2 Haiti 4 Him

The Heckman family serving the Lord in Haiti at Emmaus Biblical Seminary

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Better Late Than Never

I know what you're gonna say... its been four months since my last blog! Sorry guys.... I've been slacking a little ;)

But hey, better late than never, am I right??

I guess I have to go back quite a bit, lets go back to Christmas.

As some of you know we had our Haitian Christmas as normal...

We did a Christmas chapel service and even had a Photobooth this year!


The students seemed to enjoy it :)


Not only did we get to have our own little Christmas in Haiti, but we also went back to the States this year to celebrate Christmas with our whole family for the first time in 5 years! 

For months I had been praying that I would see snowfall during our short two weeks in the US....

You have no idea how excited I was to wake up to seeing the sky full of flurries... I was absolutely freezing but it was worth it!

Even though there was literally only an inch on the ground, Ethan and I still went sledding :)

Our time in the US this Christmas was so precious. Getting to be a part of all the holiday fun with our family was wonderful. 


It was also wonderful seeing Ethan. We said goodbye to him in early August, and didn't see him again until we came home on December 19th. Not only did we just see him for those two weeks we were in New Jersey, but he also came back and spent two weeks with us in Haiti!

We kept it a surprise, so his friends were ecstatic to see him. 


Ethan and I had fun just talking and laughing together. We also have a new addition to the kids little "playground", that being this trampoline. Ethan had a blast as you can see :)

Unfortunately our two weeks with Ethan ending pretty quickly, we miss him already. He is doing college classes at Cumberland County College and living with Nana and Papa (in case anyone was wondering!)

We also had two lovely young ladies stay with us, Maddy and Amy! Maddy is a nutritionist, so she got to go to our little clinic down the road and do little seminars on nutrition. Amy came to help wherever she was needed! They sat in on classes at EBS, had deep conversations with our visiting professors, and they even did a girls weekend with me and my friends!

Another thing they did was go out with our students to see one of Emmaus's church plants! 

Thank you so much Maddy and Amy for coming! We loved having you <3


Dad jumped right back into work at the seminary. His list of things to do is never-ending! We recently extended the apartment and repainted it. Dad made a coffee table and some end tables for the living room, and Mom and I put together some IKEA couches from the Dominican!



Part of the extension including Dad making another bathroom. Here is his expert tiling job :)


Besides some generator troubles that just recently got resolved, everything has been running pretty smoothly at Emmaus! We are almost finished our intensive courses. Next week starts residentials at Emmaus, and Mom is teaching the Counseling class!! 

Thanks for reading!! Hopefully I won't wait another four months to post the next blog ;) 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Update

Hey guys! We have been back in Haiti for about two months now since our summer break in the United States!

We have been getting back into the swing of things recently. Attending chapel, doing English tutoring sessions, and working outside! Its been really great spending time with the Ayars and Edlers! 

Sofie and Sam <3 best buds

It has been nice and hot recently! Fortunately we have been getting rain in the evenings to cool everything down. 

We were not very affected by the hurricanes which is good. The beach we love was unfortunately quite destroyed. Many beautiful shells were washed ashore for us to collect though :)

Sadie is getting bigger! She is so sweet. Minus her underbite and excessive licking of everything in sight, she is pretty good.

I have been doing lots of school and hanging out with these lovely girlies. 

As usual, Dad is busy busy!! He has a million projects all patiently waiting for him to get to them. The upstairs bathroom in the men's dorm needed a new countertop, so Dad made (yes, made!) this one. Using concrete and glass, he made it look like granite!


We have a busy month ahead of us: with the CETA board coming this week, and with the medical team from Canada coming the first week of November! The seminary is flourishing. 

Our students dove right into the school year full force. With all the work projects and classes, this is quite the busy campus.

With all the rain right as the sun is setting everyday, we get to see these beautiful rainbows all the time.

What a blessing. 

