H.I.S. Home 300 Special Edition May 2018

H.I.S. Home for Children 1775 S. Grubb Road, Lima, OH 45806 Hishomeforchildren@hotmail.com

 

EXCITING DAYS AHEAD!!!

Next month HIS Home will be celebrating our annual HIS Home 300 Event, a 300-mile bicycle fundraiser to support HIS Home For Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This year 2 teams will be riding 50 miles a day starting Monday, June 24th to Saturday, June 29th ending up in Harrod, Ohio. The riders will ride to raise funds to support the 71 orphaned, abandoned, and needy children who call HIS Home their home!

The HIS Home 300 bike ride will finish at the Harrod Fire Department, where we will celebrate our annual reunion of children who have lived at HIS Home. Everyone is invited to join us!!! This event is critical in raising funds to support the annual budget of $350,000! HIS Home is supported 100% by donations, and no support is provided by either the US or Haitian governments. Participants raise support by collecting pledges from family, friends, churches, fundraisers, and businesses. Donations will be accepted at the HIS Home Reunion, online on our secure website Paypal account at Hishomeforchildren@hotmail.org, or checks can be sent to HIS Home at the Grubb Road mailing address above. All donations go directly to the general fund of HIS Home to provide for the care of the children. No funds raised are used to cover the expenses of the ride. Bike riders are hosted by churches for overnight accommodations and meals, and snacks and drinks are donated to each team.
If you are interested in participating as a rider there is still time to register by contacting Cathy Lamdin, team leader for the Southern Illinois route, at cathy.lamdin@att.net or Eric Rahn, team leader for the Northern Illinois route, at erahn08@gmail.com.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!!!! This is always a fun time for fellowship and renewal of relationships!!! If you are arriving by the airline at either Dayton or Columbus, OH airport and need airport pick-up, please contact Chris in advance to arrange pick-up.

Schedule of events:

Monday, June 24th two bike teams will be leaving from Northern and Southern Illinois. Teams will ride approximately 50 miles per day for 6 days.

Saturday, June 29th:

12:00 noon – Welcome bike riders followed by Free Lunch at the Harrod Fire Department, 123 N. Walnut St., Harrod, OH 45850

1:00 – Recognition of Bike teams followed by our own Haiti’s Got Talent Entertainment provided by children who grew up at HIS Home and are now living in the US and Canada.

4:00 – HIS Home soccer game and swimming at Doug and Denise’s campground located at 6608 Harding Hwy, Lima, OH 45801.

5:30 – Picnic dinner of hotdogs which will be provided. Bring snacks and pop for all to enjoy as well as folding chairs.

Sunday, June 30th: Church service at 10:30 at Harrod Fire Department. Everyone is welcome! Church will be followed by a carry-in lunch and a time to visit.

Accommodations: For participating bike riders, a block of rooms for Saturday night at a discounted rate have been reserved. Contact Chris Nungester at 567-712-3235 for details or check with team leaders. For other guests planning on overnighting in a hotel, make reservations early as our event conflicts with motorcycle races at the local fairgrounds, and area hotels fill up quickly! For those wishing to camp, our families have been invited to stay at Doug and Denise’s campground. Campers are asked to arrive after noon on Friday, June 28th and leave by noon on Monday, July 1st. If you plan to stay after that time, please make prior arrangements at Sun Valley Campgrounds or another area campground. Doug and Denise have other guests expected afternoon on July 1st. All campers must come prepared with tents or campers and all necessary camping equipment and supplies. If you have questions about accommodations, please call Chris Nungester at 567-712-3235

Prayers for HIS Home and Haiti are seriously needed! Right now, there is extreme political instability in Haiti. Haiti has been identified as a “Level 4” Country (comparable to Afghanistan and Iraq) by the US Government and only essential personnel are working in the US Embassy. Americans are advised not to travel to Haiti, and Americans living in Haiti were advised to leave if possible. Crime is extremely high and gangs are controlling much of the country. Hal is currently overseeing HIS Home, but Chris and the Nungester’s children had to evacuate on February 14th because of the deteriorating conditions. Jamie needed oxygen, but with very limited electricity and fuel, his oxygen generator couldn’t be depended on to support him. The air was so polluted from the smoke of burning tires that he couldn’t breathe and most hospitals are closed. Jamie is now much more stable following recent surgeries and is recovering in Ohio. The children in HIS Home are having their needs met, but the cost of fuel, food, and necessities have escalated! Please keep everyone in your prayers!!! Samuel is the Assistant Director who replaced Jean Jumelle Jean (Junior) when he left Haiti, and Samuel has been preparing to manage the home during June and July while Hal returns to the US on furlough. Please continue to pray and help with whatever you are able to so that we can continue to care for these fragile children living in a very fragile environment! Blessings!

If you are new to HIS Home For Children, HIS Home has been caring for orphaned, abandoned, and needy children in Port-au- Prince, Haiti since 2002. Hal and Chris Nungester oversee the children who are cared for by 32 Haitian national staff. The home is licensed by the Haitian Social Services and functions under the guidance of the Haitian and US Boards of Directors. Over 500 children have been cared for in the home and over 300 have been adopted to the US, Canada, and France. Of the children living at the home currently, over 50 have special medical needs. Providing 3 meals a day, education, medical care, and meeting the needs of the children is very expensive! The HIS Home 300 plays a major role in supporting the ministry! Thanks for helping!!!! Additional information and photos can be found on our website at Hishomeforchildren.org. July 2019 is the 20 year anniversary of the legal accreditation of HIS Home For Children as an organization and recognition by the US Government as a 501c3 organization. Initially, HIS Home was supporting an existing orphanage in Northern Haiti prior to moving operations to the Port-au-Prince area in August 2002.

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