Photo above by Ron Holt
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Photo above by Ron Holt
Thursday, February 17, 2011
As in the US, farming policy is a big deal in Haiti. The video above is part of a local Haitian effort to encourage local food consumption. The idea is to buy traditional foods from Haitian farmers, rather than imported rice from the US. Better for the economy, and better tasting, based on the menu items listed in the song.
Thank you to Ben and Lexi for sharing this video and the translation of the lyrics from Creole!
Give us local food to eat
We want to eat local food
Monday, what we want : Corn and beans, vegetables
Tuesday, what we want : Manioc, sweet potatoes, breadfruit, yams and sauce
Wednesay, what we want : Sorghum, beans, meat sauce and fresh juice
Thursday, what we want : Tonm tonm [a dish made with okra], uncle tonm tonm…
Friday, what we want : White corn, fish and avocado
Saturday, what we want : Soup with goat meat, black beans, dumplings and crab
And Sunday? Local rice, local chicken, plantains… yes!
Elders agree? Yes!
Even children agree? Yes!
Farmers agree? Yes!
The government agrees? Yes!
Haiti, stand up! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
In the US, most kids have an overflowing roomful of stuffed animals, plastic toys, dolls, trucks, cars, and on and on. In Haiti, most kids we saw barely had shoes that fit them properly, let alone any commercially made toys. But lack of pre-manufactured toys did not prevent any of the kids from playing.
Flat pebbles became tiny balls to toss, spin, and catch. Sand became a chalk board to trace pictures in. Human backs became a jungle gym to climb up to the top of. Pieces of tent tarp, some string and a couple of sticks became kites to fly in the breeze. An empty plastic oil jug and a length of rope became a wagon to pull a little brother in. A discarded plastic bag with some holes poked into it became a super-hero mask to scare a neighbor with. A broken bike wheel with the spokes removed became a hula-hoop to balance and roll. A baseball cap became a coveted object for a game of keep-away.
I was particularly delighted to watch Robbie play with some kids at the tent city that we visited. Not only did they not need any toys, they also didn't need any shared language! One of the boys introduced the idea of playing with the pebbles first, tossing one tentatively up and down in his hand and glancing over at Robbie. Robbie responded to the invitation by picking up his own pebble, and giving it a flick to spin in before he caught it again. One of the other kids jumped in to intercept the pebble from Robbie's hand, giving it his own attempt at a spin. Other kids joined in, picking up their own and showing off their skills, adding juggling to the repertoire. The kids looked on expectantly, watching Robbie scoop up a handful of dusty pebbles in his baseball cap. What is he thinking? What is he doing? They erupted into squeals and giggles when he placed that cap (pebbles and all!) right onto his head. That day was very hot, and I'm sure some of the kids' stomachs were empty, but at that moment, none of that seemed to matter. At that moment they were just playing. And I love that.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Would you consider supporting us in prayer or financially? The total cost of the trip for both of us $2100 (that's $1050 each). We would love to exceed that goal, so that we can offer more financial support directly to the ministries of La Croix Mission. You can make a donation by clicking here, through Church of the Holy Spirit's website. Just click on "Guest Transaction," and designate your gift by writing "Haiti Mission--Robbie and Irene Pruitt," under "Other."
Saturday, February 5, 2011
- For the people of Haiti, that God would meet their every need and restore the country
- For team unity, discernment and wisdom
- For protection against accidents, sickness and disease, and for travel mercies
- That God would change our hearts through this experience, drawing us closer to Jesus, as more obedient followers of Him
- For Godly encounters, in which we can be witnesses, and impart the love and grace of Jesus to those we meet
- For protection against discouragement and distraction
- For each team member's fundraising efforts, that they meet or exceed their goal.