New Life Mission - Haiti, Inc.

Holed up for Haiti!

Hey Everyone! We want to start off by saying Thank You for following along on this journey with us! The fact that you’re reading this blog update shows your support for our work in Haiti and that mean the world to us!

We want to invite you all to our annual fundraiser for New Like Children’s Home!

This year’s fundraiser will look different (because of Covid19, of course)…

We will having a virtual silent auction from Monday, November 2 – Thursday, November 5 (that’s a little change from the flyer above). You will be able to bid online on some great items! So far we have a beach house, cabin stay and local airbnb that will be available to bid on. There will also be a fishing trip in OCMD, private children’s art lessons, Longwood gardens tickets and some other great awesome baskets or gifts cards! You won’t want to miss it and the best part is you don’t have to purchase a ticket to participate – you can bid online, even right from your phone! The link can be found on our website http://www.newlifemissionhaiti.com!

Secondly, we will be having a Pork BBQ meal available for pick up or dine in on the evening of Friday, November 6th at New Life Fellowship church in Ephrata from 5-8pm. We, the Estime Family, will be in attendance and would love to see all of you there! We do know that many have concerns attending an event due to the pandemic. So, you can drop by and pick up a meal OR you can dine in with us and hear an update about the children’s home and the mission. If you would like to dine in PLEASE call Mary at 7172863385 to make a reservation. Reservations are necessary to respect social distancing recommendations. There is a suggested minimum donation of $15/meal.

You can purchase tickets online: https://www.egsnetwork.com/events/?eventid=1C685F9DD2D14DF

OR you can purchase through the mail:

  1. Print this flyer linked below
  2. Fill out bottom portion
  3. Mail bottom portion and payment to “New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.” 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522.

**If you are unable to attend/participate in the event but would still like to donate toward our mission, tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/48F73DAFD9194BF OR mailed to “New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.” 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522. Please attach a note specifying what the donation is to go toward. **

Again, thank you for your support!! We hope to see you there!!

Looking for donations!

Like most events around the world, our annual fundraiser for New Life Children’s Home will look different this year…

Because of the coronavirus and the ever-changing rules and regulations surrounding it, we have decided to have a

Virtual Silent Auction from November 2- 6, 2020

as well as a

Pork BBQ meal (with a dine-in or pick up option) on the evening of November 6.

Business owners – Would you be interested in sponsoring this event? Any donation of $100 or more would receive 5 free meal tickets as well as advertising through out website, social media pages, and at the events. Please email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com for more information!

We are looking for donations for our virutal silent auction. Could you help us? Whether it be a gift basket, service, handmade goods, etc. we would greatly appreciate it!

Here are some ideas of what could be donated. We would love to have a lot of unique items to appeal to everyone! :

  • Do you have a small business that makes goods or could offer a gift card?
  • Grocery Store gift cards
  • Gift Baskets
  • Handmade goods
  • Tickets – zoo, theater, amusement parks, etc.
  • Art or cooking/baking lessons, etc.
  • Vacation home or cabin stay
  • professional photography sessions
  • If you’re a chef you could cook a meal for a family
  • If you have a boat maybe you could offer a boat ride, wakeboarding or fishing trip
  • Cleaning Services
  • Do you raise animals? You could offer professionally butchered meat (or eggs!)
  • Maybe you have cut firewood or wood availabe to cut that you could donate ?

There are so many options! Please email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com if you’re interested!

And if you can’t donate – we understand! However, save the dates for our fundraiser. Even if you can’t give, we would appreciate your prayers that we could still have a successful event!

Virtual Silent Auction from November 2- 6, 2020

as well as a

Pork BBQ meal (with a dine-in or pick up option) on the evening of November 6.

Thank you and many blessings to you all!

