Furlough

After a long day of travel, we arrived back in Haiti on Monday. We have spent the past few days settling in, reuniting with friends, and adjusting back to our life and culture in Haiti. It’s quite a harsh reality being back, yet we know that this is where God wants us, and He will continue to faithfully provided. 

We had an amazing time back in Illinois!  We visited for 8 weeks, and enjoyed every minute spent with family and friends. I hesitate to post pics, because we had so many special times, I couldn’t possibly post them all.  Here are just a few highlights. 

The Panther Creek triathlon!  Thanks to all who participated. The money raised went to the Construction Dept to help with roofs on Haitian churches and schools.  

    
  
A trip to St.Louis 

 A new cousin 

  


Family vacations

  

   

 

 

Friends
  

  

  

  

 
 
As we look forward to our 3rd year in Haiti, please pray that through our lives, we could bring honor and glory to God. 

Scripture memory shoebox bags and a view of Haitian culture. 

Attention all Roanoke scripture memory children!  Remember when you bought items, then brought them to scripture memory class and packed the bags, for children in Haiti?  Well, we had the priveledge of distributing or passing those bags out this week!  We drove out to a few different rural areas of Les Cayes, and then went out on foot looking for some of the poorest families around.   Both the parents, as well as the children were so happy and thankful to receive the bags!  We wish you all could have been here with us to help share Gods love with these families, but since that was not possible, we will share the pictures.  

Loading up the LandCruiser with the 6 tubs, full of bags. 

 

Walking out in the countryside to different houses.    
  

Here are some of the families that received the gifts. Note that some of the bags were given to the parents, because the children were in school. We tried to give 1 bag/household.  

                                   

We want to thank Debbie & Katie for going along with us and showing us the ropes. They have done a lot of distributions over their years in Haiti! With their help, our first big distribution went smoothly, with no riots or problems.  She also took some of these pictures.  We also want to thank the scripture memory class for providing the bags. 

Our next collection, for another distribution will be this summer, while we are back in the states.   We are looking for gently used, summer baby and children clothes, flip flops, sandals, tennis shoes, and back packs/bags for girls and boys. 

  

Everyday life

I thought it would be fun to share some pics from the last few weeks.  The last 3 weeks have been about as normal as life gets in Haiti. We have had time to spend with friends as well as invest in some of our Haitian friends.

Fun with Katie

  

Celebrating Leah’s birthday

Chloe’s favorite friend at the orphanage fell asleep on her.  
Beating the heat by taking Izzy for a swim
Gab helping with Kids Club

Scott and Shelovema

Chloe & Izzy

Scotts birthday


Bri, Trinity, & Leah


A special visit from Tom


Farrah and friends


Couldn’t you just eat him up!

We are thankful and have really appreciated the last few weeks of a less busy schedule!  Our last construction team of this season arrives today.

 

 

Off the grid! 

Last week, we were excited and privileged to host Tim Schneider from Earthlight Technologies, and his expert team, to install solar panels and solar system on our house.  The large amount of money we were paying monthly per Kw/h for power, combined with an abundance of sunshine here in Haiti, made a strong case to invest in solar. A lot of time, effort, and planning were involved in designing the systems and getting the necessary supplies here in time for the project.  The team worked really hard, installed 3 systems in the week they were here, and still had time for a tour/beach day.  We really appreciate the effort these guys made to come do this project for us!  

  
Our garage/workshop for the week 

 

The supplier and project manager 

 

The team enjoying their last day at Zanglais, before returning back to Connecticut. 

  
We have been operating on solar power for the last week.  Even with a few cloudy days, it is producing more than we are using! Thanks!! 

Roanoke, Part 2

We had such a sweet reunion with our brothers & sisters from our home church in Roanoke!  Despite their 6 hr road trip from Port to Cayes, they were still full of joy when they arrived at the guest house,  (maybe some not so joyful about the pumpkin soup tho😉)!    As a family, we really enjoyed the evenings of devotions, praise & worship, and chatting with team.  

Here are a few pictures from the 1 day job at Ducis.  

Ladies working on the school benches 

  

This little guy was Bev’s quality control

  

 These tough ladies helped build trusses.    

   

Boss Ezekial patiently showing Meg where to hammer a nail 

When we needed to find Rachel or Chloe, all we needed to do was look for the group of kids, and there they were!  

      

Brent and his “helpers” 

 

Hon cutting the last piece 

Megan stayed back with Chloe, Gab, and I, when the rest of the team went out to the second job.  We enjoyed showing her the market, visiting the orphanage, the clinic, the nursing home, the hospital, and walking through the country side. 

  

    

  

 

Our last day together was spent visiting the domestic center, singing at the nursing home, then hiking the falls.    Someone even got to cross “cliff jumping” off her bucket list!   

 

   

Thanks for visiting and blessing us! It was an awesome week, one we won’t forget!  Wish I had more pics to share. Check out Bri’s blog for a few different pics @ lovingpeopleinhaiti.com

I will leave you with my favorite pic from the week!   

