January 2010 Newsletter
Donald Douglas DeHart
Legacy of serving Haiti began
the winter of 1968-69.
Unedited translation to English by Presume:
“Today I feel happy because I found the chance to write you this letter to tell you thank you for all that you did for me (Pilgrim House #19).
I had a lot of problems when I was thinking on how to finish the house. But God had a plan to finish the house for me. A big thank you for For Haiti with Love who helps the poor. When it has a food program for the poor, a free clinic and a program to build houses for them too, without them paying one cent.
Thank you Madam Eva, who always working so For Haiti with Love can go farther. I’m asking our Father who is heaven for Him to bless you, your family and all your activities.
It’s Madam Joziana Joseph who signs this letter. Thank you.”
Special thanks to the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Indianapolis for making these 19 homes a reality.
2007 2008 2009
January 382 334 592
February 279 800 1,072
March 328 355 1,368
April 357 526 1,182
May 487 520 725
June 470 456 2,059
July 286 707 2,420
August no report 371 2,245
September 454 337 2,045
October 514 360 2,055
November 446 411 1,529
With permission I quote Scott Mandl of Christian Flights:
“Haiti has many H1N1 challenges.
While sending shoes or presents to Haiti may be a feel-good for the donor and provide temporary smiles, improving Haiti-level problems requires faithful commitment to long-range solutions.”
He continues by listing their efforts and I would remind you of ours/yours: through the clinic you are saving lives by treating burns and preventing infections that are definitely life threatening. You are putting bread earners back to work when they are healed. Through feeding people with no means to get food you are preventing starvation and sharing God’s love for them in such a direct way. They now have the strength to get out and look for work. When you build a home you bring a family together so they now have a mutual support system.
This is ALL your ministry, we are simply the instruments and if you decide you no longer want to do this, guess what? FHL is no more. Don’s last question was “will you continue FHL?” My response to him: “for as long as the contributors contribute—it will go on!” We are so grateful to all of you for helping us continue Don’s 40 year legacy to Haiti.
Many sad good-byes in 2009, Mr. R. W. Caldwell was one of our angels, the one who said “when you need beans, let me know.” His money was a blessing, but his personal enthusiasm, the notes, those words of encouragement… he was a gift. Now we have learned that a foundation that wrote checks for $5,000 a quarter in 2009 for medications and food to treat the children through the clinic—is closing their doors. You have seen month by month the friends who went to be with the Lord—$200 a month, $50 a month, etc., etc. We need YOUR help in filling those budget gaps… your own $$, the support of your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, your church and clubs… won’t you become a financial volunteer of FHL and help us fill these gaps left by 2009?
I have told Roseline to explain to the people in Haiti to pray for America, that if things in the US keep going down hill, there may be no help for them because people stop contributions first in their tightening budgets. Would you like to be the one on the front lines to tell people—no more?
If new help doesn’t happen, then we start looking at where to cut expenses. Help us decide, do we stop feeding the starving? the elderly? the totally disabled? Do we turn away people who have been burned or hurt? Where do the cuts start? They start with prayer and with that you can join us before you even finish reading…. Don was always quick to say if this is God’s work it will go on… God shows us His support through His people, please keep listening.
As harsh a reality as it may be, God does tell us through His Word that “where your treasures are, there is your heart also.” I heard a preacher explain that once by saying “all you need do is look at your checkbook, where are YOUR treasures?”
This is not intended to be a gloom and doom Christmas message, but a reality check for the new year. Bluntly—we need your help and are praying that you respond. Everyone coming back from Haiti now unanimously says it is the worse they have ever seen it. More starving people, more desperate situations.
2009 YEAR END
This newsletter actually goes in the mail before the Christmas party in Haiti. Therefore, the summary of 2009 activities will be in the February newsletter and your yearend tax statements will come to you early January by first class mail.
THERE IS STILL TIME
You can still make a difference and you can still take 2009 tax credit for your gifts. The IRS rules read that as long as your mail is “postmarked by December 31” your gift is deductible even though the check hasn’t cleared yet. It also says that as long as you have charged your yearend gift by December 31, your credit card doesn’t have to be paid yet.
So you do still have time to help your own tax deductions as well as help us make up the 20.9% we are down in cash contributions as of 12/14/2009. Wouldn’t you really rather help us help Haiti than pay more taxes?
CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR
Everything is “anticipation” now in Haiti as they make their final preparations for the Christmas Day party. It has always been fascinating trying to figure out whether the team making the preparations or those coming in are the most happy and excited. It becomes a very special way to celebrate Messiah’s birth.
This year the gifts are all down there waiting. Hopefully the food containers will clear in plenty of time this year to have inventory for the new year’s Food Program. At this point that now depends of the efficiency and willingness to work by the customs folks in Port au Prince. Haitians do love their holidays!
Life is a book in volumes three--
The past, the present, and the yet-to-be.
The past is written and laid away,
The present we're writing every day,
And the last and best of volumes three
Is locked from sight -- God keeps the key.
-- Author Unknown
HAPPY & BLESSED NEW YEAR!
The Schoeppe Family
In memory of DONNA MAE YOUMANS (1928 - 2009)
In Memory of BERNIECE AND ART SCHMITT
David and Joan Wallace
In Memory of JEAN LOOS, KimTilki’s mother
In Memory of Mother, ERMA WAGENKNECHT
Carolyn and Jacques Rendu
In Memory of HENI RENDU
In Memory of ELLEN SCHULTZ
Frank and Ellie Scott
In Memory of FRANCES HOLCOMB
Rosalie Johnson Davies
In Memory of RICHARD HAAG
In Memory of cousin ROSELEE ETCHISON
Lila Schafer - Merry Christmas
Honoring: Mr & Mrs ANDREW SORTER & Family
Mr & Mrs JESUS VAZQUEZ & ALLEN
Mr & Mrs RICHARD SCHAFER
to buy burn cream for clinic
David & Joan Wallace—Merry Christmas
Honoring: JEN and JON BRONSON
LYN & GAYDEN CRAIG
Jean DeFilippo—Happy Birthday:
CARMELE ANDREWS, RUTH TEAL,
ALICE BECK and JAN HEWLETT
Xandra and Tony Roth
Honoring MARY ELLEN PRIESTER
Carolyn and Jacques Rendu
In Honor of ROBERTA & CHUCK RUEBEL
Ellie & Frank Scott
In Honor of EVA DeHART’s birthday
In Honor of my son, MARK SWINTEK
Lyn and Gayden Craig
In Honor of JOAN AND DAVID WALLACE
Honoring my CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN
Honoring LESLIE & HAROLD HILL
"When we once begin to form good resolutions, God gives us every opportunity of carrying them out."
-- St John Chrysostom
For Haiti, with Love.
Mission Field Worker: Roseline DeHart
Newsletter Editor: Eva DeHart
For HAITI With Love
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