Catherine’s 8 Ministry Pillars in Haiti – part 1

Over the years in Haiti, the cycle of planning and preparing, implementing and teaching was the ongoing schedule for me, Catherine.  Coming and going as we did, brought new challenges to this schedule, thus adjustments galore and lots of spiritual stretching exercises, some very uncomfortable.  I didn’t know I could stretch in such ways.   I like fixed schedules, yet nothing was fixed that I was involved in.  Venues changed, participants were not consistent, and other programs were implemented.

How does one maintain some level of control in this kind of situation?  Many times, I must admit, I felt like quitting and throwing in the towel.  But, just when I needed the encouragement to keep going, the LORD God made a way to encourage me.

I, Catherine, have personal pillars with personal lessons that I call my Ministry Pillars in Haiti.

What is ministry really?  What does it look like?  Well, that can look different on many levels and to each person.  We have our own preconceived ideas of what ministry should look like, but in the end, it is the LORD God who directs and knows how best to minister in any given situation and place.

Every year over the eight (8) years of serving in Haiti, the LORD God gave me pillar lessons how to trust Him, lean on Him, know who I am in Him, teaching me what he can accomplish when I let go and let Him or when I get out of the way, and so much more.  These pillars that the LORD gave me were what gave me something to LEAN on, literally.

A pillar is a tall solid structure, which signifies support and is usually used to support part of a building.

In the Bible, a pillar represents various things:

  1. God’s house (Gen 28:22)
  2. A witness (Gen 31:52)
  3. Where God appears to His people (Num 14:14)
  4. A memorial (2Sa 18:18)
  5. A support of the Temple of God (2 Ki 11:14)
  6. A signpost
  7. Where God speaks
  8. A support of God’s Church, and
  9. An overcomer.

Printed on each pillar are the phrases we are all familiar with.  These were my lessons.  The scriptures are the meaning that back the phrases on the pillars.  Below the scripture, I have explained briefly how it all applied me on a personal level.

Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Blooming where planted.  When what you have planned in serving the LORD doesn’t happen the way you thought, and the best thing to do was to ask the LORD, okay now what?  What do you want me to do?

Asking this question is a bit scary.  For me and possibly many of you, the answer may not be what you think it will be or should be.  I asked the LORD many times, is this really ministry?  Is this really what you want me to do?  It is a tough learning curve sometimes, but when I yielded to Him, trust in Him and just did it, and became okay with it, the ministry went a lot better.  I need to remember that He also knows the greatest need.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together(G4903)for good to them, that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

(G4903) means fellow worker, that is, co-operate (We are cooperating with Christ, laboring with Him for the benefit of others)

It’s all good.  That is too easy to say.  No not everything is good, at least on the surface.  Roadblocks, hurdles, miscommunication, getting made fun of, getting shunned, etc. are examples of what is a far cry from “it’s all good”.  But, with the LORD God, He works all things out for his glory.  When circumstances seem questionable or unbearable, we don’t need to worry. He’s got this.

The mental load seemed great.  I had taught my own four children for 12 years; but I never designed a curriculum this size, taught larger groups, and three different age groups in a different culture.  I love designing and planning, but this was almost over the top.

Who would be my translator?  Would I explain the lesson well enough for each age group?  Would the translator understand?  How will I keep up? Where will we meet?  What is the best way to teach in the culture?  What tools do I use?  Will I get the tools in time?  It was literally one day at a time for me.  I didn’t drive and counted on others, especially my dear husband, Les.  It always seemed to work out because he was always running errands for people or fit it in somehow to get me to where I needed to go. THANK YOU, LES!  And, thank you, Yvald, for translating for me.

The LORD God really does have everything in control. It all worked out and the LORD provided. Trusting Him through each circumstance is an opportunity for personal spiritual growth.  The curriculum was on the 7 Days of Creation in English/Creole.

The classes included worksheets to color, video cassette holders that held color pencils and worksheets, memory verses rebus style, flannel board where I would ask them to tell the creation story.

The LORD spoke to my heart many times, saying, “I’ve got this.” And, I can say truthfully that He does.

I hope this has been an encouragement to you for your own walk with the LORD.  We all have a special journey.  My prayer and encouragement for you are to trust Him and let go of your concerns and let Him take the reigns.  There is so much freedom when we yield to Him.

Has the LORD used you in your weakness?

Until next month, stay strong.

The Finer Skills In Life

This post is W A Y over due.  I began writing this in October, 2017, three months after the actual event in July.  This is now September, 2018. WOW!  Now, I have a lot of catching up to do.  Thank you for sticking around!

