February 14, 2019

As some of you might know— or more likely all of you— we did not leave today, but we are fine where we are and won’t head to the airport until it is safe.

Yesterday the men went back to do more work on the children’s village and made lots of progress. The electrical work is nearly complete but the tiling will continue to keep them busy. The women went to the beach. I got to work on a presentation for when we get home, which I enjoyed. I didn’t think I’d miss being bu...

February 9, 2019

Just in case you did not know, we are all good. We are all completely safe at Haiti ARISE.

It has come to my attention that some of you reading this don't know much about me, and I have been requested to give myself a bit of an introduction. If your observant you may have noticed that my name is Ayva, and if your extremely observant you will have noticed that I have the same last name as one of the pastors of the NWMC.

I'm currently 16 and if you see me in real life you'...

February 8, 2019

Today lots of interesting stuff happened. 

One of the most prominent of these was the woman dancing (although not for the men because they all were working). There is a video. Watch it. 


I was helping Joan clean up the craft when Rhonda came rushing in saying that the woman were dancing. Moments later I was walking down the dirt road under the sun and I could hear the music coming from the church. When I got there I saw all the...

February 7, 2019

Today started earlier for me, or maybe I should say on time. Today was the first day of the woman's conference and I was sent to be part of the group to greet people as they entered the church building. The church is very big, by my standards anyways, and it's open to the air on two sides so you can see the green all around. The woman came slowly, some of them very early which was unexpected. One thing we noted as we greeted woman and handed them bags and things was ho...

February 5, 2019

After arriving in Haiti the first thing I noticed was the heat-- not necessarily the intense heat of an oven but a stifling humid heat that clings to your skin and makes you feel sticky. After getting out of the airport the team was divided into two big vans, and I sat in the back corner of one while a whole lot of our luggage was piled on top of the vehicle. I remember the giddy excitement I felt as we left the airport and saw our first real taste of the country....

February 4, 2019

We have safely arrived in Haiti! 

February 4, 2019

 Hi everybody, 

We made it safely to Miami today. Above is a picture of our wonderful mound of baggage. Thankfully we have not lost any of it ( that we know of ). We are all really tired, but happy and excited to leave for Haiti tomorrow morning. 

We ate at the restaurant in the airport for supper and there we celebrated Zach and Jason's birthdays. Below you can see how we (quite appropriately) tortured them into answering questions and such. 

It is nice and war...

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