Preparing for crisis mode…

Since Haiti’s first reported cases back in March we have been semi-quarantined at home with our kids and part of Zacharie’s family. Which means we (the adults) go out as little as possible and keep the kids inside the compound. There’s currently 25 of us living on the compound. Fourteen kids and 10 adults! A little exhausting but we have started the kids on a schedule that helps us to pass the days inside our four walls. (Thank you all for your suggestions on how to create a schedule for the kids!) All staff who do not live with us on the property, with exception of our nighttime guard, are not coming to work. We will continue to pay all our employees as long as we can, but it’s hard to say how long we’ll be able to do that with the increasing food prices, etc. We’ve been going to market once a week, very early in the morning. But the vendors are fewer each time and the prices are that much higher each week. As long as the Haiti borders are closed, we anticipate these prices to continue to rise.

Zacharie and I have been thinking how we can best serve our community during this trying time. Studies are showing that they expect the worst of the virus to hit Haiti in July. There are currently 310 cases and 20 deaths in Haiti according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/. With Haiti’s very poor health system its hard to say how accurate that number is. But here is our plan:

  • Hand out reusable masks – The president is currently requiring everyone to wear masks when in public. We are looking at a cost of $3/mask. We would like to have a local seamstress make 300+ masks to hand out to people in our community.
  • Hand out Food Packages – $30 would allow us to provide a family with a rice, beans, and oil to last a couple days. We would love to donate to as many people as possible in our community, but we plan to start with folks from our local church which is about 40 different families.

If you feel lead to give to this cause you can:

  1. Follow this link: https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/48F73DAFD9194BF
  2. Click “new life mission haiti inc general fund” as your designation
  3. Put in note field that the donation is for “covid19 assistance”
  4. OR you can mail in donations to: New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc., 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522. Please attach a note saying what the donation is for!

Thank you for your kind consideration. We know this season has not been easy on anyone and we appreciate the support we continue to receive during this difficult time!

Another need…

Our kiddos at the children’s home are in need of some new clothing. It blows my mind how fast we go through clothing here, but when you play hard in the sun outside all day then handwash your clothing, it wears out quick. It is difficult to find the right sizes here or in good condition for the right price so we are reaching out to ya’ll to see if you maybe have things to donate or would be willing to purchase for our kids.

Here are our clothing requests:

  • BOYS (size medium, large, XL or adult small)
    • Underwear, size medium and large (new)
    • Socks, boys shoe sizes range from 5-7
    • T-shirts or tank tops
    • Athletic shorts, cargo shorts
    • Dress shirts (long sleeve or short sleeve) or polos
    • dress pants
    • Belts
    • Boys ties or bowties
    • Light hooded jacket or sweatshirt
    • Jeans or light sweatpants
    • Sneakers adult size 5,6,7, or 8
    • Dress shoes adult size 5,6,7, or 8
  • GIRLS (sizes xs,s,m,l)
    • T-shirts & tank tops/camisoles
    • Shorts, skirts, bike shorts,jeans, or leggings
    • Socks
    • Underwear (new)
    • Light hooded sweatshirt or jackets
    • Dresses (for play or for church)
    • Headbands or barretes (new)
    • Shoes/sneakers/sandals kids size 13, 1, 2, 3
  • Other needs:
    • Basketball (2)
    • Over the door hooks or wall hooks
    • Bins that fit under bed (10)
    • Birthday supplies (balloons, streamers, napkins and plates of any colors) *to keep on hand

*I want to say this in the nicest way possible… We appreciate donations so very much, however many times clothing that is donated has been well loved and have holes and/or stains. So we are asking for lightly used clothes that have a lot of life in them yet as we have to spend money to ship them to Haiti and we want it to be worth the cost! Thank you for understanding.

To coordinate donation drop off you can contact our admin assistant Nancy at 7178693537 or newlifemissionh@gmail.com

Here’s a photo of our silly crew. Thank you SO very much for your support! LOVE YA’LL!

Annual Plant Sale to benefit the Children’s Home

Every year our dear friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millersville, PA have a plant sale to benefit New Life Children’s Home.

Pedline, 8, one of our little girls here at the home.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • They have a wide variety of flowers and plants available, please see this list —>
  • Order on or before May 10th by calling Karen Napier 717-405-9083
  • Pay by personal check made out to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church when you pick up your plant order. 
  • Pick up will be at New Life Fellowship Church, 420 E. Fulton St., Ephrata, on Saturday, May 16th, at noon.

