#fivethingsfriday: Moving Closer to Hope

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

God continues to prove His faithfulness every step of the way as we move closer to the opening of the safe house. We are now fully staffed! All Clinical and Operational staff positions are filled - 11 positions in total. We are just blown away by the caliber of people that God has brought to Nadege, and we’re so proud to have an all Haitian staff to fully understand the unique needs of the women and children.

2. Prayer Request:

As we pursue the opening of the safe house, please pray for provision as we make one more construction trip in early September. Now that the hiring of staff is complete, please pray for the cohesion of the team during the upcoming staff training as well the women they will soon serve. Pray for complete healing and transformation as they find refuge within our walls.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Chris Anderson poses with the “before pic” of his Restored Gala project

Chris Anderson poses with the “before pic” of his Restored Gala project

4. Thankful Thoughts:

Planning is in full swing for the 4th Annual Restored Gala. We are so excited about the fun, new elements of the evening, as well as the incredible restored items and silent auction. Follow us on Social Media as we highlight restorers like Chris (pictured above) and share why they have chosen to partner with Nadege in such a creative way! We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication they are pouring into their pieces!

5. Weekly Words:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

#fivethingsfriday: World Changers

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

God has been so faithful throughout each step of the journey for Nadege. We have witnessed His presence through the dreaming, the planning, the construction and now as we continue to hire staff and prepare for the opening of the Safe House. We are extra grateful for all of the goodies we’ve received from our Amazon Wishlist: bedding, kitchen supplies, Haitian Creole Bibles and journals and much, much more. There is still time to help us stock the safe house. Click here to make this house feel like HOME for women in Haiti.

2. Prayer Request:

As we pursue a summer opening, multiple teams will be traveling to finish construction, hire additional staff and pray over the land. Please pray for continued peace in Haiti, as well as safe travel and health for all.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Warrior Run at Oakbrook Valley to benefit Nadege, Inc.

Warrior Run at Oakbrook Valley to benefit Nadege, Inc.

4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are completely blown away by the ambition, heart and dedication of two groups of young people! Check out what these next generation world changers have been up to:

“Scoops of Hope,” an ice cream social dreamed up by middle school student Makayla Colescott, brought families together for some good ‘ol fashioned fun on May 5th. While she was hoping to raise $100, with her hard work and an amazing team, the event pulled in over $1,500!

A group of high school marketing students from Northwestern chose to support Nadege, Inc. with their recent “Warrior Run.” With a 5 week timeline and a $100 budget, they put on an incredible night walk/run event and raised over $4,000!

5. Weekly Words:

“We chose to support Nadege with our fundraiser because we are so passionate about empowering women. We want to help, and we realize that everyone has a story.” - Jaydn Braun, Northwestern High School Senior

Double Victimization in Haiti

By: Dr. Jeff Cadichon | Clinical Director

In my previous blog post, I spoke about the story of a young woman, whom I will call Ms. X, who was sexually abused. I explained how I tried to support her through one of my students. Given the evolution of the situation, it is necessary to draw your attention to a risk factor that often hinders the accompaniment of victims and makes them more vulnerable. It's double victimization or victim blaming.

My student informed me that a friend of Ms. X who is a medical doctor helped her access medical care, but she doesn't intend to look for psychological care. Furthermore, She will not consider talking to her relatives about the abuse. She said that she's experiencing an intense feeling of shame because she believes that she will be blamed and considered responsible for what happened to her.

Double victimization or secondary victimization could be thought of as victim-blaming attitudes, behaviors, and practices engaged in by parents, family members, community service providers, which result in additional trauma for survivors of sexual assault. In this situation, they may be less likely to engage in helping the survivors find the needed services. 

Due to the fear of being blamed, Ms X appears to avoid or delay disclosure. Unfortunately, this prevents her from having access to mental health services, legal assistance and medical follow-up following the sexual abuse, which can result in long term consequences. 

At Nadege, we understand the issues relating to the care of female survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. We are committed to providing effective and responsive mental health care to sexual assault survivors and restoring hope to them.

Furthermore, it’s important to provide psychoeducation to family members, caregivers and other community members that will help them understand what the affected person is going through. 

Together, let's fight the double-victimization of the survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. These women have gone through a terrifying experience in the past and most likely are suffering in the present. But at Nadege, we are committed to giving them a bright future!



