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

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 […]

Jan to June 2017

RMEC

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Our team just returned from a trip to Haiti. In addition to being a fun group, we actually got some work accomplished. The main purpose was to begin the building of a school. We dedicated the Rob Marchand Education Center, in honor of my good friend who passed away a couple years ago. It is […]

July to Dec 2016

Naughty or Nice

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My son’s neighborhood had a gathering of all the children to meet with Santa. Our son told our granddaughter that she needed to tell Santa that she’d been naughty but that she’d be nice from now until Christmas. Thought this was an interesting statement from the kid who didn’t sleep an entire night until he […]

July to Dec 2016

What’s in a Name?

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There are names for many things and places.  And I’m sure there’s a story behind the name of that park or school or monument or street.  But we become numb to names and they often go virtually unnoticed. Inside of a building may hold the names of benefactors or public officials that assisted in its […]

April May June 2015

Elementary School Days

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My education doesn’t actually stretch back to a sod building or a one-room schoolhouse but it seems long ago. Here are a few random memories of my Elementary School Days: It was a privilege to smack the chalkboard erasers after school. The long ones made a lot more noise than the small black ones. I […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Where We Could Help

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In honor of our mission team currently in Haiti, I list this from a couple years ago, in the first book I published – Paths, Proverbs, & Parables from Haiti Today I mourn for the people of Haiti I mourn a place where people won’t eat today.Where children won’t go to school this year. Where […]