We thank you for supporting New Life Mission-Haiti!

COVID-19 in Haiti with added some positivity…

You heard it right, the dreaded virus covid-19 (is it supposed to be in all caps? I don’t know. But I don’t want to give it that much power over me) has arrived in Haiti. There were two reported cases this past Thursday. The president responded by shutting down schools & business, placing an evening curfew, and asking for people to only gather in groups of 5 or less. As many of probably can guess, Haiti is not prepared for a pandemic. With a majority of its citizens living on $1-2/day and an already extremely poor medical system – the repercussions of coronavirus could be catastrophic. The people of this country have been through so much, with 2019 being one of their toughest years yet due to a corrupt government and political rioting. One thing that gives them happiness and hope is their it-takes-a-village mentality. They spend their days helping each other get by – cooking, cleaning, gardening, bathing – you name it, they do it together. So telling them now you can not go to church or you can not leave your home – it’s not adding to their already existing financial troubles, it’s stealing their joy. So please pray for everyone in Haiti’s health and for financial provision, but also for their hearts and minds, to not lose hope in a time of so much unknown…

My initial response was “this is being blown out of proportion” to “woah maybe it’s not” to “it’s the end of the world” to “God, it’s yours.” I’m taking a lot of comfort in Psalm 91 (especially verses 14-16) so I’m going to leave that here for ya’ll…

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Psalms 91

I know it’s easier said than done – but I’m choosing to live in thankfulness instead of fear. When fear overcomes me, I look up and give thanks to my King for all he’s done and will do for me. I’m finding peace in knowing that my future in CHRIST is NOT unknown. Give it to him and you will be rewarded with a sense of peace that surely surpasses understanding. Because ya’ll, this pandemic is straight up craziness and this world needs JESUS!

As for us, we are attempting to quarantine. Trying to entertain 9 kids – lots of coloring and movies and snacks and a scavenger hunt so far… As we said, we appreciate your prayers!

In more positive news….I wanted to also share with you an update about our different ministry programs. Even with all that is going on this past year, we are happy to share that we were able to continue on and see so much growth in our community…

“Cindy’s” Medical Clinic

Medical Clinic

The foundation was poured two weeks ago and now the walls are almost finished! We’re so excited! The clinic will have an exam room, dental room, pharmacy and lab as well as the waiting room. We are still in need of about $10k to totally finish the construction. If you feel lead to give to this project please click the link ( https://secure.egsnetwork.com/donate/DBB12EAA55424A1 ) or visit our ‘donate’ tab for more info. And of course, we covet your prayers as we move forward in this project. This is a huge need in our area, but more than anything, we can’t wait to see how this project furthers Gods’ kingdom. New Life Mission Medical Clinic will be named “Cindy’s Clinic” in honor of cofounder and friend Cindy Zimmerman.

Gardens

Our first cherry harvest!

Our gardens are thriving! After 3 years of waiting we finally have cherries which make awesome juice. We continue to have a ton of plantains, hot peppers & papaya. We also had a great yucca root (or cassava as some call it) harvest and were even able to sell quite a bit at market as income for the children’s home.

Microfinancing

Microfinancing is defined as a financial service for individuals or small businesses who lack the access to conventional banking and/or related services. New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. recently began working with people in our community of Charrier who own small businesses (ie. charcoal making, restaurant, small boutiques, etc). We have a small committee of members that discusses the reliability/ credibility of the participant. If they are approved, we provide them with a small business loans. Each participant signs a contract and provides a witness. So far our loans have ranged from about $500-1000 with a repayment period of 5-10 months with a 10% interest rate. All interest collected goes back into the microfinancing fund to be able to provide more people with loans. As we move forward, we are researching into methods of how to grow our program into providing business education for our participants while at the same time, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We currently have 9 small business owners in our program.

Child Sponsorship Program

These three (Asmalie, Renelson & Pedline ) all need school sponsors!

Our child school sponsorship program sends over 60 kids to school each year. An annual donation of $300 pays for their tuition, books, and uniform. We have 5 children in our program who are in need of sponsors. If you would be able or interested to sponsor a child for the 2020-2021 school year please call or email us.

