Friday, January 6, 2012

You made an impact in the lives of children in Haiti in 2011

Dear Friends - As we enter 2012 our mind's and heart's are replaying and processing all that transpired in Orphan Ministry in 2011.

You played a significant role in the miracle that happened in Haiti this past year. You were part of a team that went to serve, you were a sponsor of one of the children at Son of God, you were faithful to cover the kids and our teams in prayer (calling out the kids name in prayer - powerful indeed!). Each one of these roles were equally significant!

The girls continue to transition beautifully into their new home at Life is Wealth. They are all healthy - Praise God!! They attend school every day - they are part of the church family right there on campus - they have a safe place to sleep and two meals a day. A MIRACLE!!

The boys are still at the boys home in Carrefour. While this isn't the best situation, they are healthy, they attend school, they have friends and 2-3 meals a day. They know deep in their hearts the truth of God's word and the truth of the songs that many of our teams taught them. I am sure that while they may not be able to sing them out loud at the boys home, when they lay down to sleep those songs comfort them. God is at work, even through things unseen.

Throughout the last year we have partnered with several organizations in the US advocating for the needs of these kids. We began to sense God leading us to ask one of these organizations to take over the sponsorship of all of the girls at Life is Wealth Orphanage. This really resonated with Hearts United for Haiti. Their board recently met and feel God is leading them to be the direct contact with the directors at Life is Wealth and facilitate the sponsorship of all of the girls. Their director, Crystal Funk has been a significant part of helping the girls transition at Life is Wealth. Crystal and her daughter Emily stayed at the orphanage with the girls for several weeks. During this time they built a trusting relationship with the directors. That relationship will have an impact on the future of each of these girls. Please contact Crystal directly to let her know you would like to continue to sponsor the girl that you have been sponsoring or that you would like to begin sponsoring one of them. Her email address is:

We will still be involved with the girls lives at Life is Wealth. Our teams will be able to visit them while we are in Haiti. We just will not be part of the daily decisions and sponsorship component.

Psalm 89:13-14
Thou hast a strong arm; Thy hand is mighty, Thy right hand is exalted. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before Thee.

Prayer Points heading into 2012:

- Crystal and her team are able to receive 100% sponsorship of all the girls at Life is Wealth.

- That the boys and girls grow in faith, confidence and knowledge of God's love for them and for their country. God LOVES Haiti and cares deeply about the people there.

- Spiritual mountains would continue to be moved in Haiti in such a way that they would see sweet revival sweep through their county.

- The Holy Spirit would relentlessly pursue and protect those who can effect change in Haiti.

Through this last year - there is one thing that speaks boldly to us. Never Once did we walk alone!! God was faithful at every turn to give us just what we needed in knowledge, in strength, in endurance, in perserverance and in unity as the body of Christ.

The above song by Matt Redman speaks to the journey that we have been on for the last year. As you listen to it, let the words sink into your heart at the depth of God's hand in ours over the last year. With joy our hearts can say - Never Once did we walk alone!!!

On Sunday - January 22nd at 11:30 in Room 205 we would like to meet and answer any questions or concerns that you have about all that has transpired this last year. What is on your heart is important to us!!

Through your obedience in 2011 - God used you to effect change for all of these children!!!!

Blessings to you and your families!!

Pastor Mark, Sean, Tiffany and Kari :)

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