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"Providing exceptional care and a safe haven to the smallest, sickest, and most vulnerable children of Haiti and their families."

Renewed Refocused Rebuilding

Letter from the board of directors

The Board of Directors has been prayerfully and earnestly seeking a new Executive Director of God’s Littlest Angels since early 2021. An extensive search led us to interview several strong candidates. We diligently sought the person God was calling to this position and are now thrilled to introduce the new Executive Director of God’s Littlest Angels: Stephen Higgins!

Stephen resides in Colorado Springs, CO, where he most recently served as teaching pastor at Bethel Lutheran Church. Stephen received his Master’s of Theology from Hope International University in 1985 and then went on to pastoral ministry, founding a church in Akron, OH, in 1988. He transitioned into church growth ministry in the 1990s and became president of Williamson Christian College in 2009. Stephen’s passion is teaching and advancing non-profit organizations through development and improvement; this includes founding the Briarwood Group in 2003. He has led several teams and organizations internationally in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, among other places. Stephen brings much knowledge and vision to GLA. We are excited to bring him aboard our team!

Although we are delighted to enter a new season, it also means that another season is coming to an end. Molly Little has been serving GLA as Executive Director during unprecedented difficulty. Her leadership, determination, and dedication to ensure GLA was put in the position to thrive has been a tremendous blessing. She has established innovative policies and procedures, trained and encouraged staff, all the while working both in Haiti and the US remotely. We can not thank her enough for the time and energy she poured into GLA and we wish her the best as she steps down from leadership at GLA to pursue the next season God has for her life!

Since 2020, GLA, Inc. has been involved with unsubstantiated legal issues regarding the Fort Jacques property ownership and operations in Haiti. Former employees had claimed “GLA Haiti” was independent of GLA, Inc. Although Haitian judges ruled in favor of GLA, Inc., past employees continue to cause problems by applying to the Court of Appeal in Haiti. To assist us, on August 26, 2021, we received a Colorado Order where their preliminary findings include clarification that GLA, Inc. is the beneficial owner of the Fort Jacques property and that “GLA Haiti”, is under the ownership and control of GLA, Inc. We are now in the process of translating the Colorado order to provide to our lawyer in Haiti, which will hopefully bring an end to the interference.

Thank you for your continued prayers and dedication to GLA throughout the years. Together we can continue to bring hope and healing to all of the littlest ones God brings to our doors.

Surgery Update

We have much to be thankful for this summer! Little Carlens, who is now 21 months old, was able to have his inguinal and umbilical surgery repair at the end of May. He also needed to have an appendectomy, which was performed at the same time. Carlens spent 5 days in the hospital, along with his nanny, and did very well. He is back home at GLA and has recovered fully from his surgery.

Miss Rosie, who is 2 years old now, also had surgery this summer. Rosie came to GLA with a cleft lip and palate when she was just an infant. She has had difficulty with eating, drinking, and speech development due to her cleft. The surgery on August 4th went beautifully, and she is healing quickly. Please continue to keep Carlens and Rosie in your prayers.

Exciting Things Are Happening At GLA! ​

We are gearing up to move the NICU to a prime location on our campus. The NICU facility was located in the “blue” house that is also the home of our children under 1 year of age.

This fall, our goal is to move the NICU into its own dedicated housing facility. This house is located next to our medical depot, which will allow easy access to medications and equipment. Each room will have space for 3 incubators, upgraded equipment, along with storage for supplies. Ambulances or other vehicles can pull right up to the front door with ease. Also, parents will be able to stay in the same house as their infant with accommodations located upstairs.

This move is going to take a lot of hard work and prayer to be completed efficiently. Please join us in praying over the NICU and all who will come through its doors.

Fix the Fort Campaign

We are kicking off September with our Fix the Fort campaign. Here at GLA our mission is to provide exceptional neonatal care and a safe haven to the smallest, sickest, and most vulnerable children of Haiti and their families. The Fix the Fort campaign will enable GLA to continue to provide superb care to our children by allowing us to relocate services on the property, repair equipment, and complete upgrades with excellence.

Forever Families​

We have been blessed to see two of our of GLA kids join their new families in the past month. Please lift up the Martin and Drury families and their newest members as they begin building their lives together at last.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV ​

Volunteer Update

If it were not for volunteers, GLA would not be what it is today. We appreciate our volunteers immensely and cannot wait to welcome you back. As most parts of the world become normal once again, we are preparing to open our volunteer & team program again. We are currently taking submissions for interest and possible dates for future volunteers.

Teams: With some very specific work to be done on the property, we’re looking for skilled teams to visit GLA. We are specifically looking for individuals who have experience in:

  • Electrical – Commercial & Residential
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanics – Diesel, Generators & Vehicles
  • Solar Power
  • Carpentry

Virtual Volunteers: We’re looking for a few volunteers who would be willing to use their skills from the comfort of your own home. You’ll join our team virtually via Zoom, email, phone, and chat. We are specifically looking for individuals who have experience in:

  • Graphic Design
  • Creative Writing
  • Social Media/Networking
  • Writing Grant Appeals
  • Administration
  • Advocacy
  • …and other skill sets.