We know this is a difficult time for many, but if God lays it on your heart to bless our ministries you can click the “donate” tab or mail in donations to the address listed below. We thank you for all your support and just know we are praying for you guys too! Let’s band together in Christ and get through this – even if we are standing 6 feet (or more) apart.

New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.

www.newlifemissionhaiti.com

420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522

newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com

Telephone: 717-869-3537

Hello from Haiti!

I (stevie) woke up this morning to find out that our electrical lines were cut (again) from protesting towns who are demanding they receive electric as well. I mean, I get where they are coming from, but they sure aren’t making it easier for the rest of us! Also, we haven’t had running water in months during this dry, dry season and I gotta tell you, I’m really tired of carrying buckets. On top of all that, we have a truck stuck in the port (for multitple, what seem ridiculous reasons) in St. Marc that has our diapers, wipes, soap, toothpaste, etc for the next 6 months. Needless to say, I woke up with a poor attitude. And I can imagine some of you reading this, who might be stuck in quarantine in the states, might find yourself in a similar state.

There is a verse that I remind myself and others of CONSTANTLY….

I have told you these things so that in me you may find peace. In this world you will have trouble. But TAKE HEART! I have overcome the world! John 16:33

God knew this season was coming. He knew this year would be hard for us. But (and I have to repeat it to myself regularly) TAKE HEART because he’s got us. I’m not going to find peace in this earthly situation, that’s for sure. So I’m going to lean hard into my heavenly father who promises peace when the world lets us down again and again. Our problems are temporary but our God is ETERNAL! So I encourage you all, take heart and find rest in Him. It’s the only way we’ll get through this! Lift your eyes above these mountains and you’ll see, help is coming.

So we have had a busy couple of months and I (Stevie) have been slacking on providing you all with updates. I am starting to schedule “office” hours for myself to be able to better keep up in the future. Please pray for me because finding time with 9 kiddos ranging from 15- (almost) 8 months is not easy!

Because I wrote such a long update, I’ve decided to break up it up into 3 blog posts throughout this week.

Our family returned to Haiti on January 5th, almost two months after our original planned date to return home. There was continued rioting and road blocks in Haiti and as we got close to the holidays ticket prices were astronomical. So we decided to wait and were rewarded with added family time and an affordable flight home! It is so nice to be back in Haiti. In January we had 2 weeks of teams that came to serve with us. They came to help, but also to just be here and support us as we move forward without our dear Cindy. It was a sweet time. They helped do lots of projects big and small around the children’s home property, played with our kids, entertained us with laughs and farkle, and gave us encouragement in a time we needed it most. We love you guys. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

In other news…

All of our kids at New Life Children’s Home continue to do well and thrive.

Showing off their crafts after our weekly bible class.
Bruno, 15; Renelson, 13; Pedline, 8; Asmalie, 8; Claudelson, 13
(plus Abe & Moses)

We celebrated two birthdays so far this year. Asmalie turned 8 on January 15th and Bruno turned 15 on March 3rd. Being able to provide them with their first ever birthday cakes was really special. With three of our five kids only coming within 2 weeks of our departure in May, we hadn’t gotten to spend a lot of time with them. Our time since we have been home has been so sweet and it’s been fun to get to know their personalities.

Our female houseparent, Eloude, helping the kids with their homework.

As summer approaches and the kids will be off school, we are looking to create a day to day schedule for our kids. This is intimidating to me, Stevie, as we have kids ages 8 months up to 15 years old and I’m not sure what would be best to serve each child. If you have experience with this and would like to help me work on this, please let me know! Any and all recommendations would be appreciated! Please email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com

Claudelson was the first child to join us at the home in February 2019.  He came from a place where he was given very little attention or direction, and had no education up to that point. His mannerisms were similar to that of a toddler. He started school last March however has struggled the entire time to retain any of what is taught. The teachers have left him behind in class as there is no individualized schooling or special education in any school in our area. He also continues to be difficult to raise and does not seem to respond to any form of discipline. I would really like to talk to a child psychologist to discuss more of the details of his behavior, and to people with special education experience for recommendations on his schooling. If you are that person or know someone who could help, please email us. Thank You in advance!

