And Life in Haiti Goes On...

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    Oh So Thankful

    As we are starting to make preparations to celebrate the hope and joy of the Christmas season with the children here, our expat staff can't help but pause and be overwhelmed with gratitude as our traditional Canadian and United States Thanksgiving holidays come to pass. This season of giving thanks can't be had without looking at all of the blessings that we are able to heap on the children here as a result of your prayers and generous giving. God's Littlest Angels isn't a long t...

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    GLA School Day Snapshot

    Here at God’s Littlest Angels we have twenty-three children that attend school full time. At eight o’clock each weekday morning they line up outside and start their day by raising the Haitian flag and singing country’s National Anthem with their teachers. After their morning ceremony, the student’s head to school to attend classes taught in Creole, French, and English.

  • We Need Your Help Today!

    Running an orphanage and school for the children is expensive.  Just providing the essentials like food, water, medicine, and supplies takes constant fundraising each month.Donations have dropped off for the last 6 months.  I do not know why donations have been less, whether it's the economy or just lack of interest, but God's Littlest Angels has been struggling!

  • John Bickel in Cardiac Unit for 2 days

    Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to bring you up to date on what is happening with John and me (Dixie).  Your prayers are needed.We have been in the States since the 10th of September.

  • For All Adoptive Families Who Have Left with your Children Please Read This

    Hi, this is Dixie. I have a favor to ask.We are trying to update our records for all of the adoptive families who have already taken children home.  We know that addresses for some have changed and emails especially have changed.

  • For All Adoptive Families Who Have Left with your Children Please Read This

    Hi, this is Dixie. I have a favor to ask.We are trying to update our records for all of the adoptive families who have already taken children home.  We know that addresses for some have changed and emails especially have changed.

  • Hurricane Irma Passed Haiti Without Damage to GLA

    We just wanted everyone to know that Hurricane Irma passed by Haiti during the night last night.  We had some rain and little bit of wind but no damage at the orphanage.  Friends in Cap Haitian also said the same thing.

  • Hurricane Irma Update from the orphanage....

    It is very still and calm here in Fort Jacques.  We thought we would wake up to rain and wind but so far it hasn't reached us.  The weather channel shows it moving very slowly to the west.

  • Unpredictable Hurricane Irma coming our way!

    The weather reports say Hurricane Irma might hit Haiti but then some say the eye should be north of us and only the northern cities are under a hurricane warning. So we really do not know what to expect at this time.We are taking precautions and boarding up windows at the school just to be safe.  All of the children including our three babies in incubators will all go into the first floor of the school probably on Thursday if the rain and winds come our way.

  • Hurricane Coming Toward Haiti! Keep Everyone in Haiti in your Prayers!

    Hurricane Irma looks like it is coming straight toward Haiti.  We will know more about it's path hopefully on Monday.  Southern Haiti still has not recovered from the devastating wind and rain that came with Hurricane Matthew back in October of 2016.

  • The Babies at GLA Need Your Help...

    We need your help to pay our bills.  It is difficult for me to write that sentence but it's true and we are having a difficult time paying our electric, water, propane for cooking, diesel for the generators and our other bills that are due.  Your donations are what keep God's Littlest Angels functioning.

  • Check Out The Move to Fort Jacques. Please Help Cover the Costs!

    We are all living at Fort Jacques now except for the Guest House which is still located in Thomassin 32.  This move has been difficult for John and I.  We have lived in the Thomassin area since 1995.

  • We Need Your Help to Give Every Child the Gift of School

    As of this morning, we have 56 children who still need to be sponsored to attend school. Your response has been phenomenal and now we need your help in the final push to support each child who signed up for the program! The quickest way to help is simply by sharing this blogpost, photo and/or website link in any combination! Take the leap of faith today to change these kids' lives by giving them and other children in our community the gift of school.

  • Start With a Smile! Amazon #PrimeDay is Coming!

    Hi GLA friends!!! We love and appreciate you so much!  We wanted to tell you that Amazon's third-annual Prime Day is on Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year.DayHere's how you can help us on that day.

  • Please Take a Moment and Say an Extra Prayer for Us!

    Our move to Fort Jacques is a huge undertaking.  I get a little depressed and overwhelmed just trying to figure out where everything will go and what to give away and what to keep out of this huge baby house!A part of me doesn't want to move.  I like things the same.

