet, Stoner Decorating Center, Redners , Reflections Restaurant , Goods store, Mary Kay Basket from Crystal Weaver, Attraction’s Studio, Fox Meadows Creamery & Country Market , Manheim Pike Vet Hospital, Asher’s Chocolate, Shady Maple, Muddy Creek Studio, Quentin Tavern, DOVE Westgate sewing group, Premier Jewelry from Joyce Mast, Hand Crafted woodworkings by Ken Buckwalter, Doterra Essential oils from Jen Laughlin , Creekside Dental, , Giant Food Stores, Sharp Shopper, Weaver Markets, Weis Markets, Yoder’s Country Market, and MANY others friends to New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc… Words can not express our full gratitude!
We would also like to give a special shout out to J.R.’s Brisket & BBQ for donating the delicious chicken BBQ! Also, And lastly, thank you Jill Zimmerman for your scrumptious cupcakes and to Delvin Huber for the yummy ice cream! Every year we’ve been blessed to have almost ALL our food donated!
We would also like to show our appreciation for DJ Mike Michener and his wife Karen for donating their time to teach Line Dancing at the event! They are always such a pleasure to work with and make for a great night of dancing!
(And here’s a cute little video of our son Abraham breaking it down!! Ha!!)
More thank you’s go out to Jordan High for our super cool Hoedown for Haiti design!
I used this verse in last years’ hoedown blog post, but I’ll say it again!
“To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen”
It’s that time again! Save the date for this years’ Hoedown for Haiti to raise money for New Life Children’s Home! We will be mailing & emailing invitations out soon so if you’re not our mailing list please email us at email@example.com! With Zacharie recently becoming a US citizen we are now able to make the BIG & FINAL move to Haiti this January to officially open our doors to children!
We will have some good ole Lancaster county cooking including BBQ Chicken !
You’ll have a chance to participate in a silent auction !
And we’ll finish off the evening as we always do with instructed Line Dancing!
We hope to see YOU there!
Dwayne and Kristine Zeiset will be starting a bike trip on July 15, 2018 starting at the northwestern-most point of WA (Cape Flattery in Neah Bay area). They will travel a total of 1,600 miles. They plan to average 80 miles/day as they travel down the scenic coast lines of Washington, Oregon, and California. By August 6, they anticipate to finish the ride in Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the southwestern-most point of CA shoreline (a few miles south of San Diego). They have chosen to complete this trip without a support vehicle. They will be carrying roughly 40 pounds of gear.
If you are interested in following their journey you can their facebook page of visit their website which will include their itinerary, blog and pictures.
Facebook page: Zeiset West Coast Bike Trip 2018
Website: Zeiset West Coast Bike Trip ’18
Through their journey they hope to raise funds for New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.’s planned medical clinic in Charrier. They would like to have each and every mile that they pedal to accumulate funds for the construction of the clinic.
How the “mile pledge” works:
Every penny counts! Really! No gift is too small.
They anticipate biking about 1,600 miles total along the west coast.
So, a pledge of $0.01/mile would equal an approximate donation of $16.
A pledge of $0.10/mile would equal an approximate donation of $160.
Of course, you may also give a flat donation
How to make your pledge:
You can donate online by visiting this link: Donate online to the Zeiset Bike Trip
OR you can make checks payable to “New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.” and mailed to 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522. Please attach a note stating it is for the “Medical clinic — Zeiset Bike Trip.”
For all their “mile pledges” they will keep a running total of miles for you at the end of their trip and tax receipts will be sent after donations are made.
We at New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. want to say thank you to Dwayne and Kristine for choosing to bless the Medical Clinic through their adventure. May the Lord protect you on your journey!
I, Cindy, arrived home March 15, 2018 after spending 10 days in Haiti. It was a fast trip, helping our missionaries, Zacharie and Stevana Estime with their family duties and the Children’s Home, but even great was the tugging in my heart for the need for a medical clinic in Charrier. Zacharie and I met with Odilon Estime, who is the local Community Health Officer and Dr. Prophete Belizaire, a Haitian physician who works at the Albert Sweitzer Hospital in Desjardomes. For me, it is hard to witness cases where small issues turn into crisis situations because of the lack of medical care or the lack of money. For example, last time I was in Haiti, a woman needed to be taken to the hospital in the middle of the night because her blood sugar was out of control. We, at the mission had no means to check her sugar to offer advice. So off to the hospital we went. This trip, I was approached by a young boy with a severe knee laceration which was obviously infected. Simple monitoring and simple first aid would alleviate these problems. As the four of us met, we discussed the needs for the community. Also, the need for education – personal hygiene, the importance of purified water – prevention of sexually transmitted diseases – AIDS awareness – prenatal and postnatal care. It was certain to us that a medical facility was needed.