The month of July, 2017, was the second busiest schedule I, Catherine, have experienced, since the beginning of LWC ministry in Haiti.

Some of you know that I am a planner and researcher.  I enjoy planning, every little detail, a perfectionist at heart.  If I am going to teach something, I want to do it with as much skill and knowledge as I can so I don’t stumble through the task when performed.  So I am not wing-it, spur of the moment person.  That’s Les.

Planning an event in the US is certainly a challenge depending on how particular you are.  It is another level altogether planning an event outside of the US.  You need to know ahead of time how many people will attend the event, what theme or topic will be presented, what materials you will need, the amount of time it will take for those items to be delivered.  So during the 2016 year, I began planning to teach several classes in the summer to offer classes in practical skills and finer arts skills in the areas of baking, gardening (agronomy), sewing, first aid, oral care, making paper beads, Music, crochet departments.  Hmmm, that does sound a bit ambitious doesn’t it!  I had shared my desires and thoughts with Eddy, but my visits with Eddy are usually few and far between.  Time was ticking away, and I needed some answers; my verbal processing tendencies were sorely not given the attention I thought I needed.  I needed to figure out how the schedule would look at the center, finding interpreters, and helpers (a team with these specialties to help), etc.  I was trying to figure out how to fit it all in. As it turned out, I only had time to teach an oral care class 1, 2, 3, 4 during that 2016 Summer.  The Summer before, I had begun teaching sewing by hand and machine on a smaller scale on an individual level, as well as some crocheting to some of the older girls.  Teaching on an individual level is my style.

Then, upon returning to Haiti in January 2017, I found that they had started professional classes, some of which were on my list.  Part of my problem was solved with the number of classes being offered and that I would not be responsible for.  So I began targeting three of the class topics I had been focusing on in a smaller way.  I started planning, collecting materials, and just before the school year was over, I had one month to teach three different classes.  The next step was finding a way to fit them in and then create a sign up sheet to include only six for a class involving 4 girls and 2 house mothers for three different classes: Paper Bead Making, Basic Hand Sewing, and Basic Crochet.  The plan was for those in attendance to Learn these skills in a professional class setting as much as possible.  The house mothers who signed up were very happy for the chance to learn, plus they were great in managing the girls.

I was very excited to finally implement the year and a half of planning; but, to be honest, I was very nervous. I really wasn’t sure if I was ready to handle the necessary preparations for each class on top of the two Bible studies I was preparing for.  After two weeks into the busy schedule, I must admit the actual teaching was going better than I expected.  Instead of using a lot of Creole did one-on-one demonstration, which is the way they like it best.  It was very busy and a little overwhelming; but for the most part, I felt the guidance of the Lord as he helped me deal with each class.  Below is the schedule I kept that last month.

Monday Night @ CCH – All ages Bible Study

Tuesday 2:30 pm @ the Beach House – Paper Bead Making

Wednesday 2:30 pm @ the Beach House – Basic Hand Sewing

Thursday – Free to catch up on laundry and prep for Bible Study Friday

Friday 2:30 pm @ CCH – Youth Bible Study

Saturday, 2:30 pm @ the Beach House – Basic Crochet

Sunday – A day of rest *#:-S whew!

In the end, each participant was given a certificate, a pin, written instructions of things learned, and additional materials to create something.  As you can see from the pictures, all the creative art classes are at the beach house.  It was a lot less distracting than the Center and provided a greater atmosphere for learning and concentration.  I believe you will see from the pictures below, that they worked very hard and in the end were very proud of their work.

Crocheting Class: Hazard Josnithe, Pierre Samorah, Cadet Prisca, Corasme Chrisna, Vererl Manuela, Deser Sovenise
Paper Bead Making Class: Adonaica Jeanty, Jina Samedy, Mericiane Pierre, Saradgine Adonis, Kemberly, Syna Manouchka
Sewing Class: Alcime Kimberly, Petro Claudine, Amor Dieuna, Philippe Pauline, Body Marie, Riviere Keda

High & Low

Hurricane Matthew Food Distribution

After we began our food distribution efforts to the Bamboula Beach residents, as a result from hurricane Matthew, Les found out that the inland residents were the only residents that received the food.  Those residents living on the beach would not attempt to go to the magistrates house which is located on the left veering curve in the neighborhood area that you must drive through to get to the beach house.  We had dropped two loads of food.

