Post-trip Ponderings

Bonjou zanmis (hello friends in Kreol)! My name is Tyler Martin, and I’m a huge fan of Nadege and the work they are building towards in Haiti. In fact, I feel so strongly about their mission of restoring hope to Haitian women, that I actually made way down to Haiti in early July with a couple of my friends to learn about Haitian culture, love the Haitian people, and jump into what God is doing there!

To say it was an unforgettable trip would be a pretty huge understatement. I could write a short novel about my team’s experience, but I’ll contain myself and share about my favorite part of Haiti, the people! Here are three of the most remarkable people we got to spend time with on our trip:


Rachel

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Rachel (picture here with our team) is one of those people that you instantly know is going to change the world after about 30 seconds of interacting with her. She is an incredible Haitian woman who has served the Lord all over the world, and now is devoting her life to coming alongside Nadege in empowering women in Haiti. We got the opportunity to meet up with her on Nadege’s land in Jacmel, and while we were there she shared with passion about the ways God had directly led to her commit her to life to freeing women from oppression in the name of Jesus. My entire team literally had chills listening to her! Not only was her passionate vision for her country amazing, but she also helped our team a ton through connecting us with a local school and a local church in Jacmel that we got to go visit. Score! On top of all that, we all loved hearing her talk about her favorite Haitan recipes and her adorable 7 year old daughter Abigail. Basically, our team unanimously decided that Rachel was just the best!


Nadia

From the moment Nadia welcomed us onto the grounds the school she runs in Jacmel (pictured), I knew that our team was going to learn a lot from this woman. She is the kind of person that radiates with kindness, laughs greatly, and pours out insight each time she speaks. We all sat in a circle with her during a warm Haitian day and asked her all kinds of questions about her home country of Haiti, the Haitian education system, and the role of women in Haitian society. Like I said, we learned a lot! She was deeply encouraged to hear about the mission of Nadege, and particularly excited about the opportunity for the children of Nadege’s women to attend her school, which is within walking distance of Nadege’s land. Similar to Rachel, I was just blown away by the amount of passionate vision Nadia had for Haiti. God is surely raising up leaders in this country, how exciting is it think about Nadege partnering with visionaries like this?!


Junior

My man Junior! This guy was our guide throughout our trip in Haiti. We actually traveled via hiking between cities for most of the trip, so we definitely owe our lives to Junior for getting us around the mountains/forests of Haiti. Apart from his hiking skills though, Junior was unendingly selfless and equally hilarious in the 10 days we got to spend with him. By the end of the trip our group had its own language of inside jokes, and Junior flashed some impressive freestyle rapping skills. Junior also fielded countless questions from our team about Haiti, and did an incredible job at helping shape our understanding of Haitian culture. Within many of these conversations Junior would share his hopes for the future of Haiti, and his heart for his country undoubtedly shaped mine as well. Genuinely feel like I gained a big brother in Junior, and I’m very hopeful that I’ll see him again.


As you can see, God blessed us some incredible new friends during our time in Haiti. I loved every single part of my time in Haiti, from the delicious food to the hectic cities to the soaring mountains, but what I will cherish the most are these (and many more!) people. They welcomed me into their homeland, gave me plenty of lifelong memories, and shared their bold hopes for what God will do in Haiti. I’m beyond thankful for each of them, and so confident that by standing alongside people like these, Nadege truly will restore hope all over Haiti!

#SpotlightSunday: Justina Malin

Happy #SpotlightSunday! Meet Justina. She is married to Jonathan, and they both happily reside in kokomo, Indiana. Justina and Jonathan recently welcomed a new addition to their family, which offers new level of inspiration for this year's restored project. Read more to find out how Justina sees HOPE and consider supporting her campaign here.


1. In three words describe yourself.

Happy, honest, confident



2. What does hope mean to you?

The promise of a better future.



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

The undeniable passion Emily has for the project.  



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?

I’m reminded of this truth whenever life gets messy, I’m granted forgiveness and grace just by being a daughter of the King.



5. What is your hidden talent?

I enjoy hand lettering...

 

Justina created this piece for last year's Restored Gala!

Justina created this piece for last year's Restored Gala!

 

 

 

 

#SpotlightSunday: Corbin & Jessica Orr

Meet Jessica. She along with her husband, Corbin, have signed up to be restorers for our second annual Restored Gala. In this week's #spotlightsunday, learn why they are passionate about restoring HOPE to the beautiful country of Haiti and support their campaign by visiting their Restorer page.


