Posts Tagged ‘positive’

Hope for Hispaniola

It was July 2007 when we fell in love with Hispaniola. Lush green tropical forest sweeping down majestic mountains to touch azure seas-so captiviating…and a distant second to the wonderful people my husband and I have met in our five visits to the Dominican Republic side of the island. However, we may never have landed on that strip of paradise if not for the organization in today’s Hope Spotlight.

Just a few months before our first visit, friends moved to the north coast town of Sosua. Their reason for relocating? After several previous trips with their church to help missionaries on the island, they knew it was the place for them. So they signed on with New Missions (www.newmissions.org) to run a health center to serve the poor in the community.

So, it was through visiting John, Melissa, and their daughter, Kate that we were introduced to New Missions..which is fast becoming a beacon of hope in Sosua. In addition to a health center, they also have several schools and their churches are a central gathering place for the community…including the large expatriate community.

New Missions is not only present on the east side of the island…it’s presence is much larger and more established on the southwest side. In fact, they actually started the ministry in Haiti in 1983. Because of the passion and faith in God of founders George and Jeannie DeTellis, their family and co-laborers, New Missions now educates over 10,000 children in its schools, provide food for each student’s family, has twenty-four churches throughout the Leogane Plain, and staffs a large contingent of medical personnel-specifically nurses. The DeTellis family saw a desperate situation in Haiti and has worked in harsh conditions throughout the years to bring hope to a very hopeless region. Even through the earthquake earlier this year…in which New Missions lost a majority of their structures due to their proximity to the epicenter, New Missions helped people both in Haiti, and U.S. supporters, see that hope does remain in sight for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.       

Several really neat things are happening at, through, and for New Missions . I’ll be sharing more in the days and weeks ahead.

Advertisements

Saturday is…

Logo courtesy of USA WEEKEND Magazine

“Make a Difference Day!” While every day is a new day for making the world a better place, this Saturday is officially set aside for us all to contribute at the same time. Know of a need that’s been tugging at your heart but you just haven’t had a moment to act? Then Saturday is the day! Whatever we decide to do, be it plant flowers at a community building, hand out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless, or help a friend paint his living room, let’s do kind deeds to make others smile.

Not sure what to do? USA WEEKEND Magazine, creator of “Make a Difference Day,” has a database filled with suggestions. You can search for an event near you or add details about your own project. After the day is complete, submit your event pictures and details to the magazine and you may win an award or $10,000 for your favorite charity!

To find out more information or download resources, visit www.makeadifferenceday.com.

So let’s join millions of people all over the world (2,000 people are expected to show up in El Salvador!); including celebs like Shaq and other NBA players, for one big day of sharing and caring together.

Hope for Ghanian Kids

“If you want to be our friends, be careful…you will probably end up serving in another country or state.” My husband and I jokingly tell people we meet. Actually, we’re only half joking. It seems many of our friends do move away to work for missions, aid organizations or ministries. While we miss them, we are thankful we get the chance to visit them. Plus, those visits have taken us to some very unique places-and given me the inspiration for this blog!

One of those places was Ghana. Last November, we had the privilege of visiting friends in this country in West Africa. Alan and Tywonn spent most of 2009 living and working in Accra, the capital city. Thrilled to visit this “new to us” land, we enjoyed ten wonderful days with our friends. As a part of our time with them, I had the chance to visit Tywonn’s special project.

Tywonn, who is a registered nurse, discovered Beacon House orphanage soon after moving to Accra. They needed nursing help and so she spent a few days each week volunteering to care for the children. She took the children to medical check-ups and prepared the orphanage staff to care for each children’s unique physical needs. Several of the children are HIV positive, while others have a host of illnesses…many of which are the result of malnutrition or limited prenatal care. The children stole my heart and I instantly saw why they were Tywonn’s delight.

Fast forward…

After returning to the United States last December, Tywonn missed working with the kids. So she stayed in touch with the orphanage director and arranged a return visit. After much anticipation, she left yesterday for the journey back across the Atlantic to the country, children, and friends she fell in love with last year.

And Tywonn will not be traveling light…Reality, The Church, in Lake Mary, Florida, has formed a relationship with Beacon House with Tywonn’s help. They gathered and donated enough supplies (formula, cloth diapers, diaper cover, baby clothing, toothpaste, and much more) to fill Tywonn’s two suitcases (total weight=100 pounds)! The orphanage depends on donations such as the one Reality is sending-I know they will be excited to receive the gift!

After delivering the gifts, Beacon House will keep Tywonn busy. Giving out hugs, bandaging booboos and shuttling kids to the clinic…her skills are invaluable to the children and staff. She will also help welcome an HIV positive toddler who will be arriving during her stay. She will be taking the child for a full medical checkup and help the staff determine the best ways to care for the child’s needs-they appreciate having a trained nurse deciphering the doctor’s treatment plan!

Tywonn’s trip will last ten days. I will post her story and pictures, plus more about Beacon House, when she returns…so stay tuned!