Thursday, December 23, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Ya know, the more we look back on the journey over the last 3 years, the more we recognize the clear workings and movements of God's hands. "He sure is not a tame Lion, but He is good...."
“Today, the House passed the Help HAITI Act, an important piece of humanitarian legislation that continues America’s constructive response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti early this year. Following the earthquake, more than 1,000 Haitian orphans were brought to the United States by adoptive American families; the bill we passed today ensures that those children, just like all other children adopted from abroad, will have permanent resident status. For the adoptive parents who generously took Haitian orphans into their homes, the guarantee of permanent resident status means that their children will enjoy a full range of legal protections and will no longer be stuck in legal limbo.
“The adoption of more than 1,000 orphans has been in proud keeping with America’s tradition as a welcoming refuge. I am happy that this bill, which is now ready for President Obama’s signature, gives full legal recognition to these adopted children and paves the way for what I am sure will be their important contributions to our country.”
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The last week has been full of twists and turns for the Help Haiti Act. Monday it was on the Congressional calender for a vote, then removed. Tuesday and Wednesday we discovered that the House Democratic leadership intended to tie a somewhat controversial piece of legislation, the DREAM Act, to the Help Haiti Act. Doing so could mean that the Help Haiti Act might not pass this year and would have a long upward fight in 2011. Today, however, we have seen a little bit of light. Sen. Reid announced that he plans to introduce the DREAM Act into the Senate. Doing so would likely mean the DREAM Act would not be tied to the Help Haiti Act.
Politics can change very quickly here in Washington and everything could change again tomorrow, or later today. Therefore, over 1200 adoptive children from Haiti without a clear path to citizenship need you to continue to to call and email your Representative, asking them to support the Help Haiti Act. Please don't forget to ask your friends and family to do the same. The children need a loud and powerful voice - the voice of thousands of America's granting them the right every U.S. adopted child should have - citizenship. So, please keep the phone calls and emails coming!
If you have a minute, please send an email on behalf of our girls.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Pray for Haiti today as Hurricane Tomas passes. H.I.S. Home is as ready for the storm as possible. There are currently 86 kids at the orphanage. Pray for the staff as well, as many live in the tent cities in the area. Cholera is spreading rapidly. Please remember Loubencia as well. This spunky 8 year old girl is currently in the hospital in the final stages of AIDS. Pray for comfort for her in her final days.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sorry Gracie fans, but you will have to wait another month for the new feet to be unveiled. She is back in casts. They are short leg casts this time with nifty walking boots over the top. She will wear these until September 28 and then will get a set of jungle animal print AFO's (braces). She will wear the AFO's 24 hours a day for the first 2 months, and after that she will only wear them at night. We were a little disappointed to not be able to take her swimming tonight, but also saw quite clearly that her feet still have some healing to do. (We convinced the nurse to let us take the pins they removed from her feet home if you ever want to see what we mean.) Grace is a real trooper and seems to have captured a few hearts along this journey.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
In a recent case study of nature versus nurture, it was discovered that "Van Berkel-stick-your-tongue-out-for-pictures-syndrome" is not a hereditary disorder. Subjects were tested over a six month period. It was determined that in only a matter of several months of exposure to Van Berkels, the subjects developed the syndrome. No cure has been discovered at this time.
Suzanne Bishop 1973-2010
Adonai is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He has me lie down in grassy pastures, he leads me by quiet water, he restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths for the sake of his own name.
Even if I pass through death - dark ravines, I will fear no disaster; for you are with me; your rod and staff reassure me.
You prepare a table for me even as my enemies watch; you anoint my head with oil from an overflowing cup.
Goodness and grace will pursue me every day of my life; and I will live in the house of Adonai for years and years to come.
Psalm 23 - Jewish Bible
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I have begun experimenting with duct tape and concrete blocks.
In other words, Gracie is starting to feel better.
Yesterday my youngest son Josh turned 7. Happy Birthday Josh!
