Posted on November 26th, 2014


Posted on November 23rd, 2014


Instead of receiving gifts for his 7th birthday, Lorvens asked his friends and family to make a donation to help the kids at Maison! Lorvens was adopted from Maison, and we LOVE his selfless heart to give back to his friends at the O!

Posted on November 20th, 2014


Posted on November 1st, 2014

**Here is the story of two amazing boys who live at Maison. Many of the children at Maison have a story similar to these boys and we would encourage you to share this story with your family, friends, or church tomorrow, Orphan Sunday.**
 

Job and Peterson were born June 5, 2006. They were their mother’s fifth and sixth children.

In 2008, both of their parents tragically died in separate incidents, leaving them in the care of their uncle.

On February 4, 2010 Job and Peterson’s uncle brought them to Maison because in the aftermath of an earthquake he was no longer able to care for the boys.

Job and Peterson have always been great brothers to each other. Some of the siblings at Maison don’t have a special relationship with their brother or sister, but Job and Peterson really are best buddies.

Peterson loves reading, and Job loves playing the drums.

They both love playing power rangers, kicking the soccer ball, and singing “Ten Thousand Reasons”.

This September, Job and Peterson started their first year at the neighborhood school, attending first grade with about 12 of their friends from the orphanage.

Tomorrow, as we remember orphans around the world, please pray for these boys and all the kids at Maison.


Posted on October 11th, 2014

Monday


On Monday the older kids went back to school at the neighborhood school and the orphanage school, and the little kids went to the orphanage preschool. After school a tutor comes to help the older kids with their homework and work on their French and English skills.                          


Tuesday


Tuesday was Bernado's Birthday! This adorable boy turned 4 this week!

 

Wednesday


On Wednesday mornings the nannies usually spend some time in prayer and worship for the orphanage. On Wednesday we talked about sponsorship and I-texts on Facebook.


Thursday


On Thursday Steika went home to be with her forever family!! A lot of the kids had their pictures taken by Papi Franckis for #B4T.

Friday

Friday was #B4T day!!! We loved seeing everyone's foot pics and hope you had fun going barefoot to represent the kids! In December a team for Soles4Souls will be bringing new shoes for all the kids!

Saturday

On Saturday Naika went home with her mom and dad!!! Happy day!!!


Posted on September 30th, 2014


Posted on September 26th, 2014


By the time I was born in 1963, my parents already had seven children. The first four, had been removed from the home, and given back, on multiple occasions. The next three, by the time they were 1, 2, and 3 years old, were taken away, and put up for adoption. My parents then had three more. When I was 8, my brother 6, and our sister 4, and I, were taken and put up for adoption. Being 8, I was old enough to not only know what was going to happen, but be involved in the decision of whether or not I wanted to be adopted by the family that wanted me. I had been told of the opportunities I would have, by being adopted. As a child, of course I did not want to leave my birth family, but agreed that my life would be better. I was never an orphan, or ever lived in an orphanage, but I know a little about having someone want you enough to make you their own. I know what it is like to see things and do things I never would have had the chance to see or do. Fast forward many years later, I'm listening to my favorite morning radio show, and they are talking about Amy going to the orphanage. "Cool,” I think. Along comes 30Abes, and I was hooked. Then, Amy's mother, Judy decided to choose joy, and people started Pimpin' Joy. I decided I wanted to pimp joy to the nannies and children of the orphanage, so I made bracelets for all of them.  Due to Amy posting a video, I got to see how the nannies did the laundry.  I am a housekeeper, and have done many loads of laundry, and knew that there had to be a better way for the nannies to get their work done easier and faster. After a little research, I found the perfect washer. I was then left with, how do I pay for it, and how will I get it to them.  I had been discussing this problem with clients of mine, and many agreed that they would like to help chip in. So with their help, and help from my friends, and my saving my birthday check from my mother, and doing extra work, I was able to come up with the money to get the first washer. I then received an inheritance check, and there was no question as the first thing I would get with it. The second washer shipped not to long ago.
 
