Friday, June 23, 2017

Second team

The dental team saw many interesting cases: extra teeth, adults who still had baby teeth, long skinny roots, twisty roots, crumbly teeth, infections, some pretty good teeth and one lady with a partial set of false teeth.

Dental clinic with a view!
While folks waited in the morning I spoke to them about some general health issues. I also consulted a dad with a 5 year old with sickle cell, a couple patients with wounds, a 2-year old with fever, and a pregnant mom with stomach aches. Cory helped with the education part or construction as I continued to translate and assist the dentist.

The team also presented the gospel message to those who came and the people who could read received some reading material and everyone received toothbrushes and toothpaste.

One day Cory, Stephen and some of the Haitian men went to our house site and finalized the location as well as where the access road will run. Another day Cory went with Leon to see the nearest village where he lives.

Anna enjoyed the company of the team which included 3 teens. She helped some with the future team housing construction as well as spending time cleaning dental instruments.

New Creole words learned:
   booyah = fog
   pok = numb
   pressyon = pressure

Team praying with those who decided to follow Jesus

Construction continues during clinic

Trip to Village:

 Riding part of the way on our quad it took less than an hour to get to the "village". Cory tried the mangos and they are sweet and tart, good flavor but have thin skin, are stringy and tend to get wormy. Some of the Florida mango varieties we have may be a big improvement. 

The corn was growing well, some taller than Cory, and bean harvest was starting. He saw a few coffee trees loaded with beans but there are only a few and not many types of fruit. Only mango and avocado are common.

Rocky stretch of road

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dé and dental teams

Monday we headed back to Délice.

We were able to get our quad runner up to Délice.

Anna and I did a lot of laughing and bonding during our 16 mile trip up the mountain.

Tuesday a 'Vision' team came, so I helped with a bit of school while the gals' Dad went to pick up the team.

We are learning along with the team about the area, Together We Can current ministries, and the future dreams.

Cory did more planting with one of the local workers and hired another person to plant a big sack of sweet potato cuttings in a bean field that has wind-stunted beans.

Wednesday we joined the team with some pastoral teaching. Each pastor in addition to some training received a new Creole New Testament and a Konsey book.

[Thursday] This morning Anna joined the team to help build new team housing while Cory and I planted some trees.

This afternoon Cory and I walked with one of the local men, talking about and marking the access road to our house site. Hope to confirm tomorrow [this coming week] and start contracting a crew.

Anna continued to work on the house and enjoy being with the team.

Tomorrow is more of the same and this team will leave on Saturday.

We will stay with the girls while Stephen brings the team to the airport and picks up a Dental team coming for a week of clinics.

Due to internet is now Sunday and this hasn't been posted yet.

Friday we went with the team to the Agape Houses and saw the children. I returned with one of the team and we did heights, weights and a mini-exam on the children. Saw two cases of pink eye and a few colds.

In the afternoon we all helped with the team housing construction.

Saturday Anna, I and the girls cleaned the house for the team and Cory planted in the morning. In the afternoon Anna stayed with the girls while Cory and I walked and more clearly flagged the potential route of our new driveway and marked where the house will likely sit.

Last night a dental team arrived, so this morning we set up and saw about 10 patients. I assisted to help and learn more about teeth.

The internet cable was worked on so we pray it continues to work better.

Tomorrow will likely be a much busier day.

Last week we had a couple cold, rainy afternoons so please pray for good weather.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Délice May Tree/plant list.

Cory's focused on getting trees and plants established as fast as possible at Délice because the rainy season is now.

Because the Wesleyan land is not fenced in and is being grazed by the local people's cattle, he is focusing at this time on the neighbor's property.

This will provide seed and cuttings [propagation material] for our location as well as for nursery stock  when we are ready for them, hopefully within the next year.

