All of you have heard about Hurricane Matthew. It is the 3rd strongest Hurricane on record to hit Haiti. Devastation is the only word to describe what has happened. We have been in contact with Lophane (the man with the white cap on the cover of Homes for Jubilee) and he has been in contact with a few of the places we work.
On October 7 I will leave to join a small team to access the needs of the people. I will not have time to get a haircut before I leave. Do you think my Haitian brothers and sisters will mind?
People are often asking me where help is needed in Haiti and where they can donate. The answer to the first question is all over and I have no list of every place help is needed in Haiti.
Click on this link 2016-06-18-You can be a missionary
It provides information concerning things I am working on or things which my associates are working on. It is 6 pages long. As one pastor said, “Everything is needed, but only a few will read this “book” to the end.” Over the next several months, I will break out sections into bite sized pieces and send them out.
Meanwhile, If you are involved with a church or organization, go to the last paragraph and follow those directions.
After several years of development work and field trials, Homes for Jubilee has been published. At this time I wish to thank all of have helped make this possible, even the man who calls me Don Quixote because he believes I have taken on an impossible task.
Here is the back cover.
It is available at Amazon.com and shortly will be available on line at BarnesandNoble.com
The trip was long and hard and I got home a few minutes after midnight on Easter morning. Judy had me up and I made the 8:00 am service (she was singing). The pastor did not complain about my snoring.
Finally I got my report written. Since It was so long, I broke it into 3 reports. Part of the time during March was doing forensic analyses of two sites which had this kind of problem. My team learned one thing during those inspections. When I said, “Look up.” they should run.
Report 1 which covered everything except for Jubilee and the Faith Lutheran Orphanage in Gonaives. 2016-05-10-Concrete Report – March trip- Everything else
Report 2 covered the work in Jubilee. 2016-05-16-Concrete Report – March trip- Jubilee
Report 3 covered the work at Faith Lutheran Orphanage in Gonaives 2016-05-17-Concrete Report – March trip- The Orphanage
The Video identified as Candice 0 shows the pouring of the slab for the Candice Dominguez Dormitory at the Faith Lutheran Orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti. Candice has been to the orphanage many times and is greatly loved. Currently she is fighting stage 3 breast cancer. Wheelbarrows were available, but the team preferred to move the concrete with buckets.
The Candice 1 video shows orphans carving Candice’s initials in the slab and signing their names with help from Lophane Laurent who makes our work in Haiti possible.
The Candice 2 video shows the results of the orphans handy work.
First off, it is not for everyone. Some people can do more good by staying at home.
To make the commitment like I do, or like Helen Roenfeldt, you must have a special family supporting you. The link below takes you to an article which Helen wrote. Before you get talked into going, or before you talk yourself into going, read the article and pray for guidance.
2016-04-18-Short term missions-Is it for you
Between now and June 5, Candice Dominguez and I will be giving a presentation concerning our work in Haiti at three churches, Kerrville, TX, Harlingen, TX, and Uvalde, TX. If you are interested, click on a link below.
2016-04-15-Learn about Haiti – Trinity
2016-04-15-Learn about Haiti – Hosanna
2016-04-19-Learn about Haiti – St Paul – Halringen
If you would like us to present to your church or group, let us know and we will see if we can make the arrangements.
Concrete can be made with sea water and the chlorides will not harm it, it it will harm the steel that is in the concrete and associated with the concrete. This photo is of a ceiling which is deteriorating due to the use of brackish, yet drinkable, water when it was installed about 15 years ago. The rebar broke when I touched it.
Attached is a report which addresses why this is a serious problem.
2016-04-06-Chlorides and rebar
Made it home. The trip was long, hard, successful, and had some very delightful experiences. I’m running behind in getting everything down in my daily log of the trip. It is currently 35 pages long.
On the trip we had Helen Roenfeldt, Scott Conover, Dave Vangsness and myself, as well as the Haitian team of Lophane, Noel, Benjamin. Bazole, and Roshnel. We are training a crew from Jubilee to build ultra-low-cost earthquake- and hurricane-resistant homes.
Over the next several days I need to write a several reports. Besides the main report, there will be a report on two orphanages were I was able to break half inch rebar with my hands. Apparently I am much stronger than I thought I was. Can you picture the thoughts which went through my head when I broke the rebar that was keeping the concrete above my head from collapsing?
On the flight from Dallas to San Antonio, I was upgraded to first class, but missed out on the first class experience because I slept through it. They had to wake me up in San Antonio so I could deplane, and kept wanting to know if I wanted a wheelchair.
Now, I need someone to keep me awake during the sermon this morning. Judy will be singing in the choir. Craig Cannon says that if he mentioned my need to some of my granddaughters (a plethora of young ladies have adopted me as their grandpa) at least one would bring me a pillow and another would tell the pastor to speak softer so as not to disturb me.
I suspect I will not get the Sunday paper read today.
Within a day or two, I will post the first of several reports on this trip.