Clarification about the fire pit we built at Fort Jacques.

For many of you, this blog will mean nothing, but today I was told that there are a group of people who read my blog who are critical of our having built a fire fit for the kids and staff to enjoy at Fort Jacques when millions of people are living in tents.  We are also being criticized because we are not offering medical clinics and doing more for the relief effort.

I am very sorry if people think we are not doing enough.  We can hardly keep up with taking care of the children and distributing donations as they come in.  We have received 15 containers since January and it takes a lot of hands to unload, sort, and distribute the donations.  The only way we could do it all is if we closed down the orphanage to do the other things.  We are building a few houses and an engineer is getting them done as quickly as he can. 

The fire pit at Fort Jacques was built as a special project because we all spend a lot of time at Ft. Jacques and hopefully, the kids will be there soon.  All rocks used in the building of the fire pit were dug up on the land where it is sitting.  We only had to buy some concrete to cement it all together.  It was not expensive and I believe that the children deserve to have fun and enjoy wiener roasts from time to time.

I am really sorry if anyone is offended by what we are doing in Haiti.  We are trying to do our best.

And Life in Haiti is tough sometimes….

25 comments (Add your own)

1. Carrie Rouchka wrote:
Dixie You do not owe anyone an explination, especially someone sitting in the USA criticizing anything you are doing in Haiti. You, your team, the kids, all deserve a fun place, for happiness and enjoying each other. You have done so much for the people of Haiti over the last year and for many years before. I thank you and keep up the good work, and then go relax by your fire pit. Carrie

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:15 PM

2. Lynese wrote:
Hi, I follow your blog, I just wanted to say. I think the fire pit is a great idea and kids need to have fun and play in order to be well developed children and adults. From all the updates and pictures it seems evident you are working hard to meet the needs of the children in the orphanage, but the people of Haiti as well. Your work is to be commended. Many prayers of thanks for your excellent hard work!

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:27 PM

3. Robert Adams wrote:
I can't believe anyone would be critical of how y'all are conducting relief operations...and hello???...IT IS YOUR PROPERTY!!!! God bless you and your staff. We hear you and love you. ~Robert

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:31 PM

4. Joy wrote:
I do not condemn you at all for wanting something as simple as a firepit. I'm sure they could be extravagant, fancy and expensive. However, the description of the one you are building for the children sounds like nothing to be concerned about. When I first read about your sharing items you recieved with those outside the orphanage, I was surprised and amazed. I guess I didn't realize that you had enough supplies that you could give to others. I, for one, am so very impressed with all that you do with the children there, the love, care and medical attention. Many of the children would be dead if not for GLA. My granddaughter came from there and I love to look at the photos on the site. The children appear to be so happy, cared for and satisfied with their lives. Sure, they all want a "forever family", but life in the orphanage is apparently very fulfilling for them.

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:32 PM

5. Sarah Grumbine wrote:
I would like to challenge those who are critical to go and volunteer for a couple of weeks and donate money and be there on distribution day. I guess it is easy to be critical from far away. GLA took wonderful care of my daughter for 20 months. You think of us while you and the volunteers and staff and kids are enjoying that firepit!

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:41 PM

6. Allison Kelly wrote:
You are doing a great job! All of you go above and beyond to provide for the children and help with the relief effort. It's unfortunate that some people feel the need to criticize.

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 5:43 PM

7. Suzie D wrote:
Dixie I have been reading your blog for years! I think you and your organization are great. I support you and all you do to bring a The Light to all those many many children.

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 6:11 PM

8. Bonnie wrote:
The pit is beautiful - and you folks are doing a great job with the children, and distribution, and building. I pray for you almost every day.

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 6:12 PM

9. Jean Reichart wrote:
Dixie, I was shocked to read of anyone critizing you and your team for anything!!! You do SO much!!! I would like to know what THEY have done! Have they cared for or adopted orphans? Have they been to Haiti to volunteer help? Have they supported volunteer medical aid, clinics and/or Doctors Without Borders? How dare they want to deprive you and your kids of the relaxing fun of a wiener roast or marshmellow toasting! Ignore them--- but pray for them. You are all doing an exceptional job!

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 8:32 PM

10. Wendy Podmore wrote:
I totally agree with what everyone is saying Dixie and her Staff are doing a wonderful Job May the Lord Bless all you

Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 10:45 PM

11. Sharon Wilkens wrote:
There are always those who are critical because they have a plank in their own eye and cannot see beyond it. I am sure we have all been guilty of it at on time or another. You are doing the job the Lord gave you to do and you are doing a wonderful job along with your staff. Keep on doing just what you believe is best for everybody involved, and we will keep praying about, and supporting what you do. Enjoy that fire pit!! Sharon

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 12:37 AM

12. Judy wrote:
Oh, my! You are running an orphanage. That is what God's Littlest Angels is all about. You are doing much more than your share and God loves to see His children have fun.

