Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Drum Roll Please!

As you know, we kicked off our Phase II Campaign on March 11, 2012 to begin construction on six houses and a director's house in Jacmel, Haiti.  As of the end of last week, we've received a little over $130,000 with commitments of $90,000 more.   While we are short on our goal, we know that where God guides, He provides.  A special thanks to Celia and Troy Teel for raising funds for Shelby's House!   Shelby passed away from cancer when she was just a teenager, so CH is honored to name the first girls house after her.  Shelby's House will provide a safe haven for many vulnerable orphans in the years to come.

Another house will be built in honor of Cole Ellis called Cole's House.  Again, CH is deeply humbled to play a part in honoring Cole and the extraordinary young man that he was!  We look forward to telling all the boys that live in this house over the coming years about Cole and his love for Jesus and others.  You will be learning more about Cole's House in the next couple of weeks.  However, if you want to contribute now, please send your donation to: First Baptist Church,  Children's Hope Fund, 305 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36104.  Please include a note that your gift is intended for Cole's House and make your check payable to: Children's Hope Fund.

Charley Elgin returned to Jacmel last Saturday and hit the ground running.  A team from Atlanta is with him this week, and they broke ground for Phase II today.  Wow, we are beyond excited and grateful!
Both tractors worked today after a frustrating Monday, and the weather cooperated as well.  Thank you Charley and Martie for using your skills and gifts for Kingdom work.  Also, thanks to the Atlanta team for being there - I believe this is their second trip!  By the way, Martie is still in Montgomery recovering splendidly from a hip replacement.  Her long awaited day will be May 16 when she returns to the doctor for follow-up and hopefully, released from care.

Tommy flew to Tampa today to reunite with Joy.  They should have another granddaughter born by tomorrow - Aria Catherine!  John and Jeanette Bush are at the Alabama House hosting and taking care of the day to day tasks for Children's Hope.  A big thank you to them for filling in for the Schwindlings.

Atlanta team hard at work!
Ground breaking for Shelby's House
Both tractors working - preparing site for Director's House

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