From October 30, 2020 The 38 kids who will be starting school next week had to visit the Adventist school to fill out some forms. Jarline and Rolland escorted them to the school. Jarline took some photos.
From October 29, 2020 A visual journal of my morning flight back to Florida…
From October 28, 2020 Confession: Since I returned to Haiti on October 10th, I’ve been in a dark space. I wouldn’t call the darkness depression. The darkness was more a matter of feeling crushed by the overpowering problems, by the constant struggle, by debilitating insufficiency of funds, the violence, and thestaggering weight of debt.
From October 27, 2020 A few days ago, I was in my office absorbed in my work. Without noticing her, Bency entered my office, picked up my big Canon camera aimed it toward me and said, “Dad.”
From October 26, 2020 The more merciful you are, the more mercy you will feel. But to truly feel God’s unlimited mercy, you need to incorporate into your day moments of stillness, moments where you can climb to the inner summit of your life and see the vast horizon of God’s love.
From October 25, 2020 Late Wednesday morning, Naïve was seated alone on the back bench. She looked sad. She often sits alone. When she lived on the second floor, she often stood alone on the balcony starring into the night. I was headed back upstairs, but I decided to go sit next to Naïve.
From October 24, 2020 I offered this visual mediation these last two days to give you an impression of the milieu in which we work. The poverty is staggering and sickening. Getting anything done is near impossible. The corruption and violence are daunting.
From October 23, 2020 A few days ago, I was prompter to look at photos from my first trip to Haiti in December, 2009, just weeks before the earthquake. I also looked at photos from my three post-earthquake visits in early 2010.
From October 22, 2020 Last Sunday, one of the two toilets on the first floor was backed up. No one could unclog it. The guys tried a few remedies on Monday. No luck. On Tuesday, a crew came to clean out the sceptic tank, which was filled. It was so full it filled the truck.
From October 21, 2020 As the Journals clearly reveal, life in Haiti can be very stressful. Running a home with five dozen kids serves up its own frustrations and problems. Some days the stress, frustrations, and problems paint me into a corner of desperation. When this happens, I paint my way out.