Special visitor

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We were blessed by a visit from Hon this week! He came to Haiti on a vision team, which is a team focused on visiting the different ministries in Haiti. It was a whirlwind trip, but we were thankful that Hon was willing to miss 1 day of touring to spend some extra time with Scott. They found time for some fun too!

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Trying Madame Lolo’s Haitian cuisine. We are so excited that Leah is back!!!

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A sunset cruise to Tet Simone.

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Here’s the vision team. We really enjoyed getting to know them! Such a neat group of guys! Thanks for visiting!

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Thank you all for your continued prayers and support for our family. We appreciate the visits, emails, packages, and most importantly your prayers, as they are vital for our family and our ministry.

No ordinary Saturday

Saturday, Scott had the “opportunity” to work with this crew of boys.

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Scott was in charge of moving a missionary household, out of their house, that needs extensive remodeling. The normal Haitian bosses don’t work on Saturdays, so, he recruited this moving crew, for their strength! The boys were so excited for an opportunity to make money! I could hear them laughing and joking from our house! They were in rare form!! It was neat to see them so joyful and thankful for work.

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What do you feed 7 teenage boys, that have worked hard all morning???? A huge pot of Tender Mercies (pre made packs of rice, beans, and protein) mixed with canned Pork, and brownies. They each had a heaping plate full of food.

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While on the subject of boys…. Here is a picture of Jean-Lucner. He loves to work with Scott, is very teachable, and shows strong leadership qualities. He has a very kind and gentle spirit, and has a lot of potential. Jean-Lucner comes by everyday after school, and on Saturdays to work. Pray for him, as he finishes school, and that God will continue to develop their relationship.

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Enough on the boys!!! Scott is always thankful to come home to his “crew” of girls for some TLC!!

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Back to school

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Cite Lumiere Christian School is back in session! School kicked off on Monday, with a chapel service for students, their family, and teachers. The message was about Solomon, and how he could have asked for anything at all, but chose to ask for wisdom. Great reminder for all of us!

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Chloe and Gab, are blessed to have the same teacher they had last year, Mrs.Ferris. There are 2 grades in their classroom, 4th & 6th, with 9 students total. 4 of the kids are Haitian students, and 5 are missionary kids. There is a big focus on peer learning, helping one another out with questions, problems, etc. This is good, as it brings out leadership qualities, but is also challenging at times, in a multi-cultural classroom. It’s good for the girls to be back in school!

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As for Bri, she started her school year 4 wks ago. She is enrolled in an ‘independant study’ program, through Abeka Academy. She watches each of her classes on DVD, at her desk. I administer and grade her tests and quizzes. It’s a challenging program, but she is enjoying it, for the most part.

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Thanks for your continued prayers. We have adjusted to the heat, and are settled in.

Kenep season!

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These are Kenep! Not to be confused with our good friends, the Knepps😄. Kenep are a little fruit, grown on trees, in the Caribbean. The fruit is tart, yet sweet. They are in season every August. We love these little guys, and keep a bowl of them on the table, to snack on.
They are unlike any fruit we have ever eaten. To eat them, you bite the outside, green skin, which splits the skin, and exposes the fruit. Then you “pop” it into your mouth.

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You eat the flesh, covering the seed, then spit the seed out of your mouth. The fruit is kinda like the texture of the inside of a grape.

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They are a fun, little treat.

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Updates:
We received the container with all of our food and supplies last week. We have most everything put away and organized! We are thankful it arrived so quickly this year.

The latest excitement happened just this morning……I walked into our pantry and I saw a scorpion on the floor!!! Neither Bri nor I, had the guts to step on it, so I quickly ran down to the depot, (while Bri stood guard), got one of the Haitian bosses, and brought him to the pantry to dispose of the critter. He did a fine job, and I was thankful someone was around to help us out. The weird thing about scorpions, is that everyone here says they are rare and they don’t see them, but this is the second one I have found, inside my house in 1 yr!!! And, just last week, I had everything out of my pantry, and had the entire room cleaned from top to bottom! So, where did he come from??? Needless to say, this started a lively conversation- would you rather find a tarantula or scorpion in your house???

Miles for Haiti

I want to share pics from an awesome event that was held this summer. On July 4th, Ed & Bonnie Sauder hosted their annual triathlon, with this years donations going to build roofs for churches/schools in Haiti. It was a very successful event, as well as fun and inspiring. The cool thing about the tri, was anyone could participate, and choose to do 1 or 2 events, or all 3. There were a wide range of althetes, varying from the very serious ‘Ironman’ participates, to families and kids. The morning started at 7am with rules, directions for the course, a few comments from Scott about our work here in Haiti, then a prayer.

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Participants getting ready for the swim

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The bikers.

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This is a pic of the kids, who finished the kids tri. They worked hard by swimming, biking 6 miles, then walking/running 1.5 miles. Way to go!!

