Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I know you have been waiting patiently to hear about the land for the children's permanent home, but we wanted to make sure that it was a done deal before we reported on it. I am happy to say that Children's Hope now owns about four acres of fenced in land in Jacmel, Haiti along with a truck, motorcycle, tractor, two wells, two small mobile homes, and five shipping containers. One container is set up as a kitchen, two are set up as bathrooms with showers (one for girls and one for boys) and two are or will be set up for the children to sleep in. While shipping containers are not my idea for raising children, they will do for temporary housing. We will probably need to move them out of the rental home by October. As Andy pointed out they will have indoor plumbing and hot showers (two things they may never have experienced before). They could stay in these until we are able to get their permanent homes built.
The cost of the land is $200,000. However, with volunteer hours, all of the work that has already been done to the land (wells, clearing, fence, sewage, etc.) plus vehicles and other possessions and materials, we are getting about $700,000 worth for $200,000. Andy and Jay spent hours on the phone with Jerry O'Leary over the past months and are very touched by his love for the Lord . We have given Mr. O'Leary a downpayment and Andy will travel to Jacmel next week to meet with Mr. O'Leary's representative to finalize some loose ends. If you sense the Lord leading you to give financially to the purchase of the land, there are yellow Children's Hope envelopes on the round table outside our sanctuary. If you would like more information about giving, please let us know.
I don't think the cows are ours?!
It is a wonderful piece of flat land located close to the airstrip