Upon hearing this, Les made arrangements to pick up more food.  Just recently, we distributed two loads of food to the beach dwellers; however, this time Janette, the magistrate, came to the beach house to hand the food out and the inland residents refrained from coming.

This brings back memories to us of when we lived in a remote village called Maraingyur in India.  It had two sections, a high caste area and a low-caste area, which was divided by a 2-3 mile long foot/bike path.  Separating the two sections of the same village were agricultural rice paddy fields.  If you have been to the beach house in Haiti, you will have recognized a similar set-up.  How ironic – that no matter where you live, there is a segregation of sorts: low, middle, and high-class societies.

Janette, the Magistrate, is on the right. Denise, on the left, comes to help with yard work and other grounds upkeep

When Janette came, she tore open all the boxes and in neat piles laid out a portion of meals per household.  When she was ready to receive the residents, she sat down with a pad of graph-style padded note paper and a pen.  As the people came, they gave her their name and took their portion. Janette watched as each household took their portion.  When they left she proceeded by asking for the name of the next household name.  In the end 110 inland residents were fed and 148 beach dwellers are fed.  We praise God He has trusted us to be His instruments to make a difference anywhere we are.

Reflecting on this whole situation, we are reminded what we read in Romans 2:11 which says that the Lord God is not a respecter of persons.  Every one is important in his eyes.  If only we could follow the cultural system the Bible lays out for us to have, how much better off we would be.


Manna Packs Laid Out In Stacks Per Household
First Small Group Of Recipients

Are You Standing?

I didn’t think we would ever use the Armor of God armor suit that Les put on when we did the Armor of God choral reading as a family.

Just recently we finished studying each piece of the Armor of God.  During the series, we had a different girl volunteer each time to put on the pieces of the armor up to the point of the material we were covering.  For easier understanding, lots of pictures were used to describe the meaning of each armor piece and scripture to explain it as well.  Here is a small sampling of the images used.






We always end a bible study series with a quiz/final review in a game format, which they all really get into.  It really becomes deafening with all the screams and cheering on one side or the other for the team members especially when they get it right.  The closer we get to the end of the game, the louder it gets.

04/24/17 Les and Katia – throughout the drama Katia followed Les.  As he put on the armor so did she.

Now, here we are years later, and Les used the same armor suit to help illustrate in practical demonstration how to fight the spiritual battle that we all wage using the appropriate scripture while putting it on.  The drama did look a little different from our family version and there was a bit of excitement added.  The drama included satan’s accusations with Les, the soldier, responding to the fiery darts.  Graciously, Zachery’s friend, Alex, visiting from Mt. Zion school of ministries, helped fill Satan’s role and portrayed and prowled around like a lion looking for that weak, open spot to attack, and how he would devour the soldier, Les.   He came from within the crowd of kids with a big roar and even stalk the kids a little.  Les was  taunted, accused, and stalked by the devil.  He used his shield to guard himself and somewhat steer the “lion” away.  He remained attentive and alert.  I think they enjoyed it and now have a better idea how to use each armor piece.

The LORD God has given us such a huge gift with this armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. I, Catherine, learned a lot as I prepared for each lesson.  This has to be one of my favorite studies.

Being followers of Christ, we are all soldiers in His army.  What kind of soldier are you?  Are you fitted well with your armor on?  Is it in good shape: polished, sharpened, and fitted?  Are you practiced up?  Are you prepared for the “spiritual battle” that is waging around you?  Are you standing strong and continuing to stand?

May the LORD God help us to STAND FIRM in our faith in “the day”.

  • Thank you Les for being a “good sport” and playing the part of the soldier.
  • Thank you Zachery for helping translate such important truths for these young soldiers.
  • Thank you Alex for your willingness in the last-minute request to participate in the drama.
  • Thank you Olga for recording this drama.
  • Thank you Lael for the special picture.
  • Thank you Mom DeRoos for finding it, getting it ready, and sending it to us.

Sewing Basics

Sewing Dots
Sewing Dots

For some, sewing is just a hobby, it is therapy.  For these girls it means a possible future trade or keeping their hands busy with a useful project.

I began basic sewing classes 06/2013 with the oldest six girls here at the beach house on Friday’s after school.

The basic five hand/mending stitches that were in the line-up to learn were: the running stitch, the half back-stitch, the full back-stitch, the hem stitch, and fringe stitch.  The first class was a great learning lesson for me.  I tried to teach all five stitches and quickly learned I needed to slow down.  I ended up teaching only two stitches that day.