Deny Yourself

By: Dr. Jeff Cadichon | Clinical Director

On March 8, 2018, my wife and I decided to offer ourselves a moment of  escape and relaxation by going to a comedy show starring two talented Haitian actresses living abroad but passing through in Haiti. We both needed that to relieve moments of stress and anxiety. We had decided that this night was going to be our night. Our moment. And work was our last concern. We did not even think about it. The moment had to be pleasant with laughing and joking.

The show was about to start when my phone start ringing. I did not have the phone number calling me in my contact list. I hesitated before answering because the call had disturbed my moment of relaxation. I thought I should have turned off my phone. But, the conversation I was going to have is a proof that sometimes you have to deny yourself and continue your ongoing commitment.

The call was from one of my psychology students at a private university in Haiti. This student knows that I am the Clinical Director of Nadege in Haiti. She remembered I was explaining to my students during our first class that Nadege is an organization working on restoring hope to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti by providing holistic care to victims in our safe house. She asked me if the safe house is already open because she needed help for a young woman who had just been raped.

I told her unfortunately, our safe house is not open yet. However, I think there is a solution. I suggested she goes with the woman who was victimized, as quickly as possible, to Doctors Without Borders, which provides short-term 24/7 emergency medical  and psychological care to victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

All the more that Doctors Without Borders is a referral partner for Nadege. They will refer survivors of sexual violence to us for long-term care. I explained to her if necessary, the survivor will always be able to join Nadege's program for long-term support with a long stay in the safe house.

My student said she understood everything and noted the information. We promised to keep in touch so that I will be updated on the development of the situation.

After this phone conversation, I was able to attend the show. And it was a great moment after all.

Five days later, I had a meeting call with Emily, the founder of Nadege, and our colleague Amy, Nadege’s Administrative Director. While we were discussing about a chapter of the Bible in Matthew 16, I told them about my experience of March 8.  The story touched them so much. It was an emotional moment. 

For me, this experience could be an example of what is said in Matthew 16:24: ‘’Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’’

I am committed to restore hope to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti, to work with my clinical staff at Nadege to provide holistic care to them. It's my mission. It's my commitment. Somehow, it's my cross. I have to be ready to take up it and continue my ongoing commitment. So, if necessary I have to forget myself to carry out this work. 

And you, are you ready to do the same?



#fivethingsfriday: Keep Fighting

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

In the midst of protesting in Haiti, we’ve had to postpone trips to Haiti until we can ensure the safety of our teams. We’ve received reports from our staff team that the situation has been more peaceful in recent days. If the calm continues, we will begin to reschedule our construction trips in order to complete the interior of the safe house and welcome survivors in Haiti.

2. Prayer Request:

As Haiti experiences civil unrest due to political and economic instability, please join us in praying for restored hope, peaceful resolutions and continued protection over Nadege’s staff and the beautiful people of Haiti.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are so thankful for a brand new partnership with ISNAC, a professional school in Port au Prince. They have agreed to offer full and partial scholarships to graduates of Nadege. We believe holistic healing requires partnerships, and we love how God continues to connect us to like-minded organizations!

5. Weekly Words:

“Remember the goal, keep up the fight and you will succeed.”

-Dr. Jeff Cadichon (Nadege’s Clinical Director)

#fivethingsfriday: Crossing the Finish Line

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

As the opening of the Safe House rapidly approaches, we are in the process of hiring clinical staff, forging new partnerships and preparing the house for the arrival of those sweet women. We have multiple trips scheduled to Haiti in the upcoming months. Our next team is a group from one of our partner churches, South Creek. They will be working to finish the interior of the house. We cannot wait to open our doors in May!

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in prayer for safe travels and provision for the South Creek Church team. Also, keep our founder in your prayers as she is traveling, interviewing and soaking up all things Haiti!

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are so thankful for the recent men’s team (pictured above) that traveled to Nadege to complete the dry wall in the Safe House! Great job, gentlemen!

5. Weekly Words:

We can’t wait to share these words with the women of Nadege this Spring:

“ Your struggles and your tears will NEVER be wasted, but will be transformed into a healing balm after your victory. Everything will be alright. We serve a God whose name is FAITHFUL.”

