Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Medical students

Jessie Kolb and Lindsay Taute
Jessie and Lindsay will soon be wrapping up their stay with us, a whole month helping out the medical clinic.  We are very appreciative of their dedication and willingness to give up their vacation time to come and give us a hand.  May God bless you for your generous and willing hearts.

Monday, July 18, 2011


As usual at this time of year I'm in California for a few weeks. It's a time to reconnect with old friends and do some networking. One of the things that we've been working on is sponsorship. I invite you to check out our website,, and click on Army of Angels. Katie and Paige have been working hard to launch this new program so check it out. Browse the archives and choose a child to sponsor. Tell your family and friends about it so the word gets out.
The economic downturn here in the states has had a huge negative impact on us. Donations have not kept up with our expenses so we are looking at ways to expand our support base. Got any ideas?
Am waiting for photos from the staff of Espwa and will upload them soon so keep checking in.
God bless.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Nancy's birthday

Nancy, MaTante, Louinda and Nathalie
We celebrated Nancy's birthday yesterday.  Nancy is our administrator and has been with us since early 1999.  Both she and Espwa have grown tremendously over the years.  We wish her the best in years to come.  God bless you, Nancy, with His peace.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest House wall

The Guest House wall is looking pretty good these days.  The stucco is done on the inside so all we're waiting for are the gates. 
 The above is a shot of the side wall.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Three brothers- Update

Thank you to those who are praying for the recovery of the boys and to those able to help them financially.  Jameson, the oldest, had his jaw set by Doctors Without Borders in Leogane, just outside of Port-au-Prince.  He now needs to see a dentist and is back home in Camp-Perrin.  Judeson is home with medicine to get the wounds healed up before they set the bones in his foot and legs.  Getro is at Saint Philomene Hospital in PaP which is run by a friend of mine, Father Rick Frechette, who is also a physician.  He is stable and was seen by a specialist this afternoon.  From what I hear he was "lucky" in that the skull was fractured which relieved pressure on the brain after the trauma. Will let you know what treatment is planned.  Again, thank you.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Three brothers

This is the story of three brothers.  Last Saturday there was a field trip to Port Salut.  A truck was rented and over 30 people went there to enjoy the beautiful beaches.  On the way back the truck lost control, went careening down the steep road and flipped over.  Nine folks died and many were seriously injured.  Three brothers were there and all three were hurt.

This is eleven year old Getro Raphael who is suffering from a fractured skull.  The local doctors have done what they can and want him sent to Port-au-Prince for some scans and surgery.
This is eight year old Judeson Joseph who has broken bones in both legs/feet.
This is Jameson Joseph, nineteen years old.  He has a fractured mandible and needs surgery in Port-au-Prince.  Both of Jameson's parents are deceased.  He lives with his step-mother, the mother of his two younger brothers, in Camp-Perrin and just finished the national exam for secondary school.
When we saw the three at the general hospital their wounds had yet to be dressed and they had received no medication.  We've since provided antibiotics and pain medicine.  We'll be able to care for the youngest, Judeson, but we need help with Getro and Jameson.  We don't know how much this will cost or even what is involved but we need to do something.  Please consider helping.  Will keep you informed.  Thank you.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


James Canger came by to visit.  James was one of our boys who learned to be a mason.  He's now living and working in the Dominican Republic where he makes twice as much as masons here.  James brought Kervenson, his son, to see me.  I'd forgotten that I baptized him when he was two months old.  Time flies.