We wanna give a shout out to everyone who blessed our kiddos with Christmas gifts! They were elated and play with them every single day! Thank you so very much from all of us!

We have been in need of a well for quite some time. There is water from a spring up in the mountain that is turned on 2x/day but during the dry season (which is now) it sometimes will not come on for days at a time. Also, there is not enough pressure to have running water so we’ve been carrying buckets of water to do everything – shower, cook, wash hands, etc. We are also in need of two additional wells on our other properties. I have contacted several organizations over the last couple of months to see if they would be able to come & dig a well for us but many of them do not travel out our direction. I finally got a hold of a mission near Port au Prince that said they would be willing to consider helping us because we are in need of several wells. They are very busy so it will be 2-3 months until they can come survey the lands to determine if they are able to dig. Please pray that they will be able to help us out!

For Christmas 2019 we had our second annual Christmas Feeding Program. A donation of $25 provided a family in our community or Montrious with a meal for the holiday. We were incredibly blessed and blown away by the generosity of our supporters. We were able to provide more than 400 families with a Christmas meal (double what we were able to give last year)! We were thanful for the opportunity to have our kids in the children’s home help pack the bags to give out and remind them the importance of giving back! Thank you ALL so much for your donations!

Please come back to our blog tomorrow for another update! Let us help you pass a little bit of your quarantine time! 😉

New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.

www.newlifemissionhaiti.com

420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, Pa 17522

P: 7178693537

E: newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com

Donate Here!

The Hoedown for Haiti 2019

On October 19, 2019 we had another awesome time at the 2019 Hoedown for Haiti! We had another almost sold out crowd and over $27,000 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 is now home to 5 beautiful, sweet children.

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(top left to right) Renelson, 13; Claudelson, 13; Bruno, 14
(bottom left to right) Asmalie, 8; Pedline, 8 (plus our kiddos – Abe, Katheline & Moses)

 

The Estime’s made it home just in time for time for the event to give an update about their past year and happenings in Haiti. We also took a moment to recognize our beloved Cindy for her many, wonderful works in Haiti. You can read the memorial we shared here Memorial for Cindy Zimmerman.

 

 

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

First off, we’d like to say show our appreciation to Leon & Elsie Eby for allowing us to use their barn for the 5th 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!

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We had 10 awesome local business donors who blessed our ministry through this event!

A BIG THANK YOU TO

DJ Mast Productions

Esbenshade’s Greenhouses ,

Jenkin’s Travel,

JTK Trades LLC ,

Keller Bro Ford,

Life Flow Plumbing LLC,

Lichty Brothers Collision Repair,

Paul B Zimmerman’s, Inc.

Rocky Ridge Auto Sales, &  

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 80 items for the event!

Thank You to Sight & SoundsJanae Rose PhotographyEve’s Photography,  Bee Still CrochetRedners , Reflections Restaurant , Goods store, Mary Kay Basket from Crystal Weaver, Fox Meadows Creamery & Country Market ,  Asher’s Chocolate,  Muddy Creek Studio, Hand Crafted woodworkings by Ken Buckwalter, Giant Food StoresSharp Shopper, Yoder’s Country MarketsWeis Markets, Glenwood Foods, , North Star Custom Apparel, Maize Quest Fun Park, Rocky Springs Lane Bowling, Scratch Bakes, Dorney Park, The Horning Hut, Salon Art-Tiff, The Courtyard Cafe, A.B. Martin , Crazy Savings Wholesales, Shady Maple, The Coffee Station at Landis Valley, Aimee Weaver Designs, Longwood Gardens, Young Living Essential Oils from Joscelynn Martin, Burger King of Ephrata, 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 pork BBQ! More thank you’s to Jamie with Farm2Table Creations for our great appetizers, 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!

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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!

 

This was our first year having a photo booth which was definitely a hit!

 

More thank you’s go out to Jordan High for our super cool Hoedown for Haiti design!

