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    Main House Memories

    We could never have helped as many children and families out of the Thomassin 32 Main House without our faithful supporters. With your help this #GivingTuesday, we'll keep providing the same dedicated care to those children and families at our Fort Jacques location. Please enjoy this video we made of John and Dixie's final visit to the Main House and don't forget to support us on Nov 28 by either clicking the Donate button on our Facebook page or going to this secure Giving...

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    Come See John and I in Alberta!

    We are having a great time in Canada.  We arrived in Alberta and then last weekend went to Manitoba south of Winnipeg to speak at a church.  I wish that we could have seen the children from GLA that were adopted many years ago into this area but I did not have enough time to get in contact with any of the families.

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    Work Teams Needed to Help Finish the Inside of the New Guest House

    The progress on the new Guest House is amazing!  We stopped for just a bit while we build a trash house to help handle the load of the additional garbage that we have at Fort Jacques.  With the Toddler House is there and the Guest House finished in the next year, we must get the trash secured so that rodents are not attracted to it. But so far, the first story of the guesthouse is almost finished with the outside walls having gone up 3/4 of the way!  We are so excited to see the p...

  • Adoption News

    I have never been gone from Haiti for more than 7 weeks until this year!  I went out to the States to do fundraising on April 10th and did not return until the last of July.  That is a long time for me, but I spent 2 months fundraising with John by my side and then a month taking care of family matters.  Here in Haiti lot of things took place while I was gone. Several children went home with their adoptive parents while I was not here.  Made me sad to not be here when they le...

  • Mayor Signed 21 files for adoption!

    In case you didn't read my blog a couple of days ago about financial needs, you might have missed this prayer praise that we have! The Kenscoff Mayor signed all 21 abandoned children's files so they can now be proposed to families!  They have been waiting to be signed since August 2014!  What an answer to lots of prayers!  We were so overwhelmed because we were just watching these 21 children who were ready for matching sitting here all of those months waiting for one person to si...

  • What has been happening at GLA?

    Hi!  It's been a month since I've written a blog post.  So much has happened and I apologize for not being able to just sit down and let you know about it all. News from Fort Jacques First let me tell you about what has taken place since the break in at Fort Jacques.  We have hired a security company to provide guards 24/7.  This has given the staff and children a feeling of security that they needed.  Four of the foreign staff have had a chance to travel out of Haiti an...

  • The Day After...

    It's impossible to not sit and think about what happened and to not go over the "What ifs" in our heads the day after the attack on Fort Jacques.  What if we had thought about the thieves throwing poison out to the dogs before the dogs had a chance to eat any hot dogs?  We knew that thieves do this routinely, why didn't we think of the possibility quicker?  What if we had more lighting around the property?  What if we didn't have such thick fog that night and could have seen ...

  • Urgent Prayer Needed for Fort Jacques Staff and Children

    First, I want to say that no children or staff were injured last night at Fort Jacques. After midnight, several armed men entered the Fort Jacques property looking for money. They climbed over a gate at the bottom of the property and then broke the gate open.

  • 20th Anniversary of God's Littlest Angels in Haiti!

    John and I started GLA on Christmas Day 1994.  That was 20 years ago!  Time has gone by so fast.  We have lived in Haiti 23 1/2 years.  When we came to Haiti, John and I had made a commitment to stay for 3 years, but Haiti is our home now and in our hearts.  I don't know if I can ever leave! We were living and working at the Baptist Haiti Mission in 1994 and early on Christmas morning a premature baby was born at the mission hospital.  It was a baby girl and she wei...

  • More Help Needed to Get the Container to Haiti

    We have just a few days left before we need to pack and send the container from Colorado Springs to Haiti.  We are very thankful that we have received about $2000 to ship the container but it's not enough. We have had donations come in and we have food donated by Kids Against Hunger and Diapers given to us at cost by a local market in Pueblo, Colorado.  We have Baby Lotion, Soap, Shampoo, Powder, Baby Wash, Moist Wipes for diaper changing, high chairs, toys, clothes, building supplies,...

  • More dossiers released by IBESR for the Children's Court

    Yesterday we received 17 dossiers from IBESR for our abandoned children to be taken to the Children's Court so they can be signed by the mayor and then be proposed to families. We already have 4 dossiers down there waiting to be finished so the biological parents can come and sign them. They are have been there at least 6 weeks but having trouble getting them signed.

