This past week, we were privileged to attend a four-day trauma healing workshop. This workshop, put on by World Renew using a curriculum developed by the Trauma Healing Institute, is actually a “training for trainers,” specifically tailored to train others to lead workshops for church members, teaching them about walking through trauma, grief, and how to help others do the same. Learning about this was especially interesting for me (Bethany) because of my psychology background, although David really enjoyed himself...

Brother Lawrence said, "We must not grow weary of doing little things for the love of God, who looks not on the great size of the work but on the love in it."

This trip to Haiti was called a serving and learning opportunity. While I have done a lot of learning and hopefully serving as well, it truly was I who was served. It was hot. It was dirty. But the community and community spirit of...

 Our World Renew team came to Pignon, Haiti to serve and to love our neighbour, but soon realized that we were the ones being loved and served. The gracious Haitian hosts in Pignon gave us their best......a beautiful home to stay in with a generator that gave us power in the evenings, comfortable beds with all the necessities that made our stay comfortable. Our hosts spent all day preparing delicious meals for us, each one a feast.  Goats were slaughtered...

We walk mountain paths, bounce and jostle in the sultry, energy-zapping heat in the dusty LandRover. Through the cacophony of Port-au-Prince, we also begin to connect with that which is Haiti. I love our team - what a blessing to be here with these sisters and brothers. Worship on Sunday with our Haitian brothers and sisters was an incredible gift. Warm relationships,hospitality, artistic expression and poverty all describe what we've experienced. 
 
We pray for wisdom, for strength and for the Spirit...

Haiti. My first experience on a mission trip and also exposure to poverty. What to say, though. My experience so far has been heat, people, heat, love, hospitality, respect, bumpy roads, no rhyme or rhythm with respect to traffic. Did I already mentioned heat? Our time so far has been learning about Haitian history and culture. What a history and what a culture. Arising from their terrible history (being brought to this island by slave traders, warring with the French...

As I mentioned in a previous post. In preparation for our trip, our team has been meeting since January by telephone to try to get to know each other and prepare by going through World Renew’s Pre-Trip Study Guide. This guide focuses on the Seven Dimensions of Transformation. These include: Shared Vision, Sense of Community, Ownership, Leadership, Assets Knowledge and Skills, Ongoing Learning, and Shalom.

 

During our weekly phone calls we have discussed one dimension each meeting, and from our...

Wednesday night was the coldest night we have experienced here, but we awoke to a beautiful sunrise coming up in the hills of the Las Minas Village.  We had our morning coffee with cookies and muffins while we discussed our tasks at hand for the day.

We started first thing in the morning by having a group work on putting rebar together, another group to help mix concrete together in piles on the ground with shovels, and one last group still...

After a little bit of a cooler night, which was a nice change, we awoke to a beautiful sunrise for our morning coffee.  We began our day by splitting into two groups, one was to continue work on the trench to the water project pipe and the other would continue working at the school site.  While the one group continued to trench for the rest of the morning, the second group was eventually told the trench they were digging in...

A beautiful Tuesday morning began at 6 am with fresh coffee and cookies before our start to the day. Today's work required us to divide into three groups and begin digging trenches again.  One group continued with the trench up the road to the main pipe for the water project tie in. This will enable the village to use the water from the new tank. The second group started a trench to another house that will use the new water...



I regret taking this photograph.

I took this photo on a college trip in Liberia, West Africa. I regret doing so because shortly after I took it, the driver and passengers of the motorcycle yelled at me and flipped me the bird.

I remember feeling shocked, embarrassed, and a little afraid. I was also humbled.

Surrounded by the unfamiliar and the exotic I had been...

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