Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why are they sad? Church at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego is trying to change that.

We saw so many faces like this and wonder what their stories are.
These are fortunate enough to be in a school that teaches them up to 5 languages and good basic education thanks to one lady, named Sherrie Fausey who 10 years ago left everything to go to the slums of Port Au Prince, Haiti.
She was thrown into the hall on the second story and watched in horror as her bedroom collapsed during the earthquake.
Her two story 8 bedroom orphanage was completely destroyed.

Jim, as often is the case is overwhelmed with the immensity of the task. We can only help those that God puts in our path and hope it makes a difference. You play a large part in that and we thank you.

Singing by flashlight is half the fun!
Volunteers from the Church at Rancho Bernardo lift their voices in praise!

Rainy season is great.
Nothing like a mudbath for the toes.
It's like a free spa and the heat and mud are absolutely free!

Those pesky drills.

At first we thought they might be afraid of the puppets.
Maybe it was us they were afraid of???
No couldn't be.

The twins were always smiling. They loved the puppets.

Sherrie Fausey who runs the orphanage and school, me and Denise....puppet master!

I found her!!!!
This is the little girl who stole my heart from a previous trip. I know she had no clue who I was and it probably scared her silly to have this white person pick her up when ordinarily she would not get much personal attention.

Sweet little boy, same orphanage.

One orphan bathing another.

Denise arranging tools in the new shed built by the
Church at Rancho Bernardo.

David helped build it!

They were singing "I will make you fishers of men."

Last day some R&R for a hardworking crew.

These are some of Sherrie Fausey's school children. Just loved their faces.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friends & Family Community Connection sweep into Haiti like a cyclone!

They came from San Diego, CA, hanging drop ceiling and painting at the Haitian Queen. They laid block and dug the new septic tank at the orphanage. They put tin roofs on houses for the homeless. FFCC rented a back hoe to speed up the grading of the orphanage property so that we now have a road. In between, they befriended neighbors, giving the kids some real competition, not that easy with Haitians who live to play soccer.

This team of doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, contractors, CEOs and students also did a mountain load of dishes at the Haitian Queen.

Jim reflecting on all that has been accomplished or is he just day dreaming about me!!

They just won't give up on this generator.

Darkness feel like a curtain and lightening streaked the sky the last night in Haiti.
A pastor asked to borrow the scaffolding and wood cement forms
from up the hill at the orphanage we are building in Gressier. The pastor and his two little boys ready for the service.
I am up on the second story of the Haitian Queen watching as they get ready for the revival meeting in the empty lot next door. The blaring music from the large speakers drew an immediate crowd. The preaching and singing could be heard for miles and the final song blew the 4 speakers, just before a torrential downpour. At least the speakers didn't get wet.

Earlier in the afternoon they threw together this stage.

FFCC worked on this wall at the orphanage.

David & Jeff enjoying the picnic the final day.
That was good chicken.!

Jim surveying progress at the orphanage.

Jim and Aaron, founder of Shepherd's House Orphanage

rejoicing at the progress!

A few good men!! Jeff Price, Dave Barkin, and Nate Irby.

More good men...and woman!
Allyn Pon, Dave Barkin, Aaron Nelson, Jan Nielsen, and the CEO of FFCC, Phil Harris.

Little girl in the neighborhood.

Phil Harris, CEO of FFCC and Roger Elmore, PH.D, agronomist from Iowa State .

Dr. Eunice Mata, expert painter, dishwasher, and "Oh Yes!"
a Great Physician.

Doug Ferrin, contractor, son Jeff, Dr. Joel Mata, physician and Allyn Pon, financial genius.

Thank you "Friends and Family" for
making Haiti a better place for the Haitian people!

A typical roadside scene in the city.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Enjoying the Luxury Suite

Our bed "custom built by Jim" for the Luxury Suite
made my trip alone to Haiti worth it all.
It gave me an idea how to make millions so that we
won't have to raise support, just travel the world doing missions. :)

American Airlines led me to believe that they held the airplane for me in Miami for 30 minutes. I don't actually think that's possible.
I bet they were having mechanical difficulties.

When an attendant ran me down the corridor to the door, the agent was controlling some real fury, and what he said didn't even resemble
"Welcome to the flight."