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We need to give a shout out to the awesome Hoedown Committee that we have  -> You guys know who you are and you are the BEST! We literally could not do it without you!…A Special Thank You to Stevie’s dear sister Mary who did an awesome job on her first year being the committee leader!

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I used this verse for every years’ hoedown blog post, but I’ll say it again…

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“To God be the glory forever and ever! Amen”

Galations 1:5

 

 

*Save the date for the next Hoedown for Haiti on October 17, 2020!

Provide a family with a Christmas Meal

In most parts of Haiti, Christmas is usually celebrated with a special meal together. As some of you may have heard, inflation has increased the cost of food to about 4x its normal price, and the people of Haiti are greatly suffering.

Last year we began the Christmas meal program and were able to provide over meals to over 200 families. It was so special and the people were so grateful! We have decided to make this an annual event and will be taking donations through this month.

 

Your donation of $25 will provide a portion of rice, beans, seasoning, and oil to feed a family in Charrier, Haiti this Christmas.

To send a tax deductible donation:

  1. You can send your donations via mail to “New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc.” 420 E. Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 (*Please attach a note saying it is for “Christmas meals”)
  2. Donate online with this link: Christmas Meals Program

 

 

If you would like a flyer to print and share with your family and friends click on the link below to do so! We thank you for helping us share the fundraiser and spread the love!

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Thank you and Blessing to your family this holiday season!

 

 

A long over due update…

I want to start by saying Thank You to all of you – our supporters and friends.

We have had a crazy couple of weeks to say the least.

 

We had 2 teams come down in August that helped with our school sponsorship program and maintenance projects around the children’s home. During the second week of those teams, Cindy became ill. When she returned to the states with the team she went right into the hospital and never made it home. She passed away on September 20th from meningitis and internal shingles. It rocked our world and I think we have been living in some sort of haze ever since. It all happened so fast and it continues to feel unreal. Even so, we are slowly, but surely, picking up the pieces and we ask for your patience over these next couple months as the mission moves forward without our director and dear friend.

 

In the midst of our grief, God did bring 3 new children to us at New Life Children’s Home.

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Asmalie, 7 & Pedline, 8 are cousins who were living with their grandmother in a nearby town. Their grandmother had 5 grandchildren in her care that she was barely able to provide 1 meal a day. She came to us and explained how these two girls were orphans and been with her from very young ages. Asmalie has AIDS and needed to find better care. Pedline’s hair was discolored and her cheeks hollowed from malnutrition. It was evident that we needed to bring them in. From the moment they joined us, they have acted like they have been with us their whole lives. They’re both so sweet and spunky, and we are so excited to watch them grow.

 

Renelson, 12 came to us on October 10th, just days before we came to the states…One day, about a month earlier, Zacharie came home to find a little boy climbing our dump truck outside the gate, trying to see over the walls. He asked him what he was doing and he responded with, “Does it cost money to live here.” Zacharie’s heart instantly broke open for this little boy, and he asked him who he was, where he was from. He was covered with dirt from head to toe and his clothes were turned inside out, a common sign that there is no money to buy soap to clean their clothes. He said that he was an orphan, but we told him he needed to come back with a family member or guardian to be able to see if we could bring him in. After over 3 weeks of asking people if they knew where he was, we finally saw him walking in the street. He told Zacharie he was going to his sister’s house so she could come talk to us. Hours later he returned with his 17 year old half sister. He had walked several miles to her house to ask her to come with him. She confirmed that he was an orphan and that he was living with his grandfather’s second wife who really didn’t pay much mind to him.  While we talked with them, Renelson kept interrupting and pleading to us to let him stay, that he would follow all the rules and be a “good kid.” After much discussion, we told him that we would be happy to have him stay with us and the next morning he promptly arrived at 630 AM with all his belongings. His first question was, “when can I start school?” Something about him tells me he is going to be one special “bon timoun” (good kid).

