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Thanks for everyone’s donations in 2016. The Tax Letters were sent via email today so please let Sharon know if you didn’t receive one for some reason. You may want to check your spam filter.
This is fantastic news from Laura:
So happy to share that the construction on the school has recommenced! Donald Mobley and his crew are here until the 26th. We are very happy to have them here for Christmas as they have become like family to us. This is being completed with funds raised this year separate from your generous hurricane relief donations. [link to more photos on FB] I will post more pictures once they have finished the work week. We will be another step forward in finishing the school. Thank you all and God bless.
A special day this year since we’re very much appreciative of all of the donations to support the hurricane relief effort in addition to the school and church.
Thank you to all of our supporters and generous donors!
From Laura’s facebook page:
I only have these three photos to share with you from yesterday’s goat give away. Many came once night had fallen. My husband said that he didn’t have to tell anyone to smile in these pictures. He said that one woman raised her hands to the Lord and prayed thanks to God for replacing the goat she lost in the hurricane!! This brings tears to my eyes while typing it!! Just look at what your donations are doing! Every penny helping these that lost so much. They know they haven’t been forgotten. They have hope for their future that God promised them.
The give away went off without one single problem!! I will post next week when we buy more!! Also, at least half of the goats he purchased were already pregnant!! Some people will have more goats in as little as two months!!
An update from Laura on her Facebook page. This is fantastic!
Hello everyone. Sorry it has taken so long for an update. The Internet hasn’t been working. We have been busier than ever! We made up 350 food bags and 225 seed bags for planting. We gave them out yesterday. The need is a bit overwhelming. We had more people show up than I could have imagined. More than even after the earthquake. But thanks to your donations 325 family’s are eating well right now. Multiply that number by 6 for an average family size and you will have the number of people fed! We can’t thank you enough.
I would like to make an amendment to my previous post of serving 325 families here. Your donations also fed people in three other villages!! We gave money to other missionaries to help them purchase more food in their communities! It really is amazing when you step back and see all of your obedience to the Lord pay off. This is a time of blessing when you actually get to see the fruit of your obedience in giving. Also, Feed My Starving Children has sent so much food to Haiti!! That is what most of the food to the south has been where the hurricane hit hardest. They are such an amazing ministry!
We’ve had a tremendous outpouring of support from many organization and individuals but I wanted to draw special attention to my fantastic employer, World Wide Technology (WWT).
Not only has WWT, as a company, supported our efforts in Haiti but many individuals from WWT have been major contributors and have given generously through the years. It’s truly a great place to work!
THANK YOU, WWT!
Received this from Laura and it’s also posted on her Facebook page, where she shares a video of the food supplies they just purchased for the village. It’s over a ton of rice, beans, cooking oil, etc.
Received this from Laura where she shares a video of the food supplies they just purchased for the village. It’s over a ton of rice, beans, cooking oil, etc.
An update from Laura’s facebook page:
“Well, it has been a long but wonderful day! Thank you so much Beth Beth and Robin for transporting and storing our supplies, helping us buy over one ton of food, feeding us and putting us up for the night! Thank you Kulfan family for the Morning hook up! Thank you Allison for coming to see us!! There are some amazing missionaries here on LaGonave. The pics below are how our stuff was loaded up and brought in. This same tractor is going to help us get our supplies up the mountain tomorrow. Once up in the village I may not be able to get on Facebook for a while. But I will have someone post on my behalf to my page. Please pray we have no problems getting to the village tomorrow. God bless you all for your support!
Here’s a post from Colleen Marble–she’s been busy with Laura buying supplies in Port Au Prince and will be transporting them to La Gonave.
“Your dollars at work! We bought 250 tarps to provide temporary shelter in the village. We also bought tools that can help the villagers repair the road, which will be necessary to get bigger construction supplies to the village later on. The ministry will purchase food, seeds, saplings and more supplies on the island to support the local economy. Thanks for your prayers and ongoing support. Hurricane relief will take a very long time when all construction has to be done without the help of heavy equipment and electricity. We will keep you updated on how your money is being used to help the people of La Gonave, which has long been nicknamed The Forgotten Island.”
Beno and his associate pastors have been busy assessing the damage to the tiny village of Belle Vie on the Island of La Gonave. So far, they have seen 96 damaged homes and 17 have been completely destroyed.
Laura and Colleen, from Gateway Christian Church, are leaving for Port Au Prince (PAP) this Thursday. They will be purchasing supplies (tarps, saws, etc.) in PAP and bringing them to La Gonave.
Thank you for everyone’s interest and concern for Haiti. It’s a tragic event but it’s great to see so much generosity from the friends of Laura and supporters of her ministry.
Special thanks to World Wide Technology & employees and Gateway Christian Church.
What’s it all about?
Helping the people of Haiti! Here’s a link to Laura’s Facebook page and photos of the villagers and all of the work they done to build the school, church, cistern, and much more.
Where is Belle Vie?
Pastor Donny and his team have been busy. Here’s a link to photos of the recent progress: Haiti Construction Photos
The walls are going up for the 4 additional classrooms and a new school office.
We had another fantastic event! Thanks to all of the runners, donors, volunteers, sponsors and friends and family who participated this year.
Here’s link to Fleet Feet for a list of all of our Winners.
A special thanks to World Wide Technology our main sponsor and all of our WWT employees who donated, ran or bought a raffle ticket!
Speaking of raffle–Here’s a list of our raffle winners: Sheahan Eagan Family Care Certificate – Mike Biggs, Herbs & More Certificate Shereka, Herbs & More Certificate – Mary Mills, Missouri Mercantile Gift Box – Sand Gregson; GoPro Camera – Laura Weaver; Live Scribe Smart Pen- Chuck Vessel; Samsung TV – Jack Olwig; Sonos Playbar & Wireless Speakers – Kris Dalpiaz. Congratulations!
Here’s a link to all of the photos that I shot.
Mark your calendars! “Run for the Island 5K” will be held on Saturday August 27, 2016. Race time is 9:00 am. For more information and to sign up go to ItsYourRace. Register early, performance shirts are only guaranteed till August 6th!
This year’s race is taking place again at beautiful 370 Lakeside Park. The Run for the Island 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk benefits God’s Ministry in LaGonave, Inc., an organization that serves the physical, spiritual, and medical needs of the residents in the village of Belle-Vie on the island of LaGonave, Haiti.
How much do your miles matter? Over the last four years, this race has funded the construction of a 5-room school house which serves over 200 children, a new church and a cistern to provide drinking water for the entire village!
Featured Raffle Items for 2016: Tickets $5 each or 5 for $25. Available Race Day or through Sharon Olwig at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sonos Playbar and Wireles Sonos Play 3 Speakers for streaming music/sound
- Samsung 55 inch-Smart-HDTV
- Livescribe 3 Smart Pen – Pro Edition, for Android & IOS
- GoPro Camera
- Various gift certificates
Here’s a Link to Run for the Island Photo Album of last year’s Run
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends!
We’ve received a number of year end donations and we very much appreciate the thoughtfulness and financial support!