  • 2015 GLA Calendar Photo Contest

     Have your photo featured in the 2015 GLA Calendar With the end of the year in sight we are planning the 2015 GLA calendar, this year we want to include you.We have 3 months in the calendar left to be filled by your favorite photo you took while at GLA. How It Works Email your photo to us and the staff here will select a shortlist. Then the voting will be up to you!

  • GLA Prayer Request Updates Sign Up

     We want to be able to send out new prayer requests for those of you that would like to know the needs of GLA.  Most of the time, I just quickly put a prayer request on my Facebook page but we felt like we needed a way to get urgent requests out to our Prayer Warriors! We have a prayer request page but we want to keep our Prayer Warriors aware of current and urgent needs.  If you would commit to pray for for the children, staff, and needs of GLA, please click here to go to the Pra...

  • IBESR News from Monday 21 April

    As I'm getting ready to leave for two weeks in Colorado visiting our office and working out there most of the time we are there.  I am also going to Boulder to bring my son, Mark, home for the summer!  Gosh, I have really missed him a lot!  Not being there for any of the holidays where he could come home if we had been there was hard. So I'm trying to do a million things before I leave and one of them was that I needed Miss Magaly to go to IBESR today to check on dossiers.  S...

  • We are Almost There! Help us with a last BIG push to reach our goal!

    We have had a fantastic response to our "Double Your Dollar Challenge"!  We are now at $11,646 and our matching goal is $12,000! If you plan on giving but have not had time to go on the website and donate or write out the check and send it, please give TODAY, so we can reach our goal!  We really want to turn that $12,000 into $24,000!  We need the funds for food, diapers, medication, fuel, electricity, water, and all of the things needed to run an orphanage.  I cannot express...

  • Adoption News, Surgery, and More!

    I have had some requests to post where to go on the website to give to God's Littlest Angels .  Go to the GLA web site and click on the DONATE button and you can choose what country you are from and then just donate from the site.  Until June, we have someone willing to match all donations up to a total of $10,000!  So if you donate now, you can double your donation and help the children even more.  Please consider giving a donation to help us reach that $10,000 goal!  W...

  • Marie Kencia to have Surgery on Thursday for her Cleft Lip

    Marie Kencia is 6 months old now.  Her family brought her to GLA when she was only a day old.  The first day she could not suck on a nipple, but within 24 hours she was sucking and had no problems feeding. She has a cleft lip and palate.  The cleft lip goes up into her nose and is pretty large.  A volunteer who came on a work team from Canada fell in love with Marie Kencia and wanted to find help for her.  She first contacted Operation Smile.  Operations Smile said ...

  • Double Your Donation!

    Help us raise $20,000!  A family is challenging our donors to raise $10,000 by June 8th.  We have 2 months to raise $10,000 and they will match that amount $1 for $1.  Help us make a difference in the lives of the children.  

  • Need a Volunteer to Install Ceramic Tile at New School

    The construction of the new school for Fort Jacques is coming along quickly.  The roof is on, walls are up, and we are ready to lay the tile on the floors.  My children went to school at Quisqueya Christian School in Port-au-Prince and one of their classmates now runs a tile store in Port-au-Prince.  Their friend donated all of the tile for the school house!  It amounted to 3300 square feet of tile! If GLA had to buy that tile, it would have cost several thousands dollars, so...

  • Skilled Building Teams Needed at Fort Jacques

    We need skilled building teams to help finish the school house and Staff homes at the new orphanage site in Fort Jacques.  Would you please consider bringing a few builders, plumbers, framers, etc and come to Haiti for a week to help get these homes ready for our Toddler House?  We want to have everything ready for the children to move by late summer 2014 and the only way we can do that is if we can get teams here to help us get it built! Please talk to your friends, your church, your ...

  • Internal Revenue Service and Donations

    I have heard that some of our donors are wondering why I asked for help recently when we just received a large donation to help build the baby house at Fort Jacques.  Why can't we use some of those funds to help with our financial needs? The reason is that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the USA forbids us to use designated funds for a project other than what the donor has specified when the funds are sent to GLA.  This regulation protects the funds given from being used for othe...

  • IBESR News

    I have personally not been to IBESR in a little while.  I felt like I was just spinning my wheels with the adoption section because nothing was being done with proposals.  Today, when Magaly called to talk to the secretary, the secretary wanted to know if I was "angry" with them because Mr. Guillaume commented that I had not been down asking him about the dossiers!  I had to laugh because I stopped going and asking so much since I could see he was stressed and overwhelmed by all o...

