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We helped do another service project with the Heaths & a group of QCS High School students. We traveled up the mountain past Kenscoff where the children are now living. They moved again for the 3rd time since we have known them. It seems things are very complicated with the rent situation & funds (or lack of) that these orphans have.

We were disappointed & heart broken with the “new” house & the way the kids are still having to live. This was & always is hard to understand & process. These poor kids… living everyday amongst the dirt, dampness and lack of resources in & around the house…no running water or water available even near the property…which leads to very dirty clothes on the children & a lot more work because now they are way up a steep hill & it is very difficult for the woman who cares for the children to get water up there. No stove, no toilet, no electricity, no gas. They cook with charcoal on a small make shift stove/grill.

On a positive note, the children continue to get physically healthier!!! They have all gained weight!

The simplicity of being able to provide these kids with worming meds about 9 weeks ago has done wonderful things for their little bodies.

We are so pleased and thank those who have donated for these kids…whether a ball, toys, clothes, funds or prayers, we thank you again. We praise God for this! They have had other meds too that we were able to help provide. Although they are dirty & still don’t have much, they are not physically looking as much like they are literally at deaths door.

Praise God.

There are thousands of kids here like this but we personally can’t help them all. We do believe that God directed us to these kids. We continue to keep them in our hearts as the Lord guides us & do whatever we can with whatever we do have to improve their lives.

And it is helping!

We have to pace ourselves though & remind ourselves that where they are at now~ physically, geographically & emotionally, is not what or where we personally would want them to be BUT that God works His perfect plans in His perfect timing & for His perfect reasons.

We hope & pray that someday, these kids will have even more. That someday, God will open more doors & opportunities for us, them, you & whoever else He has in mind to help with His plans in this.

It is soooo hard & frustrating not being able to do more. We have so many ideas & wishes for these particular kids but are reminded to wait on God since we do not have the means to provide what our dreams for them would be. What’s even more frustrating is that our dreams for them aren’t even very “big”…little things like a permanent stable house with better beds & more room for each child. Better schooling, better daily education on ways to live & improve their own lives, more funds or food so they could have 2 meals a day instead of one. This is an example of some of the realities we have been learning. “We” want more for these kids. “We” have plans & dreams for them but God is putting us in their lives slowly, making changes slowly, changing hearts slowly….although not enough in our eyes, these kids have more than they used to. They have us, our church & many of you praying for them. They have the love of Jesus visiting them. Checking on them. Talking, listening & playing with them. We love them. They have hope. They are not completely lost. They are amazing children.

The older kids below in the pictures are the QCS High School students. They are growing to love these kids as well. This time, the students were asked to help bring donations of food, Valentines, crafts &/or candy along with their own hearts, energy & time as they signed up for this Valentines Day service project.

I know last year some of these “well off” QCS Haitian students didn’t even know that orphans really existed around here. They never had to think about it or witness the reality of the Haitian orphans that suffer due to the way things are in Haiti.

As we work with Quisqueya Christian School on a daily basis, we continue to realize & witness what an incredible blessing Quisqueya Christian School is to Haiti both for today & for the future of Haiti.

QCS & all that it is, is an amazing ministry!! We are so grateful that God’s plans planted us here at QCS for His mission work.

We are blessed to be able to share these pictures with you~ The day went well. We are very proud of the QCS students that served on Valentines day. Their conduct, manners & hearts were priceless. They experienced & learned much. We are also very proud of our children who continue to grow, experience & learn from living here. We even had one of the back truck (aka~ the cage car) tires blowout on our way home. Not unusual here on these broken roads of Haiti. Overall, it was a precious day & definitely time well spent~

Click on this link to view pictures of the visit:
Kenscoff Valentine’s Day visit


Serving Christ in Haiti,
Denise and family

We finally had a chance to play against a different group of girls instead of the high school girls. They played against a girls orphanage that had the same age girls as our girls. Here are some pictures…
beginning of the game Quisqueya girls are in yellow Vienna M. going for the ball Chloe scoops up a shot... Halftime pep talk And we start penalty shotsafter the winning shot post game handshakes...
The game was special for several reasons…. One being it was a huge blessing to play with the kids from a local orphanage. Another is that the girls hardly get to play an actual opponent. Most schools here do not have any organized girls sporting programs. This game also turned out to be very exciting.

With 3 minutes left in the game the orphanage girls scored to tie the game 1 to 1. We then went to penalty shots. Each team had 5 shots. After the shots were over the score stood at 2 to 2. Then it went to single penalty shots. With the last girl shooting on both teams we scored and they did not. So we won 3 to 2! What an exciting game.
You could sense in the air the anxiety and tension!! I know the players and the crowd really enjoyed the game!!!

You bet! Several missionary families are getting together (& more are welcome) for some baseball twice a month at a church called Quisqueya Chapel (not to be confused with Quesqueya Christian Schools’ Chapel). This is the place that has swings & some park like equipment on a beautiful piece of property. This past Saturday was the start for this year. It was a fun time, not only for the kids but for the adults too!

It was great to see the kids play and great for the families to be apart from their “mission duties” & have a long morning of good, clean fellowship & fun. A much needed distraction and change of pace for many of us around here. The kids did awesome & played hard! It was a great game!