 

 

Love from Roanoke, part 1

We have been blessed to have 2 special weeks in a row!  The first week was a visit from my parents, and the second from our church family!  We had so much fun and soaked up lots of love!  It is always a joy to share our life here with those we love! 

Our week with mom & dad was relaxing.  They have been to Haiti  before, and have seen a lot of the sites already, so we were able to hang out and do stuff at home. Most of the Haitians remembered them from their visit last year, and were happy to see them again!   They arrived just in time for Bri’s birthday, and brought in steaks to grill for her birthday dinner!  

  

A day at Rainbow Beach 

  

Lots of games! 

 

Reconnecting with Lolo & Dan and Mamize & Shelovema

       

 

A hike up the Rivye Glas 

    

Dad hard at work, helping with Scotts to-do list and helping Jean-Lukner practice his English!

  

 

A visit with Phaniel and his family 

  

It was hard to see the week end, but we have so many good memories!   Thanks, mom& dad! 

To come, Part 2, the Roanoke team!!!!!! 

 

 

A family pet

For those of you that know Chloe well, you know she LOVES dogs.  Ever since we left Maizy in Roanoke, over 1.5 yrs ago, Chloe has been asking for a dog. In Haiti, there are an abundance of dogs, but most of them are ugly, mean, and they all look alike.  It has been obvious, that a Haitian dog is not what our family wanted or needed.  (It’s not like the states, where you can pick any breed of dog, and have it shipped to you the next day.)

On Christmas Day, our fellow missionaries the Wagenbachs’ dog had 6 puppies!  Chloe spent countless hours playing with the puppies, taking care of them while Brent & Alisha were out on teams, and learning their different personalities. The Wagonbachs let her have first pick of the puppies. She choose one of the females, and decided to name her Izzy.  The preparations began! 

Chloe and Scott building Izzy’s dog house. 



Painting the dog house. 



Playing in the dog house



This dog is so spoiled, it received toys, shampoo, treats, and even a bed from Grandma Jean and Maizy. 



Chloe is so happy to have a dog, and can’t wait to take her to the beach. Izzy seems like a good fit for our family. I am reminded of Gods perfect timing, as I would NOT have been able to handle the stress of a new puppy during our time of transition to Haiti last year!







Missionary Retreat

This is the second year in a row, that we have had the privilege to go to missionary retreat.  Our retreat took place at Kaliko, a resort 1 hr north of Port au Prince.  We spent Thursday through Sunday, relaxing, spending time with our family and fellow missionaries, as well as being spiritually renewed. We truely enjoyed our time away from the stresses of everyday life.  The adults had classes every morning and evening, while the kids had VBS type activities. All of our afternoons were free!  We were blessed to be taught out of the book of Colassians, by an amazing, God-fearing pastor. We learned so much, and feel spiritually refreshed. 





The youth VBS program







Bri & Trinity enjoying a few last minutes in the sun before leaving. 



We had some gorgeous sunsets! 





Catching up!

Its been awhile since I posted an update! It’s been a busy, but fun few weeks! Our family is doing well and has lots to be thankful for. Everyone is healthy, the weather is gorgeous, and we are looking forward to our annual missionary retreat, starting tomorrow! Here are a few highlights from the past month….
The girls had a fun week with Jay! He is a good friend and was here with a team from Lake City, FL.

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Chloe painted some canvases for Scotts office.

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Bri & her friends getting ready for the weekly Friday nite praise and bible study.

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A day of fun at Camp Mahanaim for Katie’s birthday!

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Bri playing Battleship with Elijah via FaceTime.

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A day with Daniel, Mdm Lolo’s son!

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A visit to the orphanage.

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A puppet show.

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Looking ahead, we are excited for time away from the mission compound, a little R &R, and spiritual encouragement (in English, not Creole, which makes it even better)!!!
When we return, we will have our new puppy!

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Projects….

Our family has had thoughts of starting a garden, since coming to Haiti. When we lived in IL, we planted a small garden every Spring, and we were pretty successful. In Haiti, we can buy tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers, and carrots, but we have been missing fresh spinach, zucchini, corn, and a few other vegetables. We were warned by a few missionaries, that the seeds we bought in IL, wouldn’t grow well in this climate. But, we had already been given seeds, so we thought we would try for ourselves. We even planted a couple different varieties of spiniach and watermelon. Instead of going to the work of tilling up a big area, Chloe had the idea to start with a pallet garden. Basically a little plot, that could be easily watered and cared for, kinda as an experiment. If it didn’t work, then there wasn’t a lot of time or money wasted.
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The results…..
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The green stuff you see is only weeds! Nothing sprouted up at all! Guess we will work on improving our soil and buying different seeds for next years growing season! Just for the record, the only success we have had, is with growing basil and cilantro!
Scott & Chloe’s next project…… a house for Chloe’s new puppy, coming the end of February. Hope this project is a little more successful!
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