Can you imagine if you went to work and they told you that you'd be laid off for 6 months? How would you feel? What would you do? Some of you would apply for Unemployment insurance, others would get out there and get another job to support your family. Others would possibly get help from family members.
The situation in Roatan is bleak. For the next 5 months there isn't any regular source of income for many many people on the island. I marvel at their ability to scrape money together each day to feed their families.
One of the Mom's has gone to work in Grand Cayman. It wasn't until she said yes to the job that they told her that she'd be working for an entire year. That means that her oldest daughter is responsible to take care of 5 kids (teenagers, 2 young boys and one small toddler) We took food and medicine for them earlier this week. The Mom gets paid at the end of the month but until then they have no money.
Another family has been going from place to place looking for work but to no avail.
Another family came to our house to borrow our kayak so they could fish since they didn't have any meat in the house.
Times are tough. My words cannot adequately express the stress that families are under presently.
When my kids were small and I wanted them to do something I would jokingly say: "Don't make me beg!" I say it now: don't make me beg for you to reach not only into your pocket but your heart in order to helpsupport these families by buying from the online store or you can give a donation to paypal. you can email us and we can give you the details on how to do that.
thank you, thank you, a thousand thank you's.
SPAM Email ProblemsWe have been having some problems with the emails that are being sent through the Made in Roatan site ending up in spam. We apologize for this. We thought we had it fixed but just noticed last night that there are still some ending up in spam.
If we haven't written back that is the reason and we are sorry. If you don't hear back from us then email us at the Facebook page
We hope to get this fixed soon!
Thanks for understanding,
Needs Are Great!August 2012
URGENT UPDATE It has been 4 months since the Made in Roatan shop near the Coxen Hole port has closed! (since ships aren't coming in there right now) we will reopen in November. we have been selling from our home to mission teams but sales have really dropped in the last month. it's terrible! the artists parents have been looking for work. one family in particular is really struggling. she is making arrangements to go to grand cayman to find work once her visa is approved. we found at cleaning job for another mother and she is working all day for 15.00. Times are really desperate. Many are happy if they get one small meal a day. It breaks my heart when they call saying 'did anything sell online? we have nothing'
the online store is a way for you to help these families. especially during this really slow time. i hate to keep 'harping' at you all but these are very desperate times. it breaks my heart.
please go to the online store and get some early christmas shopping done. thanks for your support.
Christmas Food Drive
Last Christmas we consolidated three different food drive efforts into one and all worked together to provide something special for many families on the island. This year commenced with a beach restaurant meeting to catch up and coordinate the strategy and logistics of it all. Well, thanks to many of you who sent us funds, and to some very generous island businesses, we were able to extend God’s love to over 1,200 families! Praise God for His provision! Over 1,000 sacks of food, 3,000 toys, a large box full of candy and over 200 single mattresses and pillows were delivered to the needy all over the island. Most of the crew are not yet believers, but I was asked to pray as the first day began and Debi and I were able to share the gospel with many as the four day event unfolded!