Another summer soccer tourney in the S/E! Thanks to everyone for helping us pull this off with Heart to Heart Haiti and others.
The books are finished up for 2018. Thanks to everyone for another great year. Over 20K went directly to Haitian nurses, and teachers. (And an additional 20K went into the Haitian economy because of our trip there last year.)
There are so many things we want to do in the future. Thank you for partnering with us in this very complex endeavor. BTW, you know it's complex to work with folks a couple of thousand miles away, and a whole culture away, right? But, we're still at it!
The new healthcare clinic in Belle Anse, Haiti is progressing! MidAmerica Nazarene University is partnering with LQVE, and Heart to Heart, Haiti to make this project happen. Pray for the team of university students who are heading to Haiti this week!
The Story of LQVE is a night of art, worship music, and inspiration with Jonathan Foster and his friends, Wallace and Rachel Fa'agutu. All proceeds from tickets, artwork, and t-shirts will benefit LQVE. If you're in AZ, or in the southwest portion of the country, or really, just anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, put this on your calendar! Tickets at Eventbrite.com.
Deposits for July trip to Haiti are due Feb 1. $500 non-refundable. All payments can be conventiently made right through this website. The trip will be this summer, July 16-23. We're unsure of what we'll be doing project-wise, but we're sure of what we'll be doing the rest of the time... driving, bouncing around, sweating, playing games with children, eating super interesting food, seeing old friends, making new friends, taking cold showers, or no showers, working, and interacting with some of the most best people in the Caribbean! It will likely be the most interesting week of your life.
2018 is going to be a pretty great year for LQVE. We'll continue to support healthcare and education needs in S/E Haiti, and in a brand NEW venture, we're going to be investing in training to help develop ideas for businesses. It's a year-long training session by Haitians for Haitians that will teach entrepreneurial principles and practices. Healthcare, education and wealth creation. We couldn't be more excited about playing a small role in these three crucial areas. You have lots of places you can give as we approach the end of this year, but if you're undecided about who to invest in, consider being a part of the story. We'll need every dollar for 2018! Blessings!
We raised almost $4,000 on Giving Tuesday. Thank you! Meanwhile, some really important things are happening in Cascade Pichon, including our work with Heart to Heart International on providing leadership training for young entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Wealth and job creation is a huge deal in this part of the world. Stay tuned!
A few years ago, our oldest kid indicated she was feeling like she should prepare to be a medial missionary in a place like Cascade Pichon, Haiti. I thought lots of things, but one of them was, "Ha, I'm going to be spending the rest of my life helping her raise money." We would have been, of course, proud to help her do so.
And then, Jan 1, 2015, happened and she stepped into the heavenly dimension far sooner than any of us imagined. A bunch of very cool opportunites have come our way the last couple of years, but nothing quite like the invitation from my friend Steve Weber at Heart to Heart International who asked if we wanted to support the community of Cascade Pichon by supplying medicines, and hiring a full-time nurse. I thought lots of things, but one of them was, "Ha, I'm going to be spending the rest of my life helping raise money for this."
And so the story goes.
There are lots of places to give these days. Don't stop giving somewhere else, but if you feel led, setup your account at the GIVE section of our Be A Part of the Story page to support the ongoing work LQVE is doing in S/E Haiti. You just never know where life is going to lead...
There are currently three trips being planned for 2018... a Spring Break trip in March, a nursing trip in May, and a Summer trip, July 16-23. None of the trips are easy, simple, convenient, or particularly cheap. You'll be hot, someone on the team will probably get sick, you'll eat food your digestive system hasn't experienced before, there won't be warm showers, you may not have running water, there will be little to no wi-fi, or electricity, or comforts of home. And... it will probably be the best week of your life. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love this picture. It's just a reminder of how we're attempting to use the game of soccer to do life with our friends in Haiti. We're really not trying to fix anything, or save anyone. The truth is, we realize we need as much fixing and saving as the Haitians! We're simply trying to enter into life with them, and in the process trust that Love is saving all of us.
Trent, Kalyn, Kendriana, Rose, Kara, Marcel, Llamar, Chris, and Cara just got back from the most recent LQVE trip to Haiti! They were there with Shay Foster for a week playing soccer, hacky sack, hanging out with kids, painting, teaching, playing more hacky sack, in the ocean, driving all over S/E Haiti, seeing old friends, making new friends, playing more soccer, teaching nursing skills and more! So much work, and yet they look so happy! Funny how that works.
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord, Jesus, when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed you are our glory, and joy." A verse Paul wrote to his Thessalonian friends, and a verse every parent could write to their children. 23 years ago today, Johnna and I officially became parents. It's been quite the life. I give a thought about parenting, and Jesus, HERE. Our son, Shay, is in Haiti now. That's a pretty good way to spend his sister's birthday. He'll be joined by 8 others next week doing work there. Blessings to all of you who've been leaning into LQVE with us. Graves aren't dead ends, they're corridors to heaven.
Haiti is a couple of thousand miles from my home. I started going there to be good news, but the truth is, there are many things within the Haiti way of life that wind up being good news for me.
If you watch and listen, Haiti makes clear the things that are wrong with our social body. If we want to be converted as a society we have to be with people who are marginalized. It's how we find out what's wrong with our body.
If the rich are truly with the poor,
If the powerful are truly with the marginalized,
If those who are full are truly with the hungry,
Then everyone experiences Good News.
Our next trip to S/E Haiti happens July 18 this summer! Pray or donate if you feel led. So many good things are happening!