Message of Hope and Love Through Basketball

I had the pleasure of speaking to the 4th through 8th graders at Summit Christian Academy. We talked about finding our talents, pursuing our passions and using them to take care of “the least of these.” (Thank you to my new friend, Olivia, for taking the pictures.)

The Station

The Station  – an essay by Robert J. Hastings Tucked away in our subconscious minds is an idyllic vision in which we see ourselves on a long journey that spans an entire continent.  We’re traveling by train and, from the windows, we drink in the passing scenes of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at crossings, […]

Happy Easter from Hotel Masacre

This past week, we spent a few days in the Dominican Republic (DR). The truck needed some maintenance and we needed a break from the daily life of Haiti. The truck got an oil change, some new tires and was scheduled for a replacement windshield to be put in. However, Thursday, the day we were […]

Wood of the Low Humanity

If you’ve ever wondered how you can directly help those in need in Haiti that will have a lasting impact, this story is for you.  But, first some background. A couple of days ago, I was made aware of a visit a colleague of mine made to a church/school in the desert of Haiti.  Vilmer, […]

Giving Blood and Shoveling Elephant Dung

My parents recently visited us here in Haiti. It was a very good visit and it was so good to see them. My parents are concerned about me; I don’t think it’s any more concern than they have for my siblings, it’s just a different concern. Of course, I am the only one of their […]

Opportunity and Choice

For some time, I have been looking at, reviewing, meditating on and trying to figure out the application of Leviticus 23.22 in my life: “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest.  You shall […]

Helping or Hurting?

When I returned home from Haiti after my first trip in March 2010, I was actually angry. I thought we were going to help the people of Haiti; it felt as if we were only making things worse. We gave out over 650 pairs of shoes 10,000 granola bars, over 200 basketballs and over 1,000 […]

Why Haiti?

In March 2009, my wife, Sarah, came to Haiti as part of a short-term team doing work in Pillatre, Haiti.  While Sarah lead a futbol (soccer) camp, part of the team built a basketball court. (Pastor Manno Lagurre takes – and makes – the first shot at the Pillatre basketball court, March 2009.) Upon her […]

Consequences Must Outweigh Possibilities

Many years ago, I was made familiar with Pascal’s Wager. Derived by 17th century philosopher, mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal, the “wager” helps us determine how we should live our lives based upon the information we have in front of us. Pascal developed this because he believed that many “reasonable” people may have difficulty truly […]