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Trips Us Up

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When we go on our trips to Haiti, there are often steps. Steps to the second level of our guest house. Steps to the second level of our school. Steps in the entryway to a building. Because construction is not as exacting, it is common that the steps are different heights. Even though in very […]

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Signs of the Season – Candles

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Advent is a time of preparation. It is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and the anticipation of the coming of Jesus into the world. Candles are used to symbolize this journey. The first candle is the Prophecy or Hope candle. Typically a purple candle, it is in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, […]

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Be Grateful Today

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This past week, as we have gotten closer to Thanksgiving, there have been conversations about eating and favorites. Turkey, green-bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pie are always high on my “looking forward to eating” list. When I think back to my childhood, our regular meals were pretty modest. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I […]

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Little Plastic Cross

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My granddaughter discovered Fused Bead kits. They are little, colored, plastic cylinders that you place on peg boards. After your design is finished, you fuse them together with a hot iron. She knows I like baseball so created a baseball design for me that I use as a coaster. Other common patterns are hearts and […]

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Sacrificial Gifts

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I have been in fundraising for almost twenty years. During this time, I have witnessed incredible generosity. The ones that have impressed me the most have not been the large gifts, but the sacrificial gifts. Now fundraising success depends on large, transformative gifts. But the individuals that make those gifts often have the financial backing […]

July to December 2018

It Isn’t Just Water

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On our last trip to Haiti, I took a picture of a row of our water bottles. We just take water for granted. The local water there isn’t safe for us to drink, so we buy five-gallon jugs of “Culligan” water and use that water for drinking, brushing teeth, or cooking. It’s so easy to […]

July to December 2018

Beauty Through Work

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Recently, we dedicated a school on the island of LaGonave, Haiti. It is named the Rob Marchand Education Center (RMEC), after my best friend who died of cancer four years ago. His wife and kids, along with my wife and a friend were able to attend the dedication, distribute RMEC backpacks and RMEC t-shirts. We […]

Jan to June 2018

Happy Meal Toys

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I was listening to a speaker who had just returned from Guatemala. She was talking about how happy the children were. She talked about how excited the kids were to receive worthless toys from McDonalds and other toss-away trinkets. She said they were so happy with nothing, when we have everything here. It hit me […]

Jan to June 2018

Little by Little

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One of the things I love about Haiti is their proverbs. They have many: A leaky house can fool the sun, but it can’t fool the rain. If work were a good thing, the rich would have grabbed it a long time ago. People talk and don’t act. God acts and doesn’t talk. A little […]

July to Dec 2017

Reset Values

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It’s Eclipse Week and it has been described as a “once in a lifetime” experience for some, especially here in the United States. Certainly, it is an event that comes along rarely and is a day that is marked as a day to remember. I was holding down a button in my car and it […]