School ended in Haiti last month. My last week there we were able to visit each of our sponsored students homes and proud to find that several of them had made over average grades on exams.
We are happy to announce that our letter exchange program between children and their sponsors is up and running. This creates a way for you to be a part of your student’s life in a deeper way. Through letters they share about their family, where they are at in school, and prayer requests. You also have the chance to respond if you wish to do so.
4 new students have been chosen in our area to be added to the program this year, making our total to be sponsored 28. Many are in need of a sponsor so we can continue to add more children in the coming years.
A huge goal of my husband and I has been to break ground on our property. Several weeks before I went down he was able to get a work crew together and do so.
Throughout the first weeks of August he and 9 hired men poured our 4 foot deep wall foundation and built it up to the point where we are ready to lay block. We are grateful to have the means to employ these men with a good wage who are mostly jobless. We have hopes to finish the wall completely by the winter. The block work is set to begin next month.
This is the first step to someday building our permanent home in the country and not having to continue renting in town. A place where we will be able to live with more quiet and privacy, extend hospitality, host events for our sponsored students, and eventually raise our children. A wall is standard in our area for protection and more practically to prevent free grazing animals from eating what we intend to plant.
I brought up the need of baby Mike-John Sabentz double club foot surgery last week and was met with such generosity. The funds needed for his AFO’s and upcoming surgery at the private hospital in Port Au Prince was given in full between 5 donors. Not only the $300 but an additional sum to be sent for transportation and food for the mother the day of the surgery.
I’m so grateful that the need came to our attention and for the sweet friends around us that helped us meet it. I have seen infants with deformities grow up in Haiti without treatment. Become adults that are outcast, jobless because they are unable to walk normally, or become a parent who cannot physically care for their child.
The sorrowful part of it all is that for a small sum they could have been treated. They could have been spared a lifetime of hardship. If only they had found the economic means. We cannot go back and help those who have lived 30 years needlessly crippled, but by God’s grace we’ve been handed this chance to bless little Mike-John with surgery. So, again, thank you.
For nearly 12 years my husband has been working at the same children’s home in Haiti as a handy man/mechanic. With very low wages in the country and continually rising prices we have been seeking to augment his income for some time through a second job. There are very few jobs available.
Recently he has taken up an apprenticeship with an established Plumber/Electrician. In the hopes that after several months hands on learning he will be able to pick up side jobs in the trade. If not, he still values gaining the knowledge and will put it to good use in our own home as well as his family’s.
In addition we are in prayer about purchasing a second motorcycle to hire out as a taxi in our town. This would not only cover our grocery budget but permit us to hire a family member or close friend full time for a small wage as well.
OTHER PRAYER REQUESTS
- Our good friend and neighbor Tako fell from the top of an avocado tree some weeks ago. He got an X-Ray and there were no broken bones seen. But he continues to be in pain and unable to exert himself much physically. Pray for his full healing. As well as his ability to overcome an unspoken stronghold in his life.
- Through an unexpected opening door we may have the ability to accept donations for tax exemption in the near future. I am very excited for this next step! This has been a huge goal of mine and will be very useful in expanding our ministry financially. Pray for all the details to be worked out. As well as blessing for the partnership it would entail.
- The school year is about to start again and I will be planning a trip to get all of the students enrolled in October. Pray for the safety of our team during travel and adequate finances to cover all of our students who do not yet have a sponsor.
- We, as the team of Espwa Demen want to be spirit led and ever open to the Lord taking us in a new direction than we set out in. We’ve seen Him do just that many times. Pray that we would have open ears to hear his voice, unity in the work, and for the bringing in of more volunteers both in country and abroad to join our vision.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
God bless you,
Nelson and Rachel Espazien