I thought I had prepared well enough with pictures to demonstrate.  I had used Google Translate to help with my Creole instruction to go with the pictures, but Google Translate used words that they were not familiar with, and it was too early in my language learning to know better.  While, pictures are a great way to instruct, I ended up using the best method for the circumstances.  I demonstrated the two stitches with each of the six individual girls.  I was kept hopping around the table for three hours with questions like “Konsa? Sa bon Madam Katrine?”  (“Like this? This good Madam Catherine?”) Some were getting it and some were not, even after the up close personal demonstration.  The poor dears seemed to want to do a “good job and do it right”, and I wanted to help, but felt a bit discouraged because that needed one-on-one instruction.  My approach was simply not working.  I was worn out. *#:-S whew!I felt like I had run a marathon and my feet were hurting. There were really too many of them for me to handle correctly and teach effectively.  There were four that needed more of a one-on-one instructional time, and a couple of them needed very little one-on-one time.

Sewing Kit
Sewing Kits

On another day, after talking with Madam Djoune and sharing my struggles, she shared that when she learned to sew by hand, they were taught with using dots and numbers.  The first image shows my original dots and numbers with the instructional postcard that I created for each of them.

One of the fun things for me in teaching my own children was to learn how they learn.  I was learning the personalities, their interest levels, and learning styles.  The most important factor for them was being able to get out regardless of the interest level.

Sewing girls: Lordine, Atinia, Yvelande, Willienne, & Sophonie

When school was out 06/29/2013, I ended up teaching them on an individual basis at the Center.  That was so much better.  Part of the class practice was spent mending some clothes, mostly school uniforms.

Now, fast forward, and here we are with five of the girls at the beach house.  I guess I didn’t learn my lesson the first time; however, the problem is that there is really no good place at the Center to do this.  I worked with the five who had already taken lessons before but quickly found out that I had to refresh their memories because it had been a while.

Each one of these girls will hand sewing their own sewing kit bag with pockets to have a place to put each sewing kit tool.

A huge thank you to Carolee Franzkowiak and Mom DeRoos for putting these sewing kits together.

Our babies are growing up!

James 1:27 has had its first babies graduate.  The next stage has begun. (see photo’s below)

They are now all attending pre-preschool, which begins at three years of age and seem to be adjusting very well.  At the beginning of the school year, these graduates moved to their new home either at CCH or at Joshua House.

It all began in early 2013. Les and I were sitting in our living room on Mia Road.  We had not moved to the beach house yet.  Eddy came for a brief visit on his way to the Center just to tell us where he had just been.  He had just seen babies in a hospital in a corner being thrown away and left to die and a couple of babies with jaundice laying in the sun, getting a sunburn.  My heart broke.  It was then that I began praying for a way to help these helpless babies. Les and I talked with Eddy and Djoune on what to do to help.  None of us had an answer to this so we all committed it to the Lord in prayer.

One day Eddy asked Les about having a place for widows.  Les responded and said, “what about the babies as well?”  Eddy said, “I was thinking about that, but didn’t know how you would feel.”  That’s when the vision of the James 1:27 Center was birthed.

In January 2014, Baby Reuben came.  The James 1:27 Village was not yet ready to house babies and Eddy could no longer say no.  So one of the CCH dorms received Baby Reuben with open arms. There has been a steady flow of babies coming ever since.  Here are a couple of ways you can help if so moved:

  • These nine graduates are currently not sponsored.  Annual sponsorship at CCH and Joshua House is $2,000.  If interested, please contact us for the necessary information.
  • James 1:27 – Since adoption is not possible yet, here are some continuous ways to meet James 1:27’s daily needs:  Diapers, Wipes, Lotion, Powder, Enfamil and Isomil Formula, and Financial Sponsorship.

Please pray for these grads and their continued adjustment to their new home and their schooling.  Please continue praying for the little ones at James 1:27 and for their needs.  Please pray how the Lord would have you be involved in their lives.

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B.R.I.G.H.T. Lights

B.R.I.G.H.T. Lights is a bible study that encourages a serious walk with the Lord and to grow in him. B.R.I.G.H.T. is an acronym for Being Radiant In Godliness Holiness & Testimony.  Every Friday afternoon is when we get together.  The first time they attend, each person receives a notebook and a pen and with these they write scriptures, take lots of notes, and write commitments.  These are very special tools to them and they are very excited when they receive them.  I try to make this fun too by bringing color pencils for them to use to do underlining and highlighting.  They don’t underline or highlight in their bibles because they think somehow they are compromising the Word of God.  Some of their notebooks are pretty colorful.  It was important for me to provide these tools because when you write things down, you slow down and tend to think more about what you are writing.  

