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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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In Memory of Blendina

I wish I could cradle her in my arms once more. Hold her little body against my chest. I can still see the smiling of her chocolate brown eyes as she gazed up at me. She loved hands. Her mother and I realized this over the weeks in the hospital.

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The In-Between Place

I am full of hope that when God delays in fulfilling our little thoughts, it is to leave Himself room to work out His great ones. Lilias Trotter, December 29th, 1903  My favorite part of winter is the reminder that spring is coming. The end of a cold dark season

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Child of My Heart

Last night, as I sat under the stars, Julinsky came and climbed into my lap. He was mostly quiet, looking up at the stars and drinking in the evening air. I sang softly. Tears formed in my eyes. I’ve treasured hundreds of moments just like this before he could climb

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A Story of Redemption

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away. Jim Elliot She came to Mercy broken, intending to choose adoption for the child growing inside of

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Cardboard Bed

This ‘bed’ belongs to a woman and her children who live in a falling down little house outside of town. Each day they put their beds in the sun to sterilize them and keep them from attracting bugs. I don’t show you this for your pity. Search your own heart. Sometimes we

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To My Beloved Haiti (A Memoir)

Days and weeks turned quickly into months. Months unraveled into a year. Lives and hearts intertwined closer day by day. As I sit here watching the multitude of people & cars & dogs filing up and down the street, to do as they must or as they desire, I can’t help

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The Sound of Weeping

We must never let the sound of our own weeping drown out the comfort of God’s Word. Ryan Chase* February began with a funeral. The fifth funeral I’ve attended in my life. My first in Haiti. Pastor’s last week was painful for me. The last words were spoken, the last

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A Season of Grief

I arrived home early this morning. Many of you didn’t know I was headed home, neither did I until two days ago. I planned to be in Haiti for three months straight, but I am going to be spending an unexpected three week break home.  I feel vulnerable writing this, but I need

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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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