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The One Where I Tell You How I Got Here (Part One)

Read part two and part three. As a rough and tumble tomboy, I grew up chasing around my cousins, riding bikes through the neighborhood, and selling produce with my sisters. I had few friends, but family was close knit so I usually didn’t mind. My world was small. My childhood

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From Sponsored to Sponsoring (Nelson’s Story)

This is Nelson’s story in his own words. Hello, my name is Wilchonn, also known as Nelson. I graduated 4 years ago from secondary school. I thank God that he gave me the capacity that I do not deserve to learn many hands-on skills during the time I was not

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Blog Name Change

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

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On Marital Conflict

I was recently asked to share some of the ways Nelson and I have grown or learned to do conflict better since being married, specifically from the viewpoint of an intercultural-couple. My husband and I are celebrating our second anniversary in July! I feel unlearned to answer such questions, having

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Christmas Season In Haiti

There is joyfulness throughout December in Haiti. People say that Haitians store up energy all year for this holiday month.  This year was my first time experiencing Christmas in Haiti. It was beautiful–the cool nights, the brilliant stars, the random fireworks shooting off in the evenings, the food, the lights,

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A Lessons on God’s heart from Jonah

You can read my first post from Jonah here. Jonah ran from God’s call. In the end, he does turn around and go. He comes to the end of himself, and God gives him a second chance. Often, in Bible storybooks, this is where the story of Jonah ends, on

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Ending The Year Well

New Year’s resolutions and a celebration of a new beginning fill every January 1st. A fresh new year with no mistakes yet holds mystery and refreshment. Sometimes a feeling of relief of having made it. In the US fireworks, and shouts mark the new year. In Haiti, people fire celebratory

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A Lesson on Calling From Jonah

Studying Jonah has produced more awareness of the Jonah seasons of my life. A Jonah season, by my definition, is a season during which my calling feels hard. A season where God asks me to do something uncomfortable or countercultural, where I feel like running from my calling. The pressing

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Hi! I’m Rachel. Through a series of God orchestrated events I ended up in Haiti, in 2017.  Through years of serving with a ministry there I came to love the country and its people. I met Nelson and we got married in 2020. It was the best decision of my life! 

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