Tuesday, July 5, 2011


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Kay Guiton

July 5, 2011

Mark and Sandra invited me to come spend the week at Guiton with them and help them prepare for the next team that is coming on Saturday. I came down last night just in time to celebrate Samy’s birthday. I met Samy 14 years ago on my first trip to Haiti. It seems like it was just yesterday! Samy grew up in the orphanage in St. Ard and left several years ago. I had lost contact with him till last summer when I met up with him in Guiton where he was working with the teams that come down. He was all grown up! He survived the earthquake of 2010 and had been living in a tent in Port au Prince. He now is living at the Mission House in Guiton where he works with groups that come from all over the US. He has really turned out to be an impressive young man who is serving the Lord. I am glad we were able to reconnect last summer!

I am enjoying my time here in Guiton so much! I have a fabulous room with a view! Sandra says it makes me a brat but I know she loves me! It is quiet here and very relaxing. This morning Mark asked me if I wanted to change Mr. Dwet’s (a.k.a. Mr. Finger) dressing. He is a man in the village who while working in his garden has had many accidents where he has cut off finger tips. His nickname is Mr. Finger. Yesterday was no exception. He chopped off the tip of his middle finger on his right hand. I got to wash the wound and change his bandages. We told him if he didn’t get better soon we would just go ahead and cut off the whole arm!!!!

After lunch I walked up the road with Markenzie and checked on Levona. She is an elderly woman in the village who was badly burned the other day when a kerosene lamp turned over on her. Mark took Sandra on a date to Cabaret and sent me to wash her burns, reapply ointment and change her sheets. She is a dear precious lady. Her burns are quite severe. She told me this morning Jesus came to see her and it wouldn’t be long. My prayers are that Levona doesn’t suffer anymore. She is a widow who lives alone and has no family. Her neighbors are doing the best they can to help care for her.

In between my two medical jobs today I put together bedding bundles for the team that is coming on Saturday. We have a big job ahead of us to get the house clean and all of the beds made. I hear barbeque is on the menu for dinner! Planning to watch the sun set over the sea from my balcony tonight. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.

July 2, 2011: Little Minds, Big Thoughts

This morning my godson Kimbly came to visit and decided he wanted to spend the day with me. I was super excited because I think he is just one of the cutest kids in the world! Not that I am biased or anything. This would work well for his dad since his mom is sick and Jonas had to play for some services at Convention today. Jonas and I arranged for me to bring Kimbly to the service that night.
Joining us for the day was Daniel, one of the newest kids to the orphanage. I am not very sure of his story and where he comes from other then his family is from Gonaives. He has stuck pretty close to me since I arrived. He is a smart boy I tell ya…So anyways about lunch time Kimbly was ready to go home. The conversation proceeded like this…
Kimbly: Maren (godmother in Kreyol) I want my dad. When is he coming back?
Daniel (before I could say anything) Oh Kimbly when you come here your dad doesn’t ever come back.
Me: Oh Kimbly your dad will get you at church tonight.
I then really didn’t know what to say to Daniel.

As the day progressed and I reflected on the earlier conversation I began to wonder what had went through Daniel’s mind earlier that day as Jonas and Kimbly rode up on a motorcycle. They came in the kitchen where Daniel and I already were getting ready to eat breakfast. Jonas and I exchanged some small talk and then he left. What went through Daniel’s mind as Jonas left on the motorcycle? I don’t know and I guess I never will but I do know this: Daniel took Kimbly under his wing on Saturday. He treated him with respect, kindness, and gentleness. Daniel was compassionate. He showed Kimbly the ropes. He treated others the way he would want to be treated. Daniel was a role model and showed me what a Christian looks like. Do we reach out to the new? The lost? The confused? Do we help those in need when we come across them? Are we showing Christ to those around us?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Here and there and everywhere!

I made it! I am in Haiti! I arrived late Monday evening as my flight from Miami was delayed due to lightening. I got to Pastor's house around 7:30 and had a fabulous dinner of fried chicken and plantains! So much for my diet plan...anyway the first few days have been mostly about settling in, catching up with some old friends, and resting.