-Theresa Pecku-Laryea

#fivethingsfriday: Ho Ho HOPE

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Nadege’s 4th Annual “Breakfast with Santa” is TOMORROW! We’re only one sleep away before we welcome the community to join us to restore Ho Ho Hope to women and their children in Haiti. Join us Saturday, December 8th at Oakbrook Church to grab a picture with Santa & Mrs. Clause, visit live reindeer, get your face painted, and peruse the raffle items and Nadege Store. Tickets are available here.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in prayer for the “Breakfast with Santa” committee and volunteers. Those elves have been busy this week preparing for your arrival. While you’re praying, please keep our upcoming teams in prayer as they gear up for trips to visit the safe house in Haiti. They will be finishing the interior of the building before we open this Spring!

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are incredibly thankful for God’s safety and provision for our most recent team trip to Haiti. Protests and crazy weather raged throughout parts of Haiti, making travel difficult, but God’s hand was in it all and everyone made it home safe and sound.

5. Weekly Words:

Reflecting on the holidays can encompass many thoughts and emotions. We pray these words from Paul will ring true for you:

“May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

A God of the Impossible

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When we set out to hire a Clinical Director in Haiti, our description of the ideal candidate was extensively long. Many advised us to lower our standards— to hope for the best but to set more realistic expectations. We tend to struggle in setting realistic expectations, mostly because we believe strongly in a God who promises to do the impossible. As always, He delivered and more than exceeded our expectations.

Meet Dr. Jeff Matherson Cadichon. He was born and raised in Port-de-Paix, Haiti and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Burgundy in France. A few months prior to posting this position, we sat down with the President of the Haitian Psychological Association to connect and inform her about the vision of Nadege as well as to discuss our ongoing staffing needs. She highly recommended Jeff for the Clinical Director position due to working with him on a research project to determine the post-traumatic effects of the 2010 earthquake on Haitian women and adolescent girls.

Let me pause for a moment and say that we fully expected to hire a woman to fill this position. Our highest priority as an organization is to protect the women we will serve. We understand the possibility of re-triggering individuals who have experienced traumatic events at the hands of men, and how the very presence of a man can result in flashbacks and other post-traumatic symptoms.

However, the reality is these symptoms will occur at some point in the healing process, whether it’s during the treatment process or once they begin a new life outside of the house. We would rather those symptoms occur while women live in the house so their care team can work to address them together and teach them healthy coping strategies to practice in a clinical setting.

That being said, Jeff’s role will involve overseeing the clinical staff— all of which will be female. The clinical staff will have one-on-one interactions with the women and their children. If Jeff needs to meet with a woman, her assigned counselor will be in the room in order to provide the highest quality of care possible.

We also love the idea of a strong male presence at Nadege because we strongly believe that the work done at our safe house only treats a symptom of a bigger problem in Haiti. In order for lasting change to occur, we must be a part of infiltrating a culture, which will involve educating men on how to treat women. The best candidate to address this deep seeded issue is other men. We are convinced that the eradication of sexual violence in our world must include the advocacy efforts of both women AND men.

We are excited to welcome Jeff to the team. He loves God and people well and has a passion for restoring HOPE to women in his home country. His list of credentials is impressive, but it was his passion, collaborative spirit and desire to see real change take place in Haiti that made hiring him an easy decision, while also serving as a reminder that nothing is impossible with God!

#fivethingsfriday: Big Things to Come

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

As you are reading this, Emily Hays and Beth Waterman are in Haiti meeting with the new Clinical Director of Nadege! They will be training, brainstorming and sharing vision for the beautiful women that will be living at the safe house. Stay tuned for the “big reveal” introduction to the new director.

2. Prayer Request:

As the Safe House is nearing completion, we are preparing to send teams to Haiti to complete construction. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as we assemble teams, and for safety and provision while traveling. Also, please keep Emily and Beth in your prayers as they are traveling this week.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thoughts:

Have you heard the great news? The 3rd Annual Restored Gala raised above and beyond our goal this year!! Thanks to the generosity of so many, we were able to raise $102,000 to run operations of the Safe House next year! Thank you for all of the love, support and prayers covering this event!