Rebecca G.
 

Posted on September 25th, 2014


Posted on September 19th, 2014

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Posted on September 16th, 2014

Opportunities for education, in Haiti, are rare. Every child deserves a chance for education and it is a privilege and honor for children to attend school in Haiti.  This treasured experience often comes at a very high price.  That is why, when children are given the opportunity to attend school, we want to celebrate.  At the beginning of September, the children at Maison celebrated with at “Back to School” pep rally.  It was a special time for the orphanage where all the school-age kids received new shoes and name tags either for their place in the classrooms at Maison. 
 
Thanks to some generous donors, 16 children will be attending school down the road, outside of the orphanage.  These are children who are likely to be at Maison for at least one more year.  We are excited to have been able to provide Teacher Johnson with a load of new school supplies and a small room renovation including: flannel board, recognition areas for good reading, behavior, and obedience.  He will also be receiving some new math books that will be appropriate for all the ages of the students.
 
We wish you could have been here on Monday morning to see how excited the children were to start school.  The light in their faces said it all.
 
Joy.  The kids were so happy. They were jumping for joy because it is a new day and a new opportunity in their lives. For those children going to an outside school, it is the opportunity for them to wear new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks, and a new uniform.  As you know, children are always happy with new things.
  
New Perspectives.  It is important for our children to understand that life outside the walls is not the same as what they experience at the orphanage. There are a lot of things that our children will learn this school year about people, their personalities, the privilege to be at the orphanage, and the importance to stand up for yourself as a person.  
 
Education.  Education is the best way, after the knowledge of the Lord, to make sure our children will be a man or a woman of quality, an asset to the society, and an honor to you and I as their parents or sponsors.  What a privilege to be a part of their destiny!
 
We are so thankful to all of you that have been deploying great efforts to guarantee this future for our children.  We would like to wish a special "thank you" to Sandy Kimbrough for organizing all of our back to school efforts.
 
We invite all of you to stand with us to keep providing for the kids to attend school, as it adds additional expenses. Please consider partnering with us as together, we can guarantee a better future for our children.
 

Posted on August 9th, 2014

I will never forget the night we brought our adopted son, Wilson, home from Maison.  After a long three plus years he was finally home.  He had so much fun looking at the airplane, and seeing images he had only dreamed about until that day. 
 
When we arrived home, he said he was thirsty.  I pointed to the faucet and mentioned he could get water there.  I will never forget his look like, “What, I can drink from that thing?” He even turned it off and on several times watching the water drip from the faucet.  He couldn’t believe you could drink water from the faucet.    
 
Wilson was not used to clean water from the tap.  The children at the orphanage do have access to clean water, but it comes at a high price.  Maison has been buying clean water daily for the children and staff.   The expense of clean water adds up. Did you know that 783 million people lack access to an improved source of drinking water?
 
We are so grateful that Maison will now have access to clean water by the way of a well.  Our deepest thank you to TEEM Haiti for making this well happen, and to Living Water International for drilling the well. 
 

Posted on July 25th, 2014

Dance Week at Maison


Posted on July 10th, 2014


Posted on July 10th, 2014

Things are going smoothly here at Maison! Ever since us interns have gotten here, the big thing we’ve been working on is discipline. We’re trying to use positive reinforcement as much as possible when kids listen, obey, and help out around the orphanage. We’ve started a star chart, where kids can earn stars by behaving well, but can also lose stars when they disobey. If a kid gets 10 stars they get candy, and once they get 20 stars we’ll bring them to the store and they can pick out something to drink.

Recently we’ve had some birth parents come to the orphanage to visit, and there have been some adoptive families that have come by also. Some kids are leaving to go home with their parents soon!

We’ve been spending some really good one on one time with the babies in baby room one to help with their development. They get plenty of time outside of the cribs, but it’s also important for them to be held and get their own time with someone. We’ve also been trying to get the toddlers and kids in baby room two out of their rooms more often. Sometimes we bring them and color with chalk to get the creativity flowing, and other times we go play on the porch.

