Another beautiful day…

The school is moving along amazingly well. The sewing center is ramped up and is going full steam ahead. The three ladies are fully trained at this point and are cranking out bags like crazy. They were producing 5 a day, but yesterday set a record and produced 12-15 bags!  A group from Texas was in earlier in the week …

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

Chris, Sam, and Esther have been hard at work!  The ladies are working on the beginnings of some really cool projects.  We’re excited to see where this path leads with regards to possible income for the ladies and their families, and the start of something beautiful for their community.       

A Big Update

I haven’t updated in a couple days and thought I should sit down and fill you all in about where we are. At this stage of the game, things change so quickly. I couldn’t have dreamed we’d be where we are now even 3 or 4 days ago. The school continues to grow and evolve. We are working and listening …

Stories.

I forget so often that everyone has a story. With every life a story is being written. I get so caught up living mine that I forget that everyone else is living their own. Everyone has a plot line with twists and surprises – romance, comedy, tragedy, drama… My time at the orphanage has been really different this trip. I’ve …

Beach day – and – Chikungunya is the worst!

Just a quick update. School was canceled today as the House & School of Blessings were closed. We took all the kids to the beach. Very beautiful! Awesome time to relax and get away. On another note – Chikungunya fever here and is every bit as relentless as you may have heard. It’s infecting so many of our staff, students, and …

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 …