Tuesday, December 2, 2008
1. We are in need of an administrator/director to live in Haiti. We have a person that we are interested in bringing to the board however they are still in the praying stages of making a decision. Please pray that God is evident in His choice to work for CV. Also we are not closing the door to others to pray about considering this position.
2. We are in need for a teacher/director of the English Academy to live in Haiti. Currently, Amy is filling the position of the director and has a Haitian substitute teacher in the classroom. The position is a fairly simple position however we ask that this person also be willing to help with other programs going on at the mission. This person would be a teacher for ages 3-6 (Pre-K) from 7:30am -12noon, teaching a home school curriculum called ACE. They would also be in charge of 2 other Haitian teachers, disciplinary actions for students, as well as making sure all tuition is paid to the school on a semi annual basis.
3. US financial giving is down dramatically and CV members as a whole are fundraising and continually looking for sponsors for the school children. Please pray that new people will want to help financially that our current supporters remember how much we rely on their monthly commitments to keep our mission going.
There are no short term teams coming to Christianville in December. All clinics will close next week for the holidays and all missionaries should be leaving to be with their families for Christmas. YTD we have had approximately 200 decisions for Christ throughout Christianville in 2008. Hats off to the clinic, for being God’s tool for about 150 of those decisions. Starting Jan. 5, 2009 we will be busy with short term teams and the clinics and schools will reopen on the 5th and the 12th.
Satan is peeking wherever he can but God is so good to show us His power.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Doug & Amy Reichley
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Update - Please excuse my choppy grammar…. Didn’t have much time to write this update but wanted to get some info to you.
In the past week, God has sent a helicopter team of Pilots named Samaritan Air. Missionary friends of ours at an orphanage named, Hands and Feet, out of
The first mountain village we have been working on is
The next village was also a mountainous village and after dropping one load of food, we got word that the pilots were no longer safe to fly there. A group of people decided that they were going to ambush the chopper to get all the supplies after they landed. I just want to remind you that these people are not savages but at this point they are starving and are in survival mode. Fortunately, they told the wrong person and God protected our new missionary friends. He is such an awesome God!
Please continue to pray for the Haitian people as food & fuel prices raise…. As well as the urgency of raising funds for hurricane relief for so many areas throughout Haiti.
If you are interested in giving towards this cause please send donations to:HCP (Haitian Christian Projects)
808 Ophir St# 7
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Please include in the memo “Hurricane Relief”
Amy (and Doug too!)
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thanks for the emails of concern… Doug & I are safe, however, there has been much devastation throughout
Our main concern right now is for our people. Just recently, the number of fatalities was over 550. As many as 50 deaths in our surrounding villages. Mom and Beverly Carter got here last week and brought much needed financial help, possibly from some of you. They were scheduled to be here to put on a Women’s Conference this Friday, yet God’s timing couldn’t be better. They have helped me put our house back together after dust, water, mud and debris. Dad and a member from their church will be in tomorrow. Through supporters, they are also able to purchase about 4000 lbs of rice and 2000 lbs beans and other supplies needed for the Haitian people.
Yesterday, we went to Grand Goave to check on our friends and sponsored children though Lifeline. They seem to be in the same boat, but we were told teams will be coming this month to help where they can. We were able to take beans and rice and peanut butter to them as well. We have also heard from friends at other missions and they are all hurting. Please keep all Haitian missions in your prayers.
Lastly, we have been told that there is a group of people that will begin riots or manifestations if the prices don’t decrease and schools throughout may not start until October because of these threats. Please be thinking of our government, police force and UN at this time. Continue to pray that perhaps God will move the path of the storms from
Thanks again for your prayers & concerns!
Love to you all,
P.S. Please keep in mind that the internet service here is very inconsistent so if you write to us and don’t here from us promptly, please don’t worry! We’ll get to you as soon as we can.
If you are interested in helping further please send contributions to: HCP Attn: Doug & Amy Reichley 808 Ophir St#7 Moncks Corner, SC 29461.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The washer is broke...and Mme Exode hasn't even got to use it yet. We'll take it back on Tues am & pick up a different one. She is very happy though.
Please pray for the venders that we use to buy souvenirs from. We are making a few changes and they do not want to change anything. We decided to have them all come to us in the university yard on shopping day before the group leaves instead of us making 15 stops in the Reserve Village. Our team liked it better this way but the venders didn't because of the competition, I guess. After a small problem going to the Reserve with the last group, Doug & I feel this is the best for our groups at this time.
