Posts Tagged ‘RHFH’

Hard things happen here. I share photos of beautiful kids on the mend. Smiles. Laughter. Sunshine. Light. Miracles. Healing.

But, hard things happen here. Don’t forget that. I can’t. I won’t. Rarely are photos shared of the hard things. Those are private. Not to hide the hard things, but to protect those that must endure them.

Today I held a precious baby boy. 10 months old. 3 lbs. I held him a long time. Rubbed his back. Felt every rib. Trimmed his nails. Held his tiny fragile hand.

As I go to bed tonight……. will I get the chance to hold him again? Tomorrow? Ever, this side of Heaven????

It’s one of many hard things in Haiti. Here, at Real Hope, they fight hard to save little lives. When the fight can’t be won…..they grieve. They cry. The loss is deep.

It’s the worst of the hard things.

But, for a few hours, he was held. Close to my heart. Outside in the fresh air.

That wasn’t a hard thing at all. It was holy.

November 13, 2018


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Memphis Conference UMVIM team to Haiti: April 9-17, 2012 Team is being formed now UMVIM teams work on Priority Projects identified by the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) and United Methodist U.S. Coordinating Team. My sister, Tena, and I will be co-leading this team. The approximate cost for the trip is $2000. Teams fly in and out of Port-au-Prince and spend their first and last nights at the Methodist Guest House in Petionville. Teams who travel to projects outside Port-au-Prince are transported to the work sites and stay at the remote location until the day before they depart. Maximum of ten persons. Contact me if you would like more information @ hollybug99@yahoo.com

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This is the first in a series of posts introducing you to some of the amazing kids we got to hang out with in Cazale, Haiti, at RHFH.


Gerlina came to clinic when she was 6 months old.  She weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces at that time.  Her mom died when she was 4 months old of a fever.  Her dad wanted to try and take care of her at his house so we gave him infant formula and supplies to care for her. He really loves her.  We told him to return each month for more supplies and a check-up in the clinic.  We had not seen him for about 5 months, but this past week he came back.  He has been trying to pay off his bills from the cost of burial for his wife and did not have any money to travel down to see us.  It was a really hard decision for her father to leave her here because he has lost two other children and Gerlina is all he has left.  The little peanut can stand up when holding onto something. She is now 12 months,  and still weighs 8lbs 6oz which mean she still has a long way to go to get caught up.  (currently on the medika mamba program).

Can you imagine not being able to take you sick baby to the doctor because you were having to use all your money to pay the burial costs of the mother or father?

Gerlina, when she admitted in September, 2011.

Gerlina, September 2011

Her ‘boyfriend’ is Darlens……they are CRAZY about each other. Here are some photos of baby love!

This is what happened when they were reunited after Gerlina came and hung out with me on the porch for a little bit. I definantly think she prefers Darlens over me!!!!

Gerlina is still a tiny little thing but interacts with folks, and will walk holding someone’s hands.

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:45

*Some photos and info was borrowed from the RHFH website realhopeforhaiti.org *

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What would you do if just over the fence of you back yard you saw a neighbor in need?

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can be joyful, rewarding, life changing. It can be (and usually is) heart breaking, foundation shattering, faith challenging, dirty, smelly, humbling and hard. Really hard. Have you ever thought about those folks that work to be ‘the hands and feet’? Many of them are just like you.  A regular person, with a family, a job, a home. Many have no special skill, they are regular people. Not pastors, or seminary students, not angels on earth, not super heroes, not nurses, not doctors, not scientists……….just ordinary people, deciding to follow God’s lead, and doing extraordinary things.

Lori and Licia, of Real Hope for Haiti happen to be nurses. But many people supporting, volunteering and working with this ministry and many others are just regular people.  The following is a wonderful post on RHFH blog. PLEASE read it. It’s important. It’s eye-opening and possibly heart-changing.  You will learn about the devotion of Nerenel’s father, and more.

Every day life for most of Haiti’s people is hard, harder than most of us can even imagine. Yet, they keep trying, doing, working, hoping……..


I didn’t interact with Nerenel while at RHFH. He seemed, too ill, lethargic or sleeping most of the time. Now, I wish I would have just held him.

Nerenel is the little man in the red shirt.

This was taken shortly before we left Cazale, headed back to the states.



















This little guy was loved, and cared for until his last moment here on earth. Now, there is no more pain, malnutririon, sickness, struggle for life……..just the blessed peace of being with God, in His house.

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Traffic, Haitian style!

*This was originally written several years ago, and for some reason never published. Better late, than never!

Traffic (travel) in Haiti is a mixture of anything you have EVER seen or experienced in the US, multiplied and amplified. Depending upon your point of view, an or how often you experience traffic in Haiti, it can be amusing, terrifying, comically, unbelievable, frustrating, confusing……..I think you get the picture.

There are basically 5 types of transportation in Haiti, feet, donkey, bicycle, moto and tap-tap.

Traffic rules…….now that’s where things get really interesting. Imagine your everyday commute or running errands with semi-controlled chaos.

* pedestrians NEVER have the right of way. Only exception is if your vehicle is completely stopped and someone walks in front of you.

* Who does have the right of way? Easy, the fastest moving and/or the biggest vehicle. Basically it seems like a big game of chicken most of the time.

* Which side of the road do You drive on? Again, this is an easy one. Both. Yes, both. Drivers are constantly weaving from one side to another, trying to follow the path with the least potholes. Often this includes crossing over into oncoming traffic, moving to along one shoulder or the other, driving down the center of the road (paved or not) and sometimes leaving the road completely to veer around some obstacle.

* Seat belts? What are those?

* Helmets for motorcycle riders? Sure, right, not required. If you see a helmet, its usually NOT on anyone’s head.

* Normal # of riders per motorcycle is 2. NOT. Did you know a moto can carry up to 6 people? I’ve seen it. Or, two grown men and 2 live baby goats. Mattresses, other types livestock or building supplies……if it can be balanced on two wheels, its acceptable.

* Maximum capacity of public transportation (motos) is not determined by number of seats. Only by how many bodies can be crammed into, loaded on top of or hang of the sides of Any vehicle.

*Rules for riding in the bed of a pick-up. If it had a bed, its packed full! That:s the rule!

*Normal lanes on the road….if you need one, create one.

It’s an adventure EVERYTIME you take to the road in Haiti. It’s never a short drive anywhere
And its not for the faint-of- heart!

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Baby update from Cazale

Junes is continuing to improve! I didn’t have time to post it yesterday, but he was up on his hands and knees trying to crawl as we were leaving.

3 picts to post for now:
Bath time in the IC tent (Gerlina was NOT happy it was her turn)

Gerlina later, after she recovered from the water torture and hanging out on the porch with me.

The IC tent yesterday when I went to say goodbye.


news from Cazale

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We have enjoyed a leisurely lunch and some ice cream in the Miami airport. Only 4 hours to go before the flight to Nashville. What to do, what to do?

People watching for now? Why yes, I think so.

Not as good as the zoo or Walmart, but pretty close!


No one was harmed in the taking of these photos.

news from Cazale

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Sad news

I’m sorry to report that sweet Benji died this afternoon. Even though its sad to know a little one never got to enjoy years of life, he is in Heaven now. He will never know hunger, poverty, injustice or despair. Benji will live forever surrounded by God’s glorious love for him.


news from Cazale

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These cuties just arrived.  They are hand made by a local lady here in the village of Cazale. If you want one (or several) let me know by 10:00pm tonight. We are leaving early in the morning and packing tonight. ALL the money goes to the artisan and Real Hope For Haiti.

10in. doll $12
8 in. doll $6 (boy or girl)


news from Cazale

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