Friday, July 23, 2010
Gracie and Jude finally made it home at about 1 pm. Gracie is doped up pretty good, the pharmacist was hesitant to fill it as prescribed because it is a pretty heavy dose of painkillers for a little girl. She had a good lunch, good nap, and is now playing. Doctor's orders call for keeping her on her back, no crawling or standing until the end of August- that should be interesting.
Thanks for prayers- next step, for everyone to get some sleep.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The surgery started about 8:30 am and finished up about 3:00 pm- a very long day for Gracie and her 3 surgeons. Dr. Forness is very pleased with how everything came together. Gracie drank some juice by 4pm, and is quite happy with the jello, pudding and mac-n-cheese she is getting tonight. Judy called a little while ago and said she had just fallen asleep. Thanks for all your prayers, calls, emails and visits throughout the day.
The "epidural" they gave her is starting to wear off, and she is on some pretty major pain meds right now. Recovery will take at least a couple of days until she can handle the pain with just oral meds. Jude is in the hospital with her tonight, unfortunately no private rooms available- so the hope is that her and Gracie get some rest.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thanks for all your prayers and support.
Check out the link to the HIS HOME 300 for more details, and to see the list of supporters who have already come on board.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today was Grace's appointment with the genetic specialist. She has a form of arthrogryposis (joint contractures). Specifically it is called Trismus-Pseudocamptodactyly Syndrome. It is a rare genetic disorder causing short tendons in the hands and legs and the inability to completely open the mouth. It will not get progressively worse or better. Her dislocated hips are not caused by this syndrome. So now we take a big sigh of relief that there are no surprises in the diagnosis and prepare for foot surgery in July.
By the way- those are play straw bales with velcro on them stuck on their heads- the hair is sooooo cool!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Just a couple pictures of what is going on around here. Had a visit from Uncle Greg, Aunt Kristin, Emily and Noah- they got to meet Daphna and Gracie for the first time. The girls have made it through church nursery 3 weeks straight (I think they are starting to have fun in there). Here is Megan at her Odyssey of the Mind State Finals- oversized glasses and fart putty- yes, I said fart putty, simply hours of entertainment.....
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The girls hit the nursery at church for the first time this morning- Gracie lasted 5 minutes, Daphna did a little better. We are feeling pretty good about the bonding thing if we can't leave them for more than a couple minutes. Gracie heads for her third set of casts tomorrow- approximately 6 weeks until surgery for her feet. The specialists are conferring on her hips, and seem somewhat unsure as to what to do with them right now. Having grown apart for 18 months they are a little unsure if everything will ever fit right. We know God has held this little one in His hand for her whole life thus far- so we aren't so worried about this, His plan is best for her.
A significant praise to pass along- the HIS HOME 300 MICHIGAN ROUTE is set. All of our churches and business partners from Rockford to Harrod are lined up and ready to go- 21 different organizations who are joining together to support us as we raise much needed funds for HIS Home. Follow the link to the 300 blog page for information. We are capping the ride at 25, so sign up soon if you want to join us!
Today is my Samuel's 11th birthday. We are feeling blessed to have a son who has such a good and tender heart. He has become a friend and hero to his two newest sisters. Happy Birthday Sam!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Jan 12, 2010: Many thought it was the end of time. Many thought that the Lord was coming. Many thought that they were witnessing hell on earth. A day no one in Haiti will ever forget!
O God, thou hast cast us off, thou has scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again. Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things… Psalm 60: 1-3a
Feb. 12, 2010: A country called to put aside everything for 3 days of prayer and fasting. Carnival cancelled. Satanic worship and voodou drums silenced. The Prime Minister of Haiti declared his testimony of accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior on national television. A country called to turn to God Almighty… 3 days no one in Haiti will ever forget!
