I had been visiting &/or working alongside Haitians, in Haiti, for several years. The people we love and worked alongside were my people and I was their people. I felt as though I belonged, so to speak. I very vividly remember the first time it happened. A Haitian friend and I were walking down a […]
I feel a responsibility to tell them the truth but at the same time I want to isolate them from the reality. My heart aches, my gut wrenches, at times I am physically stricken with nausea. I attempt to choose words wisely between myself and leadership in Haiti, guarding their minds from my toxic thoughts. […]
My thoughts are firing so quickly they exhaust me. It was only a matter of time, we knew Coronavirus would eventually arrive in Haiti. Amid prayers for the world and the U.S., prayers for medical personnel making unfathomably difficult decisions, prayers for our families and for our own strength and courage we braced ourselves for […]
Thank you to these 44 students, Principal Jerry Brown, Teachers and all support staff of Trinity for coming together for CLIMB. We look forward to telling the program participants and staff of Accolade for Saving Lives in Haiti all about your school and your hard work for them!
I was hiking a state park in Oregon this week, a park filled with stunning, powerful waterfalls; a rain forest, in fact. I was steeped in an intense sense of awe and splendor when suddenly it felt as though I had been punched in the gut. The intensity stopped me in my tracks. Gallons of […]
Allow me to introduce you to Tikilene, one of the most incredible human beings you could be privileged to meet. Tikilene and her husband have three sons and one daughter, all of whom have completed high school &/or are working their way through a college education. Tikilene gives all credit to the grace of God, […]
Hope revealed through a man and his rescue dog.
I used to play piano with the children before Sunday School, when my kids were young. My favorite song book became worn, losing its cover over time as it was carried back and forth. It all started there, really. There were two songs I flipped past on Sunday mornings but played through when home at […]
The video call came. Their big exam was complete and a much welcome break from school was about to begin. Sensing their excitement made my heart leap. Each of the five described how they would spend their vacation time. One would be leaving in a few moments to visit his aunt in another village for […]
Daily life in Haiti had been tumultuous to say the least. As we rounded the curve toward the beach one of the boys said, The Sea Is Angry today. The normally gently rolling waves were crashing onto shore. The sea seemed to be reflecting the social climate of recent weeks. The sea WAS angry. We […]