Taken from Children's Lifeline Blog- 9/22/2011
Lost in my own world, running errands in a Port-au-Prince market, I suddenly wake up to poverty smacking me in the face. She is a beautiful young girl who appears to be about fourteen and looks very lost. Sensing her panic and urgency I approach her to see if she is ok.
Upon asking what she is looking for, I am shocked to learn she is shopping for supplies for her four-year-old daughter. I later learn she is twenty-three, but nothing about her hints at her age. Her body is painfully skinny. I wonder how she stays alive with such a skeletal frame. The dark circles around her eyes reveal wounds of a troubled life and sadness seems to pour from her eyes. Years of poverty have taken its toll on this woman. As she speaks to me, I soon learn the four-year-old is not the only daughter she is concerned about. She also has another daughter who is only eight months old. This is when the real story begins to unfold. Her youngest daughter has terrible diarrhea. She is quite ill and the woman is unsure if her daughter will survive. They have no money to buy diapers or see a doctor. As she is wandering about in a state of sheer desperation, we know the Lord brought this woman to us. After talking a few more minutes, I tell her to come to Lifeline and we will help her. I can only pray she will come quickly.
The next day, after having walked more than an hour to the mission, I am thrilled to see her arrive. Unable to afford even the cheapest means of transportation, a tap-tap, blisters bulged on her feet from her walk towards hope. We joyfully provide her with medicine for her child, toys, formula, diapers, and other goodies. After blessing her with much needed supplies, we seek more information to insure the safety of her children and her. Asking questions about what kind of water she gives her two little girls, we learn she gives them any water she can find – even if it risks giving her children Cholera. She tells us she has no money for clean water, nor does she have money to buy charcoal to boil dirty water. She is a single mother with no income. After pressing her for more information, she shamefully admits she sometimes resorts to having sex for money. She does not like to do it, and only does it when she feels she has no other choice; but when her children are starving, she feels she has no other choice. Seeing the shame and sadness permeate throughout entire body, we know her story is true. It is a story told by many in this poverty stricken country.
Brought to tears from this woman’s sad story, we know we can offer her hope. We tell her she never has to resort to selling her body again. We explain to her that all she needs to do is trust in the saving power of Jesus and He will provide. Seeing the slightest hint of a sparkle in her dark lifeless eyes, we share the Gospel and invite her to continue to seek help from us and from the Lord. After providing her with money to get home by tap-tap and to buy food and for her and her girls, we ask her to bring her family back to Lifeline the next day. Promising to supply her with enough rice and beans to feed her family, the young woman leaves extremely grateful and ready for a new life. As we continue to pray for Jesus to enter her heart, our only desire is to see Christ work in her life and bring salvation to the Haitian people – one poverty-stricken life at a time.
Source: Taken from Children's International Lifeline blog
For many elderly men and women in this area, life is very difficult. They aren’t able to live off of social security, there are no nursing homes, there are no soup kitchens, there are no homeless shelters, there is nothing for them when they are in need. The only hope that the elderly have is that their kids or grandchildren can help them receive food, housing and help them provide for their other needs. A sweet man came to us this morning with a wounded thumb. The man didn’t grimace in pain once as his wound was cleaned and bandaged, but the entire time the man was shaking. We could tell the man was very hungry. He asked us if we were able to help him with some food because he had a son to die recently and he himself wasn’t able to work. We could see that the man obviously was in no way able to provide for himself so he was left to the mercy of any kind soul who would help him. Praise the Lord that we have Kids Against Hunger food. We were able to bless the man with some food to sustain him for awhile. We gave him a rice sack and packed it up with the KAH food. We are so grateful to have been blessed with this food so we can in turn give it to those who are in need. While Lifeline’s main target is to help take care of the children, this valuable food also goes to helping feed the elderly such as this man, the widows, and the disabled. What a blessing it is to be able to extend a hand to someone in such great need.
taken from Children's International Lifeline Blog 9/27/10
Today we are so grateful for the U.S. Navy’s humanitarian aid program called Operation Handclasp.
The HSV-2 SWIFT naval ship docked in Port-au-Prince today full of food and supplies for five different missions here in Haiti, including Children’s International Lifeline.
The food was provided by Kids Against Hunger out of Minnesota and Operation Handclasp arranged getting it all here. We arrived early, excited to be a part of such a great event. We traveled around Port at first making sure we had all the proper paperwork in line to get through customs. Once we had that all in line we waited until it was our turn to have our pallets unloaded off the ship. While we were waiting we were cordially invited aboard for a tour.
It was such a sight to see the 98 meter long ship. While on the tour, we found out the ship crew wasn’t only the Navy. It also included the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, and also civilian workers. We were also told that this deployment held the largest amount of help aid since the history of the HSV-2 SWIFT. What a blessing it was to join hands with the US Military to help provide food and help for the people of Haiti and to be a part of them making history for humanitarian aid.
taken from Children's International Lifeline Blog 9/30/10
Today we were able to pass out some of the Kids Against Hunger food that we just received from the shipment that the US Navy brought us Monday. God was faithful once again to provide what we were in need of just in time. A man came to us today who has an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. He has 150 orphans and school is getting ready to begin and he will be feeding even more children! Praise God we just got that shipment of food in and we were able to help him feed his orphans for one month. We are so grateful for the Kids Against Hunger food that helps provide nourishment and nutrition for so many children who so desperately need it.
In June 2009, a group of 12 missionaries from Mount Calvary Lutheran Church traveled to Children's Lifeline International in La Digue, Haiti. They personally witnessed the food packed at Mount Calvary being cooked. They had the joy of serving it directly to the children and the reward of seeing what an impact the food has made with the children who are fortunate enough to receive it. They also had the heartache of witnessing other children whose red tinged hair and distended bellies showed the clear signs of malnutrition. There is still so much work to be done there. Therefore, we have made a goal to increase the number of meals packed at KAH-WM this year. We hope you will join us in our goal to help these children of God.
Volunteer Christopher Anderson blogged about the group's trip to Haiti. "We hope we will keep these memories strong in our hearts, so we will stay driven to take action to help these people in the future," he wrote. "We hope our trip can inspire others to help as well, by offering donations, and even more so by taking a mission trip themselves."
In addition to witnessing that the food KAH packs gets to where it's needed, the travelers helped assemble and deliver water filtration systems, built and delivered benches for schools, painted the school director's office building, handed out love bundles, visited orphanages, and delivered tents to the homeless.
The children in Haiti constantly sang songs to us. This was their way of thanking us. I wanted to post one here. It is my way of passing along their heartfelt thanks to you for your time and donations which make such a difference in their lives.