Monday, July 25, 2011

Taking Chances: Learning to Breathe in Haiti

Taking Chances: Learning to Breathe in Haiti: "After every trip, I usually find myself overwhelmed by a number of things; the experience, the stark difference between how we live in Ameri..."

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Prayer Requests from Haitian Women

Last week we had our semi-annual women's conference.  While the speakers taught through translators, one way the attendees related back was through prayer requests.  I thought readers might enjoy hearing these requests and perhaps praying for them as well.  My hope in sharing them with you is that you'll see how similar all of our lives really are:
Translated from Kreyol:
1.  Please pray for my family's spiritual life.  Pray for my son who doesn't want to live with me.  Mrs. P.
2.  Please pray I can have a baby.  Mrs. K
3.  I have had a headache for a long time, please pray for me.
4.  Please be praying for my brother who has breathing problems.
5.  I need to send my children to school, pray that they can pass.
6.  Pray that my son will return to his place with me.
7.  Pray that my children will pass all their exams
8.  Pray for my friends who have a lot of persecution in their lives.
9.  Please pray I can be faithful in my Christian life.
10.  Pray for the many problems that I am experiencing.
11.  Please pray that my friend, S. will become a Christian.
12.  Pray for my friend who is paralyzed.
13. Pray for my child who is sick.
14.  Please pray that I can have a house.
15.  Please pray for my family.

These are samples of the prayer requests we received from the 250 plus women who came from all over northeastern Haiti.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Why I haven't written anything in a while

I haven't been doing the best job of keeping people informed of activities and happenings here in Haiti.  There have been various reasons for this, some of which are personal.  Those of who live here continue to process everything that has happened here in Haiti in the past 18 months.   Some time in the spring the realities of life hit me afresh.  I saw and continue to see a lot of post traumatic stress issues among first responders and people who worked so hard in the initial days and months following the earthquake.  In the face of incredible needs all around us, we've been working to maintain the education outreaches we have every day.  All that to say, this hasn't been an easy period to work through except to walk and work day by day.  Perhaps because of our own fatigue, it's been especially encouraging to have various groups come and volunteer alongside us.
What follows are some of my favorite images of outreaches from the past few months

In January, Terrie W. delivering items Haitian style

Playmates at the school express caring in June

Youth group from Memphis helps us unload donated supplies

These guys from Tennessee are strong!

New friends are building at my school! 

Donated dresses from Minnesota!

Puppet performers from Texas in March!

Teaching all 500 of our elementary students about the armor of God.

These are just a few images of outreach activities in the past months.  Coming up we have several children's camps and youth camps scheduled.  The school year finished a few weeks ago with kindergarten graduation.  Many proud parents celebrated this accomplishment showing me yet again that life goes on, slowly rebuilding and advancing day by day.  My Haitian friends are masters at going on in the face of incredible odds.