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...

Alarms go off at 6 am Monday morning which means play time is over and our first day of work has begun.  

Morning coffee till about 6:30am and then we started to see the shovels and pick axe's come out from the darkness.  The first task we were given was to dig a trench beside the fence by the main road to bring a new water line down from the water project that was worked on last year.  We began...

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of learning, working and adjusting to the heat! We can hardly believe that we have been here for a month now, yet it also seems like we’ve been here for a long time. I find that drastic changes in life always do that – make you feel like the “other side” of the change was a very...

We started our second day in Las Minas with a very early morning. We were awakened by the roosters and dogs letting us all know they were still in the village, at 4:30 am.  We managed to stay sleeping a little longer before we had morning coffee and breakfast while organizing our Sunday school program. This included chopping pieces of bamboo with a very large machete. At 10 am Sunday school started with many different children from around the community....

So much has changed since I last posted a blog. For one, the year has changed (hello, 2017), but also this is a new time of different projects that World Renew is working on here in Guatemala; new year, new changes.

Since it's been so long since I've written, I should probably give an update on what happened at the end of last year as well. Last November, Bethany and I traveled with our coworkers to Chiapas, Mexico to visit one...

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