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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 year.  If you are in Canada, please contact her at [email protected] to let her know your order.  She will give you all the details.

Similarly, if you are in the UK and would like to have a hard copy of a beautiful 2013 Messef Calendar, please contact Trudy Oliver at [email protected] and she will make all the arrangements with you.

And for those of you, like me, who are glued to a computer, don't forget all the great options we have available for you.  If you skipped over our mailing because Christmas seemed a long way off, time is slipping away.  So please take a look now and see which of these great options is right for you to help bring a brighter New Year to our children in Haiti.

Young and not so young working for Messef

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on January 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (1)

This is Ikey and his Mum, Natasha, counting money donated to Messef Orphanage following Ikey's 6th Birthday party.  As a way of trying to raise awareness of children less fortunate than themselves, Natasha set up a treasure hunt to find all the money in the house.  It was a little difficult to convince the 6 year olds that the money they had found wasn't to be kept but, with Grandmother Posie's "encouragement" they all were  finally convinced.

The following day, Ike took a Friends of Messef brochure to his school and gave a presentation to the children in his class in Show and Tell on what we are doing in Haiti to help the children at Messef.  What a fantastic thing for a six year old to do. 

This all resulted in the splendid sum of US$53 being donated for the children.  Thank you Ikey and Natasha.


Now, the mature generation has been serving Messef "in the field", with Stu and Posie just returned from two days in Haiti, building a splendid chicken coop to increase egg production for the children. I haven't spoken to them yet as we came back at different times but I had a brief chat with Pastor Quirico and I can't wait to talk to them, too. We chose to visit at a poignant time, on the second anniversary of the terrible Haitian earthquake, so that was very raw in everyone's hearts and minds, with a packed church remembering the dead and thanking God for their survival.

Posie and Stu were introduced to Messef by Sandra, their daughter-in-law, who visited us in April last year and has brought so many new supporters to Messef via Canadians for Messef on Facebook.  We were delighted that when Sandra returned this time, her daughter, April, who suffered the terrible road accident last year, was well enough to join us on the trip. 

We couldn't have built the coop without the phenomenal input of David, who at one point was building this with Stu in his and Jeanette's lounge, due to the rain.  We were also really glad of Manolo's help.  He is a member of our church in Cabarete and a faithful supporter of Messef, having led the team fixing the roof in December and several other projects.

Last, but by no means least, we were joined by Shay, on his first visit to Messef.  Shay is leading the planning for the Bakery Project and he has a lot better idea as to how to carry this forward now,  having seen the property.  Watch this space for more exciting news.  

When we have collated all the photos, we will add the pick of them to the website and hopefully one or two of the team may write up their experiences, but here is a taster of the start of the trip in these photos.

As always, Pastor Quirico and Danilo were fantastic, driving us there and back safely, translating, dealing with the border issues etc., etc.  During our visit, we even received a visit from United Nations troops on a fact finding mission to help Messef, so it was a very eggsiting time.  More news to follow shortly.

We passed on all your messages and everyone at Messef sends their thanks, love and prayers to you.  They hope to see you soon.

Messef goes to Canada

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on November 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Barb Burkhardt, Minnie MacMillan and Carole Larche raising funds for our children

Last week the staff at the Ministry of Natural Resources, Timmins District, South Porcupine, Ontario held a Fundraising lunch, supported by Domino's Pizza, and raised over $450 for the children at Messef.

The organiser, Minnie MacMillan, is the sister of Lisa Hannah who is currently here in the Dominican Republic, with Kay Virtanen, two great Canadians for Messef, looking forward to a visit to Messef this Saturday, 19th November.

Our special thanks go to  Domino’s Pizza, Minnie MacMillan, Barb Burkhardt, Carole Larche, Margaret Orr, Eldon Springer, everyone who helped and who purchased 50/50 tickets, contributed to the donation jar and, of course, the ones who purchased pizza tickets.  We love you all!

More photos coming soon.

Keep up the good work, folks!

Please help us to get the bread to rise....

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on September 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Great news folks, we have just received US$400 from our Friend Pauline in Canada, on behalf of her church group, towards the Bakery Project. That brings us up to nearly $500. We've a way to go yet, but together we can get this off the ground.  Please make a donation if you can, no matter how small.

Messef Leaflets

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on September 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We have a number of Friends of Messef who work in areas where they get to talk to a lot of people and often Messef comes into the conversation.  Others of you may talk to family and friends about your involvement.

We thought it would be a good idea to produce a leaflet which could be handed to anyone interested, giving the basic information and details of how to access the website or contact us.  If you would like any of these to use and can reproduce them yourself, please let me know and I will send you the document by email.  If anyone else needs some hard copies we will see what we can do, just let us know.

Please contact us through the website or email us at [email protected]

Update on Messef

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on August 28, 2011 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We are working hard to help Messef move towards becoming more self-sufficient.

Sometimes the things born of necessity are blessings in disguise.  We are very much reminded of the saying "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; teach him to fish and he'll eat for life".


In these difficult financial times, we recognize that it is hard for some people to help financially, especially on a regular basis. We are therefore putting most of our energy into plans that are sustainable, but we also believe that this is the correct way to move forward.


The Canadians for Messef have had to postpone their trip, planned for September, due to Sandra Wood's daughter, April's, serious accident.  However, they still plan to come to build the large hen coop, which will provide the children with fresh eggs and also help improve the soil, as soon as possible.  At that time, too, we will replace the leaking dormitory roofs.


Another project in the pipeline is to install a small, commercial bakery to provide bread etc. for the local community. This will help feed the children and, most importantly, bring in some income to help Messef become more self-sufficient.

The verse that God put on Pastor Quirico's heart when he first became involved with Messef was:

"And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook."   1 Kings 17:6

and God has since put the following verse on my heart:

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."  Isaiah 40:31.

Let's help Messef raise up on eagles' wings!


If you would like to be actively involved in any of these projects, have any ideas for helping us move forward with them, or could help with publicity etc., please get in touch at  [email protected] or via the website.


Thank you.

God bless you,


We are 100!

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on July 3, 2011 at 6:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Friends of Messef Cause on Facebook reached 100 members today. We are growing!

G. Dom Passarelli, who lives in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, became our 100th Member.  Welcome Dom!

Mercy Mission this weekend

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on September 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM Comments comments (0)

We have just received an urgent plea for help from the Pastor at Messef as food supplies are rapidly running out.


This is a regular occurrence. The Pastor spends the majority of his time seeking resources for the orphanage and we have a small and faithful group of supporters who, until now, have usually been able to contribute something at short notice to enable another mercy mission, but this is not a good way to operate.  There is no official aid whatsoever.


It is on my heart to try to introduce some kind of sponsorship programme but without charitable status in the States, Canada or the UK, this is not too easy. If anyone can give any input or suggestions, we would be most grateful.


Please contact me if you can help on this occasion.


God bless you,





Friend of Messef Fundraising In England

Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on August 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The most recent fundraising effort for Friends of Messef was a car boot sale and sale of other items by Carol Jerold and her granddaughter in England.  They raised around US$40 towards the water filter project.

Carol is a loyal supporter of Messef and earlier this year collected the equivalent of US$750 for the water project, which God has put on her heart, through her Church in Essex.

We thank Carol for her tireless efforts and pray that God will help us to complete this project so that the children can have safe and clean drinking water.  We have been quoted around US$3,000 to install a system adequate to the task and are approaching various International Water Charities etc., but so far have not been successful in our applications as there is such a huge need for assistance since the earthquake.

If you can help in any way or know of any organisations which may be able to assist, please get in touch.

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