1.  In three words describe yourself.

Spunky, pet-friendly, vivacious!


Jessica posing with her homegrown kale, pups, and the piece she is restoring.

Jessica posing with her homegrown kale, pups, and the piece she is restoring.


2. What does hope mean to you?

To me, hope means to believe in something greater; that the best is yet to come. 


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

My husband has been to Haiti twice to help with an organization that cares for the left behind children of Haiti. When we met, his passion for the children and the place he had once been caused me to long to go there some day. This past October, I went to Haiti to help those same children my husband once helped. While I was there, I fell in love with much more than just the children. I fell in love with the people, the culture, and the endless possibilities. I came home from Haiti with a burning desire to help the organization I fell in love with that provides children with a proper education, but also to help this new organization, Nadege, in any way that I could, so that Nadege could help as many Haitian women as possible. 


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?

Last year we had two sunflowers that I harvested too late so the seeds were rotten. I took down the flowers and threw them on my garden to decompose, and this year we have five beautiful and unplanned sunflowers in their place 


5. What is your hidden talent?

I grow excellent kale.


Photo proof of the excellent kale! YUM!

Photo proof of the excellent kale! YUM!

#SpotlightSunday- Brittany Lake

Meet our second restorer to be featured in our #spotlightsunday- Brittany Lake. She is currently studying Art Therapy at the University of Indianapolis. Keep reading to see why she is passionate about art and restoring hope.


In three words describe yourself.

Outgoing, Energetic, Caring

What does hope mean to you?

To me, hope means giving someone a second chance and that is what I believe Nadege will do for the women in Haiti.


What inspired you to help restore hope in Haiti?

I decided that I wanted to help restore hope when I met my friend Adrianne for dinner once we had just got home from college. She began to tell me about Nadege and I immediately knew I wanted to help in anyway possible. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to put my artistic abilities to work for a great cause!


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? 

During spring break this year, I had the opportunity to go to Mazaltán, Mexíco with Delight Ministries of the University of Indianapolis. During this time, I witnessed God's power working through the lives of the children we were working with. Being able to see how much love was in the hearts of those children was truly amazing.


What is your hidden talent?

I found my hidden talent in 8th grade, and that is was painting. 

Brittany posing with the piece she will restore with her friend, Adrianne.

Brittany posing with the piece she will restore with her friend, Adrianne.

Restorers of Hope

As we prepare for the second 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 is restoring twenty-five items, turning a "hopeless" object into something beautiful and new. Additionally, they have each pledged to raise $1,000 for Nadege, which will be matched by a generous donor up to $25,000. We truly believe the Restorers + the Match + the Restored Gala will = a safe house for women 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.

 

#SpotlightSunday- Adrianne Gamester

Please join us in welcoming Adrianne Gamester to the Nadege team as both our new intern and restorer for our upcoming Restored Gala. She is currently attending IUK and working toward a double major in Psychology and Public Relations. Fun fact: she attended the University of Evansville for two years, which is the alma mater of one of our co-founders. Sit back and enjoy her #spotlightsunday post below:


In three words describe yourself.

Passionate, Loyal, Genuine. 

What inspired you to help restore hope in Haiti?

I was first introduced to Nadege a few months ago, and the stories of the injustices facing women in Haiti broke my heart. After that initial encounter, God just let everything fall into place. Beginning the internship with Nadege has already changed my life, and my only desire is to help change lives in Haiti. 


What does hope mean to you?

I believe hope is the light we see at the end of the tunnel. All of the obstacles, twists and turns along the way cause us to rely on hope. We know we will make it, and that is what keeps us hanging on. 


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

It is amazing that God's promises are greater than my past, failures, flaws, obstacles, and difficulties. I believe that in my past I was in a desert place, alone and afraid, and it has been in moments like these where I've learned to place my complete trust in Him. In the ashes is where I've discovered beauty- it comes from pain, but it ensures spiritual growth, healing, and ultimately trust in God that He will endure. 


What is your hidden talent?

A hidden talent of mine is that I can play the alto saxophone. It was the first instrument I learned to play in 5th grade. I was unable to continue jazz band in high school due to swimming, but I still played on my own. I still remember how to play some songs by memory.

