Cognitive Challenges

From October 31, 2019 Ruth came to us in June 2015. If I recall correctly, she was on 4 to 6 months old. I spent endless hours holding her. The mother was homeless and walked the streets with Ruth in her arms in order to prompt donations. So Ruth is nearly five years old and still cannot speak.

War Zone

From October 30, 2019 Yesterday, when I heard the horn from the little, green Honda at 8:00am, I knew two things: Billy made it to work and the streets were clear. I was half right. Billy said he left his home in the pre-dawn darkness in hopes that would improve his chances of making it to Santa Chiara. He said…

The Hope of the Church

From October 29, 2019 Yesterday afternoon, I attempted to go out and just drive around our neighborhood, staying on the dirt roads. I just wanted to being in an air condition environment with classical music playing for 15 minutes. It was a feeble attempt to escape the noise and chaos of Santa Chiara. Most of the staff did not make…

Compassion Mission

From October 28, 2019 Immanuela was in need of supplies for Baby Francesca. I took the calculated risk that Cite Soleil would not be the focus of the protests. So, Jarline and Naïve set out for a small market near us. We picked up diapers, juice, fruit, fish, and some baby supplies and headed for the slum. I kept a…

A Dark Week Ahead

From October 27, 2019 The word is that the protest organizers will begin a massive week-long protest starting today. Yesterday, everyone in the city was in a frenzied, panicked rush to gather up all the supplies to last for what promises to be a week were few stores will be open and most road blocked. It has been reported that…

Greetings from Haiti

From October 24, 2019 Yesterday afternoon around noon, I was finishing up my packing with the intention of leaving for the hotel near the airport around 3 o’clock. I was suddenly hit with one of my PTSD panic attacks which left me with blurred vision and a whopping headache. I had to sit on the recliner chair with my eyes…

Heavy Hearts

From October 26, 2019 Yesterday morning I spoke at length with a woman who lives in a very bad area outside of Port-au-Prince. She told me she has seen people shot to death. Last week, she said, guys with big guns killed an entire family and set their house on fire. “I’ve seen things that I had only seen before…

Time Travel

October 23, 2019 After changing my return flight from Saturday afternoon to very early tomorrow morning, I thought about the reality of heading for the airport at two in the morning. I had the idea of driving to Ft. Lauderdale this afternoon and spending the night in a hotel near the airport. I did a little research and found an…

Change of Plane Plans

From October 22, 2019 I was scheduled to return to Haiti late Saturday afternoon, arriving just before six at night. But I so miss the burning tires, that I’m returning Thursday. The late afternoon flight always seems to be late and driving to Santa Chiara as darkness falls is dangerous.

Spiritually Breathing with both Lungs

From October 21, 2019 For me, the best part of being in Ft. Pierce is being able to attend the divine liturgy at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church. I melt into the beauty of the church and all the icons. The entire liturgy is sung. Even the proclamation of the Gospel is chanted by the priest. The liturgy…