Guess what?! It’s my birthday (well…almost), and I am going to selfishly ask you to give a birthday gift!

We’re all familiar with the concept of giving gifts to celebrate the life of a family member or friend on their birthday.

Typically, we give gifts to that person based on their interests or hobbies. For my birthday, I’m not asking you to give a gift for me, though—I’m asking you to support the work of the Chadasha Foundation through a donation to the organization or a sponsorship of their media team.

It would be fantastic if, through my birthday, we could raise $1000 to use for the absolutely incredible ministries of the Chadasha Foundation or the media team’s continued growth! Are you on board already?

Click here to donate to the Chadasha Foundation 

or

Click here to sponsor the Chadasha Media Team




Not convinced? Here are some ministries Chadasha operates:

  • Through the “Heartbeat of Haiti” Pediatric Heart Surgery program, 75+ Haitian children have received life-saving heart operations since 2011 
  • 166 kids in our Christian schools
  • Bible classes in two different refugee camps
  • An on-going medical clinic
  • Housing for 36 orphans
  • An Orphanage Retreat Center in Haiti
  • Jimani Hospital and Surgery Center (almost complete)
  • …and much more!

In addition, the Chadasha Media Team’s responsibilities are steadily growing over the course of this year, and by year’s end will include:

  • New Website Development and Regular Site and Content Updates
  • Development and Management of the new “Chadasha Community”
  • The Chadasha Blog Publication
  • The Chadasha “Weekly Update” Email Newsletter (and other communications)
  • Social Media account management and content updates
  • Fundraising and Marketing Material Design and Development (photo, video, writing, and design)
  • Brand Development and Management
  • …and much more!

So you can see that Chadasha as an organization is doing some amazing things, and the Media Team needs a lot of support as well!

Please consider making a “birthday gift” to Chadasha this month! Even donations as small as $5 will make a difference.

Click here to donate to the Chadasha Foundation 

or

Click here to sponsor the Chadasha Media Team

SANTIAGO, D.R. — There’s nothing quite like witnessing an open heart surgery.

Seeing a human heart beating and a pair of lungs expanding and contracting is absolutely incredible.

You can also view photos from Pricile’s surgery. Keep in mind that many photos may be considered disturbing by some due to the nature of surgery.

I don’t have a whole lot of inspirational thoughts to share today because we’ve been going full-speed for a few days. In lieu of words, today I’ll just share some photos and a few updates.

Isenadaire was the last to arrive of the four kids we we able to take to Santiago so far. He's older than the others. His health problems are noticeable when he has to walk a lot, especially up and down stairs when he gets very fatigued.

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Erin Brenner prepares the instruments in the OR before Pricile's surgery.

Dr. Rodrigo Soto was our chief surgeon for Pricile's operation and he should be performing all the kids' surgeries when they are scheduled. Most of them should happen next week.

The following photos are from Pricile’s open-heart surgery and contain material that may be considered graphic to some due to the nature of the operation. They are tasteful, but display internal organs, blood and other subjects that may not be of interest to some. View at your own discretion. Read more

PORT AU PRINCE —

“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

– Psalm 37:4

We are all selfish by nature.

Even the most well-intentioned Christian men and women are subject to selfish motivations and desires subconsciously.

For me, the last few days have been quite a stretch on my patience. Since I have only a finite amount of time to film the process of these kids getting surgeries, delaying only a day puts me under the gun to get what I need before I leave.

Our trip to the Dominican Republic has been delayed for three days now. I have to return to Port au Prince in four days. They call it “Waiti Haiti” for a reason. Read more

PORT AU PRINCE — I wrote about how God needs those that are willing and not just those who think they are able in my last post. Then I touched on how God’s perfect should define our perfect, not the other way around. This leads me to the second point of my discussion on serving for God:

God doesn’t need perfect people to accomplish his plan.

He needs us where we are and and he needs us to be willing. Waiting until we think we’re ready only wastes the time and blessings he’s prepared for us. Read more

Chadasha missionary Sara Sealine poses with two of the heart surgery patients, Rutherchy and Naika.

PORT AU PRINCE — As is how most things go in Haiti, nothing happened today as planned.

After relaxing a bit and allowing all my experiences and thoughts settle in from today, I’ve come to one conclusion:

You don’t have to think you’re a perfect fit to be the perfect fit. Read more

Dr. Doiron poses with many of the homeless at KARM that gave nearly $200 to help the burned Haitian baby.

Dr. Clint Doiron is the founder of the Chadasha Foundation, an organization that does a lot of work with helping children in Haiti with medical, physical and spiritual needs.

Clint keeps a regular journal, and I’ve tried to get him to post his journal stories on a blog so that others can learn about and share his amazing experiences across the world. He’s yet to do this, but he did email me a story from his journal recently that is too amazing not to be shared. While reading this aloud, it brought me to tears. Below is his journal/email exactly as it was sent. Read more

All the orphans from this orphanage were evacuated and taken to Chadasha's guest house in Port-au-Prince--nearly 80 kids in all.

The rain never ends, but they have nowhere dry to go.
They live in tents, and shelter is hard to come by. So is food. And clothes.

And none of them have parents–most lost in the earthquake.

Then, as if the earthquake, politcal instability, and loss of parents isn’t enough, these Haitian orphans were flooded out of the only place they had left–their dirt poor orphanage, now comprised of mud holes, standing water and tarps.

They are great kids–really. Just watch this video and you’ll see that just because they are parent-less and homeless doesn’t mean they are depressed or downhearted. Read more

Pastor J
Pastor J

The pastor of the church in Port Au Prince follows along in his Bible and makes notes to translate the message to the visiting Americans.

Imagine being immersed in a culture you don’t understand, that speaks a language you can’t translate, in a place you couldn’t navigate with a map. There’s hardly anything in common between you and these people who look, act and sound nothing like you or what you are familiar with. Even the most basic of ideas must be painstakingly demonstrated to communicate–and even then you aren’t sure if you got the message across successfully.

Now imagine that those people began singing a song in which you know the lyrics by memory; praising the same Savior you’ve traveled across the ocean to share with a passion unmatched by your fellow believers at home.

In English. Read more

Today I finally got some good film in the can at a clinic we ran in a town up the north coast in Haiti.

We setup a full clinic with two general doctors, an optometrist and some nurses to go along with a semi-full service pharmacy. Read more