Haiti Blog

February 2019

Feb 16

Day XVIII- Back on American soil

Hi all,  This will be my last entry. I’m writing this from the plane that is traveling towards Ft. Lauderdale. By now, many of you know that we were air lifted from L’Asile, by helicopter and brought to the Port au Prince airport without incident. Although, helicopter travel would not be my preference, the ride was smoother than...
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Feb 15

Day XVII- Keeping on keeping on

Well here we are, still hanging in. The news from Port au Prince is not promising. The president spoke last night and he isn’t resigning. So things are at a standstill again and we are unable to safely travel to the airport. But the news is not all bad. State Representative RoseLee Vincent has been a great help to us and has been in...
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Feb 14

Day XVI- Diversions and more waiting

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!  We're still here! Things in the country have not changed much. The manifestation is still going on all throughout the country. It's still not safe to travel outside church property to Port au Prince, so we're unable to get to the airport. However, we are safe and sound. Our spirits are good and...
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Feb 13

Day XV- Waiting in joyful hope

Hello all,  Well we are safe and sound on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Parish in L’Asile. The situation in Port au Prince has not changed. The manifestation- or as we call them demonstrations- are still occurring and all the roadways to the airport are blocked, so it's not safe for us to travel at this time to the airport to come...
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Feb 12

Day XIV- Work and waiting

Hello everyone,  Well we do have a lot to tell you about, especially a change in our travel arrangements, but that can wait a bit. Today we helped serve lunch to the children at the school. Each school day, women from the town cook a nutritious meal of rice and beans for over 400 children. For many this is the only meal they will have all...
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Feb 12

Day XIII- Joy and fun

Well, this is our last full day in L’Asille. While we are all very sad to leave, I do miss my bed!! As usual, we did have a busy day. We had one more piece of playground equipment to paint, a merry-go-round, and while that piece was drying, the kindergarten teacher took one class at a time to try out the rides. The children had never...
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Feb 11

Day XII- A Birthday and a Sunday adventure!

Hi all,  First, before I tell you about today, let me tell tell you about last night. We were invited to the school cafeteria for a gathering and as it turned out the whole town of L’Asille had a surprise birthday party for Noreen! They had food, entertainment, and a delicious birthday cake!! A good time was had by all.  Today,...
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Feb 9

Day XI- The value of water and faith

Hi all,  Lots to tell today. We were about the Corporal Works of Mercy. We left this morning around 8 am for the village of Claire, one of the more remote and poorer area up in the mountains. The parish bus dropped us off literally in the middle of what appeared to be nowhere! We were with Father Lucson and Father Colbert and before long...
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Feb 8

Day X- The playground is nearly done!

Hi everyone,  Well today wasn’t as exciting as yesterday, but we accomplished a lot. First we finished the playground! The second coat of paint is on all the equipment, all the pieces are cemented in and once the paint completely dries the kids can start to use it and have some fun!!  A job well done everyone!!  We were...
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Feb 7

Day IX- Heroes in our midst

Well we had quite an exciting day. We began the day bringing all the school supplies you generously donated over to the school. The Director, Father Colbert expressed his gratitude to all of you!  We then continued our work on the playground at the kindergarten. Yesterday we put the red primer paint on and now we needed to put on different...
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Feb 7

Day VIII- The Playground

Hello everyone! We call team two the service team and here’s why. It was quite a busy day. Our new pastor here at St. Joseph’s in L’Asille, Father Lucson, wanted us to help refurbish the playground with equipment at the new kindergarten. So there was an old and rusted set at the church. It had swings, a slide, a sit and spin...
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Feb 5

Day VII- Transition Day

Hi everyone,  Well today was a day of transition. We sadly said goodbye to some of our travelers. Immacula, Dieulita and Eileen are heading home tomorrow. Some of us traveled with them to Port au Prince to send them off and some remained in L’Asile for some much deserved rest.  While in Port au Prince we are staying at the...
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Feb 4

Day VI- Cursillo concludes

Haiti Blog, 2019 February 3, Day 6 Good evening all. Well we ended our Cursillo today. The Holy Spirit was alive and well this weekend! The 16 women from L’Asille were truly blessed. All of us had an incredible experience. I have to say, we are all very tired, but it was worth every minute of our time. God is good all the time!!  Now...
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Feb 3

Day V- Cursillo

Haiti Blog, 2019 February 2 Day 5 Hi all,  Another another full day of the Cursillo retreat. Tomorrow is the last day. The Holy Spirit is truly at work in these 16 women from L’Asille. Each day the love of Jesus reveals himself more and more to these women.  It’s challenging, but not impossible, using a translator. We are...
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Feb 2

Day IV- Cursillo begins

Haiti Blog, 2019 February 1, Day 4 Well, we are fully into our Cursillo Retreat. The 17 women have entered weekend, guided by the Holy Spirit and following the footsteps of Jesus. The blog will will be short the next two days as we focus on the Cursillo. Keep us in your prayers, as we carry you in our hearts. Linda (Edito's note: due to...
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