We didn’t have to worry this time about the cows & bull that are on the property, they were tied up by their horns & could just roam in one small area…we personally have had a little encounter with them in the past when we were on the swings…cept they were younger & a little smaller then…phew…

It was a blessed day. We look forward to the next time we get together to play!

Although it is “winter time” here & the temps are not in the high 90’s & 100’s, it is the “dry” season. We haven’t had a good rain in many weeks; the grounds down here in Port au Prince are dry, dusty, hard & rocky everywhere you go…normal for this time of year…but the temps are much cooler… very tolerable & actually very pleasant.

Easton hits a home run, Parker L. running into home Banning catching at first, Easton running home batting team Joey Come on Easton! Joseph T. batter up! Easton pitching Banning running a home run! Banning running into home Joseph T. & Parker L. & Elijah M. Banning pitching! Saturdays players End of game prayer & thanks

This past week Quisqueya Christian School exhibited a great Science Fair! It was so exciting to see all of the hard work the students put into their projects. Middle schoolers & High schoolers got to show off their brilliant work! It was very interesting, informative & fun! Sean & I were impressed and thought the entire event was awesome. We were amazed at the ideas the students came up with for what they had to work with…it’s not like you can run over to Wal Mart or a specialty store here & get various things or ingredients for a project…it’s not even easy to find and purchase a backboard…you know the prefolded cardboard kind all ready to go…you just have to decorate, well not so easy here! But life prevails in Haiti & these young people put on a great exhibit! We enjoyed the way the students educated the curious onlookers about their various projects. Very interesting & a fun time for many here at QCS….way to go students!!!

V. & her Solar Cooker! Chloe & C. with their Bubble Gum Project! S & S demonstrating their telegraph! QCS students img_3973 img_3976 img_3977 img_3978 img_3980 Sean with B & K img_3984

We were thrilled to get a package out of customs today! Some things have been taking 6 weeks to get to us lately from the states! Well today we got a package from my sister & her family. In it were lots of fun little things to go through. Besides a nice card of her beautiful daughter (whom is getting so big), a nice note to us all & a calendar that has pictures of all of our kids with my & Sean’s nieces & nephews…our childrens’ cousins… whom we love & miss so much. It is beautiful, adorable & entertaining! We love it!!

It was fun to look at the calendar & go through all the little toys for the orphans. Sharon, Chloe’s 2008 White House Ornament is beautiful! Thank you for thinking of us & taking the time to collect the toys & the time to send us that package!

Also, call us strange, but it was nice to “smell” the “smell” of America or Sharons house…whatever it was that engulfed the box & items in it. Something must be happening to our senses because other than smelling urine & gagging if we are standing or walking right in an area where people have found it nice to relieve themselves along the road & walls, we don’t seem to notice all of the many smells that used to be so disgusting to us here….ohhh, life in Haiti…

YAY! A Package!!!!

Our kids call these glow bugs or glow worms. We sometimes see them on the ground in the grass or in the dirt at night. Easton caught one & brought it home to show me last week. The last pic is what you see at night…their little lit up rear ends stick out but you don’t see the bugs body…

Cool!! img_3931 This is what they look like on the ground at night...

Wow we can’t believe its been 2 weeks since we last posted! Time has just been flying here. We wanted to bring you all up to date and let you know what God has been doing here in and around us.

First off Denise, Banning, and Reagan are finally on the mend. We think it was a bad virus and that in turn weakened their immune system and some Dengue symptoms surfaced. Think about the soles of your feet and palms of your hands itching so badly that you consider extreme measures to stop the itching. Thankfully they are now feeling much better and it looks like the virus is going through the elementary grades. We are so thankful that our family is starting to feel normal again.

Soccer is in full swing with me coaching the middle school girls and Denny Day coaching the high school girls. We have been trying to get some games scheduled with other schools and hopefully we can play other teams. I am so blessed to be a part of coaching since there are few opportunities for girls sports here in Haiti.

Finally the Super Bowl….
Yes we did get to watch it and what a game it was. We had over 20 people crammed into our humble abode and we had a great time. The food was outstanding and the friendship even better. Of course we have a story to tell about the game. We used a projector to watch the game on a sheet in the living room with a bunch of chairs all around. The school generator goes off at 6pm eastern right about the same time the game started. No problem right? Well it wasn’t for a while. Turns out that projectors use a lot of electricity…. So about 7 minutes left in the game the projector goes out…… Oh no!!! Well I thought it was the bulb so I replace the bulb and nothing…. Well we still have sound so not all is lost….. Um not in Haiti… 2 minutes later all of our house lights start flashing and the sound goes out!! Well that is the indicator that we have run out of battery power! So all of us go across the street to the apartments where some teachers live. We split up into to groups and finish watching the game! Turns out we only missed a punt! We all took it in stride and no matter what the situation, all of us had a great time!

Here are some pics from setting up the screen/sheet!? We also borrowed chairs, a Haitian style sofa & 2 sofa chairs from our downstairs neighbors along with what furniture we have to accommodate seating for everyone. We didn’t get a pic of everyone settled & watching the game (darn it), or a pic of all the great food we had from everyone pitching in with that but we did get some pics of Reagan & Bannings welcoming artwork up our stairs & a few of some of the lil kiddos that were part of it all…

Reagan, Banning & Kathinas work Banning & Reagan Bethaina & Keziah eating Kathina & Keziah with "LT" looking on...