Another tool used is a big white wipe off-board using very colorful markers.  With this I have noticed that anything written down ahead of time is promptly written in their notebooks.  I pre write important information to save time, but there is a problem with this.  They get distracted in what they are writing and then they aren’t able listen as well as they should.  So this idea has backfired a bit.  I  have noticed that some of the brief notes I write down ahead of time are written down exactly as I have literally written it, which was not the intention.  As is usually the case, the teacher often learns along with the students, how they think and how they learn.  It seems I cannot abbreviate ahead of time some written portions of the lessons just to save time.  It isn’t always the best way.  Sometimes taking the time to write things down as something is being explained is.  I need to slow down and take one step at a time to make sure they are getting and not worry about saving time.

This Bible study material has five sets.  The first set of topics are included in the following list.  We have already covered the lessons that are in bold.  

  1. Being Strong for the Lord in Your Youth
  2. Developing a Close Relationship with the authorities in your life 
  3. Gaining a Clear Conscience
  4. Developing a Disciplined Walk with God
  5. Understanding the Fear of the Lord
  6. Accepting God’s Design for You
  7. Total Dedication to God

It is enjoyable for me to prepare this study each week.  It has been a long time desire of mine to do a digging deeper bible study like this.  One of the challenges I face is that their education structure is not driven by interaction.  They are prone to take the information they can get by just listening.

Please keep this bible study in your prayers.

  1. Pray for Catherine as she prepares and teaches and to find effective ways to share.
  2. Pray for receptive hearts of the girls and boys attending.
  3. Pray for understanding of the material and for spiritual growth.
  4. Pray for each one to be able to apply what is learned.

May the Lord bless all the efforts above and beyond anything I could ever imagine.

In the name of Jesus.  Amen!

Moringa Booklet in Creole, HOT off the presses

Doliv Booklet
Doliv Booklet

WOW!!  It is here.  The first ever, Moringa Booklet of its kind in Creole.

          I don’t even know where to begin.  I am so excited for this accomplishment.  It has taken me about four years to get to this point.  It is the first step to get this valuable tool into the hands of Haitians so that they can begin understanding the wonderful blessing God has given them for health and wellness through the Moringa Tree.
          The story is a long, frustrating one, but good gifts don’t always come in easy to open packages.  Yet, miracles do happen along the way for encouragement.
          My first instructional class took about five minutes in the beginning of March of 2013 with the CCH Madams.  It was a quick showing of the tree, how to clean the leaves, and
letting dry them in the shade.
          Three months later the Country of Haiti endorsed the Moringa Tree as a source of great nutritional benefit, animal feed, and a help with reforesting Haiti.  Digicel, the National leading telephone company sent an endorsement of the Moringa Tree to each one of its customers in the country as a text.  It was truly an answer to our prayers as we seemed to hit dead ends as we tried to promote the benefit of Moringa.
Moringa Potassium Benefit
Moringa Potassium Benefit

          After discovering that pictures and storytelling were best approach to teaching in Haiti,  I began praying for a way to do this.  The Lord knew my dilemma and sent Dan LeBlanc on a team who was a cartoonist.  How do you like that.  Gifts do fall from heaven.  After sharing my thoughts with Dan, he was gracious to work with me on nutritional concepts in cartoon form. This was no easy task, as I was still learning what would make sense to the Haitian in art form.

          Late November of 2013 I received the first art-work from Dan.  Once I had these, I began putting together a picture book about the nutritional benefits of Moringa.  It wouldn’t be until halfway through the next year that I would have another opportunity to teach the Madams.  I tried only twice to find that our schedules were not cooperating well.  Finally, Madam Kada just asked for a book.
          PowerPoints also work very well here, so I had begun putting together a Moringa PowerPoint in English and was ready to go, I just needed a translator.  Les had gathered all the older girls and housemothers for the first official teaching of Moringa and its benefits.  This was two weeks before our return home for Christmas 2014, and I thought I could do the whole thing then in two Saturdays…or so I thought.
Doliv Instructional Page

          Jackson, a young man who we have helped to learn English, came to the rescue to help translate for me; but during the seminar, of all things, the sun came out and was so bright in the chosen room, you could not even see the images well enough to benefit the class.  Then, the sheets that I gave Jackson to follow along with got into the hands of the girls and they got mixed up. This half hour to 45 minute seminar took three hours.  I could see the expressions on the housemothers faces.  I knew they had to get back to work.   I felt so bad and so discouraged.  It was obvious that the intended two, half hour to 45 minute sessions on back to back Saturdays would take longer than anticipated. Really, the nutritional benefit of Moringa deserves more than a flying attempt to “get er done”.  I truthfully also needed to get the PowerPoint and booklet translated into Creole.

