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…

They Just Want to be Heard

I’m currently on an old bus in central Haiti with 3 Haitians and 2 other Americans. We have been in a traffic gridlock for about 2 hours. The people of this little town have blocked the road with 3 semi trailers and punctured the tires. There are hundreds of vehicles, bumper to bumper with horns…

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…

The Command to Go

Last week I had the incredible honor to meet the Provost of the American University of the Caribbean in Les Cayes, Haiti. Paul grew up in Haiti, he even attended university there then moved to the US for graduate school. He met his wife and raised his family in Indiana. He was a self-proclaimed ‘soccer…

It’s all too much

It’s all too much to take in. If I had $10,000 in my pocket we may have been able to meet most of the needs. The home was made of sheets of tin, tin that blew off other homes in Hurricane Matthew, garbage. They made a home out of garbage. Then the woman, lying in…

Wisdom

A few weeks ago I sat in Haitian church honestly focused on how hot it was. I had brought a small piece of cardboard to serve as a fan, but air movement only made a slight difference.   I was trying to listen intently to the sermon, translate it into Creole in my head, then…

Smiling Once More

She is so beautiful, so full of joy and light, the opposite of the girl I first met.

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-…

Moments

This team met a simple need at the guesthouse by creatively building tables from pallets, Pinterest: Haiti Style. They work under sub-par conditions; heat, bugs, dirt, limited materials and tools yet, for their service to the kingdom they too will receive their crowns of glory. Mama Wis comes to me with swollen, arthritic knees telling…

A Sign of Gratitude

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

A Future and a Hope

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Years ago our friend Pierre built the sign and had this verse painted on it. I have always love the verse and was happy…

12 Janvye

You see, most surfaces were still covered with rubble and there was nowhere to go so this family claimed a little piece of the HIGHWAY median for their home.