🇭🇹 Haiti in a State of Unrest

You may have heard about the violence protests that happened over the weekend in Haiti. The violent disputes erupted after the Haitian government announced plans to raise fuel prices to help balance the Haitian government's budget. The protests shut down roads and transportation which caused a significant lack of food, water and heath care - many have not even been able to work. The airport was soon closed and many American mission teams have not been able to travel in, or out of the country.

In response to the riots the Haitian government has suspended the plan to raise fuel prices and some roads have been reopened. However communication has still been limited. The situation is improving some, and we have been able to hear from many of our friends in Haiti - they are simply asking for your prayers.

The path forward remains unclear and tense, but it seems to be recovering compared to the past weekend. Please continue to pray for Haiti. Thank you.

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Thomassique Well Providing Life!

Water in the home, usually outside the front door, is something only 40% of residents have in Thomassique (and only 15% of the homes have water in outlying villages).

In March we shared (https://www.hoperisinghaiti.org/blog/march152018) that the well at Thomassique Christian School and Church had collapsed after multiple repairs. With a full campus of over 1,000 students and a large church gathering each week, it was our priority to get a new well dug as quickly as possible to provide a reliable and clean water source for this community.

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It is difficult to imagine not having water in our homes, let alone a reliable source available in our town!

We are excited to report that the new water well is pumping water! Although there are still many great needs for Thomassique Christian School and Church, we are rejoicing that they have water.

Thank you for your partnership with Hope Rising Haiti to provide clean water for our friends in Thomassique.


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🏡 Homes of Hope for Our Widows

Dirt floors, stick walls, and metal scraps are often the most advanced materials used in the simple houses of most of our widow friends. These houses leak, fall over and offer little basic comforts or respect.

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Our ministry partner, Global Vision Citadelle Ministries, GVCM.org, has identified many widows who live in vital need for decent housing. We have plans ready to start construction on four widows' homes - as soon as we have funding. It costs $6,500 to build one new home in Haiti for these courageous widows.

 This is the old and new home we built for Miguelange.

This is the old and new home we built for Miguelange.

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One new home will have a concrete floor and concrete walls, doors that lock - providing needed safety and privacy, and a new metal non-leaking roof. Please, join us in praying for and providing these precious ladies with a new home.


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Hope Rising in Moriane!

 Maude and (myself) Marci on a recent work trip.

We heard about the need for water in a Haitian village of Moraine and decided to go see for ourselves what the water situation was. Our good friend Sandi and I bumped along a narrow dirt road with a cloud of dust trailing behind us. When we arrived at the small church building we asked the Pastor Didro and the group of people that had gathered there how they got their water.

They proceeded to take us on a half-mile walk on a narrow path, down a steep hill to the river. As we walked along we could see that the river was completely dry except for a few patches of moss-covered sludge where some wild animals were drinking. We looked expectantly for answers as to how the people were surviving with such a dry river; then we noticed a group of people gathered under a tree. As we approached we were amazed at what we saw; a tiny spring with about an inch of water, at the very bottom of a deep hole. The reality of the situation hit me: this inch deep hole was the only water source for a community of over 5,000 Haitian people!

 

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One young girl was down in the hole filling a swallow plate-size container of water and handing it up to another young girl who was standing at the top. This girl would then dump the plate of water into a bucket. Because it was the dry season they took extra precaution to lower the plate carefully as not to disturb the water and cause dirt to cloud it. We learned through the interpreter, who spoke to the girls at the spring, that it takes about 100 plates to fill one bucket and four buckets to fill their container of water to carry back to their family.

This painstaking process reminded me again of how difficult life is in Haiti - and how courageous the people are there. With tears in our eyes we knew immediately that a well had to be drilled here. We started the drilling process as soon as we could, and one month later and the efforts were still unsuccessful. Three different attempts were made to reach water and all failed to provide this vital resource.

We were heartbroken.

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If any village needed water, it was this one. We prayed for months and eventually received word that the drilling company went back again and surprisingly struck water. The man who drilled the well said it was a miracle of God! The well is at the church property and draws people throughout the week and allows the church to maintain the well. The community is overwhelmed with gratitude to God!

In our rejoicing we are reminded that every day people all over Haiti and around the world walk for miles and spend hours to get enough water just to survive. May we never take for granted the gifts God has provided us and may we continue to pray for those in need of the most basic necessities.

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This well is dedicated in remembrance of RG Boeyink beloved father and grandfather. John 7:38 says, “ Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”


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A New Home for Maude : She Loves & Serves

There are some people you meet in life that inspire you to be more generous and loving. Maude is one of those people to me.

 Maude and (myself) Marci on a recent work trip.

Maude and (myself) Marci on a recent work trip.

I met Maude in 2011 when she handed me a baby and walked away. A day later she returned and we learned the story of her life.  Maude takes care of people. She loves and serves anyone in her path but as a mother her family is her highest priority. The baby she handed me was her niece, born to a mother who could not raise her or care for her. Maude knew that Americans would help. This sweet baby was adopted into a wonderful family from Colorado and she is 9 years old now. God has given Maude great wisdom as she cares for her family and friends.

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Each time I go to the village of Thomassique I make sure to visit Maude. We have a sweet friendship and we can’t wait to see each other each time. We exchange hugs and gifts and wonderful conversation through our interpreter. Maude is passionate about serving Christ and serving others. She is the first one to help the groups that we bring on our work projects in Haiti. She cooks, cleans, prepares and serves us all with a contagious joy.

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But, her life is very difficult as her husband passed away two years ago. She was left a widow with her all her children and grandchildren to care for. Her husband’s family has been persecuting her for years and threatening to steal her property and shack of a house. But still, she has preserved and her community looks to her for care and comfort. On top of it all, she recently came down with Zika virus and yet even with such affliction, she loves Jesus with all her heart and serves Him joyfully.