5. Weekly Words:

In reflection of our Restored Gala, we revel in the fact that God has been in this journey from the beginning. He is worthy of our praise.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” - Deuteronomy 10:21

#fivethingsfriday: Gearing up for the Gala

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

The 3rd annual Restored Gala is only 36 days away!!! Mark your calendars for September 22nd, and join us as we celebrate Hope Restored! This year's Gala will help fund operational costs of the safe house. Come see how our restorers have turned something broken into something beautiful! Get your tickets here

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in prayer for our restorers as they continue to transform their items as well as fundraise for the Gala? We are so excited to see how God will use these once broken items to restore hope to the beautiful women of Haiti. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are so thankful to welcome Amy Roe to the Nadege team this month. She will be joining us on a part-time basis to help with all the things. Amy was one of a handful of people who literally prayed Nadege into existence, and now her timing could not be more perfect as her MANY strengths are directly in line with our current needs as an organization. Welcome to the team, Amy!

5. Weekly Words:

"Difference through the lens of fear is a threat, but through the eyes of faith is a gift." - Danielle Strickland

#hoperestorers - Sophie + Adrianne

July 8, 2018

Say hello to our interns:

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1. WHAT IS YOUR FULL NAME + NICKNAMES?

Sophie: Sophie Nicole Frazier, but I go by Sophie.

Adrianne: Adrianne Savannah Gamester. Sav, Savvy, or my favorite: Savadrianne. 

2. WHAT COLLEGE DO YOU ATTEND?

Sophie: Huntington University 

Adrianne: University of Evansville for 2 years, IUK for 2 years. 

3. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

Sophie: A mental health counselor

Adrianne: Communications research and possibly strategic planning for organizations 

4. WHAT IS YOUR HIDDEN TALENT?

Sophie: Knitting

Adrianne: Cooking like I'm on "Chopped"

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME MEMORY?

Sophie: Volunteering in Sri Lanka

Adrianne: Going to Sicily and Italy with my mom

6. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST ITEM ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Sophie: To see all the seven wonders of the world

Adrianne: To visit Anarctica

7. WHAT IS THE BEST KNOCK-KNOCK JOKE YOU KNOW?

Sophie: "I know a great Knock Knock joke!" "Ok, tell me." " All right. You start." "Ok, Knock knock!" "Who's there?"

Adrianne: "Knock, knock?" "Who's there?" "A little old lady." "A little old lady who?" "All this time, I had no idea you could yodel." 

8. WHAT DANCE MOVE CAN YOU TOTALLY ROCK?

Sophie: The robot

Adrianne: The floss

9. WHAT RAD EXPRESSION DID YOU OVERUSE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Sophie: Salty

Adrianne: Gucci

10. OUT OF ALL THE INTERNSHIPS YOU COULD HAVE CHOSEN, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE NADEGE?

Sophie: I have always had a passion for Haiti and human trafficking, so Nadege was a perfect fit for me.

Adrianne: The passion, drive, and mission of it all.

Hope Restorers

As we prepare for the third annual Restored Gala (details here), we would like to highlight a group of people who are making this event possible: our Hope Restorers. This team will be returning a "hopeless" object into something beautiful and new. Additionally, they have each pledged to either raise $1,000 for Nadege or recruit 3 monthly donors. This will all be matched by a generous donor. We truly believe the Restorers + the Match + the Restored Gala will help us tangibly restore hope to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti.

Our Hope Restorers are listed below.  You can click on their names to read a bit more about them* and the item they have chosen to restore.

*Some profiles are under construction and will be made available once they are complete.

#fivethingsfriday: New Seasons

Your monthly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Although it's months away, we've already started gearing up for our 3rd annual Restored Gala. Mark your calendars for September 22nd at the Hobson. This year's Gala will help fund the operational costs of the safe house once it officially opens in 2019. If you or someone you know loves to make old things new again, we are still looking for three restorers to join the team. Those interested can fill out a form here.

2. Prayer Request:

We currently have two separate teams developing curriculum: one is focused on mental health and the other spiritual development. Will you join us in asking God to lead both teams as they seek to join Him in restoring hope to women in Haiti?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts

As Nadege continues to grow, our workload continues to increase which is why we are so thankful to welcome two new college interns to the team this summer. They begin next week, and we are overflowing with excitement! 

