You may have noticed the name of my blog has changed from Love the Journey to Espwa Demen. I started Love the Journey in 2019 to share my thoughts and updates as I began working in Haiti.
Some of the content is now changing. Though I will still be sharing from my perspective, it is not only my stories you will be reading now.
After our marriage in 2020, my husband and I began serving together in Haiti. Though I have been doing ministry there since I first arrived in 2017 and he has always worked for a ministry, this is different. We are now working on our own, not with the orphanage I originally worked for, and with locals who are starting their own ministries.
Haiti is currently very dangerous, this makes travel challenging, but the Lord has been gracious to keep us from harm and we’ve seen a lot of good. Because of our growing number of sponsored students as well as building projects and increasing financial needs, we wanted to have a website where we could share those needs and more ways for you to get involved.
My blog was the obvious choice. So we gave it a makeover to encompass more than just updates or musings.
Espwa Demen means The Hope Of Tomorrow or Tomorrow’s Hope, in the native language of Haiti. We came up with this name despite the hopeless news and negativity of saying there’s no help for Haiti.
We beg to differ. Jesus said in Jeremiah that He has a plan to give us all a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) This is why we believe things can change. It may take years, it may not even be in our lifetime that the country as a whole is redeemed. We choose to serve Haitians in light of this future hope as we focus on empowering youth who are Haiti’s future. And though the whole country may not change, if we can bring change for just one child it will be worth it.
We are not alone! We realized that there were many locals in Centre Haiti who desired to be a part of change in their own communities, they only lack the finances. We’ve added some of them to our team! They give of their time and talents freely, out of a desire to produce a lasting impact.
Because of this, Espwa Demen is able to function 99% through the volunteer time of local Haitians. This frees us from the financial burden of employees for now.
We believe this is the most sustainable way for a ministry to function–especially considering the risks of traveling to Haiti, as well as cultural and language barriers that take a significant amount of time to bridge.
The whole focus of Espwa Demen is on empowering families to stay together and to thrive. We do this by sponsoring students through school, nutritional support, caring for the elderly, and meeting various unexpected needs (such as renting a house for a family, gifting a wheelchair, or financing church building projects).
Our hope is to one day reach 100 sponsored kids. We also plan to start after school programs with them which will include mentoring, teaching hands on trades, and English. In addition, we would like to work with street kids and teen moms locally.
Espwa Demen is set up to legally accept donations through our support pages but has not yet gained 501c3 non profit status. That is another of our future goals.
We are so happy you are here! Thank you for not giving up on Haiti! We covet your prayers and support!