Adrianne and Brittany's before picture of their piece for the Restored Gala

Adrianne and Brittany's before picture of their piece for the Restored Gala

#fivethingsfriday- All Things Restored

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

1. What's Coming:

The Restored Gala- exactly three months from today, we will be hosting our second annual Restored Gala. It is an event we believe God will use to build the safe house. Save the date for September 23, 2017 from 7-9pm at Oakbrook Church and invite your friends! Get your tickets and learn more about the Gala here.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying for every person involved in the Restored Gala. From the artists restoring items and raising money to the Gala committee members, ask God to pour His favor over the entire team and do above and beyond what we could ask or imagine. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thoughts:

We are so thankful for everyone who is making this Restored Gala happen. Today we want to especially thank all of the restorers who will not only be restoring an item but also raising $1,000 AND the generous donor who will be matching their efforts up to $25,000! 

5. Weekly Words:

"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." -Mother Teresa

#fivethingsfriday: Dreams Coming True

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

1. What's Coming:

Upon our return from a dreamy trip to Haiti, we are re-energized to take our next step of building the safe house. This means we will be hard at work all summer long raising funds toward that goal. From Hope Gatherings thrown by a few amazing #hopemultipliers to the Restored Gala that is quickly approaching (9.23.17), we believe God will close out the last phase of our capital campaign by the end of year!

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying for survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. We were exposed to the darkness facing women in Haiti on a new level last week and were reminded that only God can provide the freedom and healing. Please lift up every woman who will walk through the doors of Nadege's safe house.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

This picture reminds us of peering into a dream, which accurately depicts our feelings in that moment. #dreamscomingtrue

This picture reminds us of peering into a dream, which accurately depicts our feelings in that moment. #dreamscomingtrue

4. Thankful Thoughts

we are thankful for all of the things from our trip to Haiti. God showed up beyond what we could have imagined. There were divine alignments, a warm welcome from the local community, an impromptu meeting with a potential school for the future children of Nadege (literally within walking distance of our land) and beautiful footage captured by Mackenzie. It was a beautiful week, indeed.

5. Weekly Words 

"Then Jesus said to her, 'Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God." -John 11:40

#fivethingsfriday- Little by Little

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

1. What's Coming:

At the end of the month, we are heading to Haiti to snap a few photos, shoot some video, marvel at all of the progress and connect with future partners. We're excited to take nexts steps and once again, see Haiti through the eyes of Mackenzie Lee Photography.

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying for safety and divine appointments on our upcoming trip to Haiti as well as continued provision for the safe house through the Hope Multiplied Campaign.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

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4. Thankful Thoughts:

Little by little, this dream of hope is becoming a reality. The strategic plan is complete. The safe house development committee is being formed #bostonstyle. Thirty-five generous donors have signed up to give $40 a month. Parties are being hosted to multiply hope in Haiti. We have so much to be thankful for this month!

5. Weekly Words:

"Piti piti wazo fe nich li" | "Little by little, the bird builds its nest." - Haitian Proverb

#fivethingsfriday- Multiply HOPE

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

1. What's Coming:

The Nadege journey has been a story of taking the next right step and trusting God with the outcomes. With the security wall complete and the land cleared in Haiti, our next right step is to raise funds to build the safe house. One of the ways we believe God will provide is through a campaign called Hope Multiplied. Learn more here and consider becoming a multiplier of hope by giving a monthly contribution of $40. 

2. Prayer Request:

Please join us in praying for wisdom and discernment for our board of directors as they meet next week to create a 5-year strategic plan for Nadege.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thought:

We are beyond words thankful for the passion and generosity of Southcreek Church in Kokomo, IN. Not only did they allow us to shine a light on slavery during their Freedom Sunday service, but they also took up a love offering for Nadege which placed us $1500 closer towards restoring hope in Haiti. 

5. Weekly Words:

"I think it's time that we celebrate women and not consume them. I think it's time that we empower women and not oppress them." -Benjamin Nolot 

#FiveThingsFriday- Walls of Hope

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

1. What's Coming:

Now that our security wall is receiving the finishing touches, we're looking ahead to the last phase of construction: our safe house. We have multiple events lined up this year to make restoring hope in Haiti possible. Our first will happen on February 26th at Dance Elite from 2-5pm. Mackenzie Lee Photography, one of our amazing partners, is hosting an event called Swap & Shop and has graciously allowed Nadege to receive a portion of the event proceeds. If you're in the Kokomo area and need to sell an old prom dress or purchase a new one, you won't want to miss it. 

2. Prayer Request:

Join us in praying for God's provision for the safe house as we enter into a season of capital campaigning. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thought:

Prior to the Restored Gala, we had zero funds raised for the security wall. Six months later, the wall is almost complete. We are thankful for every single person who made the Restored Gala a huge success. Because of YOU, a wall of hope surrounds our property in Haiti.