< BR>If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
In the years of living in Haiti, the question I have been asked the most is: “Is there any hope for Haiti?” My response has always been to quote 2 Chronicles 7:14. God clearly gave the conditions to be met for any country in need of healing. We see rebellious people practicing sin in every country, not just Haiti. However, God will not be mocked. Just as a parent will warn a disobedient child that he loves, there comes a time when the child must face consequences for misbehavior. We accept this in the family structure as a way of teaching our children appropriate behavior. We accept this in the schools when a child doesn’t conform to established rules, or in the w! or kplace when an employee is not meeting expectations. Is Haiti being punished or is Haiti just suffering the effects of a natural disaster? Each of us has an opinion, however, the important thing to focus on is not what we think, but what God is doing. He is using this time in Haiti to wake up a country that has been deceived by the spiritual enemy. Lives are being changed because of the earthquake. As financial resources are being poured into Haiti, we pray that Christians everywhere will not only be praying for the physical needs in this country, but more importantly, that those lives being touched will find spiritual cleansing and healing.
It seems that much of our conversation is now identified as BTE, DTE, and STE. Before the earthquake, during the earthquake, and since the earthquake. Details of DTE will fade as time passes, but I will share a few things that have been significant to us in the past several weeks.
Imm! ed iately BTE, 39 of our toddlers were eating at tables on our back patio. They had just completed their food and moved to the far end of the table to line up for their water when the quake caused the side wall surrounding the compound to fall. The top 8 foot section of a 16 foot concrete wall fell over the table where the children had been sitting minutes before. Not a child was touched. Visitors helped evacuate special needs children from the third floor. 122 children were safe! Over the next few days with continuing tremors, it became necessary to move the children from the compound because of the risk of the house collapsing. Safety was found in the church yard, and having a ‘church home’ took on a new meaning. Babies and children were put to sleep on mattresses scattered under the stars. During one particularly cold and damp night, as I wandered through the maze of children trying to stay warm, in desperation I cried out to God for wisdom in caring for the c! hi ldren. Many were developing coughs and beginning to suffer dehydration from diarrhea from unstable water conditions. I had run out of dry blankets, and I had run out of ideas of what to do. As I prayed, God spoke to my heart and clearly said, “Take them home!” I was confused, knowing that we had no where to go. Again, God repeated the message. I spent a sleepless night, pondering where God was leading. In the morning, I discussed this with Hal and 2 pastors and we all agreed to begin praying that God would show us the way to accomplish His will. Over the next week, I spent 6 days at the US Embassy processing paperwork. Four of those days were with groups of 22-56 children. We lived at the Embassy for part of that time, and waited.
Embassy staff cared for us by supplying food, formula, diapers, and treating our sick babies in their infirmary. US military soldiers held and comforted our babies, adopting parents who had come to bring emergency suppl! ie s for us helped, and our staff continued caring for those children in the camp. Plans were made for an evacuation flight for Jan. 25, but as documents at the Embassy were being finalized on the night of the 24th, we were advised to leave Haiti immediately with the children because new laws requiring more paperwork would prohibit our exit in the morning. More prayers, and 57 babies and children in the camp were whisked into a truck, and the children still at the Embassy were loaded into an Embassy bus. There was no time to gather anything. By the early morning hours, 70 children were relocated to the US and within 2 days, 8 more went to Canada on Humanitarian Parole. These children will complete their adoptions while living with their adoptive parents Truly a miracle compared to the crossing of the Red sea! Just as God moved the Isrealites, He moved these Haitian children. The story doesn’t end there. More adoptive children are still being released and find! in g their new parents waiting for them at the end of the air flights. It would take a book to share all of the details, but the important thing is that God receive Glory for the miracles that we have witnessed!!!
Now what? What comes next? We currently have 43 children at HIS Home, and are trying to get several of those medical children to the US for ongoing care. Additional adoption children will soon be released to join their families in the US, and we are preparing HIS Home for approximately 100 new children who will make HIS Home their home. These are children who have been orphaned as a result of the earthquake. The social service system has already visited to check on availability of beds for children who will need care. Our houses have been declared safe by structural engineers, and teams are arriving to repair the wall and cosmetic damage to the houses. We have teams coming to provide medical care for new children, and expect to begin accepting children ! ve ry soon. Please continue to pray for Haiti, and particularly HIS children .
