20 responses to 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions
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    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 06:06)

    Thanks for posting this, Erik. I’m thankful that the Amish desire to help provide for the needs of others outside their particular community and faith.

    Gee, you’re up early…

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    Mary Yoder
    Comment on Haiti Benefit Auction (February 1st, 2013 at 06:53)

    Haiti Benefit Auction

    We are the ones up early, check his time zone, Lattice!!smile…

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      Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 07:30)

      Oh! But where is he? North Carolina, no?

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      Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 09:16)

      I am in NC but Mary is also right sometimes I am 6 hours ahead of that 🙂 But this post was actually up at Amish farmer time b/c I wrote it yesterday and used the handy auto-post feature.

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        Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 14:11)

        Oooohh, the auto-post feature…

        All this time I have been admiring what an early bird you are! 🙂

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    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 06:54)

    Good morning,
    From the video it looked like the 2012 Penn Yan NY auction. I will have to mark my calendar for this year.

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    Anne Hendrix
    Comment on Great effort (February 1st, 2013 at 06:58)

    Great effort

    What an amazing effort by these communities!

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    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 09:46)

    Love the Haiti Benefit Auction!
    Our own Ernie Yoder on AA is very involved in this event-
    Pictures Ernie?
    We enjoyed meeting Ernie & wife at our Ohio Haiti Benefit-
    It is amazing to watch the whole event come together and the display of information of the missionary involvement of the Mennonites is incredible at our OH Haiti Benefit Auction

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 1st, 2013 at 11:48)

    That auctioneer almost sounded musical, lyrical in his calling.

    I liked the camera panned shots of the furniture and, of course, the sticky buns table. Yummy!

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    Comment on Haiti (February 1st, 2013 at 12:46)


    Why is Haiti the recipient of all these auctions? There are other places in need as well as in the U. S. Just wondering.

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      Comment on Other places (February 1st, 2013 at 15:14)

      Other places

      Try the Rosebud-Pine Ridge-Standing Rock-Lower Brule in South Dakota. They need help badly, especially with winter clothes. We took a load out last December. Some still use hand pumps for water, etc. That is less than 250 miles from Sioux Falls. Thanks

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      Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 4th, 2013 at 06:12)

      I think you’ve hit on the challenge of giving — when there is so much need in so many places, where to begin to help?

      And of course, how to help a people, without fostering dependency or resentment, or undermining local efforts?

      If any Amish or Mennonites have made the trip to Haiti and dealt with these issues, I’d be interested to read their accounts.

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        Comment on To Ed (February 4th, 2013 at 13:06)

        To Ed

        You might find some answers at www.mennodiscuss.com
        it is a discussion forum and I know one of the members just announced his family is returning to Haiti to live (their second time). Maybe you could post a question to DanZ.

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        Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 5th, 2013 at 10:02)

        Ed, you may be interested to know that Gary Miller, a German Baptist, is also concerned about the dependency of the needy in Third World countries on foreign aid. Under Christian Aid Ministries, he started and now manages a microloan program called SALT Microfinance Solutions. SALT (Shared Accountability Lending & Teaching) gives small loans of $50 to $200 to help poor people start a business, make a living and break the cycle of poverty. They have a high repayment rate of 98% in Haiti and Ghana. The recipients are accountable to a small, local group. They are also taught about financial and spiritual principles. A Sept. 22, 2011, article, “Christian Aid Ministries reaching out to Haiti as SALT of the earth,” can be read at www.holmesbargainhunter.com/article/20110922/NEWS/709229965/-1/hcj26

        It is also explained at

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          Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 5th, 2013 at 10:51)

          Linda I just recently had a look at some literature from SALT, which a New Order friend gave me. It looks like a good program. As you mention there is accountability and an expectation of repayment so it is operating in a different way than a donation-based charity. Especially for fledgling business owners that expectation is a gift in and of itself.

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    Comment on Other Benefits (February 1st, 2013 at 13:31)

    Other Benefits

    The Mennonite Relief Auction that is held in Ohio benefits approx. 77 third world countries from what I understand.
    It’s a similar event & raises ALOT of money-
    One way everyone can contriubute to this one is bringing the change they collect throughout the year. Just the change collected at this auction, is sent to countries like VietNam to provide clean water systems.

    Here’s a link to see what MCC puts together for this annual Charity Auction as well.

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    Comment on Arthur, Il. auction (February 1st, 2013 at 20:05)

    Arthur, Il. auction

    We went to the Arthur, Il. benefit auction last year and I was amazed at almost everything! Food, people, donations, horse and buggies there, Amish, Mennonite, ‘English’. I’d love to go again and I see you have it listed above. It’s worth a special trip.

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    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (February 4th, 2013 at 06:06)

    Looks like a fun event! I love auctions.
    On the video Erik links to, for those who just want to see and hear the auctioneer, skip all the way to close to the end 🙂

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    Comment on 2013 Haiti Benefit Auctions (July 9th, 2013 at 06:57)

    Ernest Bontrager made some videos about the New York Haiti Benefit Auction. You can attend the 2013 New York Haiti Benefit Auction for 9:49 minutes from your armchair by watching:

    -“Penn Yan Haiti Benefit Auction GoPro Camera Edition,” June 2013, 9:49 video. Watch as some quilts are sold.

    -“Food at the Penn Yan Haiti Auction,” 8:39. Behind the scenes. It was interesting to see all those red potatoes being cooked, and the soft pretzels being formed, and to see the Salad Bar in a canoe.

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    Comment on Florida Haiti Benefit Auction (January 16th, 2014 at 09:48)

    Florida Haiti Benefit Auction

    Just a friendly reminder that this is the weekend of the 2014 Florida Haiti Benefit Auction. The schedule is posted at: http://www.floridahba.com/

    Quilts and furniture are auctioned from about 10:00 a.m. until early afternoon on Saturday. Free parking and free admission. On Friday evenings they dismiss by about 8 p.m. On Saturday the auction goes until mid-afternoon.

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