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What does it look like to rejoice for a friend?

Constant is a woman who exudes joy. I have known her for 17 years, and she is so joyful I sometimes forget to ask her how she is really doing. She is the kind of woman who rejoices when others are blessed and thanks the Lord for His goodness every single day.

Contant's family

In reality, as with many women in Haiti, she struggles daily to provide for her family. Constant is married but has always been the primary bread-winner for her family. They are raising six children; five of their own and a niece who needed help. When Constant started working for Mission of Hope, she purchased land for her family to build a house in hopes that someday she would have something to pass down to her children. Her story is similar to Sophonie’s because she was determined to do something, rather than nothing at all.

Constant and child

inside of Constant's home   Constant and child inside of home

She built a one-room home, but as her family grew, they needed more space. She added on as she could but was never financially able to see things through to completion. Over the years they have lived in a continual state of unfinished projects—exposed blocks, leaks, rooms without doors, no running water, and an outdoor kitchen. 

Constant has made it a priority to keep each one of her children in school. In the last three years, she has had to completely stop her projects to keep that dream alive. It is difficult for her to see if her home will be completed in her lifetime, but she puts her trust in the Lord and thanks Him for the many ways He has provided. 
Constant and Sophonie are good friends. She was with Sophonie when she found out that her house was going to be completed in just a few short weeks. Not only did she rejoice in the news that her friends’ life would be radically transformed, but she graciously and sacrificially gave of her time to help paint, move her in, and stand by her inside her brand-new home praising the Lord for providing such a wonderful place to live. I was amazed to watch as Constant rejoiced for Sophonie. She is the epitome of a strong and resilient Haitian woman as she carries all the weight of responsibility for her family and still rejoices always!
So, knowing what we know, Women’s Empowerment has committed to help Constant finish her home. Before I left Haiti, I told her that I believe there are women who are willing to see it completed. There is a lot to fix and complete, but our engineers have visited her home and have come up with a plan! As with all projects, it takes funds. They have told me that the estimated amount to repair and finish out Constant’s house is $14,000.

If you can give, or know anyone that may have the capacity to help, I have included the giving link below. All funds will go through WE so you can mark your gift by leaving a note in the additional comments by typing in “Constant’s House.” Even if you cannot give right now, please continue to pray for this precious family and that the Lord would provide for this immense need.

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We hope you will join us for Hope for Her in the Dominican Republic on September 29th – October 3rd. Stay tuned for next month’s WE letter to hear about the projects we will be taking on and the ladies we will be serving.