  • We need funds to move the babies to their new home. Can you help?

    When we let you know of our need for some extra hands and some skilled workers, we received several inquiries from people wanting to help.  Now thankfully we have a few extra volunteers coming in the next month to help with the building that needs to take place before we can move the babies to Fort Jacques.  We want to thank everyone who is coming to help.The building part of the move is also going well but we are running low on funds to keep preparing the buildings.

  • Change Your Worldview

    If you've been to #glahaiti you know these children capture your heart in a way that words can't adequately explain. To be sure, when you come to visit; when you sit with one child or ten of them; laugh and play with them; when you experience their love and joy --- your worldview will be reshaped for the better and you'll realize all the more poignantly that YOU were called to a life of service, mission and purpose.Of course countries, time zones or people groups may changes from person to perso...

  • Bookkeeping Position Open in our Colorado Office!

    Hello Everyone!  I'm traveling right now in the States but wanted to let you know about a need we have in the Colorado Springs office.  Our bookkeeper left suddenly and we need to find someone to take over her work load!

  • Hurray! Matching Funds Goal of $10,000 Reached!

    Last Thursday, I told you of a donor who was willing to donate $10,000 to buy our food/supplies for the month of April and they put out the challenge for other donors to help us raise the funds to match that amount.  That gives us two months funding for food/supplies!We reached that goal last night and we are so happy and thankful to all of you who made a donation toward that goal!  This is a monthly need and usually donations are enough to cover this each month, but for April we were ...

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    Matching Campaign Started!

    I have good news!I had a family contact me who said they would do a matching fund campaign with GLA for the monthly food and supplies that we need.  This family is willing to give $10,000 and is challenging you to help match their donation. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get the funds needed for two months to purchase food!Would you consider sending in a donation today to help us get these matching funds?

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    God's Blessings Surround Us!

    Sometimes when I grow weary and just want to take a holiday from all of the sickness and misery surrounding me, I lift my eyes up and see the mountains and beauty of Haiti and my strength is renewed!Sunday morning church services on the balcony with the backdrop of the mountains behind Pastor Joel makes it feel like God is right there, I could reach out and touch him!  The beauty takes my breath away!But the poverty, sickness and the daily difficulties for the people of Haiti are there even...

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    We Think It's Time for YOU to Come to Haiti!

     If you got our last newsletter, you saw the news that we are planning on moving the main house up to our Fort Jacques property by August 1st. Our main house is home to our offices, our NICU, two nurseries, Dixie & John, and countless staff. As you can imagine – this will be a big job! Moving everyone up there means we will not have to pay rent for another year on the main house which will allow us to use that money for other permanent building projects at Fort Jacques.

  • Orphans Treasure Box Loves GLA

    We have exciting news! Today we’re announcing our “Orphans Treasure Box Loves GLA” fundraising campaign running now through the end of March! We're so thankful that 30% of all proceeds from items purchased through the Orphan’s Treasure Box online store link - http://shop.orphanstreasurebox.org- will come back to support the ministry of GLA!

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    Who I Am and Why I Exist!

    Here is a post written by our NICU nurse, Emily Smith, RN.  Emily came to us to be our full time nurse.  God's Ways Are Perfect and He knew that we needed Emily here at GLA.

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    Hurricane Distribution for the Kenscoff Community

    Two weeks ago, we distributed seeds and goats to the people in the hurricane affected areas around the community of Kenscoff.  Kenscoff is a county seat here in Haiti.  It covers a lot of the mountain area between Petionville and Jacmel.

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    2017 GLA Calendars Are Here! Order Yours Today!

    The calendars are ready and will make great Christmas gifts!  If you are interested in ordering a calendar for yourself or for gifts  order them soon.  The photos inside are wonderful this year.I’ll give you a sneak preview below!The Calendars are available for a donation of $20 USD which includes shipping.

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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.

  • Canada...We have arrived!

    We arrived in Edmonton, Alberta Tuesday afternoon.  The weather is beautiful: not too cold and not too warm.  The last month before leaving for Canada was crazy in Haiti.

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    Seventy-five Students will not be attending school if we can't find more sponsors!

    For 2016, GLA had 346 students come and apply for school sponsorship.  These are children whose parents are not able to pay for their schooling.  The only way these children can go to school is if they receive financial help for their tuition!