Hal and Chris would like to thank each and every one who has prayed for safety for the children, as well as ourselves. A special thanks to everyone who has supported the ministry financially, enabling us to continue caring for the children, while preparing to care for the new children who will be joining us soon. We would also like to extend a very special thanks to the folks at HIS HOUSE Children’s Home in Miami who welcomed all of our evacuees and cared for us during in-processing to the United States.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Here they are, the first of many sets of casts for Gracie. She is sporting an attractive full length hard plaster cast on each foot. They even glow in the dark! She has really not seemed bothered by them at all, which is a huge blessing. They add about 10 pounds to her, so I think it is harder on us carrying her around. It sounds like new casts every two weeks then surgery once everything is pointing in the right direction.
By the way- the grumpy look on Daphna's face? The two year old "I will not eat my vegetables" battle has begun. She is not impressed.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The world has moved on from the Haiti "story". Alot of people have given generously and then detached themselves from the messy reality of what is going on down there. It is even hard to find news stories about Haiti.
Please continue to pray and support those who live in the chaos everyday, including our loved ones at HIS Home.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Our princess Daphna was just treated for a tapeworm......oh the glamor of it all!
That may just explain the appetites!
Looks like we are delivering supplies to Ohio this Saturday- thank you for all your contributions to HIS Home. We still have room in the container if you want to add to the shipment.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Also, the HIS Home 300 MI route is nearly completed. We are beginning to recruit riders for this large fund raiser for HIS Home. Check out the link to the his home 300 michigan route for all the information, and please contact me with any questions.
Daphna and Gracie are an absolute joy. We are having fun introducing them to everyone who has been praying for them for so long. Gracie should start seeing specialists in the next week or so and we will begin to determine the extent of her disabilities.
Also, continue to be in prayer for Hal in Haiti. The political situation has become very frustrating, and the adoption and humanitarian parole options are at a stand still thanks to foreign intervention, specifically UNICEF who has been granted authority over the care and movement of orphan children. UNICEF opposes international adoption of any sort, and while they do alot of good work in providing medical care, shelter, education and food, they also are proponents of abortion and population control. They are not allowing any children to leave Haiti at this point.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
On Friday night Judy's mom left us and as our daughter Megan said, "is skipping like a little girl" in heaven. We thank God for such a loving, accepting, serving and gentle Mom, mother-in-law and Nana.
Funeral arrangements are through Schoeder Lauer Funeral Home in Lansing IL. Look under the obituary link for Lois Dorothy Swieringa for details.
Friday, February 5, 2010
On Tuesday we were called late afternoon to Chicago. Judy's mom has been suffering from congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and stage 4 cancer for some time now, and had taken a turn for the worse. It was a huge blessing to be able to introduce her to her two newest granddaughters. As of Thursday, hospice has been providing comfort care and we are awaiting the celebration in Heaven when Mom goes home.
We also had a chance to introduce Daphna and Grace to their Grandpa. He is now living in a memory support apartment in Chicago.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Daphna and Gracie are fitting in just fine at home. Daphna is having some "going to sleep" issues, but the rest of the time is a happy and healthy 2 year old is rather enjoys pestering her older brothers. Gracie continues to eat long after everyone else is done at the table and is smiling all the time. I noticed yesterday that many of the creases in her forehead are gone....we think she is relaxing and enjoying this new life. I can only imagine the stress there has been on this little body for the last 3 weeks. She is even beginning to dole out some rather sloppy kisses once and awhile...
Check out the link to the HIS Home 300 Michigan route coming this June. The planning phase is almost completed and rider and sponsor recruitment has begun. The need in Haiti is greater than ever, and it is our desire to do all we can to support HIS Home in being an example of Christ's love to the least of these. We would love to have you join us on the ride.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Daphna has been having a little bit of a hard time getting to sleep- she seems scared of being left in her bed. As we sit and rock her we can't help but think of what these big eyes have seen, what she has felt, heard and smelt over the last 2 weeks. God has truly watched over her, but at the same time she has been through more trauma then most will ever expirience. Please pray for her as she settles in- that God would wrap His arms around her in these times (as well as Judy and I) and she would feel peace.
