An update from Haiti.

First of all we are all ok! Praise the Lord! None of us were injured during the quake. Our house has some small cracks but is fine. The school suffered no damage which is a miracle.

We are currently helping with coordinating the relief effort that will happen at the school. We will have 2 or 3 aid organizations on campus. We are very thankful for all the prayers and please continue.

The situation is quite bad. Most of the major markets for food are crumbled. The banking system is down. There is only partial internet and cell phone service. There was gas today but lines were very long. In the next few days there will be some desperate people and we are preparing for that. Water is a problem but the school has a filtering system so we are ok there. We have gas as well.

The first night we did what we could to help. We dug through rubble at a major market looking for people. We could hear people still alive, buried under the rubble. We worked in a triage for hours and the people kept coming. We checked on orphanages and employees of the school. We drove a lady who was pulled from the major market with multiple fractures to a hospital that had no equipment, no medicine, people stacked on the street. The dead are piled up on the side of the streets. (Sorry for the graphic nature). Buildings are down everywhere. It is a bit overwhelming but God is in control. We will do what we can to help these people. These people have nowhere to go…

We are running low on cash and we are working on getting our trusted friend & neighbor in Haiti who is leaving for the Dominican Republic tomorrow to bring us some. As now and as always if you wish to donate you can use our paypal account. We are figuring out how to get those funds to our contact so he can bring those funds directly to us when he returns next week back to Haiti.

The school also has setup a paypal link to assist the community and efforts. Go to quisqueya.org and there is a link there.

To make it clear from someone on the ground here…. I have not kept up with the news and who is doing what but I’ll tell you that Haiti is a mess. The infrastructure is in shambles. No gas, water, food, shelter, hospitals, or hope for some. We set a splint on a little boy’s broken femur, a cousin of a worker died on our soccer field. Things are not pretty. Any stores that crumbled are being looted. Also keep in mind that the Haitian police are not much help because they also lost family members and houses.

I hope this update is not too much for some of you but this is the reality of Haiti right now….

The school does not have an internet connection because the access points we were pointed to are gone… A major hotel and another market. They are crumbled to the ground. We will try to keep all of you updated. People have asked for pictures. We have taken some and will post soon.

Our whole family except Banning was at the school during the quake. We were on the soccer field finishing our first girls soccer practice. Banning was at a friends house at his first drum lesson. Quite a few firsts that day :-). Days are blending together and we are working on getting a good sleep schedule. Sean is heading up security at the school and Denise and the kids are helping the people who need help!

It is so strange that we have an internet connection and the Port au Prince area is in shambles…. Such is Haiti….

Blessings to you all!

Blesh Family….

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Haiti is such a conflicting place. In all areas. Their seems to be so much chaos, devastation and hopelessness, not just among the people but clearly among the culture, the government and the environment …yet at the same time their is such beauty, kindness and strength. A powerful, rooted strength of perseverance and survival. All this is so hard to wrap ones mind around. It seems crazy at first but the longer we are here, I see and admire many of the simplicities of the way things are here. I am humbled at the simple glimpse of joy and hope I find in many of the Haitian people and especially the children, even amongst their extreme adversities.

On the other hand, many are eager to get something from us, out of their desperation or from being accustomed to getting help from the “blancs” (white people), they often actually expect something from us; typically food, money or a job. They can be very demanding and persistent. A lot of the time, it seems as though everyone is in need or wanting something. But in general I continue to find the Haitian people to be very simple, kind & friendly. If you take the time, many are also happy with light conversation and a smile or a hug.

There is also of course the ugliness from some of the people, whether driven by desperation or just wanting to have control and have some sort of power in their seemingly meaningless lives… this is mainly what keeps many visitors away from Haiti.

It is actually obvious to feel and recognize the powers of the enemy and the power of the Holy Spirit at work here. We see it everyday, and it is often not subtle. It is an ongoing way of life here for us that we continue to have to process on a daily basis. It can be tiring and draining. Haiti and Port au Prince in particular, continues to be a place of mystery and confusion but it also is becoming a place of stability and peace for us, like home.

We see the Lord at work in our lives everyday. We rely on His word to keep us on track and focused and full of hope and joy.

We often hike through our new neighborhood when we get the chance. It is actually quite beautiful and so peaceful. It has been interesting to begin to get acquainted with our area & some of our neighbors.