5. Weekly Words:

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you." -Matthew 7:7

 

#FiveThingsFriday- A Time for Rest

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

1. What's Coming:

After a busy season of event planning and before a new season of fundraising, a time of rest is coming.  The Nadege team is looking forward to a period of calm as we enjoy the holidays and celebrate all that God has been up to.

2. Prayer Request:

Join us in lifting up the nation of Haiti this season.  We're praying for a time of joy as many celebrate Christmas and remember all that Christ has done for us.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Take a look at one of our special Breakfast with Santa guests!

Take a look at one of our special Breakfast with Santa guests!

4. Thankful Thought:

The second annual Breakfast with Santa was a huge success! With nearly 400 attendees and $14,000 raised ($4K more than last year), we are one step closer to building our safe house. We are grateful for everyone who made the event possible, and for the opportunity to bring such a merry morning to the community.

5. Weekly Words:

"He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name's sake." -Psalm 23:2-3 (NIV)

#FiveThingsFriday- Security Wall Wonderland

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

1. What's Coming:

Phase one of construction on our safe house is underway! We've hired a Haitian company to build our security wall, and we're so excited to watch it come together. Check out the photo below!

2. Prayer Request:

As we've been mentioning, we've got our second annual Breakfast with Santa event coming up TOMORROW. This week, we're praying specifically for the fundraising aspect of it.  We're asking God to provide in BIG ways that will bring us closer to building our safe house, and for the wisdom to be good stewards of those funds.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

The security wall around our property will keep our land safe as we build the safe house, and then it will keep the women and children who live there secure.

The security wall around our property will keep our land safe as we build the safe house, and then it will keep the women and children who live there secure.

4. Thankful Thought:

We're feeling extra thankful for every step that brought us to phase one of construction being underway. The Restored Gala, generous donors, a successful trip to hire a construction company- little by little, we made it to this milestone.  Next, we'll be building a safe house!

5. Weekly Words:

"I lift my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth." -Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

#FiveThingsFriday- HO, HO, HOPE!

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

1. What's Coming:

With Breakfast with Santa comes lots of Christmas goodies! If you're joining us on December 10, be sure to stop by our Haitian Market.  There will be plenty of Haitian Christmas gifts including ornaments, metal decor, and coffee. Bonus: all of the profits from the Market go directly toward building our safe house in Haiti!

2. Prayer Request:

As Breakfast with Santa gets closer and closer, we're lifting up all who will be attending the event! We're so excited to see all of YOU there- celebrating the season and restoring HOPE in Haiti.  Still need to get your tickets? You can do that here!

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Check out some of the fun and festive items available at our Haitian Market!

4. Thankful Thought:

Breakfast with Santa is a big event, and it would not be possible for us to host it without our incredible team.  We are so very grateful for each person who has volunteered their time, energy, and/or resources to make this magical morning possible!

5. Weekly Words:

"Even when I cannot see him,I can hear the beautiful gallop of God's heartbeat for humanity ." -Christine Caine

#FiveThingsFriday- Hurrying

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

1. What's Coming:

Lots of festive fun is coming! This year at Breakfast with Santa, we've got pictures with Santa and a visit from his reindeer, along with plenty of other activities. These include: face painting, ornament creating, cookie decorating, build-a-beard, nail painting, and snow cone making.  Each additional activity is $2 and is sure to be a merry time!

2. Prayer Request:

As we gear up for a morning of festive fun, we can't help but think of why we're hosting this event: TO RESTORE HOPE. Join us in lifting up the survivors of sexual violence in Haiti, some of whom will one day inhabit Nadege's safe house

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thought:

We are thrilled and so thankful to welcome two new board members to the Nadege team! Natalie Hedde and Reba Harris bring a new level of knowledge, experience, and depth to our board. Join us in celebrating them and covering them in prayer!

5. Weekly Words:

"God never hurries. There are no dealines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves." -A.W. Tozer

#FiveThingsFriday- Festive Fun (and Fundraising)

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. This week even more than most, we've got Haiti in our heads!

1. What's Coming:

Ho, ho, hope is coming! Breakfast with Santa tickets are on sale now. We are so looking forward to pictures with Santa, a visit from the Grinch, and a lot more festive fun! Don't miss your chance to join in on a morning of merriment.