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    Come See John and Dixie in Alberta, Canada - September 13 to October 3.

    John and I will be traveling to Canada from Tuesday September 13 through October 4, 2016. So far this is our speaking schedule while in Alberta.  There are openings on the schedule.

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    Make a difference! Come Live and Work in Haiti!

    For all staff and volunteer information, please contact our OFFICE STAFF.NEW POSITIONS IN HAITI ARE OPEN!To Apply, contact our US office by clicking here or call 719-638-4348 and ask to talk to Jean. Handy Man Needed: Looking for someone who can work with our team at Fort Jacques to keep things fixed.  Will be doing daily maintenance and working on projects with the rest of the staff.  Would consider a volunteer for the summer just to help us get caught up with the projects waitin...

  • Some of This and Some of That...News from GLA!

    DONATE NOW7 year old Girl Benefits from Funds Sent to Help Donald!One of our nannies that works in the Intensive Care Nursery and is one of my best nannies has a daughter seven years old who has been sick now for about a month.  Jocelyne has worked at GLA for about 10 years. For several months, her daughter has had trouble vomiting and stomach problems.  For the last month, she has been in and out of the hospital.

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    Donald Needs Life Saving Surgery! Please Donate to Help Save This Baby's Life!

    Donald came to us with a condition called Spina Bifida. At one month old, his head circumference was normal. Then his head started to grow.

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    Help Us Send Supplies to Haiti for the Orphanage...

    God's Littlest Angels has a warehouse in Colorado Springs that is full of food, furniture, and medical items to send to Haiti. We have enough to fill a 40 foot container part way but need your help to fill it the rest of the way with items we desperately need in Haiti! Many of the items that we need are difficult to find in Haiti.

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    We Need Your Help To Feed The Children!

    In March and April, we had 8 babies come in to the orphanage.  Six of the children are here for assistance.  We are seeing more and more children coming who are sick or the mother has died and we need your help in caring for these children.

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    Make a Difference, Come Work in Haiti!

    We have positions open for new staff to come and work in Haiti. If you are interested and feel you are qualified for a position, please contact our American office for more information. ‪  Check out our Positions Available Page on our web site by clicking here for more information!  #‎GLAhaiti‬  These Positions are available and all require you to live in Haiti. Toddler House Manager Construction Supervisor Media Specialist Education Assistant Volunteer for June through ...

  • Progress on the Family Cottages at Fort Jacques

    They are making great progress on the Family Cottages at Fort Jacques.  The first floor is built with blocks and one house already has the floor joist installed and they are building the stairway to the second floor so that the cement masons can go up on the second floor!  It is exciting to see the houses getting farther along each day and soon we will be ready for the roof and tile for the floors!  Enjoy the photos of the progress being made.          &nb...

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    Garden is starting to grow!

    The photo on the left is butter lettuce coming up in a row.  Hopefully in a month or two it will look like the photo in the middle!  This lettuce was in a "tape" that was 6 feet long.  You just lay it on the ground, cover it with a little bit of dirt and... VOILA! It starts to grow!

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    Farming the Land! Growing our own Vegetables!

        We have been wanting to increase our garden space at Fort Jacques and start growing more of our own vegetables.  My back is not good and I cannot get down on my knees to garden so I got our mason to make some raised vegetable beds where I can plant a herb garden, strawberries, and vegetables.  They turned out so nice and yesterday, we planted lettuce, strawberries, fennel, basil, and dill.  The rest we will start inside and then plant into the gardens when they are b...

  • The Hills Of Haiti are Alive With The Sound Of Music!

    Hope Music School Music is in the soul of all Haitians I think.  My staff sing all day long and sometimes dance with the kids or just along to a song. They hear music and their feet start moving! Most churches have bands that play during the service on Sunday.  I was up at 3 AM last night and I could hear music coming from somewhere outside our gate even at that time of the morning!

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    2015 Is Coming To An End

    I cannot believe that we are almost into 2016!  A lot of things have happened in 2015.  We are working on the "year in review" to send out to everyone so you can see what has happened at GLA.  We have had long term staff leave and a new short term family come to Haiti.  We have had children join their forever families and a few new children come into the orphanage. I think the biggest change that we have had are the number of children who have come for assistance this year.&n...

  • Merry Christmas from everyone at God's Littlest Angels!

