Equality (part 2)

I have a few thoughts I’d like to share today with you, but first a couple notes… If you haven’t read the first post in this series, you should start here. It lays a good foundation for much of this post. Second, I have many friends I care deeply about who do not share my same faith values. This post …

Jonas Doesn’t Float

It was another great day at the school. I’m learning to not worry when no one is in class 5 minutes after our start time. The first time it happened, I was devastated. The second time I was worried, tomorrow… I’m planning on it. Classes went exceptionally well (albeit much later than planned). Our teachers are settling into a good …

Opening Bell

Today was our first day of classes. It was an amazing moment, seeing so many peoples hard work, sweat, and heart come together in one moment. It’s been years of site planning, teams building, dreaming, fundraising… all culminating in one moment. The sound of treadle sewing machines running, Wislande teaching English to 20 Haitian students. What a great moment. I’m …

Love at First Sight

Today the classrooms were full with 30 very excited students, 2 motivated teachers, a proud orphanage director, and a very pumped and over-excited american. We had orientation today for the students to meet the teachers and myself, ask their questions and divide the classes up into the two time spots. We’ll be doing two classes of each course everyday from …

Keep Me In Stitches

Really cool update!!! A chain of  stores in Tampa called Keep Me In Stitches have agreed to partner with us. They are donating machines and supplies and are asking for your help. You can help by donating at one of their two Tampa locations. And as a bonus, you can save 20% off of your purchase of in-stock notions, fabric, machine …

Montre M

In an effort to adapt and connect, I’m trying to pick up as much Creole as I can. One of the phrases I learned today is going to be very important for my time here. It’s “montre m”. In English, it’s “teach me”. I’ve been walking around the house and property saying it over and over again today. The orphanage …

Inequality

I’ve been thinking a lot about inequality lately. I’ve been thinking about it for some time now really. I have trouble understanding why some people are born beautiful and charming and receive the benefits of that, while other people are born with humpbacks and two noses. …I don’t personally know anyone with two noses, but you nose what I mean …

The First Day

Made it to the orphanage and school. So great to be back here. The kids were very excited to see me and I was even more excited to see them. Spending most of yesterday and today just being around the orphange and talking with the house moms and kids. The kids work so hard here every day. I’ve been helping …

T Minus

We’re about two weeks out from setting off on this adventure. As expected, there’s a huge mix of emotions as things culminate. I (Chris) have all the travel details finalized. Plane tickets are purchased, lodging is mostly figured out, and a rough schedule for the school is finalized. Fortunately or unfortunately (if I’m honest I’m not completely sure which) it’s …