|Posted by Linda Stapleton de Martinez on November 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM|
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…but God is bigger than any of these problems. When no solution seems in sight, that is the time to trust even more.
We got off to a slow start with our Roof Appeal, despite a wonderful kick start from Lisa, who offered to help when we were ready, as she had done with the girls’ dormitory two years ago. She faithfully kept her promise. The extra drive on Orphan Sunday brought in some great support from some new and old Friends, but nowhere near enough to complete the project this side of Christmas. I have to admit, I was beginning to get a little disheartened, but my mistake was in thinking that I had to rely on my own power, foolishly thinking this was down to me!
You will perhaps remember that we had received the wonderful gift of beds from Barrio Blanco Projekt via our Friends Julienne and Deb at A Serving Heart Ministry. They have been so faithful in helping us when they have an orphanage of their own to support further along the coast at Cap Haitien. You can see news of this on the Newsletter but it meant that Lorenzo, who had been fundraising for mattresses, since seeing the appalling state of the beds, was able to reallocate some of that for other needs and the roof was one of them.
To cut a long story short, Pastor Quirico, Manolo, Cecilio and Lorenzo have just got back from Haiti. With your donations and the wonderful gifts from Lorenzo and friends, they took a small food run, five more mattresses, fabric for school uniforms, materials to complete the roof when they return for the December food run, fixed the well which they found broken AND were able to resolve the visa issue for the frontier for Pastor Quirico, Danilo and Cecilio for the next 12 months, getting an unbelievable concession on the regular cost.
We know Pastor Quirico has amazing negotiating and budgetting skills but this was
nothing short of a miracle. It took them
about 8 hours of hard work at the frontier yesterday to get everything resolved
(as long as a flight from here to England!) but they did it! I am sure they will sleep well tonight and I
for one will be shouting my praises from the rooftop. Photos to follow.
thank you this time around to Lisa, Wendy, Akisha, Scott, Melissa and friends, Kristen,
Mark, Crystal, Warren, Carol, Rebekkah, Lorenzo and friends. You are all wonderful. God bless you.
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