They both went to see Dr. Cox yesterday- 5 shots each, they are polka-dotted with Sesame Street band aids right now. Both aren't even registering on the growth chart yet- Gracie had 4 helpings of lasagna last night and typically is still eating 1/2 hour after everyone else is done. Daphna is in great shape. Gracie is being scheduled to go see some specialists. Dr.Cox suspects a couple different things going on in her feet, hands and hips. He is most concerned about the hips, which is a new symptom for us. Pray for this little girl- our heart aches that she will have a physical battle for life. Her heart sounded great and the Doc was very pleased with developmental progress.
So this is our new normal....Thank you Jesus. What a privilege to understand a little more just what Your love for us is like.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Your prayers carried 67 children from Port au Prince home this week. Words will never express what that looked like yesterday in Miami- the angels celebrated....
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The closer you live to Me, the safer you are. Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance. Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes. By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design. I am always beside you, helping you face today's waves. The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you. Laugh at the future! Stay close to me.
from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
The good.....67 kids out of Haiti- the system really slowed if not stopped after they got out. The kids are at a childrens home being fed, washed and cared for (and hopefully getting some sleep) We should see them today. God is really working and we need prayer just to wait for His timing on this.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Please continue prayer for Hal and Chris- I would imagine they are just about exhausted and still have much to do- these are amazing people being used by God to rescue His children. What a privilege to be part of it!
The most ample entrance would be furnished; there would be no doubt about their admission there. The gates of glory would be thrown wide open, and they, adorned with all the bright train of graces, would be admitted there. -Barnes
Bright train refers to an American Airlines 747 (The Message Version :-)
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him? (Deuteronomy 4:7 NIV) -Be amazed!
When we choose deliberately to obey HIM, then HE will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all HIS almighty power. -Chambers
Friday, January 22, 2010
Hallelujah- what a good God we serve!
We will keep you posted as things continue to develop....Hopefully they will be flying tomorrow!
Here's the latest- they have been at the embassy all day again (apparently there is only one agent there right now) and some HIS Home kids are starting to receive their visas. We suspect they are working through all the HIS Home papers as we speak...so pray for them. The 6 kids being adopted by Canadians have received permission to travel and will be in Montreal soon- congrats Canucks..
We haven't heard anything yet- but we know that everyone is still good at HIS Home, Hal sounded confident this morning, and God is still moving.
Keep praying- hopefully all the kids will be coming soon...
There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God's purposes, and yours may be that life.
Another day of waiting....the kids stayed at the Embassy gates last night.
Follow the link to the HIS Home 300 on the left- there is a video of the kids and Hal and Chris from August 28- it is good to see the faces of the people for whom you are praying.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
We have a big God- and He is moving...
We will keep you as up to date as possible. God is on the move, the doors are opening.....
The supply team is at the Haiti border right now- they have permission to get through but wanted to wait until daylight to travel in Haiti- it is not the safest place in the world.....apparently the greatest need right now is diapers. I can only imagine.
Please continue to intercede for HIS Home with our heavenly Father.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Our holdup is on when the governments will release the children. We will be
flying them as soon as they are released and the govt has indicated they will be
prioritzing them in the three batches. Airline availability or airfare isn't a
concern. But Thank you for thinking ahead!
Don't know who or when or where- but things are happening....
all need to calm down. God is working and He is in control. He said "We are not
going to take these kids to the Embassy and camp out there in the hot sun with
no water." They have done everything they need to do with the Embassy and are
awaiting their call.
We are to STAND READY and pray.
Stand ready means that we need to be ready at a moments notice to get our kids.
It is possible, though in NO WAY PROMISED that some could fly out even today or
tomorrow. Possibilities are Mansfield or Chicago????
Still a lot of unknowns. PRAY PRAY PRAY
Pray for Hal and Chris to have strength & wisdom. They are doing everything
they can to get these kids out.
