2 years ago, I visited a family in Astruc, so desperately poor, my heart was broken. Truly. Broken. I walked away in tears, wanting to do something significant to help. I did a little, but I had no ability to do more. Last year, again, I visited the same family and I was still broken. I prayed, "Lord, please let me do something." I did a little, but I had no ability to do more. In January, I visited the family again. Same. Exact. Prayer. I did a little, but I had no ability to do more.
Then, my brother, a pastor in Nebraska, called me and said he was bringing a team and they wanted to help the Haitian people. He asked "What can we do?" I had an idea! My multi-year prayer was about to be answered.
Our Homes for Haiti program is for all intents and purpose on a break. The metal homes have gotten so expensive, that it is very difficult to find donors to come along and help out. So, we are looking into other options. We have been considering trying to build a block home. The time was right to do a Pilot house build, block instead of metal, to see if it might be an option for us. (We learned a lot of great lessons this past week, but that discussion is for another time)
Once my brother's team was on board, we started making plans. Much of the work was to be done on a volunteer basis by the local Haitian church. We would supply the plans, materials, and bring a team to help out. Last week, we did just that.
Here is a before picture of a team praying for this family at the home we just replaced.
Here is a current picture after the back breaking work of this last week.
I will be posting another picture once the home is complete.
Many, many, many more pictures of this house build are available here.