Overall things are going well! We’ve seen some positive changes since the star chart, and are having a really good time with the kids!


Posted on June 26th, 2014

WHAT IS MAISON?

Maison de Enfants de Dieu is located in the Delmas area of Port au Prince, Haiti.  The several-acre campus includes one main building that houses two baby rooms, the toddler room, 2 offices, some storage areas, a medical office, and a small multi-purpose room that is used for preschool in the mornings and other activities as needed.   The front porch is often occupied with visitors, children, and staff. 
 
In the back there is a lot of open space, including a long driveway where vehicles can be parked and a large area for the laundry to be done (by hand, daily, by local women).
  There is one large covered concrete pavilion and another smaller one where the kids jump rope, play, etc.  A second building holds a kitchen area, three more rooms for kids (girls, boys, and older girls), a school area upstairs, and some storage for tools, food, and more.
There is also a small greenhouse-type portable building that is sometimes used for long-term guests and/or storage. 
 
Maison is supported financially by For His Glory Adoption Outreach; both are 100% dependent on the generosity of people who have a heart for the children there and choose to give financially.  We desire a true partnership with those who give financially, and hope that they pray for the children and staff as well.

FINANCES/NEEDS

Some of the monthly expenses include the following:

Diapers:

It costs about $25,700 to run the orphanage effectively every month.

The girls’ room houses ten girls ranging in age from 4 to 8.
It is painted purple and they sleep on bunk beds.  These girls attend school daily at Maison, except in the summer.  All the kids wear uniforms to school.  Lessons are in English.

 
The boys’ room houses thirteen boys ranging in age from 4 to 12.    It has a bathroom and was recently painted with a superhero/skyscraper theme by a visiting group. The boys sleep in bunk beds. During the school year (September-May), they attend school upstairs for half a day, where they work on basic reading and math skills.
 
The older girls’ room houses nine girls ranging in age from 9 to 12.  The girls also sleep in bunk beds.  They have a little “extra” room to store some personal items, including shoes and clothes; most of the other children at Maison dress daily from whatever clothing was most recently washed.
 
Baby room 1 houses ten infants, who sleep in stacking cribs.  Angelica also resides in the infant room where she can get plenty of personal care from the baby nannies.  The baby room has a washing/changing room and storage closet where many baby supplies are stored.    
 
Baby room 2 houses ten older infants, who sometimes join the toddlers during the day to play and interact.   They sleep on toddler beds and eat more “real food” than the little babies.
 
The toddler room houses twelve toddlers, and is the place to be if you have a lot of energy!  They are mobile and verbal!  Some of them spend a lot of time on a side porch and others enjoy standing at the windows that open onto the front porch and “talking” to whoever is on the front porch. 
 
Each room has at least two nannies with the kids at all times, and a nurse is on the premises at all times.    Nannies work 12 hour shifts, and their job includes child care, some cleaning, but mostly loving on the kids!
Children eat three times a day; their diet includes a lot of rice, beans, and corn, along with some meat and other produce.  All children bathe twice daily; the boys have regular professional haircuts by a barber who visits Maison and the girls have their hair done by the nannies every few days.
Maison is blessed to have a secure facility with at least one security guard working the front gate at all times.  The children are safe and loved at Maison, and we pray that you will pray for each child’s future, both here on earth and eternally!
 

OUR GOAL

THE GOAL
Our goal is to join with 200 sponsors who will give $35/month and pray for Maison. The funds will be used for the entire operation of Maison. As a sponsor, we want you to feel connected to the kids, nannies, and other staff at Maison.  You will receive a monthly update with pictures and links to blogs of those working at Maison. 
 
NOW WHAT?
Please join us For HIS Glory in providing for the daily needs of the children at Maison.  Every gift you give is tax-deductible and you will be provided with a receipt for tax purposes.  If you would like to give more than $35 a month, please feel free to do so!  One-time donations are appreciated as well, but monthly sponsorships helps us plan more effectively and consistently for the future.  Please join the sponsorship program by visiting our website at www.forhisgloryoutreach.org and our Sponsorship Program page.
If you have questions about the sponsorship program, please email info@forhisgloryoutreach.org.

