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January 1, 2015

The Latest on the “Seashell Lady”

Hello Ministry Partners,

I received many hugs on my return trip to Haiti back in November, but none more appreciative and heartfelt than one from the lady we called “The Seashell Lady.”  Many of you will remember that she was the lady who lived under a tarp with her four children when I was first introduced to her.  Some of you gave money to help build her a new home, and God provided several teams to come help with the build.  One of the other groups that is working on La Gonave uses the phrase, “We are here to give the people a hand-up and not a hand-out.”  “The Seashell Lady” has proven to be our “hand-up” person.  After our greeting and a short conversation I was given an update from another missionary about her. 
Before:  None of her children were in school.
Now:  All of her children are in school.
Before:  She rarely had money to feed her children.
Now:  She is feeding them regular meals.
Before:  She sold seashells as souvenirs to visiting teams.
Now:  She is selling souvenirs that she makes herself.
Before: She did not fix herself up but looked like a defeated woman.
Now:  She was neatly dressed and fixed up.

The Lord allowed Heidi and I to minister to this lady and her children through your prayers and generosity.  THANK YOU!!

The father of her children rarely comes around and does not help her support the family.  Please continue to pray for Judett as she struggles to raise her children.  I was not given an update on her spiritual condition, but I know that we tried to connect her with a Haitian pastor near her home. 

Thank you for praying for my trip to assist with the finishing touches on the new hospital.  The team I worked with was a talented team and accomplished an incredible amount of work.  There is still a good amount of work to be done, but the team and I made a huge dent in the final punch-list.  I would like to say a special thank you to…
The Sturgis team for their hard work and great spirit.
Those who sent donations to help offset some of the cost of my trip.
Heidi for holding down the fort while I was away!

To the least of these,
Greg E.
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

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