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HBASC Member Seeking Support for Haiti

Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia member Wade McGuinn has invested time and effort in the Haiti Children Project and now his efforts are more important than ever. According to Earl McLeod, HBAGC executive officer, “Wade coordinates efforts to establish an orphanage for children in Haiti.”

Late last week, McLeod shared an email from McGuinn with the HBASC. The email was from one of McGuinn’s associates in Haiti, who was searching for the guest house staff of the orphanage. The message is heart-felt and offers ways for us to help the people of Haiti – some religious, some monetary:

January 14, 2010
30 hours. It’s been 30 hours since we first learned of the misery piled on our loved ones in Haiti. After we confirmed that the kids at the Haiti Children Project where safe and that their care givers were by their sides, we started looking for the guest house staff of Port Au Prince lead by Donette. We have no first hand confirmation about the condition of the staff or the house. We have been trying desperately to get through. No avail. If anyone has a FIRST HAND confirmation that the staff is ok and the whereabouts of Donette please reply and let me know as soon as possible.

I have received hundred of call, emails, and text. So many desires to do SOMETHING other than feel helpless as the pictures and reports come in. Let us address that first. There are three things we are asking:

1. Pray - James 5:16 states, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Prayer is not a second line of defense. It's the main thing. God can do more through your intercession than you or we will ever imagine.
2. Stay Informed - We will continually update you on we encourage you to go to our site and sign in. You have our word that we won't clog your in-box. We'll simply provide meaningful updates as life unfolds.
3. Give or Go. We have set up our Haiti Children Project Orphan Relief Fund. You can mail in donations or go on line at Note: "Haiti Disaster Relief Fund" with your donation. We are a 501c3 so your gift is tax deductible.

The Heart of the Matter:
We will help you stay informed. We will never lose focus of the great commission in our response and service to the neediest and most desperate people on this planet. We will make sure you have an opportunity, if you desire, to travel and get hands on this situation with whatever talent God has given you. We guarantee that 100% of any donation will go directly to relief aid. The recovery will be long and slow. The trips will not be as first responders, but as long term relief workers throughout 2010. We will walk every step of this journey with our brother and sisters and help them carry this incomprehensible burden.

Haiti Children’s Projects goal for this disaster is to help with the rebuilding of the Port Au Prince guest house, transportation, and staff to be sure that all the ministries throughout the country including Haiti Children Project are able to meet their ministry goals and obligation by having this important hub of ministry back up to full capacity as soon as possible.

Once again, pray, and consider how God will use you in this relief effort. And sign in at

Wade McGuinn, 803.513.0114,

During the NAHB Executive Officer Council Installation Breakfast at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas earlier this week, the executive officers contributed $330 toward the orphanage of the children of Haiti. Below is an update from Wade McGuinn, shared by HBA of Greater Columbia Executive Officer Earl McLeod.

January 22, 2010
This is an update to let you know some of the things going on regarding Haiti and more specifically Haiti Children’s Project. The situation remains grim especially with another big aftershock/quake today. At the same time there are triumphs along with the tragedies. You may recall in an earlier email we celebrated finding Jim Gulley, Rev. Sam Dixon and Rev. Clint Rabb alive. Sadly, Rev. Dixon and Rev. Rabb died after being transported to the United States. Jim Gulley is home in the U.S. and is recuperating and for that we are grateful. I have included below a few excerpts from his latest email:

“I pray for the people Haiti, that they may endure the tortuous loss of tens of thousands of lives as well as the destruction of so much of their meager material possessions. I pray that they may never lose their faith and hope in God’s power to transform the hearts and minds of individuals and their own capacity to become a new people of hope, purpose and performance.

Last, may the new circumstances brought about by this earthquake force those in power who have exploited the people of Haiti for so long to change. May a common determination and solidarity be forged out of the ashes of this disaster. Together, let us create new structures that empower Haitians to exercise their tremendous human resources in ways that bring new hope, health and well-being for all Haitians.”

Also, I wanted to include some excerpts from Dr. James Ingvoldstad who was in Haiti at the time of the quake, and had a ride out via private plane, but elected to stay and offer his help. James writes:

“Yesterday, we went to Car-fu-faix, one of the worst hit areas, and ran a clinic in a lone remaining classroom of a school. About 100 people came with major and minor orthopedic injuries and major and minor flesh wounds. Casting fx femurs, splinting and providing slings in addition to dressing the wounds were the main activities. No Ob-gyn. Luckily we saw no gangreen but that may change today. The patients were very brave and stoic and thankful. One man when we arrived asked Carl who is Haitian if we had water. He said no. A few minutes later the man returned with fresh bottles saying we would need it. Carl who mistakenly thought he was previously begging felt terrible. This is the spirit of giving that exists here though.”

How wonderful to be able to celebrate a victory among all the sadness. As you can see there is still much to be done but with every day we are making progress.

Please continue your prayers and remind you to also check our website: where you can respond with your time and or talents and gifts.

We do have a couple volunteers aiding here in the office (Henry & Cathy) and will continue keep you informed.

God Bless,

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