Saturday, December 27, 2008
...some photos of little Ellie Paul. Isn't he adorable? This little peanut had his surgery about two weeks ago to treat his hydrocephaly. Dr. Warf gave it only a 50% chance at success. His host mom Kim reported though that he has done incredibly well! At his check-up yesterday, the doctor was really pleased. Ellie has gained 5 pounds and is cooing at his host mom. This little man had quite a ordeal before coming to the US and it is amazing that he even made it here for surgery! We know his family in Haiti will be thrilled to see these photos of how well he is doing.
Thanks to Kim & Gwen for the great pics!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We hope this message finds you all enjoying friends & family during this holiday season. We wanted to take a few moments to update you on the children we currently have here in the US and give you some big news for our program in 2009.
The picture above is of little Chrisno. Chrisno came to the Roanoke area back in late summer/early fall for surgery to treat his hydrocephaly. The surgery went really well and he has done super during his recovery. His host family has been wonderful and he has made so many gains. His mother won't recognize him when he returns to her next month. We are also thankful to the Gunnell family for organizing an incredible fundraiser for AMH! Those much needed funds will go to help us develop a medical program in Haiti so that we can arrange treatment for more children.
This happy elf below is little Lena. You all will remember that she was so very tiny when she arrived that we had to delay her cleft surgery until she had gained some weight. Since that time, she has grown and changed so much! Her last surgery took place last month and she is ready to return to Haiti and her mother. Next month, Lena will travel with a mission team and be reunited with her family. I can't wait to see those photos! We send many thanks to Sarah (her host mom) and family for taking such wonderful care of Lena during her time here.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If you would like more information or have any questions, please let us know!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Purebred Maltese puppies, sweet and tiny and simply adorable. These little ones come with papers, 1st shots, and have been wormed & vet checked. The puppies have been raised in a home and come from Champion Blood lines. Two males are available at $550 each; one female is available at $800. Call Vanessa at (540) 580-4588 for more information!
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Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
On my last trip to Haiti, I met an angel. Her name is Monique Jacques. She is a mother of 5 children she lives in Citie Soleil. Her husband passed away 2 years ago. She has no possibility of a job. She was on her way to see the Nuns to ask for food to feed her children. In the road trash pile she saw a newborn infant. The baby we have now named Grace. She said she stood there and looked. What could she do. She has her 5 children who she can not feed. But she knew she could not leave the baby lying there. She picked her up and took her to our friend Karen, a missionary who lives in Delmas 31. Karen told her that they need to take the baby to the police because there would need to be a report. Karen took Monique and baby Grace to the police station. Sadly, they would not take a report. They accused Karen of purchasing the baby and now not wanting her. Karen and Monique repeatedly told the baby's story to everyone at the police station. No one would listen. Karen called me and asked if I had any ideas. I told her to bring the baby to Angel Clinic and we would seek care for her. Little Grace has club feet and very tight hands. She was also covered in a terrible rash and there appeared to be other possible issues with this beautiful baby. After making some phone calls around to others we know, Dr. Joey said he would come see her that night. He agreed to her to Father. Rick's hospital, Petit Freres Et soeurs (Little brothers little sisters hospital).
People often ask me why do you continue to go to Haiti. Well here is a perfect example. Monique, a mother of 5 who can not feed her own children, spent her entire day trying to find care for a very sick, abandoned baby. This woman who had nothing for herself or her children today stepped out on faith to help a precious child of God. We were able to give her some money that should help feed her family for a week. We also gave her a care package of things we could come up with from the clinic.
I ask that you please keep Monique and her children in your prayers. Please pray for baby Grace and for us to get her all the medical care she needs. If anyone feel led to help us help Monique get her children into school, please contact Vanessa at AngelMissions@hotmail.com
Please pray for all of the mothers in Haiti who have children going to bed hungry tonight.
All my love V
Monday, August 18, 2008
Vanessa says she misses them so much already and cannot say enough great things about the Desperation Church in Missouri. They have been coming to Haiti for the past 3 years. They always go out of their way to get all the supplies requested and then some. We were able to bless so many children with brand new soccer uniforms, soccer balls and new shoes. The children were fed 2 meals each day, and with the price of food right now in Haiti that is a huge blessing. Four of the poorest moms in Jacmel were blessed to have their roofs fixed and water-proofed by the carpenters who were with the team. Driving in the rain on Saturday morning, the team was happy to know they had helped them and their children to stay dry though the storm. Please keep the team in prayer as they travel all day today not getting in until late tonight.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
A special thanks to my wonderful partner in all of this....VANESSA! While I was sunning myself at Myrtle Beach this last week, she was driving up to PA to retrieve these little ones so that she can take them to Haiti with her. I haven't been to Haiti in a long time as Chedner's medical issues are keeping me hopping, but I do want to get down there again soon. Until I do go, I remain extremely appreciative that Vanessa is handling that load all by herself...