 

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It has been my honor to know Maude and it is a privilege to see her living in a new and safe home that was completed in March. She no longer has rainwater, snakes and mice invading her home. This home and property is hers and cannot be taken away - a true gift from the Lord to Maude and the very large family she is responsible for. I am very thankful for Maude and the inspiration she is to me and to all who know her. 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Hope Rising Haiti, so that we can play a small part of blessing people like Maude.

Marci LaMunyon

blamunyon@hoperisinghaiti.org
303-887-1424
www.hoperisinghaiti.org
 


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⚡ E-NEWS UPDATE ⚡ The Patient Pastor

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One of my great joys in this mission, is partnering with mountain churches in Haiti and helping them establish places to worship. The church in Gross Roche has very humble beginnings, meeting under a simple structure made of scrap metal and sticks. I remember the first time I visited Gross Roche, in 2014 and witnessed the church worshiping. They had next to nothing - yet, people walked from miles around to come to church. In 2014, Hope Rising partnered with the Christian Church in Thomassique to help establish the Christian Church in Gross Roche (a ministry of GVCM.org).

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It’s hard to communicate how difficult life is in these remote locations. And how difficult it is to build. People from the church worked for weeks to fill areas of the two-track road that washed out with each heavy rain, just so that we could get the water well drill-truck to Gross Roche. After drilling the water well in early 2015, the road washed out again and is now only accessible on foot, donkey or motorcycle. During construction Haitian men would walk over a mile, one-way to gather a bucket of rocks or sand from the river for the foundation and to mix in the concrete. The workers would make this two-mile round trip, multiple times a day. The construction lasted for over a month carrying thousands of buckets over hundreds of trips. It is remarkable how difficult the process was and how hard these men worked to build the church.

March 2018 Discovery Trip

Last fall when we started planning our March 2018 Valor Christian High School Discovery team - I knew we had to visit Gross Roche and host a VBS to share the Gospel. For years I had dreamed of helping to establish this church in the remote mountains. The church has been growing over these past three years, and now that it was established - I couldn’t wait to return and use the new building for outreach with the Valor team, and be apart of the growth that this church is experiencing.

Traveling to Gross Roche was a challenge, as I knew it would be. But, God provided for our team and the students did a great job making the journey. Once there - they jumped in and set up for VBS. Our team was praying and rehearsing and preparing for this VBS over many weeks. Around 100 Haitian children showed up - literally out of nowhere.

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During VBS we rotated five groups: crafts, snacks, music, games, and Bible Stories. The last station was where our team shared the Gospel using the Bridge illustration.

 

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Our High School students loved and embraced the children in Gross Roche. I am proud of how our students served. After playing with the kids and singing and sharing the Gospel over and over - they passed out backpacks to the moms of the Gross Roche kids. Before coming on the trip, the students went around their homes and gathered gently used items, then packed and carried them all the way to Gross Roche. Our students had been praying over these backpacks the entire trip.

We used the backpacks to let these wonderful moms know that they are not forgotten, and that God sees them and loves them, and we love them too.

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Building a Church & Blessing Families

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One of my great joys in this mission, is partnering with mountain churches in Haiti and helping them establish places to worship. The church in Gross Roche has very humble beginnings, meeting under a simple structure made of scrap metal and sticks. I remember the first time I visited Gross Roche, in 2014 and witnessed the church worshiping. They had next to nothing - yet, people walked from miles around to come to church. In 2014, Hope Rising partnered with the Christian Church in Thomassique to help establish the Christian Church in Gross Roche (a ministry of GVCM.org).

 A 1997 photo of a Thomassique pastor training

It’s hard to communicate how difficult life is in these remote locations. And how difficult it is to build. People from the church worked for weeks to fill areas of the two-track road that washed out with each heavy rain, just so that we could get the water well drill-truck to Gross Roche. After drilling the water well in early 2015, the road washed out again and is now only accessible on foot, donkey or motorcycle. During construction Haitian men would walk over a mile, one-way to gather a bucket of rocks or sand from the river for the foundation and to mix in the concrete. The workers would make this two-mile round trip, multiple times a day. The construction lasted for over a month carrying thousands of buckets over hundreds of trips. It is remarkable how difficult the process was and how hard these men worked to build the church.

March 2018 Discovery Trip

Last fall when we started planning our March 2018 Valor Christian High School Discovery team - I knew we had to visit Gross Roche and host a VBS to share the Gospel. For years I had dreamed of helping to establish this church in the remote mountains. The church has been growing over these past three years, and now that it was established - I couldn’t wait to return and use the new building for outreach with the Valor team, and be apart of the growth that this church is experiencing.

Traveling to Gross Roche was a challenge, as I knew it would be. But, God provided for our team and the students did a great job making the journey. Once there - they jumped in and set up for VBS. Our team was praying and rehearsing and preparing for this VBS over many weeks. Around 100 Haitian children showed up - literally out of nowhere.

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During VBS we rotated five groups: crafts, snacks, music, games, and Bible Stories. The last station was where our team shared the Gospel using the Bridge illustration.

 

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Our High School students loved and embraced the children in Gross Roche. I am proud of how our students served. After playing with the kids and singing and sharing the Gospel over and over - they passed out backpacks to the moms of the Gross Roche kids. Before coming on the trip, the students went around their homes and gathered gently used items, then packed and carried them all the way to Gross Roche. Our students had been praying over these backpacks the entire trip.

We used the backpacks to let these wonderful moms know that they are not forgotten, and that God sees them and loves them, and we love them too.

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To donate for the first time or increase your support visit HopeRisingHaiti.org/donate or click below.