    Merry Christmas everyone and THANK YOU so much for your incredible support!! Each year seems to pass so quickly here in Haiti.  I think it's because we are so busy that the days flow together and the next thing we know...it's Christmas again! The last two years have been difficult financially for GLA.  Our income was cut in half when adoptions were held up for so long.  We cut down on some of our programs, put some full time staff on part time status, have schedules for when the g...

  • Today is #Giving Tuesday! Remember to "Give So We Can Give!"

    I cannot believe that it is Giving Tuesday already!  December 1st is #GivingTuesday world wide.  It's a global day dedicated to giving back. This year, God's Littlest Angels is asking you to "GIVE SO WE CAN GIVE!" Without your generous donations, we would not be able to help as many children and families in Haiti as we do. Without your generous giving, we would not be able to provide the children with the food we provide every day.  The GLA cooks at both the main house and the Tod...

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    Give So We Can Give #Giving Tuesday

    On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. They have given this day the name of #GivingTuesday and it's a global day dedicated to giving back! This year, God's Littlest Angels is asking you to "GIVE SO WE CAN GIVE!"  Without your generous donations, we would not be able to help as many children and families in Haiti as we do.   This y...

  • Just when I say that we can't take any more babies, God sends a 3 pound baby to our Gate!

    If you read my last blog, you are aware of the bills we have here in Haiti needing to be paid and the stress that is causing us all.  I told the staff that we would not be taking any children for assistance or adoption for a little while until things got better. As usual, when I say something like that, God sends a baby to our gate!  Sure enough, tonight three workers from the ministry of public health brought a mother and father with a 3 pounds 9 ounce baby to our gate.  They sai...

  • Please Make a Donation! We need your help today!

    Our funding has been down for the last few months.  We do not have enough to pay our bills here in Haiti.  We need diesel fuel to run the generators so that we can run the incubator and oxygen machines, run the lights and computers for the school program, and to put fuel in the trucks so they can shop for food for the orphanage. Our current diesel bill is $15,000 and we use $12,000 of fuel per month. We need to pay our water bill which is $1900 for each month and we owe two months wort...

  • 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...

  • The Kids Need Your Help!

    Each of these children are counting on your help so that their daily needs are met!  We have generous donors who help monthly by sponsoring a child and their sponsorship helps provide for some of the food, clothing, schooling, medical care, and pay the bills needed to keep the children housed.  But sponsorship does not cover all of the expenses. Adoptions used to help with the support of the children but now it is taking a year or more for the children to be proposed to their forever f...

  • Our New Guest House is being built!

    Our prayer has been that we would be able to move all of the children to the Fort Jacques property quickly. We still need to build a home for the babies, the volunteers, a dining room, and housing for the staff. It has seemed like the list was never ending!

  • Help Us Care for the Children!

    Hi, John and I are in the States visiting new churches that we have never visited before.  We hope to motivate people to support the orphanage and help provide needed food, medication, fuel for the generators so the kids have lights and clean clothes, and water for the children to drink.  But right now, GLA is low on funds.  It's been awhile since I have asked our donors to help with a crisis but we desperately need funds to keep caring for the children.  We used to received ...

  • Sometimes "Thank You" is not said enough...

    But I will call upon the Lord to save me—and he will. I will pray morning, noon, and night, pleading aloud with God; and he will hear and answer.   Psalm 55: 16- 17 Living Bible Sometimes "Thank You" is not said enough whether it is us thanking God for listening and answering our prayers or saying "Thank You" to our Donors and Prayer Warriors who support us every day!   As many of you know, we have been very busy this last month with all kind of things going on such as the mo...

  • Give Someone a Special Gift this Christmas! A 2015 GLA CALENDAR!

    The Calendars are ready and will make great Christmas gifts! If you are interested in ordering a calendar for yourself or for gifts order them soon. The photos inside are wonderful this year and our contest winners' photos are inside too.

  • GLA Newsletter in the Mail!

    You will be receiving a Christmas Newsletter in the mail very soon.  I decided to try and do a booklet newsletter this time instead of the legal size paper.  I have been wanting to do a booklet newsletter for about 4 years but we just thought it would be more expensive then our current newsletter, so we never did one for Christmas.  Then a few months ago, a man walked into our office in Colorado and he was from a local printing company with an actual printing press.  He asked...

