Haiti 5 Years After the Earthquake and Change

Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you are off to a good start on this brand new year.  I know many of you may have made new years resolutions and should be well into them by now.  I myself am really not much of a new years resolution kinda girl the reason being I usually break them pretty quickly and besides it seems like the past few years  I seem to have some sort of year round changes going on anyway so I just try my best to go with the flow and enjoy the ride 🙂

Since I am talking about changes today I was thinking this might be a good time to talk about another change that has taken place over the past 5 years.

Change in Haiti.

This coming Monday January 12 is the 5 year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.  Over the past 5 years that country has been going through many many changes. I am not sure if in Haiti they do the new years resolution thing or not but today I was thinking about how we just really never know what the future holds.  The thought crossed my mind that if they do the New Years resolutions like we do in my country then about this time in 2010 they never knew that in just a few short days that their New Years resolutions would be forgotten and they would be in the middle of one of the most devastating disasters they had ever seen.

An Earthquake can demolish a whole city in a matter of seconds.

In only 30 seconds of time 250,000 people in Haiti died. Over 1/3 of their country was impacted by the earthquake and their entire government structure was collapsed to rubble. Parents lost children, children became orphans… whole families lost or uprooted.

I just can’t even begin to imagine how scary that must have been for them, it was a change that they never saw coming.

Thankfully People began pitching in to help, people donated money, supplies and many went to Haiti to try to help.

One of the organizations that helped following the earthquake  in Haiti was Compassion International.  Following the earthquake people from all around the world began giving with a totals of $31 million dollars donated to Compassion International’s disaster relief fund and Compassion immediately began disaster relief efforts.

The video below shows how they were able to use that money immediately following the earthquake and also how they were also able to set up long term recovery efforts.

As many of you know I visited Haiti a little over a year and a half ago, at that time there was still a lot of rubble and devastation. While there I was able to visit several  Compassion facilities and I was able to see first hand how well they were working and how lives were being changed and put back together.  They were able to help share the love of Jesus and give back hope to the Haitian people, helping to change things for the better.

I was happy to hear that now 5 years after the earthquake through the donors, sponsors, staff & volunteers they have accomplished everything they set out to accomplish in Haiti and so much more.  Pretty awesome huh? 🙂

Before I leave today I have one more thing I would like to share with you.. or shall I say… I have a person I would like to share with you?   Today I would like to introduce you to Jean Fritznel Demosthene.

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Jean is 5 years old and Jean lives in Haiti.  He lives with his mother and his father and he has 3 brothers and sisters.  Jean likes to play soccer, he is in pre-school and  He regularly attends church activities.  Jean has been praying and waiting for a sponsor for over 9 months and is in immediate need of a sponsor.  Today I am asking you to pray for Jean that he will receive a sponsor soon.  I would also like to ask you to consider being his sponsor.  For $1.25 a day… that’s less the the price of a cup of coffee you could help change his life.  If you would like to sponsor Jean or would like more information you can contact me via the contact tab on this blog or leave your emai in the comments. (all comments are moderated so nobody will see your email except me). You can also get more information about Compassion by clicking his picture.

For some the New year brings change… If you are considering a change this year…maybe that change could be to help change the life of someone else. You could help to change Jean’s life of maybe just the life of someone in your own neighborhood.  Help a sick friend, visit your neighbor, pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru.  Most of all just take the time and slow down, pay attention to whats going on and who God has placed around you.  Changing someone’s life might be just a simple smile at the cranky looking guy in the grocery store.  Be a blessing in someones life and I think you may just find out somehow you were blessed too.

Thank you so much for reading today, happy and best wishes for the coming year and thank you for praying for Jean,

God bless you and have a wonderful day,

T

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future ~  Jeremiah 29:11

Compassion Sunday – Children Still in Need of Sponsors

Yesterday was Compassion Sunday at my church and I am so excited to tell you that 9 children received new sponsors!  I still have few children left and I would like to offer you the opportunity to sponsor a child too.  Here are a few of the children who still need sponsors.

This first little guy is Melquicidec Masi from Bolivia, South America. Melquicidec is 7 years old. He lives with his father & his mother and 3 brothers & sisters. he enjoys reading and attending church activities. Melquicidec is a priority child because he has been waiting over 9 months for a sponsor. Melquicidec lives in a country where there is a high risk of child rights violations.cs1 001

This next child  is an older child, his name is Nalamani Tandi he will be 14 years old on June 11th.  Nalamani is from India. He lives with his father, his mother and 4 brothers & sisters.  Nilamani helps his family by buying or selling in the market and caring for his brothers and sisters and caring for animals.  Nalamani enjoys listening to music, running and playing group games.  He attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.  Older children are sometimes harder to find sponsors for.

cs2 001 Next is this sweet little girl her name is Latifatou Kadifatou Sankara.  Latifatou is from Burkina Faso, Africa.  She lives in a country where there is a high risk of child rights violations.  In her home Latifatou helps by running errands.  She lives with her father and her mother and there are 5 children in her family.  Latifatou does not attends school at this time and she enjoys playing group games and attends Bible class.

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The last child I am posting today is little Shisto Rongkheng from Bangladesh, Asia.  He is 3 years old and he also lives in a country with a high risk of child rights violations. Shisto lives with his father and his mother and there are 3 children in his home.  He does not attend school yet and he enjoys playing soccer and playing with toy cars.  He attends church activities regularly.cs4 001

Your love and support will help these children to receive the assistance they need to grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  Please pray for these precious children and also please consider sponsoring one of them today. You can email me at tluvs2trvl@gmail.com and I can help you get your sponsorship started today.