Friday, I went with Grace to the clinic to see a doctor. She hadn't been feeling well for a few days: fever, aches, sneezing...the works. She was given an antibiotice and some vitamins and seems to be doing much better today!

In the afternoon yesterday I went with a group from Alabama to a tent city not too far from where we are. It was built and organized by a different organization and since then Phyllis and her groups have been doing a lot to support it. We went with familiy bags of rice and beans and some clothing. I was sure we would be mobbed with what we had when we got there but the people amazed me. We went door to door passing out the supplies and the people waited calmly for us to arrive at their home. There was no pushing, no shoving, no fighting, just calmness and peace as we distributed.

Several other translators and I were talking about what we saw that day. One said to me when I come here it amazes me just how much God has blessed me, and I ask myself why me...

Sunday, June 5, 2011


So, here it is just 2 short weeks before I leave for Haiti. I am so excited about my trip I can hardly stand it! 5 more student days, 1 teacher workday and then 2 days of in-service training, 2 days to spend with friends and then a weekend at my grandparents before I get to enjoy Teem, pates, spaghetti with ketchup and eggs, rice and beans, keneps, my friends, my Haitian family, the children at the orphanage, Mama Miss, Mark and Sandra, the craziness of the roads, the heat, the smells, the sights...so much fun to look forward to!

Yet deep down inside there is an incredibly sad and anxious part of my trip. Missing the next 2 months of Lucas, Paislee Kate, and Vivian...tough. How much will they grow, what will they be able to do, what will I miss of their firsts? 2 months without seeing my friends, no girls nights out, no Supper Club, no mall trips, no CBC at Tiffany's...tougher. 2 months without my family...no multiple phone calls daily to my mom, no long conversations with my dad about all the problems in my life, no hanging out at Lori's. Missing family cookouts and weekend trips to my grandparents...the toughest by far.

I ask for your prayers of protection while I am away. I ask for your prayers of peace and comfort as I will miss the things here. I ask for prayers of productivity that I may accomplish the things the Lord has planned for me. I ask for prayers of strength as Haiti is no easy place to live. I ask for prayers of good health. I ask for prayers for my family as I think they will miss me too!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Travelling Again Soon and Fire at the Mission Center

It won't be long til I will be back on the road again and heading to Haiti for the summer! I will be flying into Port au Prince on June 20th and spending 8 weeks working at the orphanage and assisting various work camps that will be coming. God is continually blessing me with opportunities to travel to Haiti and serve him. Please pray for God's protection over me this summer as well as for many opportunities to share his love with others.

God has been faithful in protecting the children and workers that live at the Mission Center. Last night we had a fire on the compound that could have been a lot worse than it was. Some of the workers were burning out a large bees' nest that was underneath a semi-trailer that was being used for storage of tools and building materials. The fire got out of control and reached some flammable liquids that were stored in the trailer. The trailer was quickly engulfed in flames. The team that is in Haiti now along with help from the communities used water from the showers to begin putting the fire out. Shortly after the fire began rain began to fall and finished the "fireman's" job. While all supplies and tools that were stored in the trailer were lost we are praising God that no one was seriously hurt and all of the children are fine.

However I would ask that you be in prayer for the sister organization that lost all of their tools and materials as they work to replace them.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

Today was fun. I left this morning with Cheznel, my driver and we went to a town called Montrouis (pronounced mow-wee). My non-relative relative is there for 2 weeks working with an eye doctor. Her name is Shelley. She is a mid-wife from Hickory, NC. Her aunt married my dad’s uncle. We laughed because we had each been telling others about our non-relative relative. It was fun to meet her and visit with the other people on her team. They were a hoot!

On our way back we stopped at Wahoo Bay Beach and had a lovely lunch of cheesy conch and French fries.

In the evening I had a massage from KK. She is coming back tomorrow evening to work out some more kinks in my neck and arms. The massage was nice, however, she used a lotion that starts out cool and then becomes hot as you use it, so by the time I went to bed I was so hot I could hardly breathe!