Smiley & Squirrely both got fixed is week. Smiley didn't take it so well but Squirrely was knocked out cold! She is like me on meds...trashed! She is slowly gaining weight and looks great. My dad will crack up at her..she could easily be an indoor outdoor dog...and loves to prance at the ball we got her (just like our niece pup Kady prances for FOOD!!) She and Smiley fight over it. I have 4 tiny tennis balls but they fight over just one. They are finally starting to act like dogs vs scavengers. They haven't gotten the hang of raw hides yet. I got them from dollar general so maybe they just don't taste good??
Yesterday I got to pray with a women that begged me for food at the produce market in Leogone. God took my eyes right to her necklace and was VERY evident she practiced VOODOO. I felt irry. She grabbed my hand and held tight. She put it to her stomach and told me in creole she was hungry. I asked her if she was a Christian and she wouldn't tell me. Within in 10 seconds of me talking with her a friend that could translate better (from the
Then yesterday Marie Mat (my GH PT cook) requested an advance on her pay so she could feed her children. Then Maxal, our gate guard, discretely asked Me & Doug for some food. He had worked with Doug from sun up until about 3 and Doug didn't think he had anything for breakfast, then Maxal worked through lunch. We think he has 6 kids...and oh so prideful. He didn't beg, he asked. Doug and I have tried to drill into their heads to just ask if they "NEED" something and we'll try to help them. i cried after this. I feel like we are here to help but even our own people are still hungry. In some families the dad and mom eat first because they are the bread winners... but I think he goes without the meal most of the time. I think he puts the kids first. i have to do something about this. I think we're going to buy beans and rice and oil for our staff that need a little extra help. we are really getting to know them and their needs. I have decided not to hire a house keeper for awhile. Many of the Haitians seem to think we need a housekeeper but I really think God is telling me to use that money on something else. I'm not sure what it is just yet... maybe it's this. We are going to work on more funding soon. I have to be able to help, and right now i don't feel we've found our purpose. I know God wants us here but He hasn't showed me what to do or how to do it. I know He is just starting to use us.
I'm glad your tummy is full tonight. (and mine is too) I couldn't bare to see my family hungry or struggling like this. We are so blessed. As strange as this may sound... i think i know where the saying "I'd sell my soul to the devil" came from. It had to come from a mother watching her children starve to death and she could do nothing to help them. Well, I refuse to sell my soul to that nasty old devil because I know My God will prevail & He will show us the way.
I love you!
Friday, April 25, 2008
After dad talked to Marlaine (the director of the orphanage, Faith & Love in Action) on Wednesday, he decided that we really needed to get to the orphanage as soon as we could since she said they were almost out of food. We left at to travel 2 hours South over the mountains to Jacmel. Jacmel is a city on the south side of the island and it is so beautiful, right on the water. This time I took motion sickness medicine, Bonine, which helped tremendously. It can be found at Wal-Mart & am a walking billboard for this medicine! When we got to the orphanage we were greeted with smiles and hugs. Most of the 65 children were in school but a few of the older ones had exam week so they were home by the time we arrived. There was a drum set that had been donated and few other instruments setting near. Dad picked up the guitar and another boy started on the drums and Henry picked up the clarinet. It was awesome that though dad couldn’t communicate with the boy, they could play the same song. We got to walk through the orphanage that was under construction while we were here in Oct. and they have made much progress. The floors were beautiful shinny, pink, grey and white tile and many of their rooms were coming together nicely. We also saw the girl’s house behind the boys and it too was coming together. It’s very obvious that there have been some great construction teams & churches donating time and funds for these projects. The most impressive project that I saw was a huge wall right behind both buildings. As you may remember, when we were here in Oct, a tropical storm hit
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Doug, Amy, Rita & Sandy headed out of CV at to get into to PAP at a decent time. Doug drove and I rode shotgun so we could get used to the city and where all the stores were located. I had a map that was pretty detailed &
Doug learned quickly what a vehicle looked like without break lights. We were about 6 inches from their bumper! He did great driving and maneuvering around huge rocks, man holes with no covers & pot holes that will swallow you, pedestrians that DON’T have the right of way, and crazy drivers with little traffic laws or speed limits. I think running on the fire department really gave him experience he needs to drive here. He knew exactly where the edge of our truck was and seemed to want to show me how close he could get before I would say “woe woe woe” or “
Our first stop was Mega Mart, where I will be buying bulk food for our groups before they come in. There is a nice array of American, Dominican, and other countries food. You have to really pay attention to the prices because one country isn’t consistently the cheapest. Kraft Mac & Cheese was only $.79 US so I had to pick up a few boxes of that!:) There are a lot of different items at Mega Mart. We got some plastic Rubbermaid “dressers”, hangers, canned goods, pasta, dishes, pots and pans, silverware, mop & bucket, BLEACH and cleaning supplies, & hardware supplies for the mission. Stop #2 was called One Stop. This is where we could exchange our money form US to Haitian and found some fresh apples, meat, and rat/mouse poisoning. Stop #3 was lunch time. We went to a restaurant called Epi Dor were it had hamburger combo meals that cost 99 gourde which is equivalent to $2.71 US, pizza, and ice cream. We all got a cheeseburger, coke and fries and Doug tried the bubblegum and Mom tried the dark chocolate ice cream. The hamburgers were very thin and the buns are firm and very thick…It was all very tasty, nothing to complain about. Stop#4 was right across the street at Deli Mart. It had lots of groceries, Baygon (insect killer) to spray our rooms at night, and a fresh deli. We got some salami and cheese… and I even asked for one lb. without
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Bean’s and Rice, Beans and Rice…I already miss the food and the thought of a pizza makes me hungry! BUT, Tonight all the missionaries had a welcome home Party for us and they invited a lot of our Haitian friends.... they (missionaries) already taught us that we can buy a lot of different American food and sometimes milk in PAP!!
