Catching Up on Sleep

From October 29, 2018 While I really enjoy my work in Haiti, I also realize that I am completely unqualified to do it. On this last 17-day trip, I lost my patience many times. On Friday night (my last night before traveling back to Florida on Saturday) I was confronted with news that the ladies who work overnight in the…

Jesus and the Blind Man

From October 31, 2018 Last Sunday’s Gospel reading featured the story of a blind man who was seated on the side of the road begging when Jesus approached accompanied by his disciples and others. The blind man calls out to Jesus, but the disciples and the crowd tell him to shut up. Of course, Jesus stopped and called the blind…

SCCC Overview

From October 29, 2018 Pope Francis said: “I see the church as a field hospital after battle.” In our humble, very limited way, the Santa Chiara Children’s Center in Haiti is a kind of field hospital for kids. We currently (8/22/18) have 68 children living with us; 22 of the children are still in diapers. Our children range in age…

Banking and Begging

From October 28, 2018 I got back to Florida yesterday before the post office closed and so I was able to pick up all the mail that had arrived while I was in Haiti for 17 days. I was touched to see that of the 21 checks that were sent seven had “going for the green” on the memo line.…

Interruptions

From October 27, 2018 I’m heading back to Florida this morning. There are many administrative details that need my attention. But hopefully, I will be able to get a few day’s rest. I also hope Naïve remembers to walk and feed Giles. Even though I’m eager to enjoy hot water and air conditioning, I’d rather stay in Haiti. I also…

The Fellowship of the Floor

The Fellowship of the Floor

From October 25, 2018 On Tuesday night, Naïve, Katiana, and Jodely all wanted a sandwich made with pita bread. I actually place the bread over the over the flame of one of the stove’s burner and gingerly flip it from side to side so the bread get hot without getting burned. The kids love watching this process. There was so much…

Giles the Dog

From October 26, 2018 The kids really love the dog and are happy to pet him. Regarding his fear of riding in a car and heights, one Journal reader wrote: “Of course, you would get a dog with issues.” Funny. Read Full Journal Here  

More Bunk Beds

From October 23, 2018 After all the bunk beds we have already purchased, we still had eight kids sleeping on the floor. Truth be told, most of our kids never had a bed before. Sleeping on the floor, which often was a dirt floor, is all they know. Some poor families might have one bed for the entire family. Of…

A Surprise Visitor

From October 24, 2018 In Monday’s Journal I shared about the three girls who all arrived on the same day last month. The mother of one of the girls, Katiana, had visited only once. Well, yesterday she paid another visit. She only stayed about an hour. I told her we were taking good care of her daughter. Billy asked the…

Highly Decorated Cupcakes

From October 22, 2018 Naïve wanted me to show Jinette and Eleena some old pictures of myself. We then watched video clips from Cité Soleil and our second location in Peguyville. They roared with laughter over younger versions of some of the kids and staff. When I finally was able to clear the office, I really wanted to drive to Petionville…