Living The Life That God Has For Us....

God's Plumbline Ministries is called to repair devastation in the lives of God's people allowing restoration both physically and spiritually. Providing creative solutions for employment, education and life skills allowing God to repair and restore hope.  Empowering each community to establish a secure foundation both inside and out, while keeping in tact God given talents and uniqueness, not focusing on man's ways but God's ways.  Developing working relationships within social and economic circles, working hand in hand with community leaders to bring the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Candy seemed like a good idea

This was Oct. 2000 in #Haiti
Five very brave friends embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever. 
Her name is Shirley, she was dressed in her best. 
Traveling alone, oh so tiny and such an old soul. 
She didn't say a peep, ever. 
Her hair seemed red, a sign of severe malnutrition we would learn much later. 
For some strange reason it seems like a good idea to bring huge bags of suckers for the kids. 
Candy, it proved to break the barrier between us, like an unspoken language. 
She liked #hugs, always smiled, never complained. 
Looking at her, her story may seem carefree. 
And yet, in my mind I know it to be the farthest thing from the truth. 
How do you leave your family? 
Yet, she did, like so many others.

Monday, August 24, 2015

No One Believed Us

This was October 2000 in #Haiti.
Five very brave friends embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever. #comewhatmay 
She was the sickest of the five children. 
Her story, well, it's hard to explain. 
It is layers of complicated. 
There are many highs and lows. 
When we got to PAP #Port no one #believed she was real. 
All of it, still has a sting.
People pointed.
The questions still hang in my mind, for Haiti, Africa, India.
All the places I have been have a thread that pulls them, lumps them into a space and place that seems like it shouldn't be real. 
Time worked against us on this trip, this one and others. 
Her life would hang in the balance more than once.
Her life set a fire in motion deep within.  

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Boy, my boy

This was Oct. 2000, five brave friends embarked on a journey to #HaitiOn this journey they would cross paths with five #miracle children. 
He stood in his tiny mountain village with his family watching us with curiosity as if nothing was wrong. 
Nothing, outside of the fact that his leg had literally burst from within because of raging infection lingering from a break several months prior to our visit. 
He is now grown. 
He calls me "mom". #blessed 
He knows his story well, I have lived it with him, walked the same dirt roads with him and actually met his family. 
His story has tested my faith to the core of my being. 
His story has given me hope, compassion and the ability to fight for something outside of myself. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Five Friends

These five #brave friends left #Atlanta in October 2000. 
We booked our tickets for #Haiti after collecting, well begging for stuff to sell at garage sales to earn money for our tickets. 
We now hate garage sales! 
Buy your clothes at the Goodwill the haters told us, we believed them.  #fools 
Once in Haiti our leader said, "you will see what God sees every day. It will be a gift, it will change you." 
We had zero experience to prepare us for what would come. #comewhatmay #adoption #grateful#brave #missions #neverthesame #hope

Monday, August 17, 2015

Come What May....

This was October 2000 in #Haiti

Five very brave friends embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever. #comewhatmay 

 One of those friends will take this tiny little girl (now grown) and her #forever #family back to the place it all began. 

She will hear her story as we know it, walk the same dirt roads and meet the people who live in that tiny little place high in the mountains where all of our lives changed. 

We all agreed we would live a better story because of her, the other children and their brave mothers who let them go with us that day. #brave #haiti#neverthesame #friends #adoption 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Seeds Planted

Dear Sheila,

Greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I hope you are all doing great. On my side I am doing fine too.
Dear Sheila, I do appreciate the seed you planted in my mind during the time you were in Tanzania. Since you shared your experience on how you helped women in Haiti, I started working on that idea, glory to God last year I started a Tailoring training center in order to empower women. Last year 6 women achieved their training and now we have 10 candidates.

God bless you so much for bringing this generous idea. We need your prayers please.

The idea was born for Haiti but now it's also helping in Tanzania and I hope it will help more people in different countries.
I appreciate you,
Nack Imatha

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5:00 a.m. wake up call (Madisen in Haiti)

So the batteries stop working around 4:00 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. and of course that is a total Haiti thing so I'm fine with it even though I'm sweating up a storm. 
Eventually I fall back to sleep. 
Then maybe, not even 30 minutes later, this guy is shouting at the top of his lungs into a giant sound system. 
I am guessing he is praying and singing to God and everyone, but honestly, I have no clue what he is saying. 
But 30 minutes after five this starts to get quiet annoying because I can start to smell the sweat coming off of my body in my tiny, hot, one window bedroom. 
Now, if you haven't ever had this, it is hard to explain, so just go and turn your ac off, lay on your bed with no fans or breeze inside the oven. 
You will start to get it. 
Maybe run outside a little bit as well.

And the other total Haiti thing is for the rooster to crow at all hours of the day (and night) which will sometimes get the dogs barking. 
And so, at 5:46 there are roosters crowing, rat dogs barking and a man who is probably trying spread the gospel to all mankind all going on at once. 
I have to give this guy some great credit if he is trying to spread the gospel, but OMG if I find out that he was trying to promote a political person, I am going to be one wicked annoyed lady! 
In all honestly his singing sounded more like a Mecca call. 
You know how they scream at the top of their lungs to sound like Tarzan. 
With the sun rising and me getting more antsy because of no power, 
I have to give thanks for the day because today the women are going to come in and learn something. 
If it's an old subject, then I pray it will be a refresher and help remind them. 
If it's a new subject then I pray it will save the life of a baby. 
Who knows? 

Esther 4:14 comes to mind when I type about learning something new or having a refresher. 

"If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. 
Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?" 

Queen Esther had to lead a people and learn from that. 
She also had to take a refresher course on faith in God. 
Maybe we also need to take that refresher course in faith too.