We have two little boys heading this way for surgery for hydrocephaly. Jon and Chrisno will be coming back with Vanessa and her son Omri when they return in a few weeks. There are two other children we hope to have surgery arranged for within the next month as well.
My AMH email is not working. Neither is Vanessa's. So until we get it fixed, please email me at my home email which is email@example.com and Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all!
Friday, July 25, 2008
(my AMH email is broken at the moment)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
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Thursday, June 12, 2008
This handsome young man is Jorry Rosier. Jorry was born with Down Syndrome. Over 60% of children with Down Syndrome are born with some type of heart defect and Jorry is one of those unfortunate babies. If he was here in the United States, he would have surgery for his Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). In the US, we no longer deny children born with Down Syndrome the right to have life saving surgeries. That was not the case at one time, not all that long ago. In Haiti there is no one to do this surgery for him though his parents have tried all avenues. Unfortunately we've learned from past experiences, it seems that some doctors here in the US (who would certainly not deny an American child with Down Syndrome the opportunity to have his heart fixed) will actually refuse to do the same surgery for a child with DS from another country like Haiti. I am not sure why that type of logic still exists. and as a mother of a son with Down Syndrome (who needed heart surgery shortly after we adopted him from Venezuela as an infant 13 years ago), I find I am very unsettled and saddened by this situation.
Jorry deserves the opportunity for a long life, just as all children in the world deserve the best we can give them. We are told that all that God creates is good and that God never makes mistakes. I believe that with my whole heart and each time I look at my son, Gabriel, I see his perfection in new and enchanting ways. Gabe reminds me that our measure of perfection is not God's. I've learned that the way the world defines success is most definitely not the same as God has intended for his children. Each day, God's love and joy shines through those mischevious eyes and that glorious smile on my Gabe's face. No child of God should be discriminated against due to a condition like Down Syndrome. I am praying fervently that someone can help find a doctor who would be willing to do the surgery for his little man. His parents are committed and have already gotten a passport for him. Can anyone out there help them?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Her host family says Juline is doing well and their daughters are enjoying playing with her. Please pray that all goes well and she recovers without any complications!
It was a long road for this little one with multiple surgeries. We truly appreciate all those who helped in Joanise's care while she was here. Please keep Joanise in your prayers!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Joanise: Last week, we were told that Joanise's infection had cleared and that the doctor was going to put a second shunt in place. We are hopeful that she will do well with this surgery and that she can return home to Haiti soon. Joanise was also having trouble with her sodium levels and may need to be on medication when she returns home. There is a wonderful mission, Children of the Promise, in Cap Haitian where Joanise's family lives that can help the family with this issue.
Pharah: This little one is doing really well and had a great check up last week. Her head size continues to reduce and the doctor is hopeful that she will be cleared for surgery. Her host mom reports that she her vision is better and that she is trying to talk now. Pharah has also gained weight and is up to 30 lbs! She is rolling over, stacking blocks and pulling off her socks every chance she gets.
Alfrelina: This sweet girl is doing so much better since she arrived here in the US. When Vanessa first was given this baby in Haiti, the doctors there were very concerned. She was so small and malnourished. After staying with Vanessa for a short time, she moved on to her host family and the note I received from Sarah was glowing. She says Lena is doing really well, is up to 9 lbs (one more pound and she can have her surgery!) and is "chatting" at everyone. I love her smile in this photo!
Dieuna: This little girl has been in the hospital since she arrived. She has had such a hard time and had to fight an infection first thing. On Friday, she will have another surgery to try and open the first surgery site so that the fluid can drain. If that doesn't work, she will require a shunt. Please be in prayer for Dieuna and her host family. They have been visiting her in the hospital and are hopeful that she will recover soon so that they can care for her at home.
Being a host family is a big task for any family and requires great time & energy. We are thankful to all the families who are caring for our kiddos and joining us in our mission!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
This is a draft of our new fund-raising/awareness video. Let us know what you think! I love feedback and can still make changes before we begin to send it out. While I took most of the pictures on my trips to Haiti, I want to also thank Troy Livesay for allowing us to use some of his photos and a big thanks to a number of other volunteers and host families who have sent pictures to us. Also, a big great big thank you to Mark Harris who agreed to allow us to use his beautiful song, "Find Your Wings".