For Quisqueya Christian School this week, we have half days and the High School students are taking their semester exams. The elementary students are quite excited about the holiday season and will be having a light academic week as they have many different fun things planned to celebrate the season and the end of the first semester.

Here are some pictures from one of our walks around our neighborhood:

2000 years later, much of the world still celebrates and talks about the event of Christ being born on this earth. It is our hope and prayer that you all see and know the true reason for this holiday season.
In Christs love,
Denise & family

For Thanksgiving week the QCS Kindergartners & Pre K class put on a Thanksgiving dress up skit for their parents. The students got together as Indians & Pilgrims singing & drumming to songs of Thanks, then had a feast of food for all to share & eat together. It was very cute… I know I enjoyed it & so did the children!

I forgot to post these sweet pics of our kids. We made Sugar cone Tee Pee’s & Cookie Turkey’s for the QCS Pre K & K Thanksgiving feast. Chloe, Banning, Reagan & Bethaina did a great job & it was a lot of fun to all do together!

A few pictures of some QCS students helping with a local feeding program here in Port au Prince. This program is run by the Manessero family & feeds nutritious meals with fresh, cool drinking water 3 times a week to local at risk children in their community. They are a missionary family & three of their children attend Quisqueya Christian School.

Every month the 9th graders at QCS go off campus to work at their particular class’ ministry. This year they have been paired with the children at Bresma 1 orphanage.

This is an awesome opportunity for the students at QCS & for the children they are ministering to! Each year the QCS high school students are required to complete 30 service hours which include 10 class hours, 10 school hours & 10 independent hours.

I have helped transport & accompany the 9th graders to their trips to Bresma. It has been incredible to watch these students grow through this process. I have seen them begin to bond with, become friends with & care about the children at Bresma 1. I have seen them from the point of not knowing what to do to help these kids to jumping in & engaging with them without hesitation. It is good to see them responding so well! It is getting them to think about a lot of important things!

It is up to the students to plan what they are going to do, what they are going to bring & up to them to follow through with it all. They also debrief with Mrs. Heath on what they can do to improve their time & trip for the next month. They are required to write an evaluation on how their experience went.

These students at QCS will have the ability & education to influence or even be a part of the governing body for the future of Haiti if they choose. We hope & pray that these types of mission trips will help the students realize the many different needs of Haiti, help them to think about others & not just themselves & why it is important to have goals for the future in order to be able to help Haiti by creating or supporting a non corrupt, well educated & productive government…& God willing instill a Christ-like foundation in the governing body of Haiti.

Here are some pics of the QCS 9th graders from their first 2 trips this year to the Bresma 1 orphanage~
PS~Chloe is in this class & I love what they are doing & who they are becoming! I am growing very fond of these young adults 🙂

These pictures are back from August & Sept. Bethaina had another Birthday! She was so excited to be turning 6 years old!! We celebrated at school with cupcakes & also at home with our family.

We also celebrated Stanleys 11th Birthday at our house. He & his 5 year old brother are still waiting for an adoptive family. They are wonderful, caring boys. If you know of anyone or if you are interested in adopting 2 special boys, please inquire about them. We can put you in contact with their orphanage.

I will post some other random pics as well. Some day we will catch up 🙂


Unfortunately, we have tarantulas in the area of our new house off campus. We have had 2 huge ones that used to live out in our yard area. This one we found recently hanging out under our trampoline. He is much smaller than the other ones we have seen. These guys get huge here. The first time we saw one, we couldn’t believe it’s size. They don’t bother us & don’t seem to be too bothered by us. They seem to let us look at them if we (Banning that is) don’t try to touch them. The first humongous one we let stay for awhile. It had it’s hideout just under the ledge of the foundation of the house. Every night we would walk outside & there it would be out in the open. It would stay there as we observed it every night with flashlights, kid ruckus & often times squeals. But finally I got way too “creeped” out at the thought of it coming in our house while we were sleeping so we relocated it & all of the others since.

We have finally updated the newsletter section with all the latest updates from QCS. If you have time please read through them…. they are a great way to see what the Lord is doing here in Haiti both in and through the lives of the students, their families and the staff of QCS. Denise & I feel strongly that the mission and ministry of Quisqueya Christian School is very important, not only to the lives of the students futures, but also to the future of Haiti.