Details on William Ten Haaf’s Visitation/Funeral

Dear All:

 

Please see more formal details regarding visitation and funeral arrangements at this link:

 

https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=william-m-ten-haaf&pid=197442027&fhid=10156

 

For those who are unable to come, there will be a livestream of the service, this Sunday, January 10 at 4pm (eastern) through the Byron Center Bible Church website that will later be posted to their Youtube channel.

 

We regret we cannot respond to everyone personally at this time given everything going on, but we do appreciate your thoughts and prayers, and will respond if we are able.

 

Rachel and James for all

 

Final Missive From the Haitian Donkey

Dear All:

 

We write to you this email with a mixture of emotions, because Dad has finally gone Home. At a time when many have had to spend their final days alone, we are grateful that he was able to be cared for at home through hospice and with the love of his family surrounding him. Thank you to everyone who has emailed or reached out to him during these past days. Your love and prayers were clearly present even through the hardest of times. Special thanks to his nurse siblings who took time off so they could care for him at home, and to all who watched him overnight these last few days. We were able to say goodbye to him even last night, which was a blessing.

 

We will be in touch with visitation and funeral arrangements in the next couple of days, as plans are finalized. We hope that both will take place this weekend. We will do our best to respect social distancing guidelines, and plan to ensure a livestream for all who can’t attend, including Dad’s loved ones in Haiti and elsewhere.

 

God Bless,

James and Rachel for the family

The Haitian Donkey Nears the Finish Line (Presumably)

Dear All,

 

It’s been roughly a week since we last wrote to you from our dad’s account to let you know that he had chosen to be put on hospice care. Since then, his health has steadily declined. Nevertheless, the care he gave to others in his life is being returned to him now as he is surrounded by his (many) siblings and their families who have taken over the tasks beyond what hospice offers, showing him their love in this most practical of ways. Because of this, he has been able to remain at home and spend time with his children, even hold his grandchildren when his health permits. He has received voice messages from dear friends in Togo and been able to speak briefly with his team of surgeons (and friends) in Haiti, all of which has encouraged him. We (and he) appreciate his extended family, his many friends, his coworkers, fellow churchgoers, and all of you for the support you have and continue to give him.

 

Please continue to hold him up in prayer over the next few days, above all as the pain increases beyond the limits of even a man as strong as he is. The pressure from fluid buildup in his body is making it difficult for him to breathe let alone speak, so most of all, we pray for him to find a measure of peace and respite from the pain even as he leaves us.  Pray also that our Father in heaven smooths his journey home, and that Dad would find peace and acceptance from the Word which he cherishes, even now that he can’t always read it on his own. He has run his race even in difficult times and is nearing the end. Thank you all for your support in this eight year battle, and we will continue to notify you when we have significant updates,

 

Rachel and James for the whole family

The Haitian Donkey Prays For Rest

Dear Family and Friends

 

It is with a great deal of sadness, but also gratitude for the time that we’ve had, that we write this email to all of you. Our dad has officially gone on hospice as of today, and based on his years of experience he believes his time left here on earth to be quite short since he is dealing with liver failure. Because many of you on this list have faithfully prayed for and supported him for years now, he wanted to let you know the current situation, and his need for prayers for this time of transition.

 

At the moment he is with us, his children, and his grandchildren, and we will be spending Christmas with him as best as we can given his health. Depending on his status, he may or may not be answering emails or phone calls, but we will be sure to let him know if you send him messages. We grieve with you, but also are comforted by the knowledge that his body will soon be completely healed of this cancer; and that he will be enjoying heaven with Karen, his Savior, and so many other loved ones.

 

Merry Christmas to you all,

Rachel and James for the whole family

December 2020

A lot has happened in December. A lot of projects are in process at CSL. However, we must acknowledge all the planning and preparation that happened during the previous three months. I want to call out Duane; he has put countless hours planning, preparing, collecting, recruiting, building, and being away from home at CSL for a month leading these projects. Thank You, Duane. We are also blessed with many others. Each of you serve an important part of this Mission. Your hands, your feet, your time, your donations, your prayers – we give thanks for all of you!

We have several projects we are working on. A new building for the dental clinic, a building for the USAID program, the replacement of almost 100 doors and frames (we lost this battle with the termites), building of a new pediatric ward, remodeling of the clinic, preparing the roof of the in-patient area for mounting of solar panels, and preparing the electric service for solar installation.

It all started in October when we sent a container full of supplies. When we left in October, we put our Haitian construction men to work doing all the needed block work for all of these projects with a focus on the inside of the USAID building. By Mid-November, Duane was at the hospital with a team of his family. They worked on the finishing of the USAID building and some much needed maintenance and organization, followed by a team hanging doors and doing plumbing work, then another to do mostly electrical.

The experience Duane has gained making travel arrangements for all of us, and changing them, and changing them, and again, changing them, I think he should start a Travel Agency!!!!!! Getting everyone in and out of Haiti during these times has been a huge challenge.

Great progress has been made on all of these projects. After a little break we start at it again on the 8th of January. We are looking forward to seeing these projects completed.

The Hospital continues to be very busy. We are excited to see the progress that has been made by the staff. We continue to work with them to improve the service given to the Haitian people.

Each trip we are reminded in some way how hard and sometimes cruel life can be. The Saturday we arrived, as the clinic waiting area started to empty, we noticed a little boy, maybe 3 or 4. We think he has cerebral palsy. Someone left him there! Someone took him home for the weekend, thinking they could keep him, however on Monday he was back. When we left the staff was still taking care of him in the hospital.  We are looking for a place that would take him.  Can you imagine being in that situation?

This week we will finalize the Rice and Goat fund. This is always a blessing for the staff as it provides for their needs but also lets them know a lot of people care and support the work they are doing.

Dr. Bill continues to rest at home, watching and giving us guidance. Wishing he could be there.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Dr. Bill, Duane, Dan and the whole crew!