List of plants and trees already planted on Together We Can property. Also checking samples of over 20 kinds of old garden seeds, 2014/2015 for germination. Some sprouted before we left.
    Plants brought to Délice and planted in May:
    apple seedlings
    abrico (mamey)
    avocado seedlings and ‘Donni’
    bamboo- running makinoi and 4 types of clumping bamboo
    banana: Apple, Ceylon/Mysore, FHIA-1,2?,3, 17?, 25, dwf. cavendish, cardaba, kru, raja puri, dwf. red, resistant poban, misi luki, kandarian.
    barbados cherry
    blackberry jam fruit
    black sapote
    canistel/eggfruit - jaun d’ouef
    chayote - militon
    Cory is  in the middle of this picture,  planting. 
    goji berry
    jaboticaba ‘red'
    jack fruit - fwi jak/jaka
    java plum or rumberry
    jelly palm
    lychee ‘Hak ip'
    malay apple - pom dlo/pom malazi
    mandarin - Jacmel? seedling
    mango: choc annon, lancetilla, florigon, malika, nam dok mai, rosalie
    miracle fruit
    peach palm
    pepino dulce
    sapodilla - sapoti
    spanish lime - kenip
    Uvalia (two types, like a sour guava that makes excellent juice)
    velvet apple - pom vlou
  • Incan root crops: ulluco, oca, yacon, mashua 

    Other forages or greens:
    edible hibiscus
    elephant grass
    forage peanut

various ornamentals

Delice Land

Last month Cory walked the boundaries of the Dèlice land, while the local groundskeepers set in some stakes.

After that Cory and I walked part of the land and put plastic flagging on bushes by the border stakes so we could easier see the boundaries.

Still hard due to the scrub bushes on the land so we returned yet again. This time I stood on one ridge with the camera. Thankfully Cory wore a light blue shirt so that I could see him easier.

He then would locate the ground stake, raise his hat over his head and let me take pictures.

Plans for June.

We head back next week to help the neighbors with a couple teams, a vision team and then a dental team. Anna and I hope to learn a bit of dentistry so we can be a better help in emergencies.

Cory will continue to plant and plan. Other than scrubby bushes there are no trees on the Wesleyan land.

Will post in another blog a list of trees and plants that Cory has already planted up at Délice. I think you will be impressed!

We hope to get some stakes down where we would like to put the house. This will allow us to hire a crew to start digging the hole for the water cistern. This needs to be done ASAP so that we can benefit from this year's rainy season.

In addition to the cistern project we hope to get the 'driveway' started so supplies can be brought to the building site.

Please be praying specifically for these first steps to develop the Dèlice property.

We will continue to  build as funds become available.  Remember by clicking the 'Dèlice' tab at the top of the blog you can get an update on where the funding stands.

We know that starting a new area of ministry will take a lot of prayer support and protection.

I've already spent time praying over the land.

House site. We love the view!

Please help us to expand our prayer team by sharing requests with your church, friends, family, small groups.

You can also share our contact information with folks who pray. If they would like to receive e-mail/mailed updates from us directly please let us know. Thank you!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Week back at Fauche!

Costa Rica peach palm from seed collected spring of '14

On June 2 we headed back home only to leave again on the 3rd to visit some friends and have family time. From the top of the mountain to the bottom...I shed 3 layers of long sleeve t-shirts/hoodie.

Fachue is hot and steamy! Summer weather is upon us as we pray for a calm hurricane season of June through November.

On the way back home on Sunday afternoon we picked up a friend of Anna's who's spending the week with us.  The girls shadowed Dr. Winik the dentist on Monday [Anna found out that she doesn't do well with teeth pulling] and a Haitian doctor on a few cases.

Cory has been busy with the yard, and getting ready to install a fence to protect the garden side of the mission campus. While we were gone the district made good progress on a security wall on the street side of campus.

More peach palm and other fruit trees
I've mostly worked on office and paperwork but did take some time to pull weeds in the nursery. Today I started working on physical therapy advice to translate into Creole and add to the Konsey book.

A wall or fence is needed to improve security enough so that night watchmen can be hired to help the clinic watchman.

Today Cory walked to the gardens beyond the river.

Peanut plants baking in the sun
Sadly the peanut crop in the sandy river bed is drying up (those that didn't get washed away earlier), and most of the area gardens are starting to suffer from a few weeks without rain after a very wet spring. July and August are usually the driest months here.

Peach palms are growing but turn yellow in the strong summer sun.  Those in partial shade from bigger trees are still green but even the ones in good, moist soil look yellow this time of year. Once they get big they turn dark green.

The Fauche mangos are between crops but we are enjoying velvet apples from a tree Cory planted. They aren't very sweet or flavorful but the tree is productive and the fruit is unique and plesant to eat. The texture seems somewhere between very ripe apple and baked potato.

Velvet apple
Tomorrow Cory needs to go to Limbe and will get more planting material for Delice.