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Meet Respire Haiti

The video below is a GREAT insight into the Respire Haiti team and it shows you the incredible things God is doing here in Gressier!

We are SO blessed to be a part of HIS plan for this community.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/62695548″>Meet Respire Haiti</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user17311688″>Respire Haiti</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

“For FROM Him and THROUGH Him and TO Him are ALL things.  To HIM be glory forever.  Amen.”  Romans 11:36

Beautiful Rescue.

When her head hit the pillow tonight I wonder what she was thinking.  I wonder if she could figure out her emotions…was she scared?  Exhausted? Happy?  Confused?

Did she feel free?

I hope she feels free.  The freedom to sleep.  The freedom to eat.  The freedom to live.  To sleep in a safe place now.

Freedom is SO much of a gift and even more so when someone has experienced the darkness of bondage.

The beauty of this rescue from child slavery runs deeper.   It runs SO much deeper than I could have ever hoped for or imagined.  Why?  Because God is MOVING.  He is teaching and people are learning.

Our sweet and sassy friend and employee here, found out her sister who she hadn’t seen in almost 5 years was living as a restavek in the next town over.  As she found out more and more about her situation she knew she had to do something.  She discussed the situation with another one of our friends and coworker, Tachi.  As Tachi encouraged her to take action, she came to me to discuss the situation.

Sadly, a typical situation for a restavek.  She woke up between 3 and 4:00am…washed the car, made coffee and breakfast, packed the other kids lunches and walked them to school…came home and cleaned, did laundry, cooked and ran errands…she would be up until almost 11:00pm doing all of this work.

As she expressed her concern about this terrible situation for her sister, I could FEEL the Lord working.  I looked at her and asked, “So, what do you think we should do?”  Praying silently, I could feel her spark flaring as she said clearly, “She can’t stay in that situation any more, I have to get her out, even if I rent a house and she lives close to here, I have to get her. But I want her to go to school too, can she go to your school?”  Smiling at her righteous anger, I said…”Go get her and bring her back here…you know we have room!”

As we discussed the situation about 16 year old Diana, the story got a little more disturbing.  We learned that the wife is actually in the states now having her baby and that because of this we might not be able to get her birth certificate since they were holding her captive using it as a means to keep her from running away.  Finally, we decided that it was more important for her to get released without her Birth Certificate then to stay just for a piece of paper.

As Diana walked into our house this afternoon, God kept shouting one word.  FREEDOM.

FREEDOM!

I hope she feels free.  The freedom to sleep.  The freedom to eat.  The freedom to live.  To live in a safe place, now.

PreciousDiana is 16 years old and will hopefully be joining our school soon.  If you are interested in sponsoring her please email me.   [WOW!  The Body of Christ is amazing, within 10 minutes Diana was sponsored, THANK YOU!  If you are interested in sponsoring another child in our school please visit our website!]

What we’ve been up to lately…

The last month has consisted of a trip to the states to share about what God’s doing with Respire Haiti, returning back to amazing building progress on our Secondary school and much more with our school and other projects!!

Since it’s SO much to write about I figured some pictures would do a better job at telling about the month of November!!

Had the amazing opportunity to speak in front of numerous groups and churches about what God has done and is doing in Haiti.

In Nashville, TN with the AMAZING 147 ladies during the fundraiser that they put on for Respire Haiti’s Medical Center! Blessed to know these beautiful women of God 🙂

 

Respire Haiti Christian Schools first ever FIELD DAY! Fun day of games, races and more! 🙂 The children LOVED it and so did we!!!

 

Every Friday at Respire Haiti Christian School is MOVIE DAY for a special class. This picture is from 3rd grade and they had PERFECT attendance for a whole week…40 children (I know HUGE CLASS) but 40 out of 40 were present EVERY DAY for a week!!!

Thanks to an amazing team, we have playground equipment! Swings, Monkey Bars and Tether Balls!! SO exciting to see the children play at recess and after school! BIG Thanks to Mr. George, Mr. Paul and Mandy!!!

One of Respire Haiti Christian School’s Soccer Team warming up!

Secondary School…SO close to being finished! Block is done and the roof will be going up soon! 4 more classrooms almost finished, which will mean a total of 14…FOURTEEN classes on Bellevue Mountain 🙂

What our Secondary School will look like soon! Beautiful design by Kyle Fishburn!

We are SO blessed by all that God is doing here in Gressier, and we are CONSTANTLY reminded of HIS vision here for Respire Haiti.  Thank you for your support, encouragement and most importantly your PRAYERS! 🙂

The following link is to our Holiday Gift Catalog, if you are looking for a way to support Respire Haiti OR give gifts on behalf of friends or family, please visit our Gift Catalog to see how you can support us by buying things like shinguards, blocks, shoes, medicine, books and more for our children here in Gressier!  Thank you! 🙂

Surrender.

(written December 25th)

As I laid on my back on the cool tile of my house… Music playing. ..Hands in the air.  Sweating, Angry, Exhausted, Sick, Frustrated.

Face towards Jesus. Hands reaching up towards Him.  Reaching hard.

My mind raced.

I suddenly had this picture of what surrender looks like.

Surrendering to the Lords will.  Surrendering my whole life, my ideas of how things should go, my plans.