  • We need your help. Can you give a donation today?

    We desperately need your help! More and more babies are coming to GLA for assistance. The parents cannot afford to pay for a hospital stay for their baby or the cost of a doctor's visit.

  • Baby Orphanage Ground Breaking a Huge Success!

      Wednesday was a special day, we held a small ground breaking ceremony to start the next phase of our building project.   It is very exciting to know that we are finally at the phase of building where the baby house can be started soon.  The foundation work will start as soon as the foundation for the Toddler House's Director's home is finished. There were approximately 60 people at the ground breaking ceremony.  We had two teams here along with our staff and the Haitia...

  • Thamara is a month old and losing weight...

    I received a call from Samaritan's Purse's Clinic in Cite Soleil.  They had a mother who had come with a one month old baby who is losing weight.  They were concerned and wondered if we would be willing to take the mother and child in our nutritional program.  When I asked I was assured that mother said she was breastfeeding but the baby was still losing weight! Thamara arrived yesterday afternoon and yes, Mom is breastfeeding her but Mom doesn't have any breast milk!  This i...

  • Baby Orphanage Ground Breaking

       This is an exciting day for GLA.  The Family Christian team is in Haiti and we will have a ground breaking ceremony for the foundation of the baby orphanage followed by a time of fellowship.  We have waited a long time to start this building project and we are so thankful to everyone who made a donation toward the Family Christian Angels House! It just worked out that we were ready to break ground for the foundation of the orphanage and the Family Christian Team is here th...

  • Meet our newest baby

    Jocelin is a baby boy who is 15 days old.  His father died before he was born and his mother has lost everything she owned when her house burned down!  Jocelin is the youngest of 5 children.  The mother says she has no possibility of caring for Jocelin.  She and her family brought him to the orphanage to place him for adoption.  My heart breaks that she has had such misery in her life recently.  How her heart must ache for both her husband and her children. Please p...

  • Meet Rose Clara...She needs some Sponsors

    Meet Miss Rose Clara. She is a child with lots of spirit, a smile that melts your heart and talks like an adult! She is abandoned.  She has been living at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince until IBESR brought her for me to see.

  • News from IBESR and Another Dossier Released!

    Slowly, we are getting the dossiers out of IBESR.  Magaly did not tell me last night, but she received another dossier that has been waiting months for just one signature! For the 6 remaining families, I know that it seems like it will never happen, but the 4 dossiers that have been released in the last week show us that with perseverance you too will overcome that hurdle called IBESR! Those of you who are my friends on Facebook have read my mini posts about the frustrations of dealing with...

  • When It Rains, It Pours!...and other news!

    Today was a good day at IBESR.  I think they are tired of seeing me and answering my questions.  But I am NOT giving up and maybe if someone from GLA just keeps showing their faces down there, we will get good news soon! IBSER NEWS I was able to get 3 children moving through the system.  These children had been "stuck" waiting for a document because no one in IBESR really knew what they wanted!  We ended up going to the courts and asking for 4 different documents!  Final...

  • Good News from IBESR on Tuesday 14 January

    I have had a very busy day and almost forgot to blog about my meeting at IBESR! The last few meetings I have had  I think have been very positive. GLA dossiers that have been stuck in dispensation for months on end have been moved to the Director's office and we are now waiting on the director's signature.  I think this is a big step forward and on Thursday I will find out if the director has signed them yet or not.

  • IBESR News About Dispensations

    I was very fortunate today to see several people that I needed to see in IBESR.  First I saw Maitre Nathalie Jean, an IBESR lawyer.  We discussed the problems between the "old" adoption law and the "new" adoption law.  There is some conflict between the two of them and the adoptions in progress in IBESR.  Social Services has to come up with a way to release the adoptions that meet the requirements of the new law and decide when they will release those files. For me, there is ...

  • Please Donate your used Smart Phones to GLA

    We need some donated smart phones for our staff here in Haiti. Phones are expensive here and they are not always the best quality. Miss Magaly's phone gets used a lot and she has to change it frequently because it breaks or someone once reached inside the car and actually took it out of her hand as she was talking on it!

  • Christmas Eve at GLA

    Christmas Eve is always a very busy day at GLA.  People finishing wrapping presents, getting food ready to cook for Christmas Day, and still trying to get some office work done! But now as evening comes, things slow down.  We are able to sit and fellowship together.  As we sit on the balcony and lift our voices in song to God, we also reflect on God's love for us.  He sent his only son to earth to become human.  Jesus' birth was a gift to us and Jesus is our salvation......

