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Haiti Day 3: Sunday, January 7

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Today we woke up to a light fog and the sun slowly burning through. 9am worship actually began at 10am. Fr Noe asked me to lead worship - all i can offer is English. Anxious I was:  I was then reminded by an elder that “in the country - no need to worry about not speaking French -...

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Haiti Day 2: Feast Day of the Epiphany (January 6, 2018). 

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  What a great day it has been. After a good night sleep we packed up the two trucks and drove to Lorenette. It took a bit longer thanks to some wet roads and the decay of parts of the roads since my last visit.  When we arrived at the Epiphany School, we greeted by a large crowd...

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Haiti Day 1: The Twelfth Day of Christmas (Friday, January 5)

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The good news is we all arrived safely in Hinche, Haiti yesterday. The truth is that the saga began Thursday with the super storm canceling two flights for Mike and David. Kelli, Allen, Mary Ann, Wayne and Fr Mark all arrived in Miami at 5:30am to catch our flight to Haiti. After a full day - we...

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The Lord Has Risen - Alleluia

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On Easter Sunday, we greeted each other with the words of joy “Happy Easter!” It was a wonderful chorus on the patio, at the exchange of the peace and as goodbyes were said in the parking lot. I have to admit, Happy Easter greetings arrived in the middle of Lent from some peoples...

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Haiti Day 5: Sunday

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What defines a community? Is it common location, common language, common experience? Or can communities form in other ways? Today in Lorenette, we learned about community through worship and soccer. We began with morning prayer conducted by the school principal. Our group shared two...

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Haiti Day 4: Sofia's Experience

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Sofia's Note  So, I'm in Haiti and the weather here is very warm. I like it but it tough to talk to the kids because the people here speak a language called Haitian Creole it's similar to French.

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Haiti Day 4: Before Worship

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Awakened by the sound of a generator at sunrise, we woke to a new day and a new addition to The Epiphanie School of Loranette. We now have a new gate that will swing open to welcome guests and students to this ever-blossoming school and church. I quickly got dressed to find there were a few men...

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Haiti Day 3: Building Relationships

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We are very thankful for the structure which protected us through the night and allowed us to hang our mosquito nets and generally get a good night's rest. We are eager to work and there is plenty to do. The work crew arrives and we get instructions through our translators. We are on rock duty...

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Haiti day 2: Grande Welcome

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Today we woke up to the students of St. Andre's School (Hinche') arriving and preparing for the day. Fr. Noe and their faithful partner of 32 years (St Dunstan's, Carmel Valley, CA) have expanded the school - now home to 1,400 students. They plan to add more rooms next year. It was amazing to...

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Haiti Day 1: Arrival/Evening

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This afternoon we arrived safely in Port-Au-Prince Airport. We were met by Fr. Noe and his wife Shirley. After quickly loading up two pickup trucks to drive two hours northeast to the town of Hinche, we arrived at Saint Andre's School.             

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