WELCOME to the Lifeline Haiti Blog

WELCOME to the Lifeline Haiti Blog
(TO SEE OUR WEB SITE CLICK ON THE ABOVE PICTURE) Lifeline Haiti and Bridges of Hope exists to promote poverty relief and community empowerment within nations of the world. This mission is achieved in cooperation with Governments, donor organizations and individuals. Implementation is accomplished in cooperation with local business & Spiritual Leaders, individuals, & indigenous organizations within the region of operation and by building the capacity of these partners. The goal is to build the assets of these partners to become sustainable and reproducing agents and transition from beneficiaries to benefactors.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Where does the time go!!

Just a short note to reflect on the week. I will have pictures posted from the trip next week. Our director of operations brother in law passed away last week and his funeral was on Sun. afternoon. He was Sister Placides brother, a high school teacher. He was 40 yrs. old and died of complications from liver problems. There was well over 600 people at the funeral. I find the people here are so expressive with their grieving with wailing, fainting, & loud cries of sorrow. He will be missed.
We were not able to get to the outlying schools because of the high rivers with the rains that we have been getting this week. The exhilaration of joy expressed by the children at the schools that we did visit was breathtaking. HAND OF PROTECTIONS: We went to Port au Prince on Wednesday and something that I have never seen in my times in Haiti occurred on the road between Jacmel and the turn off to PAP. About one hour after we went through one of the villages in the mountain on the way to PAP the police were there to arrest a local man. As they took him away the community was very upset so they set up a road block with large rocks and trees and stopped all traffic on the highway. When vehicles came up to the roadblock they smashed out the windows with rocks. The UN was called in to put out the fuse and by the time we came back through all was calm. Parts of the road block was still up but there was a path to get through and the large crowd that was there didn't do anything to cause damage to our vehicle or ourselves. This is very unusual, especial for the south region of Haiti. We thank God for His Hand of Protection.
On Thursday night we had a meeting that Dr. Tiffany from Canada bringing together organizations that are working in the Jacmel area. This was a start to have organization to get to know what each other is doing and how we can network to be more effective.
I fly out Sat. afternoon and back in the Hat Sunday afternoon. Thank you to each that have made the work in Haiti possible with your financial support and your prayers. There is still so much to be done. Thank you for making a difference.... one child at a time... Bob & Linda

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Arrived Haiti

I met up with Larry and his daughter Jorie in Fort Laudardale and we arrived safely at our destination in Jacmel, Haiti this afternoon. We stopped to check out the construction of our Port au Prince school (Diquinni) before heading south to Jacmel.
Today I have mixed emotions as I am exited about our trip into Haiti and seeing all the children and our staff at our 23 schools but today were funerals of some very special friends from Swift Current and a friend that use to live in Swift. Alice and Lillian Ruest were such special friends of ours for many years. They supported several children in our projects in Haiti and always had their home open to us as they bathed us with love every time we stopped by. They will be so missed. I am so glad I got a chance to have a visit with them a couple of days before their auto crash. They were the salt of the earth. Also another good friend who lived in Swift when we were there before moving to Cambridge Bay where Mel and Jan would host us when we went up to minister in the North. Mel was a precious brother. One day we will be together again in Glory. Our condolences to their families as they will be so missed.

As you probably saw my schedule over the last couple of months has been very hectic but very fruitful. We are so great full for all those that have helped make a difference in the lives of the children of Haiti. Watch for updates later this week..... Bob & Linda