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New Life Children’s Home is now home to 5 children. We are looking for sponsors for these 3 new additions. Our goal is $150 per month for each child to cover living expenses. If you are able to help in any amount please contact us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com

 

The Hoedown for Haiti was on October 19th. Our family had been waiting on Liza’s passport to be able to travel home for the annual children’s home fundraiser. After 5 weeks of waiting and missing our family vacation, I got fed up and I called the embassy on October 9th. I explained to them that we had this event coming up and after answering questions the woman asked me to hold. When she picked up the line again, she asked if Zacharie or I could make it to the embassy the next day to pick up an emergency passport. I didn’t really understand because usually you must go through a whole application process, similar to applying for a new passport, to be able to be awarded an emergency passport. She told me that because we had recently applied for Liza’s passport they still had all her information and we could just pick up the necessary documents the next day. I began to cry – God was hearing our prayers!

 

But here was the next issues – would Zacharie be able to get through the road blocks to get to Port au Prince to pick up her passport? Would we then be able to get our family to the airport?! It didn’t seem possible. But we purchased our (very expensive) plane tickets for the upcoming Sunday, October 13th and began to pack our bags. The next day Zacharie took a motorcycle to Port. He had to get down off the bike and walk around several road blocks to get a tap tap on the other side, but he made it there and home safely without many issues. Then on Saturday we packed up the kids early in the morning in hopes of arriving to Port before the road blocks were set up. We ran into our first road block about 30 minutes down the road. Luckily we were able to contact friends in the area and were connected with the “boss” of that town to come and let us pass around the FIVE road blocks set up in that town alone. It cost us $100 American but we made it through! We were able to reach Port by early afternoon and spent the night in a hotel across the street from the airport to fly out on Sunday morning.

 

We didn’t think we were going to make it home for the Hoedown but God made it happen. After a busy week of preparing for the event, we had another AWESOME Hoedown for Haiti and OVER $27,000 was raised for New Life Children’s Home! The most successful year of doing this event yet! It was the encouragement we needed after such a difficult couple of weeks….

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So many people have asked me , “How is Haiti?” or “What is going on?”

 

And honestly, it’s hard to know how to respond. Because how do you simplify such problems into a few sentences? How do you even begin to peel back the layers on years and years of corruption and suppression to get to the core of the issue that is placing the country on brink of collapse?

 

What began as monthly protesting and occasional road blocks have magnified into full on “peyi lok” (country lockdown). It has now been 8 weeks of daily protesting, road blocks in every town, schools & hospitals completely closed down, frequent black outs for extended periods, little to no gas available, and astronomical food prices.

 

The people are protesting the president and want him out, but he is showing no signs of stepping down. Please understand that yes, their actions are greatly affecting their problems, but what we must make known is that the Haitian government does not give their citizens the opportunity to speak their opinions. So this is the only way they know how to voice their pain and struggles – through rioting, burning tires and creating violence.  I have attached a couple links to articles that go deeper into the issues of the matter and where it began, etc. because I just can’t explain it all here…

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Currently in Charrier, our kids, family and staff are safe tucked away in the mountain. School is frequently canceled due to road blocks but is still open. Food prices are 4x the normal amount and its hard to find transportation because of the gas crisis, but we are still able to get to market twice a week. Our church is in front of our property so they are still able to get to the services each week. We are also blessed by green, fruitful gardens for veggies and plump chickens we raised for protein!

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Follow this link to watch a recent video update we created ->

Fall 2019 Video Update

So we ask for your prayers

  • Please pray for safety for our kids, family, staff, and friends.
  • Please pray for roads to open so vendors can pass through and dinner can always be on the table.
  • Please pray we can get home to them (planned for November 19). Also Please pray for peaceful negotiations and hope to be placed in these hurting peoples’ hearts.
  • Pray for the government to see real change and for attainable solutions to be proposed
  • Please pray for real change in Haiti.

 

*Because of having to buy last minute plane tickets to come to the states and to return to Haiti (we haven’t gotten them yet) our family will be paying near or over $4,000.  If you may be interested in helping to offload this expense for us please email us at newlifemissionshaiti@gmail.com.

 

 

Again , we want to thank you all for your prayers and support. Though we are facing difficult times, we have not lost heart. Honestly, it only has set our hearts even more on fire – to continue the work that Cindy started and to continue to raise awareness and support for the country we love so dearly.

