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to love the orphans of haiti
January 28, 2010, 4:02 pm
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we arrived back in montellano tuesday night.  as soon as we reach the stretch of road that leads to puerto plata i said to ashley and kendall in the car, “don’t you feel like we are now in our territory?”  it felt so good to be home, the dominican republic, montellano, calle silencio, the place i now view as the land of milk and honey.  it’s not completely true what people say, that haiti is a desert wasteland immediately upon crossing the border.  it is actually quite beautiful and green in most of the countryside.  there is a beautiful newly, paved road going from the border to cap haitian.  once you get to the city the road can hardly be called a road.  it’s actually kind of funny the way you bobble around in the truck.  and everything is dusty and trash is everywhere.  there are few large businesses, no supermarket, most people sell things on the side of the road.  i always thought that the dominican republic was a poor country.  it’s not.  the truth is that there are a lot of poor people living here in the dominican republic, but it’s not a poor country.  haiti is a poor country.

for the most part things seemed like business as usual.  the taptaps whiz by, people walk the streets like they are going somewhere.  but johanne tells me that there are a lot more people around in cap haitian since the earthquake.  johanne is a haitian women, married to a canadian man, chris.  they are missionaries in cap haitian, and are now taking on the huge task of starting an orphanage.  they work under emmanuel’s wish.  you can always tell the kind of people that give of everything they have, that are truly good stewards of God’s money, because they have nothing.  Johanne and Chris are those people.  their home is bare.  they don’t have a stove, or refrigerator, or any furniture.  from what i can tell those things are hard to find in haiti, or they are really expensive, and always used.  again, i realize that the dominican republic is a land of fortune compared to this place.

johanne and chris have rented a large home in a nice neighborhood where they hope to house the kids that have recently lost their parents.  we helped them to set up the home with the supplies we brought, 50 beds, sheets, dishes, shoes, etc.  they still need so much more.

we traveled around to a few places letting them know that johanne and chris had a place for  50 orphan children.  at the hospital in milot they told us that they were receiving more and more injured every day.  they had converted the school across the street in order to take in more patients.  world vision is there along with doctors without borders.  things seem much more orderly here than at the hospital in jimani, the one we traveled to on the dominican side of the border.  we also visited a gymnasium in cap haitian that had been converted to a refugee camp.  we spoke with a social worker there and a UN officer.  hopefully by getting the word out to all of these places johanne and chris will soon have children to take care of.

the day before we got there johanne had traveled to port au prince and was told she couldn’t have any children.  it’s good to know that security is tight, but it still makes things difficult.  once the orphanage is up and running, they will need to photograph and collect information of all of the children.  there is still hope that they could find living family members.

it is my hope that we left johanne and chris with the right credentials to get out to the right places so that they can be taking care of children in need soon.  they are facing an almost impossible task.  i still feel like i can help.  maybe i will be making another trip once the children arrive.  if nothing else i have decided to battle on their behalf with prayer and seeking out others that can support them.  but it’s all in God’s hands.

it was such a joy to share in this experience with my best of friends… ashley, kendall, and rachel… oh and gideon, rachel’s boy friend was there too.  actually having gideon there was a huge help, and he made us all feel safe.  crossing the border was quite a disaster, maybe a funny story better to leave for a later date.

keep praying for all of the efforts being made here by dominicans, americans, and canadians alike to help the haitian people.

read about our dominican churche’s trip into with supplies at jessi’s blog

and the makarios trip to jimani at nurse laura’s blog

supplies we brought (the giant roles are beds)

negrita made it to haiti!

the church chris and johanne are building

the gymnasium turned refugee camp

ashley also took pictures of the place where the children will be staying.  maybe i can bum them off her.

For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.  Zechariah 8:12

Cara Jane



Cap Haitian tomorrow
January 22, 2010, 3:24 am
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we’ll be leaving tomorrow morning… hopefully by 6 am… to Cap Haitian.  we’ve purchased 50 beds… that will hopefully fit between the two vehicles.  and, anything else that one could imagine to try to start an orphanage… sheets, towels, silverware, cups, plates, bowels, toothbrushes.  we also handmade each kid a bad to put their belongings in.

some of these children may still have family alive.  God-willing with my minimal creole we can collect information from each child to help them find living family members.  for some of these kids… this living situation may be permanent.

my heart is broken.  and i don’t know if i am prepared for what is ahead, but somehow i have gotten this far.  each day i have faced the task at hand with a list and a plan.  some days six o’ clock rolls around and i realize i haven’t eaten.  (please no chastising.  i know i need to eat and take care of myself.  it’s not that…)  i have had to focus on what’s in my power to do, if i had a moment to stop and think i would break down and not be able to carry on.  i know that it is because of your prayers that i feel any bit of strength right now.  i am not afraid.

i don’t intend to give myself a big pat on the back after this.  i don’t have a choice.  the Lord has given me a car, He’s put these blessings and talents into my hands.  this is the day that the Lord has made.  i will rejoice and be glad in it.  nothing has changed.  i press on and do the same that i do every day.  try to do my best to shine to light into the world with the things God has given me.

pray for our trip.  pray for our tires and our car.  pray for discernment.  pray that God would prepare our hearts to be broken.