The flight attendant kindly told me to sit in the first empty seat
and get my seat belt on. Empty seats stared back at me in first class,
but being the spiritual giant that I am I walked to the back to 24 D.
Also, I didn't want to push my luck.

I did not get a heroes welcome, just stony looks
from the other passengers.
Settled and bolted in I noticed the top of my foot was swollen...... I mean swooooollen and an unusual color. I don't know what I did to it.
It doesn't hurt one bit, just looks despicable.

When I got to Haiti the pilot & crew kindly but laughingly said, "Glad you could make the flight" as I passed through the door into the wet Haitian heat.
The airport in Port Au Prince was a zoo.
Chivalry is least in Haiti.
A sweet Haitian girl helped me
pull the 50 lb suitcase off the carousel
after the 7th or 8th pass.

It got caught in the carousel and it pulled the metal binding
off the bottom. We yanked and yanked as it carried us with the moving belt and I thought the entire contents were going to end up on the floor.

While I waited for my other luggage, two worried Haitians approached me timidly and it turned out it was their suitcase.
Mine which eventually came around were unharmed.
I stood up on the back of the cart so that
I could see the carousel through the crowd of men.

A thin wiry, wrinkled Mennonite lady with faded lips about 4 ft tall
guarded my other suitcase or I probably wouldn't have it.
I was sweating like a pig, if I may be so indelicate.
When I finally got out of the bldg. porters swarm me.
One grabs my cart and wants to push it for me.
It's dangerous to go outside the locked fence area
which they have changed since last time.

I told him I was waiting for Miguel in a green shirt and
I could push my own cart.
He pushed it anyway hastily through the concrete area inside the gate.
He insisted he knew Miguel and that he was
waiting outside the gate in a truck.
I didn't believe him.

I was worried and continued to protest loudly. 100 yds later I could see the beautiful outline of Jim standing just outside the gate
as I strained my eyes through the glare.
I didn't expect him and that man is just the best looking thing I've ever seen.

I've traveled alone a lot to third world countries,
but I'm never coming to Haiti alone again.

If God didn't take care of me, I'd be lost.

This is the table we use for a dresser. We have two windows in our room. The glass is busted out of one pane which helps with additional breeze.

See the mirror in the window!

This is the bed after I add my touch.
Note the hanging fan, and the radio on the floor. Only the best!!!

I should keep a journal but I'm just too lazy. Maybe it's the heat. No, I have a lazy mind...I admit it. The donkeys and roosters wake us at 4 AM

We are excited that group of 15 volounteers from San Diego arrive this afternoon!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Air Conditioner Rejection Blues

We packed this brand new air conditioner exactly as American Airlines told us to on the phone. I'm back home sitting on it a little dejected. I was dreaming of some cool air if the electricity came on in Haiti.
I'm afraid I did not display a Christian attitude at the airport earlier in the week when Jim left for Haiti. My conscience is bothering me so now I have to go apologize to the policeman.
I join Jim on Thursday. No I didn't get arrested.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Job Well Done!

In two days our superintendents, Brian and Lorey Wetmiller will leave Haiti. Even though they are young and energetic, it's hard to believe they have put the roofs on 44 temporary shelters and prayed with 42 families. They have completed the footer for the first building on the orphanage property, and worked hard on the upstairs of the guest house,
"The Haitian Queen."
They also cared for volunteers and the guest house when needed. They are true servants. I don't know what we would have done without them.

Many days the heat index was 115 degrees, but they plugged along in spite of it.

Brian and Lorey have made a huge difference to us as well as to all those whose lives they have impacted both spiritually and physically.
We look forward to having them at our home-office July 18th and 19th for meetings, debriefing, planning, and hopefully some fun in between.

This was their first assignment with "Side by Side" and we would like to thank them for a job well done. We know God sent them our way and it was a huge answer to prayer for us. We hope it will be the first of many assignments to come.
Jim returns to Haiti July 23rd and I will join him July 29th. We booked one way tickets since we don't yet know when we will come home. We expect three crews of volunteers back to back.
Jim will initially go to Cap Haitien in the north to transport the remaining contents of the last container 8 hours over the mountains on those winding potholed roads to Gressier. (see June prayer letter on We need the materials and tools to continue work on the upstairs of the "Haitien Queen" and Shepherd's House Orphanage.
Please continue to pray for us and the people of Haiti.