Medical Teams:  We are currently looking for small teams with a medical background specifically in neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, and hospital administration to assist us with future planning and logistics

When I Grow Up

Every child dreams of what they will contribute to the world when they grow up and the children at GLA are no different. All children have hopes and dreams of what their life will look like and how they’ll impact the world. We recently asked our children what they want to be when they grow up and this is what they said…

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 ​

Meet Myriam - Creche (orphanage) Director

What is the best part of working at GLA? The best part of GLA is the family environment. When I come to work, it truly doesn’t feel like “work.” It is home, not only for me but for many others. I enjoy the good relationships I have with fellow staff, and I love spending time with the children. It is one of my greatest joys to be able to be a part of God’s mission. GLA is so much bigger than all of us, it is God’s. Being adopted myself, I love being able to give back by helping those in need and bettering their lives.

What are some challenges you face? Sometimes, I feel the weight of responsibility of caring for the 47 children. Much like a parent, I want to make sure each one is cared for and I ask myself if I am doing enough? The country of Haiti is also under such political turmoil and unrest, that safety is one of my big concerns. Even just leaving GLA to take a child to an appointment, becomes complicated. I have to question whether it will be safe for the child, myself, and the driver? Are we going on the right day and at the right time? I have to trust God will protect us, as we are not in control.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Psalm 91. This chapter has been my go-to when life is hard.

What do you do for fun? I enjoy exercising and reading. The last book I finished was Andrea, a comedy book written in Spanish.

How do you measure success? A lot of people see success as how much money they have. I think success is how you live. Loving yourself and loving others, not comparing yourself to other people. When you have peace in your heart, and are living a life of gratitude, that is success.

For we know, "Unless it is the Lord who builds the house, the builders’ work is pointless. Unless it is the Lord who protects the city, the guard on duty is pointless." Psalm 127:1

Devotion On Courage From The Executive Director​

Throughout the past 25+ years, God’s Littlest Angels moved from a possible idea to an actual campus. Now, we are entering a new chapter of many possibilities and into some wonderful actualities. As we enter a new season, here are some great verses to encourage us at GLA and also in our own daily faith walk too!

2 Timothy 1:6-7 “For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline.” Also in Mark 6:50,Jesus gave the command to His disciples to “take courage!“. It was an opportunity for His disciples to “get used to different” with Jesus. You see in the scripture it wasn’t a normal day for the disciples out on the lake, especially when they saw Jesus walking on water towards them. They freaked out! The Greek word translated as “courage” also means, “good cheer”, “boldness” and “confidence.” In John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom (peace). In the world, you have distress. But be courageous! I have conquered the world!” This is the reason we can have courage.

In God’s Story, the Bible, He says courage is the opposite of fear. When God commands us to fear not, to be of good cheer, and to have courage, He is always powerfully speaking against fearful cowardice. Jesus asks us to walk with His boldness in total dependence on His providence, vision, wisdom, and hope wrapped in His amazing Love.

When I was at GLA a few weeks ago, I witnessed this on campus from everyone. Just by asking a few questions with staff, it was evident there was a boldness of love expressed for what they were doing for Jesus. One young man talked about his willingness to go around town to get whatever was needed for the children to be safe. While watching this young man work, he did so many things unnoticed, never looking around to make sure he was seen by others. He and others were courageously, humbly, confidently, lovingly serving the littlest Angels at GLA and also one another for our King Jesus.

We all need this kind of real Godly courage in our journey together. So, let’s connect with GLA in this new chapter filled with adventure and joy-filled faith. Become that stakeholder with us; pray for His courage for us, participate beyond what you have done before, and then promote GLA with courage in Him!

BE a stakeholder with us at GLA today!

Thank you, Pastor Stephen Higgins GLA Executive Director

Thank You to all of our GLA Family & Friends!!

Haiti News​

The country of Haiti suffered another devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021, in the town of Les Cayes. Although we are thankful GLA was left unharmed, we grieve with those on staff who lost loved ones, friends, and colleagues. The earthquake disaster relief will continue into the unforeseeable future. GLA has sent emergency supplies from our medical depot to the hospital in Les Cayes to help with relief efforts. 

This earthquake comes on the heals of political insecurity for the country, including the assassination of president Jovenel Moise. Several weeks following the assassination, demonstrations, gang violence, and insecurity had slowed down, but as of September they are now ramping up again. This doesn’t come as a surprise to a country in much turmoil. Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti and for God’s peace and resolution.

 

Needs List

Since the pandemic and rise in political tensions in Haiti, we have not been able to host volunteers. We have missed the fresh enthusiasm and energy teams bring with them, and have also come to realize how dependent we are on their generosity. We have looked diligently for local vendors to supply these necessities, but some items are impossible to find in Haiti. If you’d like to help by donating necessities please visit www.glahaiti.org/donate-items to find out more.

All US/international checks are tax deductible when made out and mailed to:

God’s Littlest Angels
PO Box 64285
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
USA 

Canadian checks are tax deductible when made out and mailed to:

God’s Littlest Angels Canada
PO Box 56043 Airways
Calgary, Alberta
CANADA T2E 8K5

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