Thank you for reading this short update! Be looking for another blog soon!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

My Time in Fauche

Some of you know I just got back from a little internship with a family up in Fauche. My experience with the Thedes was amazing! They have a 16 year old daughter, Anna, who I'm already friends with so we had lots of fun together. 

The first day, Anna and I ventured down to the clinic on campus. 

While waiting for the doctor to come, we visited the dentist.  I thought, at first, these rooms in the picture below were bathrooms. But they were doctor/dentist offices.

 Now most of you know I recently translated for a dentist for a week while the medical team was here. So I have seen MANY a tooth pulled and I am very familiar with your average dental office. I watched as he numbed the sweet old woman's mouth, and after a couple minutes he went in to pull the tooth. Out the tooth came (with impressive speed I might add), and he went back in to check for pieces of tooth still hiding in her gums. Simple. I turn to see Anna sitting on the floor with her head between her knees. "Uhh, are you okay??" She quickly informs me that she had never seen a tooth pulled. "I figured I might as well get on the floor that way I don't hit my head on the way down." Oh the joys of the medical field.

 "What we need to know about chikungunya" I love these posters. Informing people of the symptoms of sicknesses and how to prevent them.

This is the clinic we spent the morning in. The next day we followed the doctor as he checked on a patient that had spent the night in the clinic on an IV. She was feeling much better and looked pretty good. 

Tuesday morning, Anna and I woke up super early to hike the mountain behind her house and hopefully catch the sunrise.

Everything was perfectly still and quiet. We hardly met anyone on the way. The people we did come across were old farmers on the way to their fields. 


It was gorgeous. I was worried we were gonna miss the sunrise when the sky started to change colors...

But we made it! 

The sun began to peek at us from its hiding spot behind the mountain across from ours.

Anna and I continued to climb up until we reached an old cell tower at the highest point on the hill.

The sun finally rose!


 Quickly everything was bright and awake.


Anna and I <3

One thing I enjoyed doing while I was there was touring their garden. 

LOVE this hibiscus.

Cory, Anna's dad, is an agronomist and has so many cool plants to look at and lots of interesting fruit to try. This one is called a torch flower.

So pretty.


These are the pods from a "lipstick tree" which as you may have guessed by their name, are used to make the pigment in some lipsticks. 

I dig the pink tips on these birds of paradise flowers.


This is edible hibiscus, which Anna made me a smoothie out of for me to try.

These remind me of Dr. Suess books...

Cory's nursery...


These are velvet apples, which are strange at first but they grow on you.

These are breadnuts, which are high in protein and a staple in the Thede household.

These are called Ticheri (little sweeties) and they were invented by the wife of a local baker. They are hard little pieces of dough that are fun to snack on or add to soup.

And if you've never seen one, this is a starfruit.

We found out that Anna was in a newspaper by one of her volleyball teammates while I was there. I didn't even know Haiti had a newspaper...

I liked this poster of all the tropical fruits you can find around. Anna told me which ones were good too!

The house of hope.

One other thing we did this past week was clean their guest house since they had visitors coming on Friday! We swept, mopped (4 times to be exact), rearranged some furniture and made beds.

We also picked some flowers to make a bouquet to brighten up the place!

I think it turned out nicely...

On their campus they have a big half-finished church. Anna and I measured the whole thing for her momma, all the sides and both diagonals.

We had some little helpers too :) 

This was no easy feat since there's a field of thorns and ant piles in the middle 

And we ended up covered in seeds.


Kristie let me borrow her book to read that week. It was all about the medical myths that they believe in Haiti, and it was very interesting.  

I don't know if you can see them, but there are two men sawing away at a large hunk of mahogany. 

We played lots of different games, and one of the ones I found quite entertaining was mini Uno. 
(and YES it is very hard to hold the cards and shuffle lol)

We had a great week together and I'm so thankful for the time I got to spend in Fauche with the Thede family! 

Thanks for reading :)