Thank you so much for reading and also for your prayers for these precious children.

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I Would Like to Introduce You to Ericka

One child moves on to better life and another child leaps off the facebook page into my heart…

I wanted a boy in Haiti but got a girl in El Salvador…

Gods plan is not usually what I have planned but his plan usually ends up being better than mine anyway…

I would like to introduce you to Ericka Yamileth Amaya Portillo,

from Caminando de la Mano Con Jesús Student Center in El Salvador.

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Isn’t she a little cutie pie?

As you know I have sponsored a boy from Haiti, ‘Thierry Ridji Macon’ through Compassion International for the past 2 and a half years. About 3 weeks ago a woman from Compassion called to inform me that Thierry’s family had entered into better circumstances, he had graduated high school, and he is no longer in Compassion’s program, which meant I was no longer Thierry’s sponsor. I was full of mixed emotions when she gave me the news. I wanted to cry because I was sad I was losing him but at the same time I was also overjoyed at the fact that his family had risen above the poverty they have been living in and were now moving into to a better life. Thierry has been such a blessing in my life and I am very thankful that I was able to be his sponsor and that I was able get to know him through our letters we have written back and forth. I was also able to meet him last March which was really really awesome!

After the lady at Compassion gave me the news that Thierry was no longer my sponsored child she asked if I would like to sponsor another child but at that moment I could not do it. I was upset that I was losing Thierry and I was not ready to replace him yet, so I told her no.  Another reason I did not want to sponsor another child yet is my husband is usually off work in the winter time and though we prepare for it, our money is a little tighter this time of year. So I made the decision that 2 sponsor children are plenty and that I would not sponsor anymore children at this time.

And then….Three weeks later (2 days ago) little Ericka leaped off the facebook page at me.

A friend of mine who is also an advocate for Compassion children had posted her picture because he was trying to find a sponsor for her and he also posted 2 little boys who were in need of a sponsor.  Even though it was Ericka I felt drawn to I decided then that if I sponsored another child (which by the way I was not going to be sponsoring another child at this time) it would most likely be one of those boys, because I already have 2 girls that I sponsor. A while later I got to thinking about Thierry and Haiti and how since I have been there, Haiti is still in my heart. So I  then decided that if I sponsored another child I wanted to sponsor a child who lived in Haiti. Since all 3 of these children were from El Salvador I made my final decision, I was not going to sponsor another child at this time and filed them away to the back of my brain as ‘case closed’.  Did I mention that I was not going to sponsor another child at this time?? I’m sure by now you get the point.. I was not going to sponsor another child at this time.

I think it may have been about 2 hours later when I realized that something with the filing system in my brain had gone wrong and that maybe my filing system must not be as good as I thought it was because I still kept feeling that little girl’s sweet face tugging on my heart! I could not keep her filed away which means I could NOT get her out of my mind! A little while later I found myself sending a message to the person who had posted the pictures of the children asking if Ericka had received a sponsor yet. Was I secretly hoping she had already found a sponsor? Or was I really hoping she did not have one yet? I soon found out as I suspected…she did NOT have a sponsor yet and you won’t believe this… I somehow managed to I talk myself out of sponsoring her yet again! The next day I turned on facebook and you will never guess whose picture was right there in the news feed staring right at me… yep you guessed it… it was Ericka’s picture. Even though I already knew the answer I once again checked with my friend to see if she had found a sponsor. I was told she still did not have a sponsor and at that very same moment I felt God say, “Ericka is not sponsored yet because she is yours”.

I love how God works, He never works the way I expect him to work, but it seems like it always ends up being way better than I could ever imagine it could be and it is always a huge blessing. Only a few hours ago I had decided I did not want to sponsor another child and now I found myself wanting to sponsor Ericka and I was excited to do it! I am still excited about my new little girl and can’t wait to get to know her! The silly thing about all this is I knew all along God wanted me to sponsor her.  I am not sure why I was so bull headed, wanting it to be on my own terms when truly God’s terms are what I really wanted all along 🙂  I still find it amazing how that happens.  This is only the beginning of a whole new story and I can not wait to find out how this story will go. So stay tuned I am sure you will be hearing some of it here on the blog.

Before I go today I have just one more thing to say…The two little boys my friend posted along with Ericka are still in need of a sponsor. With Christmas just around the corner I was thinking what a wonderful Christmas present it would be for those children to receive a sponsor for Christmas, I also think if you were to be that person you will find that it will be a wonderful gift for you too. So I would like to say to you…If you feel God nudging you to sponsor one or both of these little boys you can let me know in the comments below or you can send me an email at tluvs2trvl@yahoo.com and I will give you the information you need to get the sponsorship started.

Here is their information and their pictures…

This first little boy’s name is Steve Alexander Vega Nochez. His birthday is September 22, 2003. He is 10 years old. Steve lives with his father and his mother. At home, his duties include making beds and running errands. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family. Steve’s favorite activities are soccer, playing with cars and bicycling. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.Steve Alexander Vega Nochez

This next little guy is Luis Gerardo Mendoza Martinez. His birthday is May 19, 2004. He is 9 years old. Luis lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. For fun, Luis enjoys soccer and bicycling. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.Luis Gerardo Mendoza Martinez

If you decide to sponsor one of these beautiful children you will not be sorry you did it.  I know from experience not only will you be a blessing in their lives, but you will be blessed by them 🙂

Thank you for reading 🙂

T