photos: ryan & jessie.

I’ve been back in Haiti for 3 weeks now after a whirlwind of a few weeks in the States. My time home was filled with great quality time with my brother & sister-in-law, Ryan & Jessie before they moved to Greece!

Yep. You read that right! They’re in Greece with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) specifically with a focus on college ministry. It’s been deeply encouraging to see the Lord put this on their hearts & to watch their obedience & faithfulness of following Him.

We had #durbansiblingweekend in Austin & adventured through the city & made some time for photos.

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travel thoughts.

During my last few rounds of international travel, I’ve been taking notes on my phone about my observations & random thoughts while traveling. Enjoy!

1. Memory foam neck pillow. It’s the best thing that has been invented for travel, and even though I feel like this:

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I don’t even care. Best purchase ever.

2. Middle seat problems. Listen…I’m not a touchy person…but when you are stuck in the middle seat for a long flight, I think it should be socially acceptable to ask your neighbor if you can fall asleep on their arm. I recently had a 3 hour flight where me & my window-seat neighbor (who, might I add – looked like a body builder #muscles #tookupmorespacethanheshouldhave) awkwardly avoided touching our arms together for 3 hours. I was THIS CLOSE to saying, “Hi sir, I know you don’t know me, but I’m really tired & just want to sleep. Can I nap on your arm that is bigger than this plane? Okay great thanks.”

3. Listening to music. I have learned that regular ear buds don’t quite communicate “hey don’t talk to me, I’m about to sleep.” below: not good enough

Note to self, it’s time to invest in some Bose over the ear headphones that appropriately communicate that you’re wanting silence & are about to nap. (pictured below) headphones2

4. Airplane mode on your phone…really? Does it matter? 😁

5. Occasional sneezing. Sorry folks, I’m not sick. It’s a little thing I like to call Texas allergies. I didn’t choose this life.

6. Reading a book & laughing out loud. Thanks Jen Hatmaker.

7. Skymall went bankrupt? Where else am I going to find the most absurd things that marketing agencies try to convince me I need to purchase (like ramps for cats, a pen that doubles as a doctor’s thermometer, squirrel decor, an umbrella for your pet, ridiculous dinosaur yard statues, & a life size R2D2)?

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not an average wednesday.

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Sometimes, my job is logistics, office work, email, & google docs. Other times, I find myself in a rural village holding my friend’s BRAND NEW BABY GIRL that she had that morning, hours before.

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I was in the area shooting video footage & decided to stop by & say hi to her family…totally not expecting for her to have had this sweet little girl hours before. What a joy to hold this little one for a few moments & to pray for her, her mama, & family. Processed with VSCOcam with m6 preset

I watched as the family members gathered around, looking at this baby girl. I watched grandma in the corner prepare a bucket of water to wash sheets & blankets that were used in the delivery. I also watched her delegate work & take care of the other little ones running around. I stood there, sweating in this home knowing that this little girl’s life mattered. I held her & looked at her tiny fingernails & her little lips & I know she is created in the image of God.

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But honestly, for a split second, I start to panic. I know there will probably be days where she doesn’t know where her next meal is going to come from or when she will get it. I know there will be days where she doesn’t have what she feels she needs. What is this little one’s hope? This little baby, hours old, out here is this rural village in Haiti, how will she handle the daily difficulties? And what about all the other kids, as there are many just like her.

And like the Lord softly whispers, “I see her. I see them. I see you.”

Tears welled up in my eyes as I began dwelling on the deep truth that I know this little one is seen by her Creator. Jen Hatmaker’s words from her book, For the Love, sums up my feelings beautifully:

If it isn’t also true for a poor single Christian mom in Haiti, it isn’t true. … Theology is either true everywhere or it isn’t true anywhere. This helps us untangle us from the American God Narrative and sets God free to be God instead of the My-God-in-a-Pocket I carried for so long. It lends restraint when declaring what God does or does not think, because sometimes my portrayal of God’s ways sounds suspiciously like the American Dream and I had better check myself. Because of the Haitian single mom. Maybe I should speak less for God.