  • Today is #GivingTuesday! Help GLA Start Off the Christmas Giving Season with a BANG!

     Today is #GivingTuesday!  It is a day to give to a charity   of your choice! #GivingTuesday was started 2 years ago by a group of donors who wanted to give back during the Christmas giving season.  It is a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. The founders wanted to fight the commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season.

  • Help GLA Launch the Holiday Giving Season with #GivingTuesday

    We have a day for giving thanks. (Thanksgiving) We have two for getting deals. (Black Friday and Cyber Monday) Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

  • Orphan Sunday 2 November 2014

    "Defend the cause of the fatherless..." Isaiah 1:17 Orphan Sunday is a day for your church to focus on the plight and reality of orphans around the world.  With a focus on God’s heart for the orphan and the call to Christians to act on their behalf.  Some churches are using all month to collect donations to help the orphans of the world because November is also National Adoption Month. Due to our new adoption law in Haiti, the fees given to an orphanage to care for the children is bein...

  • Ghislaine Needs Your Help Urgently!

    Ghislaine needs your help!  Anyone who has been to GLA in the last 10 years has probably met Ghislaine Antoine.  She works in the main house and is always the first one to jump in and help visitors find things if they need something.  Ghislaine has worked at GLA since May 2004. She hardly ever misses work and cleans and helps in the kitchen most of the time. Last Tuesday, as Ghislaine was coming back from her two days off, she had to change tap taps (taxi) in Petionville.  As...

  • Adoption News, Container News, and Sponsorship News!

     Thought I would give some random updates here today!  Sorry the Adoption News is so long!  Warning there is a lot of ! marks in my blog today because I'm passionate about these things!!! LOL  DONATE Now  Container News The container of food and orphanage supplies was packed on Monday is now on it's way to Haiti!  It was an all day effort and thankfully a lot of volunteers and staff were in Colorado getting it all sorted and packed so that every available inch of th...

  • VOTE NOW for the Photo Contest!

    Click Here to Vote Now for your favorite Photos!  You can vote for one, two, or three photos! The top three photos will be included in our 2015 GLA Calendar!  Please take a moment and vote for the photos you like best!  I think they are all really cute and I find it really difficult to pick just one!

  • New Procedure for All Matches at IBESR and other news

    I went to IBESR today because I needed to see the Director and have begged for an appointment for at least 6 weeks and they keep putting me off and then they told my staff it would be October before I could see her!  So today I went down thinking I would sit and wait and hope I could talk to her!  Thankfully one of the people in her office heard why I wanted to see her and told me to come back on Thursday before 9 AM and she would try to get me in for 5 minutes.

  • IBESR Visit to GLA on 5 August 2014

     Mrs. Alphonsine SAWADOGO, the Hague Representative to IBESR along with Felyne, the IBESR representative responsible for putting together your matches, came to visit GLA on Tuesday the 5th of August.  Mrs. Sawadogo is leaving to return to Africa next week so I'm so happy she had the chance to come visit.  We have been inviting her to come for months now.  She is such a nice person and I've enjoyed getting to know her.

  • Help Needed with Water Costs for July

    We received 76 truck loads of water the month of July.  That is almost double what we usually receive for a month!  It was a dry month until this last week and then we started receiving some rain.  It has also been a terribly hot summer this year.  It is over $5000 for just this month!  Our diesel bill for two months was $10,000 and our electricity for 3 months was $6000!  I am a little overwhelmed! We need your help. This bill was double what we expected as was the...

  • Beauty from Ashes: An Eyewitness Account of Haiti’s Tragic Earthquake

    Beauty From Ashes is a book written by Melanie Wright Zeeb. Melanie at the time of the 2010 earthquake was living and working in Haiti as the GLA update coordinator.   Melanie contacted me a couple of years ago and told me that she was writing a book about what happened in Haiti and at GLA during and after the earthquake.

  • Meeting with IBESR on Wednesday 16 July 2014

    We had a really nice meeting with IBESR yesterday at the Les Palmes Centre in Petion-Ville.  The meeting was sponsored by IBESR and the group HPP-AKSE, which is a humanitarian organization involved in the Healthy Policy and protection of children and women.  The groups attending were a very mixed group of a few creches, mayors' office staff, court staff, embassy staff and groups working with children in the community.  I met a lot of pastors and workers who are in the community wo...