Nadjia, the Rest of the Story

Part one of this story is here. Shortly after Nadjia left the house a friend of ours ran in calling, “mamabo!” He took my mom by the hand and ran out the door with her. I followed close behind. We ran out the front gate and turned down the street and that was when I saw…

Nadjia- the Beginning of a Friendship

A crowd had gathered and there was clapping and laughter. The Haitian people can be exuberant and a little loud, and it’s contagious, so we had to see what the fun was about. There was a little girl in the street, maybe 7 or 8 years old doing a little dance and singing. The song…

Pastor Blan

I remember the first time we went to Charier, a little village over the river and up the mountain. Our friend Toto suggested we go there to ‘get some good air’- he always takes us places where we can enjoy a good breeze. We arrived in Charier and started to see the Haiti from National…

Guest Post from Joni Arredia

Today’s post is written by my lovely friend Joni. In 2011 I received a phone call from an energetic soul in Chicago that went like this: “Hello darling, I want to go to Haiti with you, where shall I send the check?”  Three weeks later we were in Haiti together at the Hut Outreach Community…

Spirit lead me

Two weeks ago I was walking around a vintage fair and found this bracelet that said ‘fear not’.  It was at a booth of gorgeous jewelry created by Genesis One Designs. I wanted to get one more because two is better than one right? So I chose this gold tone one that says ‘spirit lead me’….

After the Storm

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to share with a group of women at St. John’s Lutheran Church about Ketlene’s tragic yet triumphant birth story. I was hopeful and excited sharing about what God is doing through Hut Outreach and shared big dreams for the coming years. And now Hurricane Matthew. The pictures are devastating….

Brokenhearted

Today has been painful. I worked for a few hours but just couldn’t concentrate. I can’t get my mind to stop reeling. Moments like these I go into fix it mode- I try to figure out a way to fix everything. Hurricane Matthew is not fixable. Things will never be the same in Haiti. Life…

After Matthew- Boots on the ground

This is some of our Haitian team- people we know and love that work tirelessly to help their communities.  Last night when the rain finally stopped they started assessing needs. Today they are canvassing our neighborhood to triage the most urgent needs. We send money via Western Union (just $15 to send up to $5000)…

Early damage reports

Just got an update from Toto. Thank God our team is all safe! We have been so nervous all day praying about our friends and their precious families. Les Cayes suffered greatly today with nearly 24 hours of rain and 145 mile per hour winds. Here is what we know so far. The building is dry…

Hurricane Matthew

These photos were taken today downtown Les Cayes. Many of our Toledo friends know Lovely who is living here attending University of Toledo. She spoke to her family today and they sent these photos. The photo of the ladies standing in the water is near Lovely’s home. The other pics are downtown Les Cayes. The…

Bad Dreams

My little boy just woke up at 4am, he had a bad dream. Me too baby.  I’ve been dreaming of hurricanes and floods. According to the map below Matthew has passed Haiti. The red circle is Les Cayes, the home of Hut Outreach.  So now we wait. We wait for news, good or bad. I…

Hurricane in Haiti, What’s the big deal?

Hurricane Matthew has been all over the news the last few days. It is looming towards southern Haiti right now, Les Cayes is in the direct path. Les Cayes is the location of the Hut Outreach Youth Center and our Haitian team. Our buildings are concrete, solid structures that mostly have concrete roofs. However, the…