Attached is Rick & Cindy’s newsletter from their 7 week trip to Haiti. Please click the attached link to read more! They would like to send out a special thank you to those who supported them, prayerfully & financially. Without God and your support, This mission would cease to exist! Stay tuned for more updates to come!
Praise be to God!
Merry CHRISTmas! Remember the reason for the season!
PS. Check out this video!
The wall around the 2.5 acre land for the children’s home in Charrier is DONE! After a month of construction and hard work from our crew in Haiti, we are happy to say it is complete! We are just waiting on the BIG steel entry gate to arrive and be installed! PRAISE GOD! Over a 4 month period over $20,000 has been raised to complete this project and we want to thank everyone for your prayers & support! God has been so faithful! Next will be the construction of the house, bathrooms & kitchen! We ask for your continued prayers as we fundraise and await God’s timeline. Zacharie & I would like to contact other missionaries in search of guidance on how to prepare financially, mentally, and most importantly, spiritually when preparing to devote your life to missions.
Many have asked about ways you are able to donate. You can always donate through sending checks/cash to New Life Fellowship church, 420 East Fulton Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 (checks made payable to ‘New Life Fellowship’ and attach a note stating the check is for the childrens home – please! ). We’re working on creating a paypal account , but for now if you would like to donate electronically visit our Gofundme.com account (link below)
We love you all and can’t say thank you enough if you are even just taking the time to read this!
Zacharie & Stevie Estime
We were first, introduced to the village of Tivye by Stevie and Zacharie Estimé. This village is above Charrier is accessible by foot only. One day as the Estimé’s went for a walk they came upon this village and were warmly welcomes.
Several times we visited the village with teams and one day had the opportunity to sit with the elders and talk about their lives, living off the land, and their needs.
They expressed their need for a water pump for daily use as well as for irrigation of their crops. Haiti’s climate includes a rainy season but also a very dry, arid season. During this dry time, crops are lost. We asked them to pray about their needs and they agreed. Later, Zacharie told us that he was surprised they allowed us to pray, as they were a voodoo community.
Later a team visited to investigate what kind of pump would be most appropriate and how they wanted to do the project. We again asked them if we could pray for a pump and again they agreed but this time they laughed and made fun of us. Little did they know that God was working. When we returned to the states, two checks were waiting for us to be used for the water pump project.
Teams traveled to Tivye in January 2014 to construct a dam and water reservoir and install the water pump. They worked side by side with the Haitians, enjoying fellowship with each other.
Later in the year they showed us they expanded the project, creating a canal almost a ½ mile long to channel the water down into the valley where their gardens were. The gardens were lush and green, potatoes, manioc, peppers, bananas and other vegetables were growing and the people were grateful.
As we walked to the mountain each day, we saw a primitive structure being constructed a short distance from their voodoo tree. The villagers told us it was a church. There is a pastor and an elder. This pastor asked for prayer to lead the people. Voodoo is practiced there and he knows that his job will be difficult. There have been seeds planted in this community. We are praying that our work there will continue to water and nourish these seeds. Eventually we pray there will be a changed in the whole community. That they may come to faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
– Cindy Zimmerman
So, Zacharie and I met when I was on a one week trip with Cindy to Haiti in 2011, little did I know that I would return in 2012 and stay for 4 months where we would meet again. Very soon into that trip God revealed to me that his plans for me in Haiti were much larger than I ever anticipated. I had no idea I was meeting my husband. Zacharie and I were drawn together from the start when we realized we shared a very similar dream and that was to reach out to children. You see, Zacharie and I both lost our fathers at the age of 7. Zacharie’s mother was left with 9 children to raise on her own and my mother with 5. So in our different countries yet similar family situations, we both witnessed firsthand, the struggles of a single parent home and the challenges it can cause. Our hearts go out to the many children in Haiti who grow up in like scenarios whether with one parent or without any. A lot of these kids are sent to live with another family because their own cannot provide for them. Many are forced into slave labor like conditions and never have the opportunity to even go to school or feel the true love of a parent. We feel that God is calling us to return to Haiti to help these kids. We want to raise them in a loving home where they can grow up with hopes of a future. We want them to learn to be confident in themselves and help them realize their potential. We hear God telling us to rise up leaders in Haiti who are proud of their country. We hear God telling us to teach these children about his never ending love for them.
So here is our vision – to build a children’s home in Charrier. We were recently blessed with the opportunity to purchase about 2.5 acres about a mile down the road from Zacharie’s Momma’s house and New Life mission’s mission house. We have begun fundraising and hope to open up New Life Mission’s children’s home before the end of next year. The financial needs are great, but let me emphasize how more importantly your prayers are for us. One of my favorite verses is Mark 9:23 which says, “All things are possible for him who believes.” We know that our dreams are big but we also know that our God is bigger. Zacharie and I can both say we have clearly received this calling from the Lord therefore we BELIEVE that he will provide. So please pray for us that we do not lose faith throughout this whole process and that we are patient in waiting for His timeline. You know it’s funny, God has already shown us in what may seem little, but truly are huge ways that he is going to show us so much along the way. Recently, the flower girl in our wedding turned 10 years old. And when I received her birthday party invitation in the mail it read, “Instead of presents this year, I’m asking you to bring donations to give to Haiti. Our friends Stevie and Zacharie are moving to Haiti and starting an orphanage. So I’m giving them my birthday money to help them.” Her mother told me she had no prompting and told her that this was all that she wanted. I well up with tears every time I tell that story. Then 2 weeks ago I had a patient at the hospital that is battling what has been a long journey with brain cancer. A coworker of mine informed her of our plans to return to Haiti. She then, without question, asked me for an address as to where she could send a check. She told me that she has been so richly blessed in her life and wants to give as much as she can away before she passes. The same lady whose husband had also died several years earlier from cancer was telling me how richly blessed she has been. Needless to say, he will be glorified through all of this. A lot of details have been left today and there is still a lot of planning to do. So if you have any questions please feel free to ask! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org . We’re so excited to see the ways in which God is going to make this dream come alive. So please join us on our prayer journey and walk along side us as we hope to live out the plans he lays ahead of us.
With Love! Stevie Estime