Embrimaoma

Embrimaoma is a Greek word that means moved, stirred, and angry. Embrimaoma is the opposite of apathy, it means you are moved to care. Pain moves us to care. Most great movements in history were started by pain. I still remember the pain I felt first seeing the conditions in Haiti. As I walked into…

Dreams Do Come True

In the beginning my dad was the Hut Outreach visionary. He was the one who brainstormed the name and logo, the face of the organization who spoke at events and shared the stories. He was also the dreamer. Aaron and I were always practical, but dad had big dreams: a youth center! A computer lab!…

No Greater Love

The women rushed towards me and I was not really scared but hesitant. They positioned themselves next to me, one on either side. Before I knew it they had linked their arms with mine. N-ap kampe ave-ou. We are standing with you. That very year Aaron had given me two expensive gifts: a digital camera…

Gratitude

In the early days Hut Outreach was just us and a few Haitian friends, Kiki was one. We often visited his house and spent time with his family. Hut Outreach started in his neighborhood- we passed out care packages to his neighbors. We were naïve Americans who didn’t know Haiti, not yet smart enough to…

A Sign of Gratitude

But we gave those gifts out with abundant love. The people received them gratefully and friendships were cultivated.

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries should would help a lot.  Wouldn’t you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go- Where everybody knows your name, and you’re always glad you came. You want to be where people see, troubles are all…

Generosity

This quote shook up my view on generosity.  I know the parable of the widow who gave her last 2 coins. I’ve heard the sermons and read the Bible regarding the rich man and his greed. And I always felt I was a generous person but then, I read this. I have kept so much. This…

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…

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…

What are you Supposed to be Doing?

This comes up often at my house with my little boy. He is a bit like his momma and gets easily distracted by screens of all sizes! So I frequently have to re-direct him back to his homework or chores, “Nathan, what are you supposed to be doing right now?” But I understand how easy…

Speaking a Foreign Language

Working in another culture? Learn the language. Haiti has two official languages: French and Creole. French is the language of the elite- business owners and the government, in fact it has been stated that less than 10% of the country actually speaks French. But Creole is for everyone.  Creole is a language that is based…

Restavek

As I was starting to learn Creole I quickly realized her name meant “Jesus is here” and that made me love her even more.