MATCHING GRANT & FEAR

Posted: April 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
GOAL REACHED AND EXCEEDED
15K MATCHING GRANT FOR THE HEARTLINE WOMEN’S PROGRAM

 Thank you for your generosity, as Tom, our ministry bean counter, emailed last night to tell me that we/you have reached and actually exceeded the 15 thousand dollars that we have been raising to receive a matching 15K grant.  It looks as if we are actually at about 17K, and will let you know the exact numbers in a few days.
WOW, we are so thankful to you and to God for your support.  We are thankful, as well, for the organization that is giving to the Heartline Women’s Program the 15K matching funds. 
On behalf of the women in our program , and their children and their families we thank you for your love and care shown by your generous giving.

ROBBED

I especially hate it when I hear that someone who is trying to get ahead has been victimized.  Early this morning, one of our nannies who was walking on her way to work was robbed at gun point and had her purse stolen.  I don’t yet know what was in her purse as she went back home and I have yet to talk with her.  I hate it when in just a flash a person who is working hard to get ahead can be victimized by someone who has no respect for God and for others. 
A couple of weeks ago, one of the ladies that sews, making purses in our program was also robbed of her purse and its contents while she was on the street, not far from her home.

One of the lingering effects that such experiences can have is fear.

FEAR: To be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful or threatening.  An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.



In Haiti fear is a big thing, especially the fear of people.  Recently a man told me how he had gotten a promotion at work over some people who have been there longer.  He told me that the people that had been there longer were not happy and that he will not take food or drink from them if offered, or take any type of gift that they may have for him or even go to their homes if invited.  He then told me that he was afraid that they might poison his food, or have a voodoo curse put on him.  He now lives in much fear.

On Sunday April 19 Haiti will be having senatorial elections.  The level of fear in the population seems to be rising the closer it is to Election Day.  I have heard so many say that they will not go out on Sunday because of the fear of violence.  Some are asking if we will still be having church.  

It funny how the promises of God seem so easily attainable until they are actually needed. 

For example: Philippians 4:6,7:  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

And:  2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

I just got to my house from the crèche.  I gave a few of the workers a ride to the corner where they will get on a taptap to go home.  Their conversation for the five minutes they were with me was about the elections this Sunday and if I go out I will have the windows of my car smashed.  They went on and said that they weren’t leaving their homes and if I have church, that I will be the only one there. 

Please pray for the people of Haiti.  Pray against a spirit of fear that can control and paralyze, and steal our confidence in God.

John McHoul

 

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Comments
  1. medine says:

    Great work and stay safe!!Here\’s a background piece on the upcoming election I found insightful:Poll projects low voter turnout in Haiti: Protests bannedhttp://haitiaction.net/News/KP/4_16_9/4_16_9.html

  2. John says:

    Medine,Thanks for the link.John

  3. Kristen says:

    Congrats on getting the matching grant! That is so exciting.

  4. John says:

    Thanks so much. I am looking forward to getting the stats from Tom and I\’ll be posting them as it will be encouraging to see how many helped with this endeavor.

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