Follow me… I know a Shortcut!

Posted by Admin on  June 21, 2020
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II Samuel 6: 1David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. 3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart 4 with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.” So many times we are excited about our plans, which for sure include God’s plans for us, however, they are not following 100% what God has planned for us. Romans 12:2 tells us that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect. King David and Israel were so excited about recovering the Ark of God that they went ahead and used a cart to bring the ark of God as soon as possible to their destination But what was God’s perfect will for transporting the Ark? Exodus 25 10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed.  God’s perfect desire for transporting the Ark was that humans had to carry the ark on their shoulders, which would take significantly longer time and require way more attention and efforts than transporting through a cart. God uses people to achieve His Will on Earth. However, people like shortcuts. The story continues in II Samuel 6: 6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. Because Israel and King David wanted to transport the Ark as soon as possible they tried a shortcut. It’s part of human nature to try to achieve goals using the least effort as possible, trying to go through shortcuts. However, in Christian life shortcuts many times bring us to bad results. In this story we see that Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah and he died. Most times we will not necessarily die a physical life for disrespecting God’s will, but we can burn years of our lives following a path that is not leading to where God has us to go. Ephesians 5 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Bible tells us to be wise, redeeming the time. We have been used to tell everyone we are so busy, we are always too busy to study the Bible, to pray, to call our friends and share the Gospel with them, we are always so busy to do everything, however, God has brought us all to a time of waiting this year. 20/20 is known as the perfect vision, have we been allowing God to open our eyes for His plans for us along this year? How have we been using our time during this year? Are we following God’s will – which is good, pleasing and perfect – for our lives along this year? Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven and a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing We understand now is the time to refrain from embracing, we are spending less time with social gatherings and more time by ourselves and, hopefully, we have more time to listen to the Holy Spirit and understand what God wants to tell us. What has been God telling you along this year? What are His plans for your life? II Samuel 6 9 David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household. After a terrible situation – Uzzah’s Death – King David took 3 months to meditate on what was God’s way to transport the Ark. Sometimes we feel stuck, particularly as most of us see our plans for 2020 impacted by this time of waiting. II Samuel 6 12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. King David decided to go ahead and transport the Ark of God the way it was intended – by humans – carrying the Ark on their shoulders instead of oxen. God is the master of second chances. Maybe this year brings a second chance for us to have time for God, to listen to His will for us and proceed glorifying Him. Just like happened to King David. David went further and decided to sacrifice a bull every six steps, for sure this increased significantly the time to transport the Ark of God, but David had realized that when he is with the Ark of God, hence, God’s Presence, there is no reason to rush and transport through oxen’s cart just to reach their final destination ASAP. We are living a society where time is money and the acronym ASAP is so frequently talked about. Now God brought us to a season where time is a resource we have abundantly whereas the hugs of our loved ones (which sometimes we have took for granted) is missing from our schedule. Romans 8 28 And we know that in all things except a pandemic God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. As you can see, Romans 8 does NOT say “except a pandemic”, nope, there is no s

We will all die!

Posted by Admin on  March 15, 2020
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We will all die, eventually, within the next 120 years. Gen. 6:3  Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” Year 2020 has just started and on the first days of the year we already have heard so much about the chances of a World War starting as well as a new pestilence coming to most countries in the world. Matthew 24;7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Jesus has warned us that this would happen, but it is not the end yet. The truth is, when most people are in panic, we should throw all our anxieties to Jesus: I Peter 5;7 : Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

The world is crying out about Coronavirus, something interesting about this Virus name, corona in Latin means crown and this virus’ name comes from it’s structural proteins in spike forms. Should we protect ourselves from this Virus and take refuge into isolation as much as we can to protect ourselves and our loving ones? Yes, indeed, as Bible says: Proverbs 22;3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. We should take refuge and be prudent. However, we should not panic. We will pray for ourselves, our children, our loved ones and we will trust God in His protection for us. We will be prudent and as we see danger, we will take refuge. Above all, we will cast all our anxiety on Jesus because He cares for us. That being said, we don’t need to panic, because the truth is we will all die, eventually, probably within the next 120 years and it probably will NOT be because of Coronavirus, but we are NOT eternal in our bodies in this Earth, we are Eternal in our Spirit and we will go live in Heaven! Jesus already has won Coronavirus at the Cross: I Corinthians 15; 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Isaiah 53;5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. And how did Jesus win against death and which wounds have we been healed by? John 19;2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe
Jesus wore a Crown of Spikes for us, some researchers says the jagged spikes from the date palm could be up to twelve inches in length. They were meshed together then rammed on Jesus’ head. Jesus wore a Crown of Spikes for us, to free us from all sin, all shame, all death and even this Coronavirus, with it’s Crown Of Spikes, Jesus already has won against this all for us when He was crucified. We should not fear, as long as we give our lives to Jesus we can trust and be reassured in His Words, that one day, if He does not come before that, we will die, but the great news is we will awake up to Christ, in Heaven, where there will be no more tears, no more sin, no more fears, no more pain, we will live forever worshipping God and living for His Will, for the centuries and centuries! Amen! If you would like to start a relationship with God please repeat these words, speaking with your heart to Christ: “Lord Jesus, I accept You as my only and enough Savior and Lord. Please forgive all of my sins and write my name on the Book of Life, because from today on my life is Yours! Amen!”


