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April 21, 2019

A week ago I (Jillian) returned from Haiti...and boy do I miss it already...

The sunshine.

The pineapple.

The continuous sounds of the busy streets. 

Speaking Creole.

The practice of going down with the sun.

Did I say pineapple already?

And of course the people. My Haitian fa...

February 7, 2019

We were graciously greeted and invited to sit down in the weathered white plastic chairs circled in the dirt yard as we unexpectedly arrived just before meal time.  I introduced myself to everyone and found a place to sit down.  A daughter was serving the meal of beans...

October 24, 2018

About 3 years ago, I began training the staff of Emmaus House, as well as others who work with children in Haiti, on trauma informed care.   I saw a great need for understanding trauma, its effects on the brain, and teaching practical ways to help these children.  As u...

October 22, 2018

In life we all make mistakes. Mistakes made by careless error. Mistakes made by a lack of understanding. Mistakes made by bad choices. Mistakes made simply because we are human. And although mistakes often lead to unfavorable consequences, the hope is that by the grace...

August 29, 2018

My son Jake is in the “Why” phase of life. He is the most curious 3 years old ever, and he wants to know “why” about everything. 

Why are our eyes different colors?

Why are the dinosaurs gone?

Why is my body full of blood?

I mean seriously, Jake’s brain is full of wonder a...

August 15, 2018

I just returned from my semi-annual trip to Haiti.  Every time I go, I learn ways we can improve the work of Emmaus House and I am always greatly encouraged by the impact that is being made as I see the growth in so many of our youth.   Jhonny and Jackenson, who just m...

July 9, 2018

When I know my close friends or family are traveling, I will sometimes ask them to bring back a rock for me.  I have a grey one from Mars Hill where Paul preached, a tiny black one from where William Wallace died, a whole jar full of them…but there is one in particular...

June 20, 2018

There is a well-known African proverb that says, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire nation.” 

If you grew up like me, with the privilege of a free education and equal opportunities for both girls and boys al...