Currently, there are 6 missionaries at Christianville (CV)
Dr. Ryan Price, is an optometrists from
Stacey Bloomer, is an RN from Pittsburg,
Teresa Murphy is a P.A. from
Jim and Sandy are the Doctor & Nurse couple from
Miss Sue is the wise ol’ owl. I’m guessing she is almost 70 and is a great example of a faithful servant. She is the director of the orphanage. She has 7 babies ages 3 and under and about 25 older children.
All of the missionaries here have already reminded us to pray and ask God’s guidance in all that we do…The encouragement and hospitality they have shown us is more than I ever expected. God is so good to put us in this place.
Tomorrow Doug learns how to drive in the city and I have to navigate for him. We are going to the market and all of the shopping stops in Port Au Prince. (PAP) You know how I told you that I emailed the missionaries that were here before us? … She told me that she had left so many supplies especially KITCHEN supplies that we will really need? Also a fridge & washer.... well most of the supplies were taken and we have NOTHING!! The fridge isn't working right now but it is fairly new so I think Dad can fix it. The washer is also sick right now but hopefully we can nurse it back to health soon... I am SO thankful for the mattress pad… we have a pretty decent mattress only purchased last year but a little too firm for Doug and I. The pad we brought makes it comfortable.
We started painting the house today. All the walls are nasty since the orphanage babies lived there and we think they loved to finger paint with their food?? So the paint was necessary! We cleaned so much and the bathroom was FIRST on the agenda. Now we can actually get clean taking a shower. Dad and Doug cut about a 1/4 inch off all the doors in the house because you could only open them about half way and then they would get stuck… funny huh? We pulled all the drawers out of the kitchen and washed them out.
Tomorrow after shopping we will try to finish the kitchen and that may be all we get finished but we hope to have the painting done by the weekend so we can play. We want to go see Ivanithe in Grand Goave and go to the orphanage that Mom and Dad helps in Jacmel. It feels so funny sleeping under a mosquito net… very romantic feeling though (wink)! Just ask Mike & Patty H. about their mosquito net!! I am really excited for tomorrow so I’m going to bed but we’ll write and send pictures soon.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We woke at to leave the house at . Before leaving we prayed for safe travels, the safety of our family and friends in the
This trip was the easiest trip to
As we walked to the airport mom & I noticed a “white” women traveling by herself. When we got into the Customs line she came up behind us. We asked her name and where she was going. She said her name was
If you have never been to
Now we get into another line that requires the Customs form that we filled out on the airplane and also the luggage stickers that lets them know how many bags you should have. They then ask you what is in the bags and hope that your answer is correct so they won’t pull you aside and search through all your bags and confiscate anything they think they should. Next is the fun part! You walk outside and it may as well be a billion people trying to touch your bags so they can say they helped and they should get a tip. There are also “big bosses” and you are to pick one. They have a group of men that help you get the luggage loaded into your truck and keep the other men back, then you are to tip only the “big boss” and he is to divide the tip fairly. This is so crazy because there is usually a fight between Haitians trying to get your business. It’s awful that they have to argue over something that we see as so minute, yet this may be their only chance to have enough money to feed their families. Please thank God today that you have more then enough food in your pantry and clothes in your closet… and if for some reason you were to lose your job, there are programs in place that won’t let you and your family starve. As much as we complain about our government, we have the strongest most blessed government in the world. Thanks be to God.
Monday, April 21, 2008
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
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On April 13 we departed
Many thanks and blessings to you!!
Doug & Amy Reichley
Haitian Christian Projects - HCP