GRAND OPENING

Posted by Admin on  July 14, 2019
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I have realized it has been a few months since I sent an email update and so much has happened that I don’t even know where to start! I am excited to give you a glimpse of all that happened. I say glimpse as I am going to try to keep this as short as possible while still sharing all God has been up to in and through ministry these past few months.
For the past year I have been diligently working to pull all the details together to launch the new outreach center in Port Du Paix (PdP) which is an hour from NWHCM St. Louis Du Nord where all outreach events were previously held. This is a huge transition not just for me as it involved me moving to a new town but also a BIG change for the outreach families who now will have therapy in PdP for 20 weeks a year instead of 10, have new therapy time schedule, and will still have parent education and fun activities at NWHCM in St. Louis Du Nord. Thankfully all these supplies from the boat arrived 3 weeks before grand opening. We were able to paint all the cabinets dad had build for storage of all the new clinic supplies and toys thanks to help from NWHCM interns. We got the clinic all arranged moving the STAND tables upstairs and laying the new foam floor tiles down to create pediatric treatment area thanks to help of a visiting church team working at a local school. Upstairs we turned a closet a depot and office was created by adding shelves and a metal gate to secure money and all supplies.  The amazon wish list of supplies for the clinic was a huge success and all items were purchased and shipped on the boat and arrived! It was alot of work but we are fully up and running.



The first week of the new clinic was a little slow due to continued political unrest causing riots and making it uncertain of safety for traveling. Many families didn’t want to risk the travel this past week. Although we did have 44 of the 77 children scheduled for therapy. It was nice to have a slower first week to get used to new schedule, new space, and new supplies. The new schedule is that everyday there are 3 groups of kids for therapy each day and each group has 7 kids. One group starts at 8AM, second group at 10:30AM and final group at 1:30PM. The children receive 2 hours of therapy followed by 15 minutes of prayer and devotion. One day per month they receive their week worth of vitamins and get their weight taken. 





MEET OUR AMAZING STAFF

Lionel is the director of the outreach program he has spent the last 4 months learning from Presiendue and has been a great addition to our team. His role is coordinating and overseeing all the other staff, regulating/buying supplies, and overseeing the financial aspect of outreach and doing receipt reports. Jenny is the lead Rehab Technician and I over the therapy aspect of the outreach program. She has been interning with me the last 4 months and has grown greatly in her leadership skills and is very capable of running the program. She is also my translator to ensure things are communicated clearly to my staff during staff meetings and education. Joseph- is a Rehab Technician he has worked at the Miriam Center for the past year and has completed my 4 month pediatric course. Sony- is an Activity Assistant who has been working at the Miriam Center for the past year and has completed my 4 month pediatric course. He plans to go to school in fall to become a Rehab Technician.Nancy- is a volunteer Activity Assistant. She has worked at the Miriam Center for 7 months and has plans to go to school in the fall to become a Rehab Technician. She wants to keep growing in here skills before school. Miss Marlee and Miss Roselande- are Pediatric Nurses  who works for the outreach program. Their role is to run the multi-vitamin program and Ricket vitamin program, to advocate for kids in the hospital ensuring they are getting quality care, doing medical homevisits to check on kids and doing post-hospital clinic follow up homevisits. The nurses play a key role ensuring the kids get the best medical care we can provide. 
Please check out my facebook page for tons of pictures and updates from the new clinic. I am posting multiple times a day. A plus to the new clinic in Pdp is better internet. 

