Sunday, February 19, 2012


SO- I have not dropped off the face of the earth. A few things: the internet at our little house has been out so I come to the big house to write emails/blog posts, my computer is on the fritz, and I have slowed down on my blog postings. Hopefully, my little Mac will be back next Sunday and I will be back on board. Things have continued in Jubilee. This past week was a particularly hard week for me but one that I am not quite at a place to explain. Soon enough. 

Having Missio Dei here was amazing- just to now have some friends who have been here. Who have an idea of what life looks like. Of how Jubilee feels, what the food tastes like, and the loudness of the streets of Gonaives. And, man, I have a killer SLC community. I got so many wonderful gifts of things like Burts Bees, granola, ALMOND MILK, letters, pictures drawn by some of my favorite kiddos, and lots of much needed supplies for clinic. It was a really fast visit but I received so much love from it. 

Currently reading (thanks to a wonderful friend) the autobiography of Dorothy Day. And it is rocking my state of mind. I have so many paged turned down that it's embarrassing. I might finish it, and then just start all over again.

"Grant, Lord, that I may know myself to know Thee." ~St. Augustine

"We hate the rain when it fills up our shoes
but how we love when it washes our cars
We love to love when it fills up the room
but when it leaves oh we're cursing the stars."
~Ingrid Michaelson

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Missio Dei hits Gonaives

FEB 8- Julie with some of our favorite kiddos hangin' in Jubilee

FEB 9- Follow-up day at clinic. Please note the charts- this is kind of a big deal.
FEB 10- It's a bit unnerving to come into clinic when they're putting in a new door. And for some reason, I still felt a need to lock the old door. It'll be done by clinic on Monday- yay!
Missio Dei Community hits Gonaives today. So pumped to introduce them to Jubilee!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

FEB 5- Took a Sunday hike up the mountain with Ben. Beautiful Gonaives in the background.

FEB 6- This is Samuel. I met him while I was here in Sept. and he has actually lost weight. He's 6 months old, has a tumor, hydrocephalus, and is mostly blind.

FEB 7- One of the kids at Jubilee School. He has a bone infection so we are giving him a shot everyday- no, I don't think we will be friends during this. Praying for complete healing.
"I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions."
-Dorothy Day

Sunday, February 5, 2012

What else is the world interested in?

FEB 1- Post Creole class at the girl's house
FEB 2- April and I adventuring to a beautiful beach (minus the trash). We then get street chicken for everyone, which I carried back on the back of her moto. We've got major skills.
FEB 3- One of my favorite faces chowing on some bread at Jubilee School.
FEB 4- Doing some major painting at the girls house. Chalkboard paint is AWESOME!
I'm currently reading a biography on Dorothy Day. If you don't know a lot about her, I'd encourage you to do a little exporing. Great story. Wisdom in failure and success.

"Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families, in our work, in all our relationships? God is Love. Love casts out fear. Even the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables of the money changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people to love, to stand in that relationship to each other…There can never be enough of it."
-Dorothy Day

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Add Vitamins to our Food

JAN 28- First pregnancy test I've ever bought! For a woman we took to the local hospital.
JAN 29- Isaac before...

...and after

JAN 30- Beautiful Haiti. Visiting an orphanage outside the city.
JAN 31- Plumpy'nut!
I've been taking Creole classes several times a week. Some with a teacher at the Jubilee School, some with my resident partner in crime and fellow nurse, Keziah. Jokingly one night, after praying over dinner, she said something in Creole. She went on to explain that very commonly, Haitians end their prayers saying "add vitamins to our food." So- in English- I've started adding that to some of my prayers. This idea of "give us this day our daily bread" is real. When people here tell you that they're hungry, it's almost always true. 

The clinic runs a Medika Mamba program. Kids who are malnourished and qualify are supplied with a supplement called Plumpy'nut. It allows kids to gain weight and prevents neurological problems & developmental delays due to malnutrition. This week, we added a beautiful little girl to the program. She was brought in by her aunt. Her mother died during cholera. She is a beautiful face. It's a beautiful thing to see these kids dig into their Plumpy'nut. Give us this day our daily bread.

"The sense of futility is one of the greatest evils of the day... People say, "What can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we can only lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment. But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes."
-Dorothy Day