5. Weekly Words

"Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners of HOPE. Even now I announce that I will RESTORE twice as much to you." -Zechariah 9:12 (the verse for this year's Restored Gala)

 

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#fivethingsfriday: Hope Multiplied

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

We are in the process of hiring our first full-time employee in Haiti. The opening is for a Clinical Director who will oversee the mental health department of our aftercare facility. In order to fund the staff team in Haiti as well as the women and children who will soon occupy the house, we are looking for Hope Multipliers to become monthly sponsors at $40 a month (which equates to about two drinks at Starbucks or one meal at McDonald's per week)- not a lot when you consider the restorative impact of those dollars!

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in asking God for wisdom, discernment and the right connections as we hire a Clinical Director? This position will be vital in ensuring quality care to the future women and children of Nadege.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Join us in multiplying HOPE for women in Haiti.

4. Thankful Thoughts

There is so much to be thankful for in this season of building. Just over two and half years ago, Nadege was only an idea. Today, steel beams are joining to form a location where hope will be restored for years to come. This was all made possible by a God who does the impossible and generous donors and volunteers who have stepped up to be a part of the solution. 

5. Weekly Words

"God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or imagine." -Ephesians 3:20

#fivethingsfriday: Blocks of Hope

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Our team recently returned from an amazing trip to Haiti full of pursuing partnerships, connecting to other NGOs and witnessing the beginning phases of construction (see picture below) happen on our land. Another team will leave for Haiti next week to continue overseeing construction. This is a busy season for Nadege, and we're loving every minute.

2. Prayer Request:

Our curriculum team is ramping up to develop a culturally-sensitive mental health program. Will you pray for wisdom and progress as well as continued connections to counselors and social workers in Haiti?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

To see a dream becoming a reality has us feeling all the feels. We are thankful for every block, the construction team (Haitian & American), and every dollar donated that is now transforming this land into a place of hope and restoration. What a beautiful story God is writing through Nadege! 

5. Weekly Words

"God's faithfulness means that He will always do what He said and fulfill what He has promised." -Wayne Grudem

#fivethingsfriday: Home Sweet Home

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

We are excited to announce that as of yesterday BOTH containers (full of building materials) reached our land. Although this process has been longer than expected, the timing is actually perfect because we have a team traveling to Haiti next week to meet with our Haitian engineer to oversee the start-up of construction. We will then leave the exterior build-out in the hands of a very talented Haitian team!

2. Prayer Request:

We are embarking on a new season of building, strategizing and planning and could use a few extra prayers for wisdom, discernment, provision and divine appointments. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts

We are incredibly thankful for all of the hard work of our Board Chairman in Haiti, Guy (pictured above), for the tireless work he has put into getting those shipping contaners out of port. Within the last month, he has made multiple 6-hour (round trip) drives to our land, saved us $4,000 in custom fees and managed the logistics of getting the containers to our land. Employee of the month, for sure!

5. Weekly Words

"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." -Proverbs 16:9

#fivethingsfriday: Port-au-Priceless

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

After some delays in Miami, the building will be shipped this weekend and arrive in Port au Prince, Haiti on January 23rd. This means the materials that make up the safe house will likely reach our land a few days later. A few Nadege board members will take a trip to Haiti shortly thereafter to get the ball rolling on construction. We've never been more excited about a container full of steel! 

2. Prayer Request:

Please continue to pray for the construction process to go smoothly + safe travels and divine appointments for our construction teams.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

This is how we envision the building reaching our land-- with a woman overseeing the logistics :)

This is how we envision the building reaching our land-- with a woman overseeing the logistics :)

4. Thankful Thoughts

As we prepare year-end giving statements (they will reach your mailboxes soon!), we are so thankful for the outpouring of generosity in 2017. Nadege is on the brink of building a safe house where hope and healing will take place for survivors of sexual violence in Haiti because of YOUR faithful support. Thank you for making this dream a reality!

5. Weekly Words

"Now is the time to make justice a reality for God's children" --Martin Luther King Jr.

#fivethingsfriday: Shipping Hope

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

A few months ago, we announced that we had purchased the building package for the safe house. We are happy to report it should arrive in Haiti by early January! This means construction can begin shortly thereafter, bringing us one step closer to seeing hope restored for women in Haiti.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying the construction process goes smoothly. Groups will be traveling to and from Haiti throughout 2018 to oversee and assist in the building process. Will you also pray for safe travels and for God to break their hearts for what breaks His?