The Gospel is the Gospel. The cross means the exact same thing for me as it does for my single Haitian mama friends. Jesus redefines absolutely everything & he is in the business of redemption. He is full of grace and truth. Friend & reader, God sees you. He is for you & he so very much wants to have a relationship with you. If you read about Jesus & are not buying it, I challenge you to start with the book of John & study who Jesus is. Ask questions. He is better than anything I could imagine & has radically transformed my mind, heart, & life. He is faithful & trustworthy.


Below are some screenshots from some of the video footage I captured. Life in a tent is incredibly difficult, but there is a joy that cannot be stolen.

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Summer Interns 2015

This summer, we had 35 incredible interns serving at MOH. These leaders grew, studied, prayed, laughed, built, painted, evangelized, discipled, and so much more. They ran hard & I truly believe the impact they had on people will last for generations & generations.

Below are some photos from our summer celebration party with our interns & our ti interns “junior interns”. Ti interns are young adults from our orphanage who were intentionally paired up with an intern for the summer. I have been so blessed to see the way these interns wonderfully filled the role of mentor, leader, & friend to these young adults. The Orphanage staff did an incredible job pioneering this program, & the growth & relationships that we’ve seen from it have been deeply encouraging.

Enjoy some photos from game night. It was a blast! The theme was “Boys vs. Girls” & the girls won! :)

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What fun memories with this incredible group of people! On their very last night, we had a huge ice cream party & it was awesome. Summer 2015 interns, you are all cherished & loved. Thank you for serving, loving, & laughing a lot! You have all made an eternal impact & represented Jesus well.

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An Unexpected Port Au Prince Adventure.

Going to Port Au Prince is always an adventure. One Friday this summer, my friend Elizabeth & I decided to run into town for some groceries & a quick lunch…or so we thought. Sometimes…a better adventure is just around the corner!

I always enjoy the sights on the drive to PAP. Turquoise staircases & hand painted signs everywhere are always lovely.

2-PAP daysand flowers…of course flowers.  3-PAP daysThen of course, there’s the grocery store itself. Below is [one of the] most expensive sections of the store. Imported fruits. See those beautiful strawberries up there? About $15-20 US. Blueberries too. Crazy expensive.  4-PAP daysAnd then there’s ice cream. The second most expensive section.   5-PAP daysFor lunch, we went to a lovely place tucked away in the middle of all these beautiful trees up in Petionville. 5b-PAP daysLook at this salad! Shrimp, tomato, avocado…delicious. 6-PAP daysAnd then on the drive home is where our unplanned adventure began. :) Our truck was overheating (because it’s Haiti & it’s hot & everything is overheated here) so our kind driver said we needed to pull over to be safe. So, we casually pull over next to a Salon/Repair Shop/Photocopy Center on the back streets of Delmas (PAP area).IMG_77229-PAP daysLaughing about it & embracing the unexpected adventure of the day, we documented with a selfie. 7-PAP daysWe then saw a shade tree & a bench directly across the street, so we hopped out of the car to sit in the shade. After sitting there a few minutes, we both started to faintly smell the divine scent of fresh bread. So in Creole, we started asking some women selling fruit beside us where the bread was made. Lucky for us, it was 3 buildings down from the place we broke down. So, we marched up to the little tucked away bakery, bought a loaf of freshly baked bread, & had a makeshift picnic under a shade tree while our replacement vehicle came to get us. 8-PAP days After we had eaten half of the bread, our driver said it would be better if we had it with avocado. We asked a few people walking by selling vegetables if they had any avocado & they didn’t. However, the precious women selling fruit beside us heard that we were looking for “zaboka” & they went and tracked some down! As soon as the woman arrived with the basket of avocados, the replacement vehicle showed up, & we had the second half of our picnic on the drive.

3 things I learned on our unexpected adventure:

  1. Freshly baked bread & avocado is a match made in heaven.
  2. I strongly suggest surrounding yourself with people who will search out the bakeries & have a picnic in the midst of the car breaking down. Take that lesson literally or figuratively…whatever you want. Find the fun in life…it’s there.
  3. Everyone needs more impromptu picnics. Don’t wait for your car to break down. Just pull the car over & enjoy!

Cheers to finding the joy in the daily adventures of life!

Summer 2015 Highlights.