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A huge thanks to the Sauders, Zimmermans, Otts, the sponsors, the participants, and all who helped make the event a success! God was glorified, and many Haitians will be grateful for many years to come.

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A “Dan” reunion

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We’re Home!

Here we are at the start of our day on Wednesday. We left Roanoke at 3:45am. A huge thanks to our chauffeur, who got up extra early to take us to the airport!
We made it safely to our home in Cite Lumiere, Wednesday at 9 pm. It was a long day of travel, and we were exhausted, but it was good to be home.

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This is a picture of our house from the side/back. We live on the second story, on the right side of the picture. The top story, is the roof, where the kids play and ride ripsticks, in the evening.

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Thursday morning, we awoke to a “tap, tap, tap” on our gate at 7:15. (That’s 6:15am, IL time). It was Bos Mario, with a gift of bananas and fresh bread. Later in the morning, Mamize stopped by to welcome us home. She was so thankful that we returned to Haiti, she sang a song of praise and said a prayer of thanksgiving to God.

Thank you for your prayers for safety during our travels back. We are settling in and getting adjusted back to life in Haiti. The heat seems to be one of our biggest challenges for now. Pray our bodies will adjust to our new climate.
Thought you might want to see a picture of the sunset Thursday night.

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Bon Vwayge!!

As I write this, we are sitting in Port-au-Prince airport, anxiously awaiting our flight to Miami. It’s hard to believe we have lived in Haiti for the past 9 months! As we look back, we can see how God has faithfully provided, every step of the way!
The last few weeks have been packed full of activity! On the fun side, snorkeling, having friends over, game nights, last visits to the orphanage, etc. We have also had some very emotional times. Madame Lorette, our cook, has been sick and her newborn boy was close to death and has been hospitalized for the past week. God has presented us with some very unique experiences as well as exposure to culture through daily visits to the pediatric tent. Thankfully, the baby, though still hospitalized, has gained strength, and it appears he will pull through.
Yesterday, our Haitian bosses and friends blessed us with songs, prayers, benedictions, and even a few heartfelt tears. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family through prayer, mail, care packages, and emails. We are looking forward to sharing our world with you this summer.

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The Haitian Bosses

We are so thankful for the Haitian bosses that work for the MEBSH construction department. There are 4 full time bosses, Mario, Elor, Ezekiel, and Verell. Those who have been to Haiti on work trips, probably know them. In Haitian culture, boss is the name given to any given worker, in charge of an area. It has been a pleasure to get to know and work with this group of Christian men. In the 9 months Scott has worked with them, he has learned to appreciate each of their different talents and abilities. Mario especially likes to give Scott a hard time about his creole, and has forced him to pray in creole at morning devotions. They are much easier on us girls!
Today, Brent & Alisha, along with Scott & I took the opportunity to show our appreciation to the bosses, by taking them and their wives to Port Salut for lunch and beach time. It was neat to be with them on a social level and get to know their wives. We hope they felt appreciated! I think it was a special day for all of us!

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Boss Mario & Boss Elor

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Boss Ez and his wife

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Boss Verell and his wife

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Celebrating Chloe!

Chloe first birthday in Haiti was great! She took Death by Chocolate dessert into school, which the Haitian kids loved! She also got to sit on the throne, (the teachers chair) for the whole day. For supper, she choose Stromboli and cookie skillets for dessert. Her favorite present was a pink Ripstick.

The ‘throne’

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Haitian cake that Mamize made her

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Our ripstick gang

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We also went hiking to Tet Lakil. It was a great day, hiking back to the freezing cold, natural springs.

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After hiking to the spring, we explored the river on our way back. We had several new adventures, including floating down the river with a miniature waterfall, forging our own path through the “jungle-like” forrest, and climbing small rock walls. We don’t have many pics of the river adventure, because we didn’t want our phones and cameras to be wet.

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As usual, we drew lots of attention, and this is a picture of some of our “followers”.

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We are so thankful for our Clover girl, and are blessed to have her in our family. We had fun celebrating her!

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A few of our favorite things…

We would like to share a few of our “favorite” Haitian products with you.

First, is fruit! We LOVE Abricot, Mangoes, and Starfruit. (Yes, we left out Papaya!!)

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Abricot are the brown fruit on the left, mangoes are on the right, and you can probably guess which are the Starfruit.

This is a mango tree.

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Next, is a chocolate sandwich cookie, with a yummy, minty, creamy middle. It is similar to a mint Oreo, and the closest thing to a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie, we have tasted for a long time!

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The last product is an energy drink, called Toro. This is reserved for Scott only! The girls are no longer allowed to drink it. (you can ask Chloe about that story sometime :)) He prefers the ‘Citron’ (or lime flavor) flavor, but we haven’t been able to find any for 5 or 6 months.

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The truth is, although we are thankful for these products, we are looking forward to being back in the states, where we can get lots of our familiar favorites.