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Jan 9, 2014 - Combi

Wow! Where to begin? When we arrived at the "mango farm" on our first day it was really a mess. I think we all took one look and thought, "Hmm. What have we gotten ourselves into?" Picture a small, fenced in, overgrown, community garden with dried up shoots of okra, squash vines running from end to end, trees growing wherever the seeds happened to fall. Dried up and chaotic. Unfortunately I am unable to upload pictures but will do so when we get home. Today, the little plot of land looks like a professional landscaping team came in and...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Day 2

Bon jou from Montrouis! We arrived safely yesterday evening. The trip was exhausting but easy. No snags at all unless you count the fact that several of our team members (who will remain nameless) could not keep up with their own bags. :) And 2 of our supply cases are still somewhere between Pensacola and PAP. Once we were through the airport we packed ourselves into the rear of a large tap-tap for the hour plus ride to Life Connection. The facility here is beautiful and much different outwardly from where we stayed last year. However, the...

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May 26, 2010 - Reverse Culture Shock

Wednesday, Day 8 Reverse Culture Shock Today we fly home. Its 7:50 am and we are waiting for our plane in the departure gate at the Port au Prince airport. Peter warned me about it: The reverse culture shock is already hitting me. People are bragging about getting upgraded to first class for $150. People are changing $5s and $10s so they can buy souveniers. Missionarires are swaggering around the departure gate feeling good about themselves in their matching tee shirts. Rich is upstairs getting some water and food and we’ve started to...

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May 25, 2010 - Delivery Day

Tuesday, Day 7 Delivery Day Day 7 (Tuesday) Today we left to make water filter deliveries at 6 am. We spent most of the day in the Arcahaie area of town which is south of Pierre Payen. Arcahaie is a maze of single wide dirt roads with tons of homes crammed in there in haphazard ways (no neat grids like in the states). I'd be surprised if anyone had running water. Our first delivery was at a home just off the main highway so we parked on the shoulder and walked in behind the buildings that lined the highway where some homes were located....

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May 24, 2010 - Playing on the Beach

Monday, Day 6 Playing on the Beach Today started with some mission-business meetings for Rich, the Craigs, and the Rollings and I played “preschool” with Noah, Abe and Olivia. This was particularly exciting for Noah. He wanted to play school all day and asked for more challenging work. He'll be a great student! Olivia and Abe are learing how to share crayons nicely and without eating them. Pretty cute stuff. After the meetings, Sarah and I went down to the local market in Pierre Payen. Apparently, there are “Market Days” when traveling...

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May 24, 2010 - How to Build a Biosand Filter

How to Build a Biosand Filter Adjacent to the residential area is the yard where Clean Water for Haiti builds filters. The Mission employs 17 Haitian workers at a good wage. First, heavy steel plates are welded together to make a tall rectangular box. A second smaller tall box is made that fits inside the first one. A lid is bolted on. A void is created between walls of the two boxes which will be filled with concrete. The void preserved in the middle of the smaller box will hold the water and filter material. The perimeter is...

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May 23, 2010 - Psalm 60

Sunday, Day 5 Psalm 60 Today we went to church at the Caanan orphanage in Montrouis. There were about 30 children, mostly elementary and middle school ages plus a few babies and a few older boys and girls. As the children “age out” of their system they are apparently invited to stay with the orphanage where they work for room and board. The adoption process has slowed way down since the earthquake and since some rules have changed by some governing agency but a few children have been adopted out in the recent past. Their website is...

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May 21, 2010 - Coffee, Kids, and Cows

Friday, Day 3 Coffee, Kids, and Cows ##photo=Sara and Rosie. Rosie roasted 70# of coffee for 3 days## I slept better last night. Closed the window closest to me so I couldn’t smell the smoldering garbage and used earplugs. Was up at 5 again and joined the staff and crew for morning prayers which they do together every day. Nobody sleeps in around here because it is too hot to work in the late afternoon. Another benefit of waking early is that we have nice leisurely breakfasts with our friends and can sip coffee (roasted right here on the...

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