Summer 2015 is officially my 3rd summer in Haiti! I’ve been here for the summers of 2012, 2014, & 2015 & can.i.just.say WOW. They’ve been FULL & they’ve been awesome. Below are some highlights & moments from this 2015 summer, enjoy!

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1-summer 2015There is talent abounding from my friends here at MOH.
ove watching them glorify God with their skills! 2-summer 2015Brittany was in Haiti for a month! We were all really excited about it. :)3-summer 2015Intern development. These 35 people are awesome. Loved Tuesday nights with them & our leadership getting to pour into them.4-summer 2015Sunday nights: A couple hundred people worshiping, hearing the Gospel, & hearing about what God is doing in Haiti. 5-summer 201520-summer 201526-summer 2015Caribbean rainstorms || total beauty.  24-summer 2015girls day in Port Au Prince6-summer 2015joyful guesthouse team & their cute matching7-summer 20154th of July: Haiti style.8-summer 201516-summer 201523-summer 2015 quiet moments filled with artsy things.10-summer 2015 11-summer 201527-summer 20159-summer 2015 12-summer 2015the sweetest birthday thanks to really thoughtful friends that go above & beyond to make a girl feel loved. from sunrise coffee & photo adventures, to an apartment decorated with notes from loved ones all over the world, to Office jokes, lunch overlooking the ocean, birthday cake, & countless notes & kind words…I am very grateful to have these people in my life & in my tribe. 13-summer 201517-summer 2015Leveque visits with Debus & his family. 14-summer 2015my home church came to Haiti, & my mom send homemade sugar cookies with them! I’ll be posting another blog full of photos from GFC’s trip to Haiti. There’s just too many to put in this one.  15-summer 2015Ladies night with the MOH staff women at Rosie’s. I’m extra thankful for ice cream, laughter, & friendships that spur one another on.18-summer 2015Grace: the instigator of all “Office” jokes. The above one is the classic “stapler in jello” prank & we loved every second of it. Grace, you are missed around here! Best of luck in Grad school, sweet friend. 19-summer 2015  quiet coffee moments in the midst of the messes. 21-summer 2015A basket FULL of keneps (the most delicious local fruit) from Mr. Wantously.22-summer 2015sodas of Haiti   25-summer 2015
In the middle of a busy guesthouse one morning, I look over & see Jean Marc praying over Amanda. I’m thankful for friends that point each other to Jesus.

What a wonderful summer it has been. I’m looking forward to sharing more stories from the past few months. Thanks for reading,


June 2015: Graduations in Haiti.

June has been filled with many great memories, but below are 2 specific moments that I will never forget.
I had the joy of going to 2 school graduations this month!

The first was the Leveque Kindergarten graduation, & it was extra special because Debus graduated! I could probably write about this for days, but I’ll keep it short: I am unbelievably proud of this kid & his family! It has been a joy to watch the Lord provide for him, & to see the community support him. I’m believing big things for this kid!

Kindergarten graduation is a HUGE celebration here in Haiti, & below are some fun photos from this joy-filled day!


anxiously awaiting his turn!

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below: this kid is dressed like a carrot for a short play!

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Elizabeth & some friends!

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below: friends who attend graduation ceremonies stick together! ha.
Elizabeth with her sponsor child, Sonson & me with Debus. What a joy to sponsor these friends.

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Ozanna is proud of her boy. Look at that proud mama look!


The second graduation was the High School Graduation at the School of Hope. 125 graduates walked the stage, & there was so much joy & excitement that filled the church. It was incredibly fun to see some of my friends included in those 125 faces. A local Village Champion, an employee’s daughter, friend’s nieces & nephews, & my beautiful friend Macline. Macline is no stranger to those of you who read my blog, & it was SO fun to celebrate this day with her. She is the first MOH orphanage child to graduate high school & she has dreams of becoming a lawyer to help the children of Haiti.

Below are some photos of this exciting time for these students & the Graduation Party for Macline!


above: beautiful Macline
below: Rachel & Katie. These women have been constant in Macline’s life & you can see how they are so proud of her!


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above: Mackenlove loved the graduation cakes!
below: Mr. Marc encouraging Macline & making some jokes, too.


above: a sweet time of prayer over Macline
below: lots of fun photos with friends!

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Thanks for reading!