ANNUAL MEETINGSOur annual outreach meeting happens the last Friday of May every year. This is when we have all the families come to a big meeting in which we change out their calendars/schedules for the next year. I have put countless days and hours preparing for the meeting starting while I was stateside in February where I created and printed everything with dad’s help so it would be color coded. I carried in over 30lbs of paperwork! This year the schedules had to be different as the program was expanding and moving locations. Instead of 4 groups of kids we would have 7. Instead of 10 weeks of therapy per year they would receive 20. We had a record number turn out for the annual meeting 140-150 families. Some were given new calanders/schedules, some were given graduation invitations, and sadly some got moved back to the waiting list due to poor attendance the year before. Since that meeting we have had 2 more smaller meetings catching people who were unable to make the main meeting. It was definitely a crazy hectic day but honestly could not have gone better minus one big paperwork mess up that gave me a slight heart attack lol. 
 



TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCEWe have many families who travel hours one way to receive services. The cost of coming 37x per year (20 weeks therapy, 12 parent education seminars, vitamins pick up, and 4 fun activities per year) is to much. We have an aspect of the program where they can apply for transportation assistance. This year we had over 50 families apply for assistance. I set a limit to start of being able to hand out only $2,500USD worth of help. Well honestly after homevisits and narrowing it down to this amount we still have kids that desperately need the transportation assistance help. So far through facebook I have been able to raise $2,000 towards this need. I am really trying and praying about raising $2,000 more dollars to help more of these families who truly need help to get to their 37 appointments. The assistance we are providing doesn’t cover their full transportation but part of it. I believe that all the families would give something but for most it covers 1 way. Would you pray about sponsoring 1 child for transport for this year. If so you can respond to this email how much you are willing to give and I will send you a picture and story of 1 of the kids waiting for transportation assistance. Thank you for standing in the gap for these families and seeing the benefit and the program and wanting to help the families receive the help they need to succeed. 



3 OUTREACH MOM’S NOW OUTREACH STAFFNahomie’s mom collects, dry’s, and powders moringa leaves each week. Brianna’s mom takes the powder that Nahomie’s mom makes and places them into various size capsules forming our moringa vitamin’s that in the next year will replace our multi-vitamins that we currently buy from the states and hand out to the active outreach kids on a monthly basis. What is Moringa Tree? It is a superfood that is nicknamed the miracle tree. It is packed full of vitamins, protein, and calcium. It has been proven to have dozens of health benefits. We have been using Moringa powder for years already in the Miriam Center kids food and as a main ingredient in the Nutrition food that we make for the nutrition aspect of the outreach program. Nahomie’s mom’s salary has been covered. We are still looking for monthly donors to help cover Brianna’s mom salary of $20 per week equalling $80 per month.We most recently hired Wilter Jean’s mom to be the cleaning staff for the STAND clinic. She will be coming Monday through Friday at 4PM to wipe down all the equipment, sweep and mop the clinic. We are still looking for someone to become a monthly donor to help cover her salary she like Brianna’s mom makes $20 a week.All 3 of these mom’s were unemployed secondary to having their special needs children and not being able to go out and find work. Nahomi and Brianna mom are working from home and Wilter Jean’s mom has older children who are able to watch him by late afternoon to come clean. NEW HOUSEI have officially moved to PdP which is 45 minutes to an hour from St. Louis Du Nord where I have lived the last 10 years. Moving is hard no matter where you live but in Haiti brings on a whole new level of challenges. I am thankful to so many friends who helped me find a house, pack my stuff and move. It took 2 big trucks and 2 little trucks to move all my house and the outreach clinic supplies. I have decided to rent a house with my lead Rehab Tech Jenny. We are living a short 5 minute walk from the STAND clinic. Our new house has 2 bedrooms, a nice living room, kitchen, and bathroom. I have upgraded to running water (part of the time), electricity everyday for 10 hours, and better internet service in this bigger town. The transition has been overall smooth but I sure do miss the Miriam Center kids and still finding a new rhythm to daily life. I am praying I will be able to stay healthier with running water and power that will allow me to cook meals ahead and refrigerate or freeze. I will be able to heat food up quickly in the microwave. The new clinic runs from 8AM-4PM and have been getting home around 4:30 or 5:00 compared to getting home at 9 or 10PM. This is a big difference. Overall I feel this change will be good. I could not have done with move with out a TRIBE of supporters from around the world. Thank you to everyone who has been praying me through this transitio