News

  • ATN Update!

    As you know, things in Haiti have been crazy. We have continued to keep you fairly updated on the goings-on in the country, but we have talked less...
  • Missing Haiti

    Please join us in prayer and ask GOD to bless the country and help us to know how to continue to move forward in our ministry in a country that makes that very difficult.
  • What Does Tragedy Look Like?

    If you remember about a month ago, I wrote a blog that linked to a famous sermon called Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. I have since listened to the sermon again, and I want to tell you something that I noticed about Haiti and All Things New when listening.
  • When Tragedy Strikes

    When Tragedy Strikes in Haiti...You Lose Everything...The End.

    Nobody has insurance. Most people's family and friends are as poor as they are. And the government is certainly not going to help anyone except for themselves and their own family.

    When tragedy strikes you lose everything, and make no mistake, tragedy is striking right now.

  • The Crazy $1 to HTG Exchange Rate

    To add to the already difficult economic outlook in Haiti, the exchange rate there has been fluctuating at a level that is difficult to comprehend. I am not an economist and I do not fully understand the nuances of foreign currency and how/why they fluctuate. I can, however, speak to how certain people will be affected by these fluctuations and especially how the consequences for All Things New
  • The Dark Side of Haitian Orphanages Part 5

    Most people who run orphanages make 1 of 2 mistakes. Many orphanages that are backed by foreign money will "pamper" a kid with things that they will never have again outside of the orphanage until they are 18 and then send them into a world they are neither prepared for nor equipped to handle (I will write more about this at a later date). Other orphanages, mostly those who do not have the same backing, use the kids in their orphanage for as long as they can in whatever way that they can until they are no longer useful and they send them out. Neither of these 2 mistakes are acceptable. 
  • The Dark Side of Haitian Orphanages Part 3

    My challenge to everyone reading this is to be careful who you give your money to. It is important to know what is happening on the ground at all times because it can be the difference between taking care of children or allowing children to be taken advantage of. It is so important to be equal parts giving and wise, and this is why we take every precaution with every donation we receive to make sure our kids and our employees are taken care of.
  • The Dark Side of Orphanages in Haiti and Around the World

    Many orphanages in Haiti do not exist primarily to take care of children. In fact, many exist because morally corrupt men or women want to take advantage of the suffering of children and make money off of people who truly want to help.

    Unfortunately, the information above is more of an understatement than a mere statement of truth. I would venture to say that the vast majority of orphanages in Haiti are at the very least a means of exploitation for money and at the worst something much more evil than that and this applies to Haitian and American run orphanages alike. To take advantage of and to exploit children, no matter the purpose, is one of the worst things I can think of, and it is important to call out this practice when it exists.

  • New Ways to Help ATN!

    We had another board meeting yesterday where we focused on getting our new TEAM structure and we are now ready to share with you the descriptions of these teams to know if they are a fit for your skill set.  Our goal is that this new TEAM structure will be a huge leap forward for […]
  • Whose Kingdom are We Building?

    This is the other blog I wanted to write prior to beginning our vision casting series. I have written about a similar topic before in a previous blog but this idea keeps coming up for different reasons and at different times. The question is: “Whose Kingdom Are We Building?” You could answer this question in […]
  • Leaving Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is coming much more quickly than we anticipated. I know that sentence does not make a lot of sense, but stay with me for a little while and you will understand what I mean. We will be leaving from Haiti at 12:51 and arriving in Jacksonville at 6:51 tomorrow evening after having been in […]
  • They’re Just Kids

    One of the most difficult things about running a ministry that both takes care of children and relies on fundraising is that it can be easy to forget that our kids are just that…Kids. They are not a project, they are not a charity, and they are not supposed to be perfect…They are supposed to […]