LifeWorks Ministry is dedicated to helping all people become the best they can be. In undeveloped countries, that mission begins with meeting basic needs for food, clothing, shelter and education. In partnership with MarkItUp.org, Life Works ministry is reaching out to under-funded schools in third world countries to help with building projects and provide them with basic supplies.
Our current project is a school located in the very heart of the earthquake zone in Haiti – The TLC Barefoot School. The school was started in the mid 1990’s, by Haitian missionaries Tom and Linda Counts, as a way to minister to the many barefoot children they saw running in the streets of Port Au Prince each day. The full story can be found on their website at www.tlcbarefootschool.com
The school’s current director is Dottie Diehl, a tireless and dedicated worker who has given her life to helping these poorest-of-the-poor, children. She has been in contact with the school’s supporters in America since the earthquake detailing some of the work she and the rest of the school staff are doing to help and sharing what conditions are like for the Haitian people:
Friday, January 15, 4 days after the quake
“We are feeding as many as possible here at the school. Started that yesterday, just rice and water. Mr. Nickson (the school principal) is handling that for me, and I have been in our makeshift hospital at Monasaro’s for 3 days. Many Haitian doctors and nurses coming to volunteer. Orthopedic surgeon helping with the lost arms, legs etc. So many broken bones can’t count, can’t set, no plaster, hopefully supplies will come today. Most hospitals crashed or no power. Love A Child is trying to get some doctors in from he DR and we can send critical patients there. I have done things I never thought possible, stitching, cleaning, cutting away dead skin. Some are still being dug out and the dead bodies are being gathered in trucks and carried somewhere, God help us….I don’t know where. ”
Monday January 18
“We were able to buy, gas, diesel, propane and filtered water (not culligan). Some vegetables are now being sold too, sad to say the worse news is that the prices have increased tremendously…….a 55 lb. bag of rice that used to be around $25.US is now $42.00. This is extremely difficult to deal with….We had a late start yesterday in getting food prepared, had to purchase some items on the street. So we unfortunately fed only about 200.
What do you hear there as to the aftershocks? We just had another, just now!!!! This is what is keeping so many absolutely terrified and driving them out of the city.”
Tuesday, January 19
Another wonderful day here in Haiti, we can always see God in our trails and tribulations if we really look………many, many of the 5th, 6th and a couple 7th grade children helped with the serving, gathering plates, serving water, washing dishes and sweeping the floor as we fed over 420 adults and children today. What a PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! The best part, they stayed all day to help, not just do a little and leave, it really brought tears to my eyes, they even laughed with me and had some fun. I guess it was funny to watch Miss Dottie wash dishes.
We have accounted for a few more children today, the count is now down to 19 (still missing of the total school population), another praise God. Mr. Nickson did not fair as well today out on the street as we did yesterday. He waited in a gas line for far too long only to be halted when he got close, sad part……….closed due to fighting, not empty, just too many hostiles.
Again we see nothing of the food and water that is supposed to be coming into all areas. Many are still not being reached at all, even for medical aid.”
How to Help
LifeWorks Ministries has been supporting the TLC Barefoot school for several years now. In the wake of this recent crisis, we have joined with MarkItUp.org to bolster our fundraising efforts and get money into the hands of the people already on the ground in Haiti and already geared up to lend immediate help. Donations to the TLC School do not go to support a massive fundraising organization or excessive administrative costs. Every dollar goes directly to the school for the benefit of children like Melissa:
Melissa is just one of the 92 children who receive a full education, training in the English language, two meals a day, clothing, shoes, and birthday and Christmas gifts through the generosity of TLC Barefoot School supporters.
Stay tuned, in the days to come we will be announcing a special package of downloads and goodies available free to anyone who donates to the TLC Barefoot School. To donate today, CLICK HERE