Please write emails, make phone calls or send letters to your government officials asking them to ask the US immigration service to get moving on this. there are alot of organizations to help facilitate, but everything stops at the Embassy right now.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
> "The kids are all safe at the chapel soccer field. We have water and rice.
Our biggest need right now is for shelter. Tents are scheduled in tomorrow
(Tuesday), pray that they are not stolen in the process. The drinking water
system is operational, we have formula and food for the near future and more is
on the way. God is Good, All the time!!!
> Tell them [news and government] we need to get these kids evacuated to Ohioi.
Most of them have adoptive families. We have shelter in place at a church. We
have host families to take the children that don't have adoptive families.
Every parent needs to contact the U.S. Senators for their state and tell them
they want their kids out of Haiti
> Tell everyone that will listen that you want your kids out of Haiti. There is
no infrastructure here. The gangs are going wild and we need them evacuated
immediately. Let's get these kids to Ohio!!!"
Water is scarce in Port-au-Prince. So much so, that if relief groups advertised they had clean water to distribute they would, according to officials here, be overrun. So, one Convoy of Hope team worked behind the scenes on Saturday to provide clean water for the residents of Port-au-Prince by installing two modified bio-sand filters at an orphanage in the capital city.
“Since the earthquake struck the orphanage has had to ration water for the children,” says Gary Higgins, director of international projects for Convoy of Hope. “The children were surviving on only a half a cup of water per day, which obviously is not nearly enough for the hot and humid conditions in Haiti.”
Please give now to help provide water and other supplies for Haiti.
On Saturday morning, Higgins built and installed two filters using two technologies Convoy of Hope has come to rely on in its efforts to provide clean drinking water in impoverished countries.
“Getting the natural material for a bio-sand filter in a disaster area is not possible so we merged the bio-sand filter with one of our Sawyer water filters,” he says. “Now, these children will have access to clean drinking water every day.”
The hybrid filters will each produce 1.2 liters of clean water each minute. Clean water will help stop the spread of diseases, which officials here will run rampant in the coming days as residents settle for unclean water.
According to a UN development report—for every dollar spent on providing clean drinking water in places like Haiti there is an economic return of $8 worth of productivity from those who have access to the water.
“In other words,” adds Higgins, “it improves people’s lives and provides opportunity for them.”
Chris Nungester, director of the orphanage, is just happy her children will have access to clean, drinking water.
“This is going to be life changing for our orphanage,” she says.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
As far as an update she said to tell you all that they are doing good. The Kids are all having fun at the Church yard as they get to run around a little more! They have went down to 2 meals a day to ration the food a little better and for breakfast they have been having pop tarts that someone gave them. Hal is sleeping in the truck, his back has got to be killing him, and Chris is staying with the kids. The search is on for a place to move into and the UN has been going around with structural engineers and checking homes. They have not made it to the girls or boys homes yet.
Food is starting to show up, 8 tents are on the way. Sounds like rain in the forcast, which could make things a little nasty. HIS Home is in need of a home.
Our God is good!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Verse 5- "For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle"- the kids are camping out at the Quisqueya Chapel for the forseeable future. That is God's dwelling.......
Ps.27:10 "Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me"- God is holding these kids safe in HIS House!
We have had alot of people asking us the last few days about what happens next....A.W. Tozer answers that much better than I ever could.
"The profoundest sentence ever uttered by human lips was the spontaneous cry of the prophet Ezekiel in the valley of the dry bones when asked by the Lord whether those bones could live:
"And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest."
Had Ezekiel answered yest or no he would have closed off his heart to the mighty mystery which confronted him and would have missed the luxury of wonder in the presence of the Majesty on high. For never forget that it is a privilege to wonder, to stand in delighted silence before the Supreme Mystery and whisper, "OH LORD GOD, THOU KNOWEST!"
God is our refuge and strength, and everpresent help in trouble.
There you go- everpresent strength. Just think, God is holding the hands of our Daphna and Gracie while they are camping out at the chapel. Oh God, please let all the kids at H.I.S. Home to be very concious of your hand of protection and provision.
Friday, January 15, 2010
I just talked to Chris for about 2 minutes.