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Please continue to keep Pierre in your prayers. He is still in the hospital in SC and we have not heard yet a diagnosis. We are hoping to get something more definite this week. Vanessa is in contact with his family so they know how sick he currently is.
Juline and her parents
Several of the girls are ready to return to their families~ Brenda & Pharah will be returning in a week or so. Hopefully Joanise will be returning soon as well. At this point, we are waiting for hear from the doctor whether or not Naphatalie will need additional sugery. We had heard that she would, but now the doctor is hoping that the surgery is working, just slowly.
As always, thank you everyone for your support!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Little Widline had her surgery a bit over a week ago and I received a wonderful update and these photos from her host mom. The surgery was a success thanks to the wonderful medical folks you see below. She had a pull-thru surgery done to correct her imperforate anus and did not need a temporary colostomy! They did, however, identify a number of other potential problems during the testing and procedure that will now need to be followed. Kate (host mom) says that she has two appointments arranged for further diagnostics, so we are asking that you all keep Widline, her host family and her Haitian family in your prayers for the next few months. Hopefully, the great medical folks at Columbus Children's Hospital will be able to figure out how best to help Widline so that she can return to her family in the best health possible.
From what Kate said, this little one is just a smiley girl and even after surgery bounced back to her happy self pretty quickly. She is so cute and is gaining weight and growing well. Thanks to all who are supporting her and her host family during this time!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Here is an update from Pharah's host mom, Malia. She does such a great job describing little Pharah that I decided just to cut and paste rather than try to paraphrase it myself! A huge thank you to Malia and her family for taking such wonderful care of Pharah while she is recovering.
Dear Fran and Vanessa,
Hi! I just wanted to let you know how Pharah is doing.
Wednesday, April 5, 2008
Pharah is doing well, although she recently had a cold which lasted for two days. I was surprised at how quickly she recovered! Her head circumference continues to shrink. People who have not seen her for a couple of weeks can notice the difference.
Pharah continues to develop new skills. She claps her hands. She likes to clap and kick her legs to "If You're Happy and You Know It". She says, "Mama, Dada, gaga, and God or good" regularly and continues to try to imitate what we say. We are working on L words such as Aleluia, since she recently found her tongue. It's cute how she sticks out her tongue and waits for you to do the same! Although, her favorite game is still Peek-a-Boo. Pharah can roll from side to side and back to front and front to back. She is trying to roll across the room to a toy, but hasn't mastered that yet. So, I sing "There were three in the bed and the little one said,'Roll over, Roll over.' So we all roll over and..." Pharah, Scott, and I roll on the floor (Pharah, with my assistance). She laughs when we roll.
Pharah recently attended a birthday party at Romp and Roll. She enjoyed playing with the toys and toddlers in the inflatable play area (See attached picture). She also spent night with Russ and Kelly Lewis. She fell in love with them the moment she meet them. Russ has a beard and glass, which she loved grabbing! The had a Two year old daughter who loved playing with Pharah.
Now that the weather is getting warm, Pharah goes with us to the local community garden on Tuesdays. She enjoyss meeting new people and listening to the birds (There are no flowers, yet to see.). We also go outside in our yard and blow bubbles. Pharah also enjoys playing musical instruments, such as bells and the tambourine. This girl has music in her soul and love in her heart. She is always ready to hold hands and smile!
To God be the glory!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Our Haitian friend and fellow Angel Missions worker, Bernard spent a long night last night praying and asking God not to let the men who were trying to break into our new clinic (and his family's home) succeed in their efforts. God provided and they were unable to get inside, but we need to find the funds to better secure that building. The medicine, supplies and furniture can be replaced...Bernard and his family cannot be! I can't imagine how scared he and his wife were for their young son, Berny's safety.
Please take a moment today to ask for God's protection for Bernard, Susie and Berny as they struggle with the instable environment they are living in at the moment. Please also pray for all Haitians, their government and the world powers, that we can find a way to stop hunger. We know there are resources enough in this world to feed every person. So much goes to waste. There are ships in the port in Haiti full of food that has gone bad or just hasn't made it to the people that are most in need. Corruption and greed are not strangers in any corner of the world, it is just so much worse when those at the lean end have literally nothing.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Nyessa is doing well also and her family is thrilled to have that sweet girl home. She is such a character with lots of charm and sass. We will follow her as well and let you know how she is doing. I wish I had some photos of her homecoming, but our digital camera broke and we haven't been able to replace it yet. If anyone has an old digital that they would like to donate, we'd love to have it!