News and Blog
Darryl & Shelly have been back in Haiti for a little over a month. Read about what they’ve encountered, the work they are doing, and the things that they are learning.
“When the kids go back to school in August, there will be no food for them, unless God provides a different way…We have to do something”
Darryl & Shelly De Ruiter have returned to Haiti and are settling back into rhythms and routines (and the Creole language and Haitian culture). Read about what things look like in Haiti as well as what they have been doing since they got back.
“I found myself sitting on a grass airstrip seeking shade under the belly of a Douglas DC-3”
“If you ask a Haitian how they are doing…You will hear responses such as, GREAT!, Good, Not too bad, or a shrug of the shoulders along with “Bondye konnen”, which means, GOD KNOWS.”
“THE TIME HAS NOW COME …inviting us to return to humbly serve as we know we are called to do.”
God has transformed Elince’s life, his family, and his marriage. Elince says God pulled him and his family from a bad road. “We’re not going back there. We can only go forward.”
As things have become increasingly difficult with COVID-19 and economic downturns…we need to be the body of Christ now more than ever for each other.
“Mathias knows the foundation that is set today will shape his daughters’ lives tomorrow and, as their father, he takes his responsibility very seriously.”
“’…we can educate people and we can feed people but what about sustainability? What about [the parents] being able to supply for their family and being able to take care of themselves?’”
“Elvie treasures her new independence giving thanks to God for His grace on her life.”
“Though the children had never seen such a game before they quickly mastered it. With a soft smile
Damingka asked, ‘Are they really making more games like that for us?'”
“I once heard someone challenge a group of young people with this question: ‘How can we use physical hunger to impact spiritual hunger?'”
Darryl and Shelly are back in the States and experiencing life in never before experienced ways. Read about what they have been up to and how they are continuing to serve the people of Haiti from afar.
This store opening couldn’t come at a more needed time for our communities, both locally and abroad…When you walk into this store, we want you to know that you are valued, not just as a customer, but as a person…
“He is God in unpredictable times and will bring us through unpredictable times…Pause. Reflect. See what the Lord would say to you in this moment of tension.”
“Choose FAITH over fear…Don’t make the angel ask you, ‘What part of – fear not – are you not understanding?”
An update on coronavirus in Haiti, and how Many Hands for Haiti is responding to the current situation.
“… through it all God has a perfect plan and the worst thing we could do is question His wisdom…”
The Kraal team writes about their experience in Haiti and a word they feel sums up their time there so far, community.
“What can you say about leadership to people who are already so much stronger than any of us?”
“We were provided opportunities to work alongside inspiring nurses that will impact our practice in the United States for a lifetime by keeping the idea of community close to heart and igniting our passion to fulfill our dreams of nursing.”
An update on US travel restrictions to Haiti, and how Many Hands for Haiti is responding to the current situation.
“Tom was handed the keys…we looked at each other and said, ‘What have we gotten ourselves in to?'”
“As everyone shook hands, you could hear the laughter when they found glitter on their hands that had been passed around.”
“One by one, we can…remind them that they’re fearfully and wonderfully made and they’re worthy of this beautiful love that our Father in heaven so freely gives to us. “
“the team was challenged to embrace the discomfort of stepping out of their comfort zones…”
Shelly is getting healthy again and Darryl is back in Haiti. Read about their past month home in the USA and about their plan which has them living apart for the next month.
“Moments that in the waiting or the unexpected, unplanned schedule, God is waiting for us.”
“It was so awesome to be a part of God’s bigger plan for these families and on this Valentine’s Day…”
It is so much more than just giving stuff, it’s giving yourself, building relationships, being Jesus with skin on.
“The one that stuck out the most, was an elderly man who said God provides and I trust in him.”
“A few of my favorite things about my Haiti experience so far…”
First impressions of Haiti from our first day is that Haiti has many beautiful features with the ocean and rugged mountains as well as beautiful people. But, Haiti is also a harsh, difficult, hard place to live.
Emily Van Gent, Event and Volunteer Coordinator, shares her encouragement at seeing how God is loving his people through the actions of everyday people.
“It’s very difficult to put it into words…If you’re interested, please ask. Grab a chair. It might take awhile.”
“But that’s not how God measures success…He gave us precious gifts today, in the smiles on the faces, and seeing young people reading and sharing the Word.”
John O’Leary, #1 Bestselling Author and Speaker, is coming to Des Moines as the keynote speaker for the third annual Many Hands Business Breakfast.
“God’s amazing artistry is on full display in Haiti! “
“The toddler’s eyes lit up when they gave him a small soccer ball, and his mother’s eyes lit up when she saw the Bible!”
“they responded that they were running “Pou Jezi” (For Jesus).”
“Pulling roots, blowing up balloons, painting and building, today we were living examples of Many Hands make light work!”
“We each bring a unique set of skills and knowledge to the team. Like pieces of a puzzle, we don’t know yet how we will all fit together, or what the picture will look like when we’re finished.”
“Lucia taught us a song in Creole that helped us put together some new words and phrases in ways that we can remember, which has been very helpful when we attempt to communicate in the community.”
“The Way team has taken full advantage of all the opportunities to start forming friendships as they go about their activities. This group is open to learning and ask many wonderful questions about Haitian culture.”
“It was so fun to share this experience with them and at the same time learn about their culture and what is similar and different to ours.”
2019 was a great year full of many exciting events and activities for Many Hands. We are thankful for the many people who serve as volunteers stateside for our organization and allow us to accomplish all that we do.
Darryl & Shelly have returned to the United States. Read about their latest journey of battling workload, illness, and travel in order to get back for their next furlough.
“…enjoyed their day in Haiti with three unique families as they invested time, manpower, and relationships to create lasting memories…”
“These young people were caring and respectful as they momentarily entered the lives of those with struggles much different from their own.”