It was one year ago when I stood under her shoddy tin roof, with my sandaled feet planted on her dirt floor.
That’s the word she used to describe what was happening to her house.
Her house was melting. Disintegrating. Every time it rained, her house eroded more and more, because her house was made of mud and cardboard.
But that day, I had come that day with good news, with a surprise. I had told her what a bunch of women across America had decided to do — how sisters wanted to help a sister.
“You won’t have to live in your melting house anymore, Adeline,” I told her as we sat knee to knee. “Because my friends? They’re your friends, too. And they don’t want you to have to live here anymore.”
She couldn’t stop hugging me.
Friend, do you remember that? Do you remember what we did together? Do you remember how I asked if you could help a year ago, and you said yes? So many of you bought the jewelry that Adeline and her friends make every day in Haiti, and a portion of those proceeds were set aside for Adeline’s house.
In all, we raised more than $5,000 in less than two weeks! That was one year ago.
This week, Adeline moved home. She’s finally home for the holidays.
And when we our family visited Haiti, I got to see what your generosity did. It was far more than we dreamed. Look!
Her house has three rooms, a porch, and an amazing view of the ocean. This is what she wakes up to every day. (I took this photo from her front porch.)
This was not easy, getting this house built. It took a whole year to make this dream happen, even though the money was raised quickly. You all poured your heart into this effort, but there were all sorts of problems getting the land secured. It’s a long story. But exactly one year later, Adeline really is home for the holidays. Thanks be to God!
And we brought housewarming gifts for her walls, to remind her that God’s Got It.
She’s home. And you there? On the other side of the screen? You did this.
You were with us in this. You understood that during Christmas in Haiti, people aren’t scouring the shelves for deals, but for meals. Haiti is a place where the phrase – “while supplies last” – means this: I hope I can feed by babies before supplies will run out.
And tonight, one more woman in Haiti will sleep under a solid roof, and under this solid truth:
God’s Got It.
Thank you. Just … thanks. You changed a life.
Do you want to continue to empower women like Adeline? This Christmas, and throughout the year, buy gifts from ViBella Jewelry, where Adeline works.
Adeline says this:
“Having this job makes me happy. Seeing that I am in good health and my family is in good health as well as being able to provide for them makes me extremely happy.”
SHOP VI BELLA JEWELRY
You can shop ViBella by clicking here.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces, including a necklace inspired by Love Idol.
My dear friend Amy Breitmann is hosting a series of blog posts this month, to highlight the work of ViBella Jewelry. You can find her by clicking here.
LEAVE A COMMENT FOR ADELINE
Hey friends, Can you leave a word of encouragement or a favorite Bible verse or a greeting for Adeline? I will copy these off, and give them to a friend who can translate it for her. She would love this! Think of this is a virtual housewarming party!