  • Christmas Party for our Toddlers at the Main House

    Mme Francois, our nursery school teacher at the main house, and her helpers put on a Christmas party for 8 of our toddlers here at the main house.  These kids go to school every morning from 8:30 AM until noon.  Mme Francois worked hard to teach some of the children to sing songs and quote verses for the party. Most of the speakers had these tiny little voices that could not be heard at the back of the room but then when Mme Francois would start it with them they would all of a sudden ...

  • Tuesday's Meeting with the Director of IBESR

    I feel like our meeting on Tuesday with Mme Arielle Villedrouin went very well.  I feel like she really listened to us and is going to try and help us find solutions to a few concerns that we have.  I have been trying to get an appointment to see her since October.  It is impossible to get a confirmed appointment!  At the IBESR meeting last week, I was able to ask her directly about getting an appointment and she gave me one right there and then! I wanted to talk to her about...

  • Outpouring of Love for Margareth and her Family

    Margareth, our nanny who died more than a week ago, was finally buried on Sunday.  The outpouring of love and kindness for Margareth and her children was overwhelming!  We received enough donations to provide a simple funeral for her and to help provide schooling and to help the kids with some food for the rest of the school year. We cannot express to you all how thankful the family is to know that Margareth was loved by so many and appreciated the job she did taking care of the childr...

  • Giving Thanks

    Today is American Thanksgiving. As kids, we dressed up as Pilgrims and Indians and had Thanksgiving plays at our school.  We learned how thankful the Pilgrims were that the Indians shared their food with them.  We also were taught how we should be thankful for the things were are given throughout our lives. Today, I am so thankful for my husband, children and a mother who is 93 1/2 years old and still going strong.  I am thankful for my staff in Haiti and the USA, the children at ...

  • Our Relationship With Family Christian Stores began with a baby boy...

    Our relationship with Family Christian Stores (formerly known as the James Fund) started with a baby boy, named B. who needed a family. He was the cutest baby in our nursery!

  • Amazon Smile Gives to Charities!

    AMAZON.COM SMILE  I use Amazon.com a lot for books and gifts.  I am really excited when I learned today about a new program they introduced where my purchases help charities at the same time!  Of course, I chose God's Littlest Angels as my charity to help and I'm hoping that those of you who shop through Amazon.com will chose God's Littlest Angels too! You just do your normal shopping through Amazon.com but a portion goes to GLA!  How great is that??!!  Here is the infor...

  • Meeting Today with IBESR about Adoption

    I had a meeting this morning with the new adoption section of IBESR and wanted us to come and talk about matching some of the children with families whose dossiers have been put into IBESR by an agency.  This is the second time we've been there for matching and have found there are a couple of glitches in their system! The matches that we talked about 2 weeks ago still have not been sent out!  IBESR is sending them to the agency's representative in Haiti who then must scan and send via...

  • NEW and IMPROVED! GLA's new website is finally online!

    Several years ago, a GLA parent developed our first web site and it was wonderful.  But I wanted to be able to change photos and information quickly and I could not do this using HTML language because I wasn't a web designer!  Then we heard about a someone who was developing web sites with something called a Content Management System.  This system would allow all us to change the web site and add photos.  We were ecstatic! We spent weeks writing all of the information for the...

  • Desperation…

    A tiny baby boy. A mother without hope. A decision made that can’t be taken back ends with the baby left on the ground outside a gate with a sack of clothes left nearby.

  • Words of Encouragement adds Sunshine to our day!

    Every photo taken and every update written is done so with the adoptive parents in mind.  What do they like to see about their child?  What photos or videos would light up their day while they are waiting for their child to come home to them?  How can we make their wait just a little bit easier for them? I know families sometimes think they are all alone and we just don’t understand their deep desire to get their child home as quickly as possible.  But we all want this same t...

  • IBESR Meeting about Matching Children

    Friday, IBESR invited 6 crèche directors to a meeting about how they are going to start matching children with families.  All 6 crèches have dossiers at IBESR waiting to be matched with children and they want us to start sending them dossiers. IBESR had sent us an email at the end of May giving us the long list of documents for the children’s dossier that they needed.  But we did not want to send a dossier down to IBESR before they have decided if the child is eligible for adoption. Th...