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

After our most successful Breakfast with Santa to date (Thank You!), Guy, our board chair in Haiti, was able to share about a recent experience at Nadege's land with Oakbrook Church.        4.  Thankful Thoughts :  We are incredibly thankful to every single person who made Breakfast with Santa a success. The event grossed over $21,000 due to the generosity of so many of YOU. From our amazing sponsors to every attendee to the hard work from our committee and volunteers, we are oozing with gratitude for the opportunity to not only put dollars toward safe house operations, but to also bring joy and hope to our local community.   5.  Weekly Words :   "With Jesus on your side, you don't need anything else." -Guy Robert Dosseus

After our most successful Breakfast with Santa to date (Thank You!), Guy, our board chair in Haiti, was able to share about a recent experience at Nadege's land with Oakbrook Church. 

 

4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are incredibly thankful to every single person who made Breakfast with Santa a success. The event grossed over $21,000 due to the generosity of so many of YOU. From our amazing sponsors to every attendee to the hard work from our committee and volunteers, we are oozing with gratitude for the opportunity to not only put dollars toward safe house operations, but to also bring joy and hope to our local community. 

5. Weekly Words

"With Jesus on your side, you don't need anything else." -Guy Robert Dosseus

#fivethingsfriday: All Things Christmas

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. 

1. What's Coming:

Our third annual Breakfast with Santa is quickly approaching. This year we're pulling out all of the stops with Santa and his reindeer (obviously), face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making, a balloon twister and so much more. We are super excited to bring a little Haiti to Kokomo with a Haitian dance team, fanal creating (creole for lighthouse) and a visit from our Haitian board chair, Guy Robert Dossous. See the video below to meet Guy and join us on December 9th from 9-11am at Oakbrook Church

2. Prayer Request:

Will you join us in praying for Breakfast with Santa? We're asking God to bring so much joy to our local community while providing #HoHoHOPE to survivors of sexual violence. Every dollar raised will go toward operating the safe house in Haiti.

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are beyond words thankful for the opportunity to embark on our next step of building a safe house. God has provided in amazing and surprising ways through so many of you. In two short years, we've bought land, built a security wall, purchased a building package and now very soon women will walk through the gates of Nadege to enter into a new life of restoration. Thank YOU for helping to make HOPE happen!

5. Weekly Words

"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing one anothers' loads and supplanting empty hearts with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays."  -W.C. Jones

#SpotlightSunday: Lindsay Bollhoefer

Say hello to Lindsay Bollhoefer! She is the mother of three little boys. Her husband is in the army, and she teaches music at Northwestern Elementary. In her spare time, she enjoys adventuring with her boys, and singing and playing piano in the worship team at Oakbrook. Read more below about her love for Nadege's mission, and her excitement leading up to the Restored Gala.


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1. In three words describe yourself.

So hard! I asked my husband to answer this and he sent me a list of ten words, so i chose from that. He said that I'm adventurous, intelligent and abnormal.


2. What does hope mean to you?

The time that I've spent working on my Restored piece has become a time of meditation on hope and all that Nadege is going to do. I think about how I can spread the word about Nadege and its message of hope. For me, hope is faith in a brighter future. It's a reason to wake each morning and greet the day with optimism. 


3. What has caused you to help restore hope in Haiti?

I am so blessed to be able to follow my dreams in this life. I can have a career that I love, provide for my family, and pursue the things I am passionate about, all because I live in a place where I am valued. I want every woman to feel valued and have a chance at living the life that she deserves. That is what drives me to help Nadege's mission. 


4. Our theme for the Gala is Isaiah 61:3. How have you witnessed "beauty coming from ashes" in your own life or the lives of others?

It was difficult for us to conceive our first son, and I was emotionally in a low place. For a year we watched others have children or become pregnant, and it was very hard to be excited for them or enjoy babies. Finally, after much prayer, we met our son, Holden. If there is anything more beautiful than the birth of a child, I don't know what it would be. The gift of a new life is truly a miracle, and a gift from God.


5. What is your hidden talent?

Well I don't know that I have any "hidden" talents. Music is my talent; I sing and play the clarinet and piano. 


Lindsay and her boys

Lindsay and her boys


Her restored piece....can you guess what the final product will be? ;)

Her restored piece....can you guess what the final product will be? ;)