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 12:58 AM

13. Carol Kurbis wrote:
It is so hard to believe that anyone would criticize you for building a fire pit - they must not be paying attention at all to everything you have been doing in Haiti. I have been amazed over and over again at the things you accomplish and how hard you work. I also am so amazed at how gracious you have been in your response to the criticism. God bless you Dixie and the people who are working with you! I have been checking your blog and praying for you nearly every day since the earthquake.

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 1:57 AM

14. Rori Hartzell wrote:
Dixie, I am sorry to hear that there are some out there that feel the need to be critical of something as trivial as a fire pit. A fire pit that is a simple and wonderful way for staff and children to have some joy in their day. Please know that there are far more people who follow your blog and GLA, who are so in AWE of what is being done by you and through you to affect the lives of others. When it comes down to it, you only have to answer to one and that is our Lord.....and you know He smiles when marshmellos are being roasted by those sweet and adorable children who have lost so much ! Continued blessings to you Dixie and all of GLA. --Rori Hartzell

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 3:01 AM

15. Dolfie wrote:
i wish you the force to continue with all you are doing .... you and your team do great work !

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 6:18 AM

16. Ashley Akers wrote:
I am sure the people who are criticizing are the ones who do absolutely nothing but that. No one has a right to make comments or judge unless they have done what you have done for Haiti. Thank you Dixie, for all you do!

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

17. Ann Hounjet wrote:
I can not believe that people would complain about something as simple as a fire pit and overlook all that you are doing for the children as well as the people of Haiti! I hope you all know that these people are a small minority of complainers and not doers. You and your staff are doing a WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE job out in Haiti and should only be praised! Thankyou!... And enjoy your fire pit in the bit of free time you allow yourself!

Sat, November 13, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

18. faith cameron wrote:
Dixie, so many times when we are doing the LORDS work, we are pounced on by satan. Keep up your good work for Jesus and put aside the comments that want to discourage you. You are on an important mission for those children, and they need a place to roast those hotdogs!! Keep on the important work, and forget the rest of it.

Sun, November 14, 2010 @ 8:45 AM

19. Eliane Gauvreau wrote:
I was just thinking that if everyone of us, sititng in the security and comfort of our houses had sent you a rock, you could have built 1, 2, 3 ... houses. Since we did not send it, we should only be grateful for the great job YOU are doing, not only in taking basic care of the children and staff but also in providing them joy and happiness through small treats like this firepit that will bring them hours and years of fun times. Way to Go Dixie and GLA! I am looking forward to meet you when I visit with my brother in Spring.

Sun, November 14, 2010 @ 11:10 AM

20. Rosie wrote:
Your doing an awesome job in Haiti!

Sun, November 14, 2010 @ 1:44 PM

21. Ryan Matthysse wrote:
You are doing so many wonderful things. Please know that you have so many supporters who "have your back". Think of all the times that Jesus went up to the mountainside - away from the crowds to simply pray, be alone, or refuel Himself. He was criticized for not doing enough, since there were people that needed healing, people in need of food, etc. Yet I think He modeled something important to us all. Sabbath. Ignore the critics. You're helping to save lives. You're making a difference in Haiti!

Sun, November 14, 2010 @ 11:24 PM

22. Corrine Gates (mom to three GLA kids!) wrote:
To anyone who has the slightest hint of doubt in their heart about GLA: Please, please do yourself a favor and go and see for yourself the amazing wonders that our Lord is doing through this greatly blessed organization! Kids are coming back from the brink of death and go on to live amazingly fulfilling lives in Haiti with their birth families or if needed abroad with adoptive families. My husband and I adopted three children from Dixies orphanage and we were completely flabbergasted by the profound impact that GLA has had not only on the children who reside there but the community that surrounds. GLA is the most sound charity I could ever recommend because I have seen it for myself and now know and love some staff there. {{{{DIXIE}}}} - our family still prays for you daily and even after three years home still remember fondly their time with Molly and Joyce (and nannies). We love you guys and we know ghat God continues to lead operations there. The Gates Family.

Mon, November 15, 2010 @ 1:16 AM

23. Janis wrote:
I know that we all need to have a place to enjoy the beauty of the land that God has blessed us with. The fire pit is great, and a place to gather for fellowship and renewal while worshipping in the great outdoors, how could one be closer to God other than being outdoors in His great sanctuary. Keep up the great work that God has called you to do. Being negative is not of God, I was having problems with some around me being negative and I talked to my Pastor, he told me to listen for God's voice not to those who are negative and to pray for those who are negative as they truely don't know Him..

Mon, November 15, 2010 @ 4:48 PM

24. Dolors Gres wrote:
Hi Dixie, I want you to know that your posts are very important for me. You and Gla are a part of our life. Please don’t worry about criticism, it’s impossible to please everyone. You have all my support, you live in Haiti and you know every moment what is needed and what is the best for Gla, the children and the community. You are always in our prayers. A big embrace, Dolors (Lola-Christelle’s mother)

Tue, November 16, 2010 @ 5:53 AM

25. Brittanny wrote:
You, dear Dixie, have more than earned a simple fire pit. Enjoy the weiner and marshmellow roasts! Thankfully, in the end, you are accountable only to God, and He sees your heart.

Thu, November 18, 2010 @ 1:27 PM

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