Jesus Country
Hebrews 11:8-16  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later
receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where
he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in
a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with
him of the same promise.  For he was
looking forward to the city with
foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
 By faith Abraham, even though
he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father
because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.  And so from this
one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars
in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.  All these people were
still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;
they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that
they were aliens and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that
they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the
country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead,
they
were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.
Therefore God is not
ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
The Haitian
Committee, left to
right:  Aland Almonor,
Yolene Concial,
Tchooby Delva
(standing), Miyanta
Pasel, Wilgemps
Morancy (standing),
Linda Almonor.  Bob
is not pictured (for
which you should be
grateful!).  
Jesus Country Abstract:

Jesus Country seeks to be a Christian community that does the will of God in
everything we do.  Our citizenship is in heaven.

We will strive to love our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  We
will strive to  love our neighbors as ourselves.  We will strive to demonstrate that
love by helping those who need help, whomever they might be, whomever God
sends us.  We expect to have 3 communities of people but of course are open to
wherever God leads us.  We will open Jesus Country in stages:

•      Stage 1:  Kids
    o       Stage 1A:  Kids With Families
    o       Stage 1B:  Kids Without Families
•      Stage 2:  The Hungry
•      Stage 3:  Homeless Adults

Stage 1A:  Kids With Families

Our first community will be those kids we know that have families and are
members of Christ's Church.  Through the Outside Kids Page, we are making  
efforts to find those families sponsorship help
without creating dependence.  We
already check monthly on how the funds are being used and how the families
are holding up.  

We may add some of the families from the Mountain Church of Christ to our local
community here in Madeline, a 20 minute walk from the orphanage.  It will be up
to them to agree.

Stage 1B:  You all know that I worked at the orphanage in Petite Anse for almost
3 years.  When I was there, I saw many problems and couldn’t do anything about
them.  Because we are starting at the beginning both at Cadouche and Savanne
Longe, I believe we can avoid those mistakes and spend much less money in
the process.

We are considering individual foster homes instead of building a big orphanage
building.  I believe that God gave us the family and that is the best method of
raising children.  When we depart from that, we open ourselves up to mistakes.  

I believe that the Haitian churches should pick good Christian men and women to
serve as foster parents.  We would then pay them $750H ($100US) each month
for taking care of the child.  We would also pay for the child’s schooling,
uniforms, shoes, and books.  Our organization will be able to search for hopefully
lifetime sponsors for these kids.  Maybe a family or maybe a church in the United
States will also help sponsor an orphan.  

The Haitian churches would still be responsible for checking on the kids and the
families and making sure that the kids are taken care of and that they write their
sponsors each month.  

This way we can start slow but at least we can start immediately.  As time goes
by and if God gives us the increase, we can help more and more kids and at the
same time help the families too.

Please pray and think about this and let us know your opinions.  Thanks.

Stage 2:  The second stage will be for those just needing a hand with food.
To a very limited extent, this is being done now.  When a kid shows up at our
door and we have food, he or she gets fed.  Same thing with a hungry adult.  It's
just that in the second stage, we will actually budget for it.

Stage 3:  The third community will be homeless adults.  They will be physically
segregated from the kids and physically segregated by gender.

This third community will sleep 11 or 12 in each gender specific room, dormitory
style.  There will be 10 or 11 guests and one gender specific director/directress
in each room.  They will have a private office to conduct business, but sleeping
with the other guests in the dorm is a requirement.  We can never appear to
demonstrate that someone is better than someone else because of skin color or
place in life.  

There will be a common area for meals and devotionals.  All are required to
attend unless they are sick.  Jesus will always get first billing at every event.  We
will constantly demonstrate his love driving us, not our work nor our
organization.  

Sponsors will be encouraged to be in everyone's lives.  They will be asked to
help us with trade schools after the kids graduate from high school.  College or
university access will be restricted to those service disciplines that actually help
people.  Things such as nursing or med school are an example.  History, French,
Engineering, Political Science, Communications, and other such disciplines that
do not have a direct bearing on service to fellow countrymen and women will not
be accepted.  Any student who undertakes a service discipline such as nursing
or med school must agree to return to/remain in Haiti and work for the good of
those in need.  There will be no exceptions.  

For the third community, programs will be tailored by the director and directress
for the souls entrusted to them.  The idea is that the facility is not a flop house,
but somewhere to help those that need it and get them on their own.  Because of
the dire economic straits of Haiti, this will be no small task.  Our God though is
bigger than any economy.  We will look to him for solutions.

For any adult unable to read or write Kreyol, there will be a school for that using
the Kreyol Bible as the textbook.  

The facility will work towards self sufficiency.  Initially we will have a garden and
either a fish farm or a chicken farm.  The long term objective will be to live off of
what we produce, sell the rest for the other needs we have.  All healthy
residents over the age of 6 will be expected to contribute labor to the garden and
the farming enterprise.  

It must again be said that this is a Christian community, a community of
believers.  We will strive at all times to exhibit the love of God manifested in his
Son Jesus Christ in whatever we do.  We will make mistakes.  That is inevitable
in any human undertaking.  However we will try to resolve those mistakes in the
forgiveness of Jesus Christ.  As his disciples (students) we can do no less.  

We will remember Jesus’ words of Matthew 10:28 at all times and strive to
impart them to all of our guests:  
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but
cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and
body in hell.
 Regardless of the struggles we face in this life, we are looking to a
heavenly kingdom.

I also think it's essential that we grow and learn from some of the mistakes we
made at the orphanage.  The first thing is NOT to make the orphanage American.  
We did that for too long and went way overboard.  The kids got spoiled and
expected to be lavished with gifts.  It doesn't work that way in Haiti and we did
the kids a real disservice in doing that.  

Accordingly, Jesus Country will be strictly Haitian.  No DVD players, MP4
players, laptops, etc.  Haitian showers and Haitian toilets will be used.  Water will
be via an in ground well, hopefully with a mechanical pump.  Gardens will be
hoed and hand weeded and watered.  

Sponsorship will be encouraged, but frivolous gifts will not be.  We are not trying
to be overly austere here, but we need to realize that material things can do
damage and have unintended consequences.  We can't raise Haitians as
Americans and then all of a sudden expect them to become Haitian at age 18 or
22 when they leave.  It just won't work and we have seen that first hand.  

Sponsorship will be for general compound help and/or professional school when
the child is ready.  Right now, we estimate $1000US for a one year professional
school, but obviously that is subject to change.  We will also use $25US for the
child for each birthday and at Christmas.  That will probably go towards clothes.

We ask for the sponsors' help and cooperation with this.  While we understand
the desire to give nice gifts to the kids, we also ask you to recognize that over
the long term, this can be counter-productive.  
Our Committee.  Click
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This is Jesus Country, the work of the Little Orphanage and
Haven of Jesus (LOHJ)!