Currently, the Children’s Home owns a piece of land on which we would be permitted to construct this facility. This would consist of a small, three-room building, a room for intake, an exam room, and a pharmacy. We would also like a small rest room. Many of you who have traveled with me to do medical clinics realize that, for many people in the community, our clinics are the only medical care that is affordable. Many of these folks live off the land and are very poor. This would be a huge blessing to the community. Through this avenue of medical care, we would be showing the love of Christ to the lost. This past trip to Haiti, one of the workers that was pouring a cement floor came to me with cement burns on his legs. While I was treating him, I asked him about his relationship with Christ. He told me, his girlfriend goes to church and he asked her to pray for him that he would go too. I told him that was good but ultimately, it is up to him to make the decision to accept Jesus as His Savior. Many times, as I treat patients, I am able to share the gospel and pray for them, plant seeds. It is a great opportunity to share God’s love as well as the gospel. My heart is to serve the lost and be a bold witness to them.
Projected site for Medical Clinic
I ask you to pray for us as we proceed in this project. There are many details and legalities to be worked out and with God’s direction, I know it can be done. He has been faithful. If you would like to help financially, you may make your tax deductible check payable to:
New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.
420 East Fulton Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
*Attach a note stating you gift is for the medical clinic.*
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done and continue to do for this ministry in Haiti. I stand humbly before you knowing that this is a team effort and that nothing is possible without your Involvement and God’s direction.
Thank you and God Bless,
For questions please call me directly at (717) 626-0804.
Our family is heading to Haiti in one week on February 5th till March 15! Please pray for us!
I wish that I would have sent this update sooner, as you can see we added a new addition to our family last year! Moses Alexander was born July 14 of last year and has to be the sweetest, most content baby I have ever met! We are so thankful! Zacharie’s mother, Madamn Vide (“Mama” to most of you!), was here visiting this past summer and got to be here for the birth and Moses’ first two months of life. It was special to share that time with her here in the states!
Zacharie was in Haiti this past September for 2 weeks leading a team with Cindy and preparing the children in our sponsorship program for school. I, Stevie, stayed home with the kids and have not been to Haiti in almost a full year! Needless to say, I am so excited to head down so everyone can meet Moses and to love on Katheline! She just turned 9 years old on January 23rd and is one smart cookie, being the top of her class! We are so proud and quickly began to love her like she’s our own.
Many people ask us why we are still spending so much time in the states…
So I wanted to share why – Zacharie is here on a US residency which requires him to be in the country for at least 6 months of the year. After 3 years of having your residency you can apply for US citizenship – which was this past October for Zacharie! We began the process in December and have already been through the fingerprinting process. We are hopeful to have another letter waiting for us when we get home (or to receive it soon after) with a naturalization test/interview date! We were told the process takes 6-12 months so we’re praying we won’t have any complications and that we’ll be done with immigration soon!
Another common question we get is: Why does Zacharie want American citizenship? Well, I can say that he does not WANT it as he is very proud to be Haitian but unfortunately it is a necessity for our family. With 3 out of 4 of us already being US citizens it makes the most sense for this to happen. Not only will it make it easier with traveling to/from Haiti it will also give our children more opportunities in the future. This means that Zacharie will lose his Haitian citizenship as Haiti does not do dual citizenship. But he’s learned to accept this and knows he will always be in Haitian in his roots! (I’ve had to remind him of this a couple times!)
What will we be doing in Haiti this time you may ask…
Though it has been a long road of planning, building, and fundraising since 2013 we are thankful to have had the opportunity to work here in the states and save money for our family and our HOUSE! Woot woot! Thank goodness we are finally beginning construction of our house! Can you tell that I’m excited? When we are down we have all of us and our things in one room so with our growing family it’s getting to be pretty tight quarters! It’s been exciting to draw up blueprints and make plans as it’s a big step for our family!
We do not have teams coming down during our stay with the exception of Cindy traveling down with My Momma for the last 10 days of our trip. I am beyond thrilled to be able to share this part of my life with her and I know she can’t wait to meet Katheline and the rest of Zacharie’s family!
We will keep busy with construction of our home (Zacharie hopes to finish our foundation while we are there), but we hope to also find opportunities for new ministry in our area. My heart goes out to the parent’s who ask us to take their children. We hope that in the future we can find ways to empower them whether through finances, employment, or encouragement . We are praying that God opens our eyes to the needs in our community and for ways we can improve them and share his love at the same time.
What you can pray for:
Thank You for your love and support these last couple years. Words can not express our full gratitude!
Many Blessings to you and your family,
Zacharie, Stevie, Abraham, & Moses Estime