September 2021 Update
It Seems it never ends. That's because it doesn't. I won't recount the assassination of the president, the riots, the recent earthquake, storm or gang violence and kidnappings. Just google "Haiti News:
Suffice it to say I believe God blesses us so that we may bless others, and He gives us ample opportunity to do so. I call to mind a quote, allegedly from a mid-sixteenth-century statement by John Bradford, "There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford", in reference to a group of prisoners being led to execution. I feel that way when I consider my brothers and sisters at Zamar ministries in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. I could have been born in Haiti, I had no control over that. But I am pleased that God chose for me what He has so I can share His blessing with those who need it. Zamar needs it.
If you feel lead to do so, please share a link to this website with others you may know who want to share a blessing with someone who REALLY needs it. Absolutely 100% of all donations go directly to feed, cloth, provide shelter and education for Hattian widows and orphans.
From James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." (NIV)
From Ezekiel 16:49 "Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy." (ESV)
A Zoom Board Meeting was held 8/29 to discuss current needs, which were primarily food, means to get funds through broken infrastructure in Haiti, and repairing damage to the School.
In addition, Mr. Doug Kerl was officially added to the Board of Directors, although he has been a major contributor and partner for years. Thank you Doug.
Here are unedited video minutes of the meeting: 8/29/2021 Zamar Board Meeting
The recent storm and earthquake has made the school uninhabitable due to structural issues. Here is a video of the school after the storm. https://video.wixstatic.com/video/c4989d_90e8029e2b57450f8f843a618e0f55a8/360p/mp4/file.mp4
Through the generosity of Board members, we are rebuilding the old plywood structure with block. Though it is a little more expensive than replacing the plywood and repairing old rafters, USD goes pretty far with local labor and material. Here's where we are now:
We continue to send food and pay (practically token) salaries to the teachers and care takers, many of whom are widows.
As I said, USD goes pretty far in Haiti, and we can get he aid there efficiently. So now would be a great time let others know of this ministry. Jerry Riggin President