Landing in Haiti: Not What I Expected

Really short post today straight out of my Haiti journal. It was my first time to land in Port au Prince this past January. As we descended through a very overcast, gray sky, I caught my first glance of this island. Strangely, I wasn’t surprised at what I saw. It could have been one of … Continue reading

She Wrote Her Name on My Hand: Haiti

I was the last of our group to enter the construction site. We were led there by the pastor’s wife, Esther, who felt Holy Spirit was telling her to visit this home. Although the owners of the property were not available, there were a couple of men mixing concrete by hand and fashioning them into … Continue reading

Haiti’s Cuisine

One of the things I was eagerly anticipating was trying some new food while in Haiti. I figure I am fairly adventurous and was hoping that we would be able to enjoy some Haitian fare. Due to the schedules we were keeping, our breakfasts were simple (eggs – sometimes fried, sometimes boiled; fresh bread – … Continue reading

First Impressions: Haiti

The grit of Haiti’s landscape is still beneath my fingernails. The memories are vivid. Perhaps there will be a series of posts of what I think of Haiti, our trip and the work we’ve accomplished there, the people and various things I’ve learned (am learning) from this most recent trip. First Impressions: Senses: Having paid … Continue reading


A friend turned me on to this poem by Rudyard Kipling recently. In this recent season of life, I find it fitting and encouraging. So, if, like me, you haven’t read “If” by Kipling, may this be an encouragement to you today: IF If you can keep your head when all about you     Are … Continue reading

Traveling to Haiti, January 2015

Mark is traveling to Canaan, Haiti January 2015: Would you prayerfully consider joining a team of financial supporters in enabling Mark to visit Haiti, January 28-February 3, 2015? Mark hopes to join a team from his church, Mission Point Community Church, in the journey to support Pastor Moise and his church in their evangelism efforts … Continue reading

Letting the Ink Speak for Itself

I have four tattoos. Two are related to my family and two are related to my faith. Both faith related tats are in foreign languages: Thai and Khmer. They have become conversation starters – primarily with other people who have ink, but not necessarily always so. Let me relate a story from today that demonstrates … Continue reading

Dreams, Nightmares: Peace & Terror

Dreams are intriguing events. There is a lot of speculation about how and why we dream, have nightmares, experience night terrors, and feel the strong emotions we do, when we dream. Some people, like my wife, dream often – almost nightly. Others, like myself, rarely recall any dreams at all. And perhaps that is why … Continue reading

This New Life Means a Whole New World

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was … Continue reading