          Knowing how busy Djoune (Eddy’s wife) was, we had a friend in Haiti who had just translated a book into Creole and asked for his help. When I finally finished that project, I showed Djoune the book, and she said she also wanted to help. So, I gave her the book.  It took me months after that to complete the PowerPoint because we suddenly left Haiti in September to take care of my tooth issues.  We returned to Haiti January, 2016 and four months later April of 2016, I printed the first Creole Moringa master copy.  I was gearing up to begin the Moringa seminars again. Then…in April my computer died.  I was stunned.  All that work was gone just like that.  You can read about that whole episode in Glitches, Hiccups, Setbacks.

          About a week ago, I just decided to get the master copy printed and there you have it, with lots of sweat and tears.  Hot off the presses on May 26, 2016, is this beautiful book.  May God bless it to bless others.  The rest of the story is yet to be unfolded.  I am still waiting for my computer and ALL of the information safe and sound on it.  Please pray for the right people and the right tools necessary to fix this problem.
Dan LeBlanc, Thank you for your willingness to use your artistic gift to help with this project.
Djoune, Thank you for your help in proofreading the Creole.
Cory Thede, Thank you for your efforts in translating this valuable material into Creole

We aren’t in Kansas anymore Toto

Cultural Differences

Not one day is the same in Haiti.  Plans change as quickly as they are made and attitudes can go south quickly too. Like mine did.
We were headed to the Center for Bible Study Monday night the 29th of February.  We were stopped by a young man in the small community on the way to the main road.  He gave us an envelope which requested rock to fix the road we lived on.  Our thoughts were, sure we can “help” with the road repair.  However, we were running crunched on time and did not take the time to deal with the letter until we were confronted with it about a week later.
Les was on his way to a meeting to deal with another issue and there was a huge yet peaceful demonstration with a group of people digging a hole in the road and standing in the way so he could not pass.  Les turned around went another way and found some help to deal with the situation from a police friend. After calling a police friend of ours, they began yelling and screaming outside our gate.   In cultures like Haiti, running to the police is usually the last resort, because the police are usually corrupt and extort the people.  When we called the police, this sent them the message that we were their enemy and not their friends and were not here on peaceful terms.  Their actions showed us they were not on friendly terms with us.  Our different ways of dealing with things clashed.
Other 3rd world cultures are the same way but not to the same level.  They were showing us that they wanted an answer and they wanted it immediately.  It all got resolved through the police friend, but Les had to explain that because he didn’t know Creole enough to converse with them, he needed help to talk about the situation.  He also shared that we would like to see the community pitch in and help.  The community was glad that their voices were heard and peace has been established in the community once again.
Haitians are a reactionary people, yet still my attitude wasn’t any better with my heart turning sour quickly because of their actions.  I felt a nudge of the Holy Spirit who spoke to my heart and said, “Aren’t you being quick to react with your own attitude?”  We all live in a fallen world which is full of sin.  My silent heart reaction was no different from their outward, loud demonstration. We all react in different ways and many times it is quick and irrational.
Yes, we may be seasoned missionaries, but we are still learning and still fight the sinful nature of man.

James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:..”

What’s all the Commotion?

Over the years we have had a number of people ask us, why they don’t see any cats in Haiti.  Dogs are everywhere, but cats seem to be almost nonexistent. We recently had this question answered in a real way while we were home one day.  It was a quiet, peaceful day, when out of nowhere, we heard a lot of commotion.  Six men were pursuing something within our compound.  Les and I exited out the front door to see what was happening.  Most of the men by then were out of sight except Michel (Meeshell), one of the men that helps maintain the grounds at the beach house.  When inquiring about what had just happened, we were told that there had been a large cat that had made its way into our compound.  These six men chased the cat down.  It never had a chance.  It was going to be their supper for the night.
Animals serve a different purpose in other cultures.  In Haiti they have specific jobs and are not known as “pets”.  Dogs are guards for the home, and on rare occasion, cats are used for rodent control.  The way dogs and cats are treated is so different.  Imagine a population where the family has a difficult time keeping food on the table for themselves…food for animals makes no sense at all.  As it turns out, cats are a delicacy in the Haitian diet.  So maybe that is why we don’t see that many cats.