Construction of homes in Haiti underscores ministry.

By August 30, 2006

Haiti (MNN)–For Haiti With Love tells us Pilgrim House #16 is being sponsored by the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, in memory of ministry founder, Don DeHart.

The church built on a relationship with DeHart beginning with their first home project in August 1998. Since then, the church has helped finance 15 other homes, and agreed to help with the construction of this 16th.

While many Haitians own small plots of land, they have no resources to purchases materials for building. That’s where For Haiti comes in. In partnerships with individuals and churches, they can help someone build a nice concrete block home with concrete floor, wood trusses and corrugated metal roof.

For many, getting the keys to their new home doesn’t sever the relationship. For Haiti’s reputation on the island is one that shouts the Gospel. A home underscores this message, and frequently, the association blossoms into a discipleship outreach.

The latest report is that Pilgrim House #16 has been fraught with difficulty. With DeHart’s death of cancer earlier this year, the ministry struggled on under daughter, Rosaline, and widow, Eva.

Workers challenged Rosaline’s authority and some of their builders weren’t working hard enough to stay on schedule.

The house itself has been a labor-intensive job because of the wall necessary to get a lot on the side of the mountain, but is nearing completion. In fact, the team pulled together, and is likely to have the house finished and ready for occupancy in the next month.

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