This is accurate as of this minute. The boys home was damaged (as we knew) after this mornings aftershock (small) the girls/little kids home is not safe. They are moving all of the kids to the church. They will be set up with a small corner of the property by the swingsets. They are all ok.
I will be traveling to Haiti (not sure when I am leaving - within a week). Chris said that they need protien (she specifically mentioned peanut butter) and cash - She said that soon they will be able to use cash, but no access to banks. I am doing whatever I can to gather cash and provisions.
Because He lives and loves us greatly.....
I just got through to Chris and was able to talk for
a while. They are still doing OK. The boys home has been damaged enough that
they are moving the furniture out of the house tomorrow and will be looking for
a new place to move them into. Please Pray that a new home is found quickly.
They are still all sleeping out in the yard at the main house as the tremors are
still happening occasionally and they are playing it safe.
The security wall will need to be fixed but at this time even finding the
materials to do the work is out of the question.
They are understaffed but getting by and from what I understood they have not
heard from some of the nanny's and staff at this point.
She was in good spirit for the situation that they are in right now.
She thanks everyone for all the prayers and please continue to pray!
Julie will be flying out of Boston Tueday with as much formula and cash that she can carry. Following the HIS home link or the free formula delivery link on this page will bring you to our donation sites.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
You donate money through paypal or a credit card, then Julie will go to Walmart and buy formula in Boston and ship it on Tuesday.
Just think, the babies will be eating it by Wednesday morning- it doesn't get any faster than that
God is opening the doors....
My brother got a text message from my dad (Hal). They are still doing okay and
send their love- sorry but thats it & we'll take it for now! Just wanted to
share- I know everyone would want to know.
Exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale....okay, we can breathe again.
Thanks for the tremendous outpouring of blessing.
Another text this afternoon:
My husband (Hal's son) received this message from Hal approx 3:25pm today...
very limited telephone. no internet. no electric. limited fuel for generator.
food supply ok. water supply ok.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
We have received many reports today from friends who are lifting up prayer to our Father on behalf of these children. Please pray for wisdom for Hal and Chris as it will take all their energy and experience to get through this. Pray that God's upholding hand would be extremely clear to them.
If you feel the need to help them out- follow the link to the left to HIS Home for Children and you can donate there. Thanks on behalf of HIS Home.
The kids are safe- awesome
We are scheduled to fly there in four weeks- will we be able to go?
How will food and water hold up- 126 kids to scrounge for food for.
Many government building collapsed....our dossier is somewhere in one of those buildings....
I spent some time in Ps. 46 this morning;
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Please pray for them- supplies are going to be hard to get, and an already desperate and not so safe place just got a little scarier. Chris and Hal are back after Christmas Break, so we know the kids are in capable hands.
Pray, Pray, Pray- they are gonna need it.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
November and December have been some very busy months for us. We are in the process of organizing the Michigan spoke of the H.I.S. Home 300. This is a 300 mile bike ride to raise funds and awareness for H.I.S. Home. The ride originated four years ago with Tony Scott from Joliet, IL. to Harrod, OH. Last year a route was added from Champaigne, IL. to Harrod, and this year we will be organizing a route from Rockford, MI to Harrod, Ohio. We have started a blog to keep everyone up to date on what is happening with the ride, and will have all pertinent information linked to that site- follow the link to H.I.S. Home 300 Michigan Route. (we are still under construction)
We bought tickets to Haiti a couple weeks ago. We will be there from Feb. 16- 23. We are linking up with a team from Illinois and will be working on the sponsorship packets (visit www.hishomeforchildren.com and follow the "sponsor a child" link.
We are also planning on spending a lot of time with two certain young ladies there as well.
We are packing heavy thanks to First Jenison CRC. in Jenison, who had a baby shower for HIS Home just before Christmas. We are hauling 300 lbs. of formula, vitamins, socks, underwear and medications. Thank you First Jenison!
The girls are doing well- we are missing them terribly and are praying the next few weeks will go by quickly....
Thanks and blessings!