Revelation 21

The New Heaven and the New Earth

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I sawthe holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

AMEN



next plan of action haiti
January 20, 2010, 5:31 pm
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as of right now we will be making another trip leaving early friday.  this time we will be traveling into haiti, but on the north coast.  it’s much closer to us and farther away from danger.  there is a local church there that are taking on 50 orphans.  Emmanuel’s Wish Foundation is going to be supporting the orphanage starting there, however, for the current moment in time they have nothing.  no one can get any access to money in haiti right now.  their immediate needs, are beds, clothes, and food.  so far we have bought 14 beds and sheets, and enough shoes for every kid.

rachel will be traveling in her truck with supplies, and i’m trying to get our car (negrita) ready for the trip.  rachel’s boyfriend, gideon, will be flying down from canada to help us make the drive.  and hopefully ashley and/or kendall can ride with me.  we will be traveling through dajabon, dominican republic, someone will meet us at the border, and from there we go to cap haitian. we will probably be staying the night, most likely on the floor somewhere.  as to how long we will stay… it depends on how long they need us.  we also have to be responsible with our work here.

i’m just trying to keep moving, and keep looking for ways that God can use me.  following the beautiful wisdom of my shepherd and friend, pastor amouri, we must do only what God has called us to do, it is not in our power to decide what is best, and our knowledge is so small;  i’m just trying to answer the call.  pray for us.  we made the last trip with angels carrying us because of your prayers.  pray that God would prepare our hearts.

if you would like to contribute to this trip you can make donations to Spero Ministries, 2002 Aster Way, Round Rock, TX, 78665.  include a note that says ‘haiti relief.’

i will continue to update as i know more details.  also read about our last trip on the Makarios website and follow their updates for haiti relief there as well.

shalom



from haiti to here to you
January 19, 2010, 2:02 pm
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we made it back yesterday to puerto plata.  i immediately started frantically running around to get work done.  i can’t forget that we have mouths to feed here as well.  we were able to set up two bank accounts yesterday with four of the art co-op ladies, quite a scene and quite an accomplishment.

i don’t know that i’m quite ready to talk about what i saw on our trip, but i will say this, we made it there because of your prayers.  it was a long and confusing drive.  we delivered three truck fulls of medical supplies and food.   the hospital we went to was overflowing with patients.  there is a huge lack of organization, but for the time being they seem to have enough supplies.

i am hoping to go back.  there is a possibility that i travel with a group into haiti this week.  keep praying.  if you pray for me specifically, pray that i can get what work i need to do here done in order to go.

with all my love.

cara jane



haiti update
January 15, 2010, 2:49 pm
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rachel and i are getting ready to leave for santiago, dominican republic today.  from there we will pack up her truck with the donations that makarios and bought and collect.  then, tomorrow morning we will be making the trip to haiti.

the purpose of the trip is just to bring supplies.  we are taking them there and immediately returning.  robin, and chris and erika snap with be traveling with us in another vehicle as well.  pray for for us.  pray that rachel’s truck can make the trip.

with love.

cara



a prayer for haiti
January 14, 2010, 3:08 pm
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Where do I start?

Since I’ve come back to the island about a hundred things have happened, but I suppose I will save all of that for later, in the current circumstances there are more important things to discuss.  This is for you who will pray and act, and that is what I ask of you.

Yes, we did feel the earthquake in Haiti here on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.  Truthfully we are all still a bit shaken up by it physically and spiritually speaking.  The sentiment here is, “okay, now, what can we do?”  I charge you to ask yourself the same.  I know one thing that you can do is pray.

A dear friend of mine here in the Dominican Republic, and Haiti native, Pastor Mares has taken a truck load of supplies from funds raised by Makarios.  I hear that they already have $14,000 so far.  Pray that make it there… as simple as that.  He should be back to the DR from Haiti in a few days to let us know what more can be done.  Rachel and I may be traveling there with him if and when he makes another trip to take supplies.  We are hoping to meet up and volunteer with some kind of relief team.  This would be a huge undertaking and it’s all up in the air, but you can pray that God would show us the way we could be most effective.

Here are some of the people that you can be praying for specifically:

Real Hope for Haiti Rescue Center.  They suffered some damages to their facilities and have taken in many injured. http://haitirescuecenter.wordpress.com/

The Lataillades.  They are missionaries in Haiti and family to some of our friends here.  Their house collapsed trapping the father inside.  He was rescued, but the mother is still suffering internal bleeding.  Their children are traveling here to the DR from the states as soon as possible in hopes to unite with their parents.

I have numerous friends here that have told me that they have family in Port Au Prince and the surrounding areas.  No one can get in contact with his or her families.

It breaks my heart to read that, “hundreds of thousands of Haitians are awaiting the start of a global rescue effort in the wake of the country’s devastating earthquake,” as reported by the BBC.

Here is a list of groups that are making efforts to aid:

Please consider how you might contribute.

Makarios International makariosinternational.org

MFI, delivering supplies and aid, http://www.missionaryflights.org/

The Austin Stone, collecting supplies, austinstone.org

Here is a list from MSNBC, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34834553/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show

Kids Alive, http://www.kidsalive.org/

Compassion, http://www.compassion.com/

All of these organizations have a means to provide relief.  For now it’s the immediate rescue, but I see a long-term restorations ahead.  May we not forget.

As things come up I will try to keep everyone update.  For now, the rain has stopped here at home, and I’m going to carry on with my day with a changed heart.  We can’t stand still, we must respond, and mostly pray.  It has been heavy upon for a while now that I should be fighting on behalf of my Haitian brothers and sisters here in the DR with prayer, but now even more so I feel the call to wage the war of the spiritual battle that plagues the county of Haiti.  The Lord Reigns.

Shalom,

Cara Jane



La Tienda sings in Germany
January 11, 2010, 10:24 pm
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La Tienda will be going on tour in Germany.  Music group, Next Stop Horizon, and singer song writer Florian Ostertag have chosen us to support in their German tour.  La Tienda items will be available at all tour dates.

Check out their myspace pages to listen to the music and check for tour information:

 www.myspace.com/nextstophorizon

www.myspace.com/florianostertag