So much to celebrate today! We had a very productive morning at the university and I must say we owe it all to the team who have been preparing the site and digging the ponds. There is a lot of fine tuning involved when preparing fish ponds and the team of workers were real champions, they not only followed our instructions, but they wanted to understand what we were doing to ensure the project was a success.
As our week comes to a close, we had planned to spend the last couple of days at the university, but when in Haiti one must remain flexible because there is always an opportunity for last minute changes to a planned schedule that just adds to the excitement of the week.
Today the gasoline shortage came to an end and it was also the only day we travelled on foot and stayed in the Haute Limbe area, ironically. The university is making progress and the nursing pond is being filled up with water as I write this entry.
It’s hard to believe its already the middle of the week...time does not slow down here in Haiti either. Today was a very productive day. The fuel shortage is still on and since we have already mastered the “Tap Tap” it was time to try something new. We started off on a three wheel motor vehicle which I won’t go into detail about, but as we drove away, Dr Manno could not stop laughing. I’m pretty sure I heard him whisper under his breath, “they are crazy” under."
Randy, Jeff (our translator) and I left the house at 8:00 this morning to meet with our first Co-op group called KEDA who represent 40 local farmers Northeast of Cap Hatian. With the fuel shortage still on, we decided to use the local “Tap Tap” transportation system. Let me educate you a little on what a Tap Tap is.
Today we spent most of the day at the university of Haute Limbe (LCNH). We met with the Dean and then spent a few hours with 50 or more eager students wanting to learn about Aquaculture.
Arrived in Cap-Hatian this afternoon from Miami with Randy Bevis. When we finally sorted through the chaotic process of collecting our bags and clearing customs, we arrived outside the airport looking for our lift (Dr Manno).
How privileged am I to have the chance to be here in the Holy Land with people who are deep in their faith?I was brought up catholic and always believed in God, however I never felt the sense of community that I share with the people at Lake Ridge. Being in Israel this week has brought me closer to this community.
Yesterday was a very special day for me. In order to tell you about it I'll have to take you back to May 2013 when I was here with Evan, Christin and Gwen. Gwen was having her baptism re-affirmed in the Jordan River. The event was so beautiful and very emotional for her and to my surprise, for me too.
Lake Ridge is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada and representatives from across Canada to Camp Chestermere for the ECCC Annunal Meeting in May. We'd like to take a minute to thank all the people involved in planning, organizing and executing the weekend.
We’re exploring how the Good News of Jesus makes a difference in how we live, why Jesus matters to everyone, and how Jesus transforms everything. I often say that if the Good News of Jesus is not the best news you’ve ever heard, then you’re hearing it wrong.
Have you ever felt like you didn’t know how to pray? Have you ever struggled with what to say or what the purpose of prayer is? If you have, you’re not alone. Pastor Evan shared his notes with us, so we can have a closer look to learn more about the practice of prayer. The acronym or method is called ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). ACTS is about saying “this is who you are God, this is who I am, this is what I’m grateful for and these are some of the things I think I need.”
Pastor Preston has been in Louisville, Kentucky for the Covenant Church Midwinter Conference. Preston shares a few posts about what it means for us to grow into God’s invitation to serve our city together.
I have traveled to Haiti and seen many hard things, however for some reason today was the day my heart would be broken again by this place and these serious issues. Reflecting on this has reminded me that as much as I can try and explain why this kind of thing happens in this world it cannot become a method for removing myself from the shear pain and heart ache it causes.
Another great day in Limbe, Haiti. Our morning started off at Dr Manno's diabetic clinic. We had the chance to tour the clinic and see the changes since the last May when we were there.
Pastor Evan and Kevin Castanherio headed back to Haiti to learn more about fish farming and listen for the ways Lake Ridge can continue to be a part of the work God is doing in Haiti. Pastor Evan shares below a few of his thoughts on our blog from their week so far.
Today we spent most of the day at a fish farming facility that has a different approach to taking the young fingerlings from a young 1 month old fish to a mature market-ready adult Tilapia.
Pastor Evan and Lake Ridge member Kevin Castanherio headed back to Haiti to learn more about fish farming and listen for the ways Lake Ridge can continue to be a part of the work God is doing in Haiti. Kevin shares below a few of his thoughts on our blog from their week so far.
The third and last donation of the Advent season was presented to Steve King on behalf of the Chestermere Food Bank.
The reality is in our community there are families struggling to make ends meet.
Paula received a donation on behalf of Christmas with Dignity (CWD). It’s an annual campaign that raises money for families in need in Chestermere and area. Money raised through donations is placed in a fund that is provided to temporarily help families pay for their basic needs.