Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Haiti: praying for those God has put before me (part 3)

In 2011, I visited The Apparent Project in Haiti. While there, I was tasked to help out AP's efforts by taking photos of their newer Haitian artisans. My job was to take each person's picture and interview them through a local Creole interpreter - learning about their individual lives and then recording it in a few short sentences.  Can you imagine summarizing someone's life in a few short sentences?  It was difficult, but it was important.  For these sentences would later be put onto tags that would be attached to each artist's work, giving them credit for future sales.

Even while performing this duty, I knew that the Lord had put these specific people before me to pray for on a regular basis.  You see, many (if not all) whom I met had lost loved ones in the recent earthquake that occurred in Port au Prince. Many were living in tents (or worse) with no plumbing and no fresh water.

Anyway, as Christmas approaches, I felt it was important to share my Haitian photos and the brief stories I documented with hopes that you too may pray in tandem with me for these individuals.  So, for the next few days, I will be posting my pictures and the few sentences I recorded about the lives of my Haitian friends.

I hope that you will look into the beautiful eyes of each of these hard working individuals and consider their hopes, their dreams, their future.  I hope that you will join me in prayer and ask the Creator of every soul to bless abundantly and meet every individual need today, and into the New Year.

Thanks peeps.

Love love love in JESUS' name!!!


This is Missole.  Missole is married with three children. She has a gentle spirit which she shares with everyone around her. She would love to save enough income to support her family and hopes to buy a house one day.

This is Mardonnette.  Mardonnette is married with 4 children. Unfortunately, Mardonnette’s husband has no work, so she would love to make enough income to support her family.

This is Peterson. He is orphaned due to the earthquake. He has no birth certificate, no death certificates for his parents, etc.... so he cannot easily be helped in the regular adoption system b/c those papers are required. He lives in the tent city with a woman who beats him and then spends his days mostly at The Apparent Project asking for food, love, hope.

Rodney (and me)
This is my friend Rodney. He is such a sweet, gentle, and respectful young man. He is working to support his sick mother and six brothers/sisters. He lives in a tent in the nearby tent city closest to The Apparent Project. He would like to become a doctor one day and work in Haiti.

This was our tap tap (taxi) driver Emmanuel who kindly took us about Haiti when Shelly and Corrigan weren't able. I could not verbally communicate well with Emmanuel (since I don't speak Creole and he doesn't know much English)...however, I love him very much and made sure he knew it! He was very protective and cared for us all well.

Junior (and me)
This is Junior.  Junior is WONDERFUL! I love him. He was a terrific translator/bodyguard who always kept his cool while we traveled into some scary locations. When Junior says, "OK, it's time to go." I didn't hesitate. He kept good care of our group and is instrumental with the operations at The Apparent Project! Love Love LOVE HIM!

P.S. In the following days, I plan to post the rest of my Haiti pictures so you can experience visually what I saw while visiting there.  Let's always remember to love and pray for everyone God has put before us, peeps!  Love y'all!


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