2. Prayer Request:

Our Restore Hope fundraising campaign is the driving financial force behind our safe house being built. Please pray as we continue to seek wisdom and guidance as God uses this campaign to provide a home for women who've survived sexual violence in Haiti.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Breakfast with Santa gets closer everyday, and that gets two thumbs up from us!

Breakfast with Santa gets closer everyday, and that gets two thumbs up from us!

4. Thankful Thought:

You may remember we mentioned in last week's #FiveThingsFriday that Guy, our friend and chair of our Haitian board, was struggling with typhoid. We are so thankful to report that he's made a full recovery and is back to 100%!

5. Weekly Words:

"It is one thing to be awakened to injustice and quite another to be willing to be inconvenienced and interrupted to do something about it." -Christine Caine

#FiveThingsFriday- Home

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. This week even more than most, we've got Haiti in our heads!

1. What's Coming:

After a successful trip to Haiti and meetings with different contractors, we are making moves toward building the security enclosure around our property. Those walls will initially protect our construction site, and later keep the women of Nadege safe in their home.

2. Prayer Request:

Our dear friend and chair of our Haitian board, Guy, is recovering from typhoid. Please join us in praying for his restored health.

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

The Haitian contractors measured the perimeter of our land this week as they prepare to build the security enclosure. One day, this will be the view from our safe house!

The Haitian contractors measured the perimeter of our land this week as they prepare to build the security enclosure. One day, this will be the view from our safe house!

4. Thankful Thought:

Safety, meaningful connections in the community, and progress in phase one of construction...our team's most recent trip to Haiti has given us a lot to be thankful for! We're also feeling so grateful for those of you who joined us in lifting our team up before and during their journey.

5. Weekly Words:

"My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest." -Isaiah 32:18 (NIV)

#FiveThingsFriday- Heading to Haiti

Your weekly five-point summary of what's new with Nadege. This week even more than most, we've got Haiti in our heads!

1. What's Coming:

On the 26th, two of our board members will be Haiti-bound! We're looking forward to hearing their updates and gaining a clearer picture on the next steps of constructing the security enclosure around our land.

2. Prayer Request:

As our team prepares for their trip, we're covering them in prayer. Specifically, we're praying for safe travels, wisdom and discernment as they make decisions, and a trip full of divine appointments!

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

Our team gets to fly right into the daily hustle of Port-au-Prince.

Our team gets to fly right into the daily hustle of Port-au-Prince.

 

4. Thankful Thought:

As our team gets ready to head to the site where our safe house will someday reside, we are filled with renewed gratitude for that land. Located in a safe place, nestled in a cozy community, it is truly a place of beauty, abundance and HOPE. What a blessing!

5. Weekly Words:

"Life is too short, the world is too big, and God's love is too great to live ordinary." -Christine Caine

#FiveThingsFriday- Christmas and Giftedness

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

1. What's Coming:

It may only be October, but our Breakfast with Santa team is in go-mode! Watch the video below or click here for more details about this fun and festive event.

2. Prayer Request:

The storm may've passed, but Haiti is still dealing with massive amounts of destruction. This week, we're continuing to lift them up. We're praying for wisdom and discernment for the government and other organizations as they make decisions regarding best practices for recovery. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

4. Thankful Thought:

We've encountered many deeply gifted and generous people through our work in Nadege. So many of them have directed their time and talents toward making this organization stronger and restoring hope to survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. For all of those people who have given of themselves, we are so grateful.

5. Weekly Words:

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." -1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

#FiveThingsFriday- After the Storm

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

1. What's Coming:

Although Hurricane Matthew has done some serious damage in Haiti, our team is still going at the end of the month as planned. They'll be assessing any damage done in the community and evaluating best next steps toward constructing our security enclosure.

2. Prayer Request:

Many parts of Haiti have been terribly affected by Hurricane Matthew. Damage on a scale like this creates whole new obstacles for already-vulnerable populations.  Join us in lifting up all of Haiti, but especially women who may've been displaced by the storm and seeking shelter.  We're praying that they have safe options that allow them to look after themselves and their families. 

3. Photo/Video of the Week:

We love this picture because it reminds to find peace in the calm after the storm.

We love this picture because it reminds to find peace in the calm after the storm.

4. Thankful Thought:

Last Saturday evening, we enjoyed a lovely time at the Watanabe estate for the Giving Circle event. We're thankful for the opportunity to share our story and raise some funds, bringing us one step closer to building our safe house.

5. Weekly Words:

"God moves in a mysterious way. His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm" -William Cowper