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http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/03/12/four-things-you-need-to-know-about-education-in-haiti

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http://restavekfreedom.tumblr.com/post/133466513043/welcome-home

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This is an eye opening article.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/haitis-shadow-sanitation-system

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Haiti is on EST, barely. I think its as far east as you can be in this time zone. It may be tropical, but its completely dark at 6.

Cazale is a good size town located a river valley in the mountains. Its about 35 miles NE of Port au Prince. After you turn off the pavement, your go very slowly over the roughest road you can imagine for about ±30 minutes. The bone jarring, teeth rattling, dirt and rock road is an adventure in itself. Its impossible to stay seated on the benches in the back of the truck. Well you could try but it wouldn’t end well. So you stand, feet firmly planted, knees slightly bent and hold on……tight!

 

 

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New Plan

It’s abundantly clear that my attempts to post from Haiti have been an epic fail in the past two years. Because of this struggle to keep followers engaged and informed, I have defaulted to using Facebook…….and that doesn’t even work well most of the time.

I like real time, in the moment, sharing…………but it just is not (usually) possible. It’s my way of letting those that encourage and support me be a part of the journey and sometimes the adventure. Because of this ongoing struggle, I’m tweaking the blog. This will remain a space primarily devoted to my volunteering in Haiti and my experiences in country. However, I will also be sharing articles, links, poems, etc. written by others. I also hope to list books and resources that relate. These may relate to Haiti, Mountain TOP (another mission that I another passionate about), poverty both here in America and/or abroad, etc.

Sometimes, there is a specific need at Real Hope for Haiti, or other ministries I follow or support. I’ll be sharing those here as well.

My plan is to have everything linked together so whether you are a FB friend or blog follower or both, you can find the posts/material easily.

God has given me this passion and compassion and I am so thankful for it. Some would say, He also gave me the gift of words…….sometimes, lots of words………..and if you have ever met me, they come with a southern accent. You can’t get the accent here, but the rest will definitely shine. My prayer is that God’s light shines through me in all my endeavors.

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We’ll see.

It’s  been a long time since I’ve successfully blogged. I’ve upgraded equipment. Downloaded the app. The true test will come when we get to Cazale. Wish me luck!

If you don’t see anymore posts………….then feel free to look me up on Facebook,  it’s my default avenue to keep everyone connected to our trip.

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Simple prayers

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Lord,

Heal their bodies & protect their spirits

Let them feel Your love that will never end

Remove the obstacles to Your will & purpose being fulfilled

And give us the peace and strength to accept it

Thank you for the laughter of healing children that reminds me of Your faithfulness to each one of Your children, always.

Amen

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Let’s play!!!

The ICU at Real Hope For Haiti is a special place. The kids that are admitted are desperately ill or severely malnoirished. Honestly its a no-frills safe place for healing. It’s heart breaking to see little ones struggling.

It’s blessing and miracle to see them healing…….and when their body and spirit are both strong enough………..they play.

Yesterday morning in the ICU…….

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(I have an awesome video but WordPress won’t let me upload it unless I upgrade…..so, maybe I can get it on Facebook)

Some say, its is hard to see where God is with so much hurt and heartache. I know exactly where He is……..just watch children play and laugh……..and then you will see Him too.

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So many.

There are so many stories in life..We all have a story, every one of us. Our story makes us into the person we are.

Have you listened to the stories of others? Have you told your story?

When I am here in Haiti………..there are many stories. Some are awful. Some are miraculous. Some are both.

……and some are just hard. Too hard. They are too hard re-tell once I’ve heard them. I try anyway. They are too hard to forget.

Haiti is filled with hope and life……….Haiti is also filled with struggle and darkness.

There are so many stories.    

Today I rocked a little boy. He is here because of severe malnutrition.  Swollen. Lethargic. Hurting. Scarred. ‘Do you want to eat?’, we asked. ‘No’. ‘Do you want someone to hold you?’ ‘Wi’ (yes). So Wilson and I sat in the rocking chair. And I held him, and loved him and thought about his story. Its a hard one.   But a new chapter has started here. 
Berto went home today! We met him on our last trip here in September. He had just been admitted w/ severe skull fracture.  He is around 10-12 yrs old. Full of mischief but he has an easy smile and is all boy.  It’a a great story of healing.          

A baby died tonight. He was in the ICU today. A sweet baby boy I didn’t get the chance to hold or know.  He has a story and this is the only part if it that I know. Its a hard story and much too short.

Tonight we watched as friends organized and orchestrated a grand birthday party for a 17 yr. old. Handmade  decorations. Party lights. Food. DJ. Its a good story about celebration and friends. I’m sure it will be easy to tell.      

So many stories.

written 2/5/2014

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