It might seem like because I live in Haiti and Respire Haiti is growing like crazy that I “already” have surrendered.

I did, Once.  The day “I” made the decision to quit my job.  Then, again.  The day “I” decided to move to Haiti.  Then again when Respire Haiti Christian School started.

But to be honest my life, as is probably everyones, is a continuous daily, hourly, minute-by-minute CHOICE to surrender.

Surrender.

Sometimes it looks like losing.

Sometimes it looks like giving up.

Today it looked like taking a really deep breath, thanking God my girls weren’t hurt.  Praising HIM for getting us home in one piece.

Today, Jesus’s birthday of all days, was a day where I failed, and I mean FAILED to surrender.

The morning started rough as we drove about 5 miles outside of Gressier and there was a dead body, uncovered for all to see in the middle of the road (from a motorcycle accident).  As I tried to quickly distract the girls in the backseat of our car so they didn’t see- I just got angry.  Angry that this was the 3rd body in one week I’ve seen and had to cover my girl’s eyes.  Angry that once again these motorcyclists don’t wear helmets- angry at how sometimes life is just taken for granted here- angry that everyone was just walking past him like he was a pile of rubble.

 

As we tried to calm down and lighten up the mood we drove about another 30 minutes and all of a sudden there was a huge BOOM!  As I looked up a truck had veered quickly into us, smashed into our back passengers side and sent our car skidding.

As we assessed if Jess and Micha were okay (thankfully they were fine) we then got out of the car.  I grabbed my camera to take a picture of the car that tried to drive away but then it hit another car behind us.  I took a few pictures then walked over to see what the heck happened.  Just as I walked up a drunk group of men got out of the car- they immediately came over and started yelling.

As I could both smell the alcohol and see them stumbling about- I knew they had been partying all night long.  Here, Haitians party all night long on Christmas Eve to “celebrate” Christmas.

As I turned around, the drunk driver pushed me and yelled obscenities.  I couldn’t believe it and I just kept walking to the car.

We were near a police station so we headed there… as I saw two police officers, I then tried to explain what had happened.  As the police looked utterly confused as to why I was even asking them to come, they finally came to the wreck site.

They looked at the truck, which was slammed into another car and a lady was crying because her car was totaled.

Unbelievably, the drunk driver returns and starts yelling at me AGAIN.  He gets closer and closer and the PNH (Haitian Police Force) officer has to push him away from me.  As I look at the PNH dude and asked what’s going to happen- he looks at me pretty apathetic and says,“What do you want me to do?”  As if I was supposed to tell him how to do his own job.

As I go on to question- “Can you tell he’s drunk?  He hit my car and another car?”  The  PNH officer then looks up and says, “I can’t arrest him, you’re not bleeding.”

Somehow, some divine way- I turned around and just got back in the car.

I can’t even describe my anger with this situation.   Consequences for driving drunk in Haiti?  None.  Consequences for wrecking TWO cars in Haiti? None.  Consequences for harassment and assault?  None.

Frustration.  Disappointment.  And ultimately surrender.

By the grace of God- we made it to church (on time too!) and after church we went to bring toys to the orphanage where the Son of God girls were placed.  While we were at the girls home we happened to see someone who was working on their car and asked if they could check ours, they then saw a pretty important piece of our car was broken.  The guy immediately called his friend and said they could fix it before the day was over.

As I lay here tonight on the cold tile floor in the dark because our generator is broken and we have no electricity, I’m sweating (it’s the Caribbean)- my heart is still beating crazily, tears are flowing as the anger still bubbles up and the complete frustration surfaces again.

Graffitti in Carrefour, Haiti (The outline of the country of Haiti with a face inside the country and tears streaming)

 

Apathy. Corruption.  Unfairness.

I’m reminded of how I felt with SOG orphanage– a feeling of complete and utter exhaustion.  Hands in the air, BEGGING Him to do something.   Shouting from the rooftops…screaming, crying and yelling about this injustice.  TO ANYONE that would listen.

And then God meets me there.

Injustice.  Corruption.  Indifference. Greed.

It’s all here- It’s everywhere in the world but here in Haiti it is SO evident.  It’s out of hand.

But God.  God is bigger than corruption.  God is BIGGER than injustice.

With OUR surrender- He does HUGE things.  SOG orphanage closing is a beautiful example.   People said it was impossible. But God said ENOUGH!  And he did it.

Surrender  looks like not trying to FIX every problem or CHANGE every person’s mentality here.  It looks like doing what God has put directly in front of me.  Teaching, Loving, Helping that ONE child.

Sometimes it’s like treading water in the ocean but the undercurrent is SO strong you don’t go anywhere, you stay in the same place.  I feel that way sometimes but carrying hundreds of children with me.  And occasionally getting stung by jellyfish (haha).

Injustice.  Corruption.  Unfairness.  Greed.  Apathy.

Surrendering to HIS will, HIS timing, HIS plan is the HARDEST thing ever!

So as I calm down from the day by writing this- I choose to surrender everything.  Again.

And thank HIM for safety.  For the Beauty of HIS children.  For His sons birth.  And For my Girls Beautiful Christmas- even if we did eat Peanut Butter and Jelly for Christmas dinner because of our crazy day  🙂

Sunset in Haiti

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