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January 2013 Newsletter

posted Jan 9, 2013, 11:03 AM by Jillian Nolan

Dear Friends and Family,

Heathers Home Orphanage in Haiti is entering its fourth year; we are so grateful to you for all your support through faithful prayers and givingeathers hHeathers Heathers Home operates solely on faith, we never know how we are going to make it from one month to the next, yet here we are four years later to the Glory of God.  We couldn’t do it without people of compassion supporting the cause of our children.

Today you would never know that these children each have their own heart wrenching, tear jerking story.  Those damaged virtually despondent children have been radically altered by the love care and support they have found at Heathers Home.  They are the most loving, happiest, giggly bunch of children you could ever know.  In a school of over 200 children we have 4 that are first in their class and all are showing real promise.   Each of our children has been handpicked, ripped from the grip of poverty hopelessness and despair.   It has been the greatest privilege of our lives.

Still we are not without are challenges.  January is a huge month for us, we need to pay our rent for the year as well as keep up with our day to day operating expenses.   Frankly, giving is down the cost of things globally keeps going up and dollars don’t stretch as far as they used to, as you well know.  We need to take $5000.00 dollars with us to Haiti when we leave on the 18th of this month. This is our most pressing and urgent need.  With God all things are possible.

The home where our family lives is very nice and with a little TLC it would be nice even by US standards, but it is a rental and therefore we can’t make any lasting improvements.   In the last several months I have come to believe it is vital for us to have our own ground, a place that is ours and belongs to us.  The very first thing we would do with this land is to start agricultural projects that would provide for years to come.  We want to plant a big ol garden, raise chickens, a few goats and maybe even have a milk cow.  We have started a separate fund and began looking for the land God would have for us.  Land in Haiti is a lot more expensive than one would think.  We have set a goal of $50,000 in order to secure 3 to 5 usable acres.  Money can be specifically designated to land.

So this is the part where I ask for money.  Please give this work your careful and prayerful consideration.  Make our home in Haiti your home. This letter is also an invitation for you to come with us on one of our adventures to Haiti and be eye witness to what God is doing first hand.    

 Thank you,

 Rev. John P.Earley

Nov 2010 Newsletter

posted Nov 29, 2010, 4:42 AM by John Earley

Nov 2010 Newsletter

Dear Family and Friends,

It has been a full year since Heather's Home was launched in November of 2009. When we started we had no idea of the challenges we'd be facing in 2010. We knew establishing a children's home in Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, would be difficult on its best day. Never could we have imagined the devastating earthquake that would take Haiti and its children to a whole other level of poverty.

Thanks be to God, Heather's Home stood through earthquakes, aftershocks, monsoon rains, hurricanes, and plagues. Thanks to you, the warm-hearted, generous people I have shared my vision with, we made it through it all. All the children and staff are safe and well! To God, be the glory!

Over the course of the last year, our teams have made several trips to Haiti and have enjoyed numerous accomplishments:

·         We added 10 children to Heather's Home! Previously, these orphaned children were homeless in the streets, naked and uncared for in rural villages, or living in tent cities. Yet every one of them was still a unique, special soul, dear to the Lord and brimming with potential—just needing a chance in life. That opportunity came when they were brought to Heather’s Home! Indeed, these boys and girls were handpicked by God--snatched from the jaws of hopelessness, poverty, and despair. Now these children we have been entrusted with have a hope and a future.

·         Immediately after the earthquake last January Heather's Home became a staging area for securing and distributing thousands of pounds of food for the hungry.

·         We installed elaborate purification systems in other neighborhoods capable of providing clear, pure water to hundreds of people.

·         We provided and installed a 400 gallon reservoir for a tent city so that displaced people who had lost everything could at least have clean water to drink and cook with.

·         We were able to share mounds of food and provisions with three other orphanages. The children and staff were deeply touched that we would share our blessings with them during some of the most critical days following the earthquake.

Yes, by God’s grace, our first year was a great success! We've got one in the books!

As we move forward, Heather's Home is not without its challenges. We have mattresses for all our children, but no beds. We have food, but no table; a stove, but no refrigerator. We have lights, a few small appliances, and a water pump, but no electricity to run it all. The power grid is down almost constantly. Before the earthquake, Haiti would have power a few hours a day; after the earthquake, maybe a few hours a week - maybe. We need a generator very badly.

In addition to furnishings and power, we need a full sized pick-up truck, property to build our own building on, rent for the next year, and money to pay entrance fees to keep the children in school. Wow, a tall order! Just like in our own lives, our problems are not usually solved all at once, but taken one at a time we always seem to make it through. We will be putting up a “needs list” on the Heathers-Home.org website. If you are interested, you will be able to check up on what our monthly goals are and how far along we are in accomplishing them.

We are launching two new innovations to help us advance toward our short-term and long-term goals. The first is to send out periodic short newsletter updates via email and Facebook. We want to keep you posted about the awesome things God is doing in this ministry so you can be part of it! We will include an information card with the newsletters we mail. You can fill out the card and send it back to me if you would like to be on our email newsletter list. Or, you can simply send me an email with your name and information letting me know that you'd like to be added.

The second thing we will be doing is an ongoing fundraiser. It is nearly impossible to ship to Heather's Home all the things that she needs. At the same time we find that people here tend to be very generous with donating material possessions. Since the option of shipping to Haiti from the United States is prohibitive, we are going to be selling things here in the States (i.e. via Craig’s List), taking the money down to Haiti, and purchasing what we need there. If you have anything you would like to donate for this purpose (ex: furniture, vehicles, appliances, electronics, etc) let us know. If it is in good shape and able to be sold, we will gladly and gratefully take it, convert it to cash and use it to bless our Haitian Family with what they need.

Also, on November 30, I will be taking a team of Love Aflame! Interns down to Heather's Home for a week. We plan to purchase the materials we need in order to hand make bunk beds and a large table. Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to go and while we are there (November 30th - December 8th). We also intend to install a water purification system at the facility capable of providing chlorinated water to the Home as well as the neighborhood. Safe water is crucial to good health.

Thank you for your prayers and support. If we were alone in this thing, it would be too much for us--but together we can make something wonderful happen! I don't always like how it sounds when a ministry claims, "When you give to us, God will bless you", but after a year of working with these children, who are so dear to God's heart, I know that any gift, given to the least of these, His children, will touch His heart.

With love and appreciation,

John, Heather, William, Grace, Abagail, Garrett,

and most of all, from our Haitian-born family, God bless!

 

PS: We've made it to face book-- never thought I'd see the day! Look us up.
    Facebook - www.facebook.com/heathershome (or search for Heathers Home Orphanage)

PSS: Donations to Heather’s Home are tax-deductible.

LA! Interns Plan November 2010 Haiti Mission

posted Mar 10, 2010, 10:50 AM by John Earley   [ updated Oct 31, 2010, 3:39 AM ]

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