For more informatin or to download this information, please click here. We would be honored if you passed this information along to churches, family, friends and organizations.

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Last Saturday, Maison was invited to celebrate with IBESR during the International Day for Protection of Children. They had a great time!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

It's that time of the year again! We are trying to raise funds to pay for rent. Would you consider making a donation to help us pay for rent? The children and staff thank you! We need to raise $15,000 quickly to pay for rent. Please visit our donate page to make a donation!

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Interns play an important role at Maison. We are so grateful for all the past Interns who have given up so much to serve at Maison. This summer we will have 3 Interns serving at Maison. Will you please commit to praying for them?

Meet Camp & Allyson
They are a sweet young married couple who will be serving unitl August at Maison. Here is what they wrote about their first few days in Haiti.

Our first few days of our 3 month stay in Haiti have been awesome!
 Camp and I have been getting accustomed to the O and trying to tackle the hard task of learning as many of the kids names as possible. We've also been searching for the best way to use our talents to improve the children's lives. We plan on using our time here to give each child one on one time at least once a week. We'll use this one on one time to work on reading, English, math, etc... And also just to love on them! We're really looking forward to the rest of our time here with these great kiddos and workers at the O! We really appreciate all the prayers and support!

Thanks!
Allyson and Camp

Posted on May 20th, 2014

***Thank you all so much for your prayers and support, we are safely and happily in Haiti and had a great first day!***

We arrived in Port au Prince this morning (5/19) around 9:30 and were picked up by the orphanage driver Jackson who took us straight to Maison (the orphanage). We were attacked greeted by many enthusiastic familiar faces who we were so glad to see. Some of the older kids were in classes, so we mainly held some sweet babies, met the couple from Austin who will be at Maison interning for three months, and played with little kids.

We had a hot Haitian lunch (rice and bean sauce) and then planned out some things for the afternoon. After lunch we played bingo with the kids. Some of the kids totally understood and had no problem while others needed help. The picture makes it look 99% more peaceful than it actually was.
[haiti may 2]
Mom and I (K) went with the intern couple to look for some fresh fruit on the streets, where we found a lot of people selling casino cookies (DELICIOUS) and drinks, but no one selling fruit. We finally found a woman with a basket full of pineapples who sold us one; mission accomplished! We read books with some of the kids and played jump rope with others.

At about 5 pm we went back to the guest house and had a special dinner of hamburgers, french fries, and fried plantains. It is now 8 pm and storming here, and we’re all tired and ready for some rest. I will probably try to blog every few days, depending on what’s going on around here. Thank you so much for all the prayers!!!

James 2:17

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.


Posted on May 9th, 2014

We received this beautiful email from a sweet suporter. Thank you to Rebecca and all those that support Maison.

When your favorite radio show says to go out and pimp joy, do it. 
  I have always had this overwhelming urge, to "Pimp Joy".Because of Amy, and the Bobby Bones show, I learned about Maison des Enfants de Dieu, 
and decided I needed to do something for the children, and the nannies.
  I love crafts, and had decided I would make rubber band bracelets. I started making the bracelets, long before I knew how I was going to get them to the home. I made over 150, as many as I thought there might be a wrist to wear. Many of the bracelets have glowing bands, so the children will have joy in the dark too. I didn't want to leave out the nannies, with out them, there would be little joy.
 When I was  eight and a half years old, I was removed from my home, and placed into foster care. Forty three years ago, when I adopted, I didn't know how lucky I was. Most people wanted babies. My new parents, already had children, and they already had a baby.   While I was never fortunate to have my own children, I am proud to say that I am an aunt of twelve. My "baby" sister has eight of them. Five are adopted! I am so proud of my sister.
  Thank you Christy, for helping me to give a small amount of joy to the children.

*Pictures will come soon


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