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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on October 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it's a full year since I last visited Messef, although the guys have been faithfully every single month since then.

Initially, my husband requested that I not go for fear of getting caught up in any kind of danger at the frontier, which was escalating around that time.  Things have continued to be tense between the two coun...

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Another miracle for Messef

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on November 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am overflowing with joy and gratitude at how God works through all of you, time and time again, to bless the children at Messef.


Some of you will have read of all the challenges we have been having at the frontier lately and also of problems between the Dominican Republic and Haiti&...

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Visiting orphans and widows...

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on October 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


I’m not sure if I should be writing this yet as I am still pretty discombobulated (great word, isn’t it) and frustrated after yesterday’s visit to Messef, but I have been praying for guidance as to what to write.

It was a terrible day and it wa...

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Adopting a Haitian child

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on August 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I received a message today via Friends of Messef from a childless couple asking if we were able to help facilitate the adoption of a Haitian child.  Unfortunately, this is beyond our powers.  I kind of knew this as we have tentatively explored the question before, but I did some research and was shocked by what I discovered.

It broke my heart to find out just how extremely difficult the process is.  ...

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Big hopes and big thanks

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on April 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sorry I haven't written much on the Blog lately as I tend to keep everyone up to date via mailings and Facebook, but if there are any of you reading this who don't receive the mailings, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to Samantha, for your donation via Vivienne and Bert.  We really appreciate your help.  I don't have an email address to thank you personally.

We also heard this week that the Bakery equipment that we've long been waiting for is in the hands of the...

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Walking through the hard times

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on November 19, 2012 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We needed to take food to Messef more than a week ago.  Due to delays in obtaining the permit to take the truck across the frontier, we had to wait and go at the first opportunity, which was Saturday, 17th.  There is a new administration and everything is more formal and more costly, along with the usual demands for "tips" every step of the way....but we will not be deterred!

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Christmas is coming, the goose isn't getting fat...

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on November 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

After getting off to a good start, our fundraiser is taking a little sleep and needs a new injection of life.  So, for those of you who prefer something in your hands to all this new fangled technology, we have something for you, too.

Created by the artistic talents of Jurgen Warschun, Shauna Quinn has produced some beautiful Messef postcards that can be sent at any time of the yea...

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"Don't be lulled into a false sense of security"

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on October 7, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Trip to Messef - 5th October, 2012

“Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security” is my learning of the week.  I was delighted to leave home at 4.15 a.m., as planned, to take a much needed food delivery to Messef.  Pastor Quirico, Danilo, Cecilio, Jurgen (our great photographer) and a neighbor from Cabarete were already on board when I squeezed into the truck.  It was a b...

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Bernadette and Friends - Susan's Story

Posted by Susan Murray Olmstead on May 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (2)

When I first told Bernadette that I would go to the Messef Orphanage with her on our Puerto Plata trip – I didn’t give it much thought. My plan was to get away for a vacation without the children and far away from my responsibilities and the sadness of the past 2 years. As the time drew nearer and I started to ask more questions about the trip - things that Bernadette took as matter of fact (she has been there 3 times so she is a seasoned traveler to the orphanage) sounded a bit -...

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Bernadette and Friends

Posted by Jackie on May 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Friday, April 27 was an early day for Bernadette and Friends to head to Messef. We waited at our resort for Pastor Quirico, Danillo and Linda to pick us up. (little later than planned but we finally got on our way once Pastor got up and out of bed)  Bernadette and her friend Susan went with Pastor for supplies the day earlier and had the truck loaded down.....we then had to add 3 suitcases of supplies which were gathered in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Needless to say as this wa...

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