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We love you all!

Zacharie, Stevie, Katheline (who remains in Haiti), Abe, Moses, & Liza

 

John 16:33 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.”

In Memory of our Dear Founder & Director…

In Loving Memory of our founder and American director,

Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Zimmerman

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January 17, 1956 – September 20, 2019

Cindy was the kind of person you meet once and never forget. She was also the kind of person that would meet you once and never forget you. She was a compassionate, sharp, hardworking, spunky, and short lady who devoted her life to being God’s hands and feet on this earth. She loved everyone and she loved them deeply. She spent her days running elderly to their appointments or sitting with friends who were experiencing difficult times or taking care of the many stateside duties for the mission. She did all this while being an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother.

Cindy was an LPN and first came to Haiti after being invited to join a medical missions team. She always joked that it took her friends a while to convince her because she couldn’t imagine spending a week without her curling iron or makeup. But she did end up giving in and came to Haiti which lead to other trips which eventually turned into her leading teams to come. With a leap of faith, she eventually left her job as an LPN to work in missions fulltime. Her first couple of years in Haiti were spent serving at Life Connection Mission in Montrious, Haiti and even served on their board for some time.

Cindy was introduced to Elage Estime through Life Connection Mission and he invited Cindy to come to his hometown of Charrier. Again, Cindy always said she was nervous to travel to such a remote and primitive area, but after much persuasion she went. After just one visit she fell in love with the people of Charrier and eventually began leading medical clinics and work teams to the area. Cindy, our American director, and Elage, our former Haitian director, worked together for many years and together created New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. which became a 501(c)(3) in 2015.

Just to list a few of the things that Cindy did for Haiti…

She had a heart for helping the children. She spent hours singing and playing with them, cleaning up their boo-boos, making them feel loved, and teaching them about Jesus. Many of the teams that she led down would spend an evening with the children and would provide meals to over 200+ kids at a time. She and Zacharie Estime, our now Haitian Director, shared a passion to help the orphans of Haiti. After several years of fundraising together, construction for New Life Children’s home began in 2016 and opened their doors in 2019. It is now home to 4 children who have a safe place to sleep, 3 meals a day, a family focused atmosphere, and a place to learn about their Heavenly Father.

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She helped to create a school sponsorship program for the mission that now sends 60+ children to school every year. The program provides tuition, uniform, and school supplies. We’ve seen many children graduate and pass their final exams, which is a rare and wonderful blessing for children in Haiti.

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Cindy had a heart for prison ministry and visited several different prisons with teams – praying & singing with them, handing out hygiene supplies & food/drinks, and once helped to build a water reservoir in the Mirbalais prison. Prisons in Haiti are extremely overcrowded with very poor conditions so these visits are such a blessing to the prisoners

She loved to lead construction teams that helped to build a water reservoir in the remote mountain village of Tivye, benches for churches, and a school in Charrier. These are just a few of the projects she assisted in.

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She was always collecting clothing donations and packed HUNDREDS of barrels to be shipped down to Haiti. This was only one of the many, many duties she had in the states to keep our mission running. She was also an amazing networker and could make connections with anyone. She was determined to fill any need that arose and almost always could find a solution. She arranged every team and would fundraise or gather supplies for whatever project these teams would work on while here. She truly devoted her life to this mission.

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In Haiti, even basic first aid is hard to come by and people simply cannot afford routine care or preventative medications. Cindy loved to lead medical teams to Haiti and these teams would see hundreds of patients and provide medications. It was always her dream to have a medical clinic of our own. She even began fundraising for this project in 2018 and construction will begin in 2020.

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With that being said, we as a mission would like to make everyone aware that though Cindy is no longer with us, we are continuing the work she started in Haiti. Recently someone had asked Cindy, “Now that the Children’s Home is up and running, do you think your work in Haiti is done?” And I remember her laughing and saying, “it’s only just begun!” And we couldn’t agree more. So with that we continue onward and strive to make her proud. Because we know she’s sitting up there in Heaven alongside Jesus being our biggest fans, our #1 supporters.