Mountains and more Mountains

In Haitian culture proverbs are very important, as a society where the majority of adults cannot read and write the spoken stories and traditions take on extra meaning. One such saying is Mountains beyond mountains which literally means there is always more. You summit one mountain only to discover the next. This is life in Haiti-…

Happy Thanksgiving !

As my husband and I peel 20 pounds of potatoes our second turkey is cooking. Soon we will slice and dice mountains of veggies and prepare stuffing. Later our home will be filled to the brim, it will be noisy and the dishes will go on for days. There will be turkey and pie carcasses…

Moments to Not be Missed

​I brought a poncho and rain boots, just in case. When I gave them to Pizo he exploded with thanks. Pizo is deaf and mute, but his hand motions are very effective communication. Mikenson’s home survived, but the bed broke and the mattress floated away in the flood. He’s been sleeping on a board covered…

Solomon on Two Feet

Solomon lost his leg in a terrible motorcycle accident. Through a facebook Friend I got him an appointment at Healing Hands in Haiti to be evaluated for a prosthetic. This all happened very quickly, all within a couple days in July during my last Haiti trip. This is unheard of in Haiti. I will never…

The Comfort of Friendship

​In 2003 a friend and co-worker asked me if she could come to Haiti with me. I was shocked, no one had ever asked before. I reluctantly agreed, worried about what she would think. Every trip to Haiti I’m so very grateful she took the risk to come to Haiti. Amy works so hard behind…

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…

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….

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…