Tyler and I have resigned our directorship of Homebound Missions and in our place, our Board of Directors have elected Sam and Elaine Simpson of Rydal, Georgia as the new Directors of Homebound Missions.
This was not an easy decision but one that we felt we needed to make. We have come to love so many who have supported us with their prayers, time, efforts and finances. Wow, when we think of the effort that you have put forth to encourage us and keep us moving forward we are just overwhelmed with gratitude. These are no mere words, with out you we could have done nothing! As we move on we can only say sincerely, “Thank you!” You have been a blessing not only to Tyler and I, but to so many in Haiti and beyond.
We would like to introduce you to Sam and Elaine. Sam has been on our Board of Directors for the last two years. He comes quite qualified for missions. He received Jesus as his Savior on August 13, 1965. For the last 22 years he has participated in and has led mission trips to places like Alaska, Chile, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Panama and Haiti. Just this last year he went on a mission to Haiti to distribute Bibles via hand held devices.
Sam is also certified as a disaster relief first responder through the Georgia Baptist Association and FEMA. He is also co-founder, along with his wife Elaine of Global Outreach Missions.
As of June 30, 2016 Homebound Missions will be completely transferred into Sam and Elaine’s directorship. They have been very busy planning and I know that Tyler and I are very excited to see what they will do.
You will continue to be on the Homebound Missions e-mail list. Should you wish to unsubscribe you can do so at the bottom of any newsletter. However, I hope you will stay along and continue to watch God move.
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Tyler and Kathy Kangas
Today we went to Capotille, Haiti to visit with Pastor Elie. We were even further into the countryside than Cahess. Of course, it was very beautiful.
Pastor Elie was a gracious host and we got to meet he and his wife’s new baby daughter, Ruth. Named after a dear friend sister Ruth at our church, Christian Community Church in Worcester, Ma. She is simply adorable as you can see.
We also had an interesting find this morning while driving to Capotille. Tyler used to work with the gentleman who once owned this truck. This is actually the second time this has happened; that we see a vehicle from a business we know back home.
Today when I went to do my last dressing change for Dely I found his sister was already doing it. She did a fine job and didn’t need any help. She was watching all along. Dely went to the hospital in Milo yesterday and they are going to take the hardware out of his leg. This will cost 10,000 Gourdes ($168.00 US). When he has the money they will do it. Homebound Missions will take care of this need.
Tomorrow we will be heading to Milo to build one more Eden Garden for James the concrete block factory owner. Niva and Jackson are going to come along to help. When finished, we will be dropped off at Deep River Mission to spend our last evening.
Our month long trip to Haiti is coming to a close. Today we walked to Cahess twice to change Dely’s bandages but he was at the hospital in Milo having his leg checked. He is doing much better and just has bandages in two areas.
We used our extra time to meandered through the paths that take you away from the main road into the fields. It was beautiful. It’s kind of like taking the roads of the locals. If you live in a touristy area you know what I mean.
Tomorrow we travel to Capotille, Haiti about 35 miles away to visit with Pastor Elie. We will return to Dr Ally’s for the evening and then move to Deep River for our last evening in Haiti.
Here are some of the pictures we took today. Enjoy!
You may have been hearing on the news that there is a lot of turmoil in Haiti since the cancellation of the elections.
I thought I would tell you what it looks like from where we are in Cahess. When we first heard the news we were in Cap Haitien. The people were happy and marching in the streets singing. They did not want an election where only one person is running and they were rejoicing that America, France and other countries could not force them to do it. At least that is what their signs said.
Then a few days later we started hearing that Trou du Nord was unsafe and that there had been a lot of shootings over the night. We walk to Trou du Nord so we took note. Then they started cutting down huge trees to block the road and the usual tire burnings. They still remain in the streets and you can only get to Trou du Nord on the Cahess Road, by motorcycle or on foot.
Then the road to Cap Haitien was threatened and a bridge was blocked. They took a dump trucks of rubble and dumped it on the bridge. There is only one road to Cap and so the Tap tap and bigger vehicles could not cross for a few days. It was really quiet here. But eventually the tap taps and other vehicles started driving up and over the rubble, so though it is there it is now just a bumpy part of the road. We are surrounded by UN vehicles pointing guns at us but no one thought to protect the bridge????
Yesterday as we walked to Cahess there was a positive sign that the rage is waning down. There were two tire burnings on the street but they were just bicycle tires.
Tyler and I have felt safe and continue to walk back and forth to Cahess. Our family has known not to worry. We have decided to go to Deep River Mission on our final night here just to make sure we can get to the airport. We are thankful of God’s assurance that He prepared our way here and that He will carry us through.
Tyler and I have been planning with Pastor Coty to have a school pride and clean up day. We secured a donation of block from a very generous man named, James who owns a cinder block factory near Milo.
Today, when we walked to Cahess to take care of Dely we decided to go up to the school and build the fire pit. Since we were being followed by a crowd of children we decide to show them what we were doing and get them involved. They were very enthusiastic about cleaning up the school yard and we all picked up trash together.
Sadly, there is so much trash that we will still need to return on Tuesday to finish cleaning it up, cut brush and rake. It is our hope that we can teach the children to throw their trash in the fire pit to be burned instead of all over the ground; with the reward being a school yard they can safely play in.
Dely is healing very well. Tyler and I have been committed to changing his bandages every day and we have seen great progress. Please keep him in your prayers, as soon, we will be leaving and someone will need to take our place.
This was our second garden today and it is the last garden we will be building in Cahess this trip. It was also out in the fields, a gorgeous location. Walking to this garden is half the fun.
Blonc is the gentleman in the middle wearing the dark blue shirt.
Blonc did not have much covering but we were able to speak with him as he understood some English. He is going to continue adding cover and will even cover all of his plantings in the background.
The Haitian gardeners work really hard at gardening. Everyday they are out in the fields weeding and planting. Their gardens are simply beautiful. They also do companion plantings of corn, beans, peanuts and squashes. If only we could show them to just add the cover. They would no longer need to weed in the hot sun all day and their plants would be better for it.
Acres and acres of beautiful crops and no weeds. This is only accomplished with a tremendous amount of effort.
Today we set off into the seldom seen gardens of Haiti. Beautiful fields of beans, squash, corn and such. This is where Jean Baptiste has his garden.
Jean covered his garden with dried weeds which were small and just right for covering. The garden gang was very pleased with their work.
Jean is wearing the red shirt in the middle.
Brissly’s garden was our second of the day. It was also bigger than others we had done.
His soil was especially nice and for his covering he had found wood shavings a really great cover.
Brissly and his wife on the left.
This has been the most fun group of people to work with. They work really hard, are glad to help each other and have been keeping us on our toes with Creole, as well. I think we’ve got the vegetables down, though I am a little bit confused about Choux, pronounced shoe, as it seems to mean cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and more. They don’t differentiate between them. Basically all the rows say Choux. I am sure they will figure it out later.
Wikenson is the youngest member of our gardening group. He seems very eager to learn and has been very helpful. His dad is an agronomist and is known for having the best gardens in Cahess. This is a picture of his dad’s garden. It was very well cared for and used companion planting techniques.
We had about a 2 1/2 mile walk to get to Wikenson’s garden and arrived at about 7:30, a little late as they were almost finished. They really do not need us anymore but we come to at least get some pictures.
Here is our group of hardworking gardeners finished here and ready to move on to the second garden of the day.
Wikenson is the young man second from the right.
It has been raining in Cahess which meant we were unable to garden for a few days but today the gang gathered at Pierre’s house and we started once again.
Pierre is the gentleman with his arm around his wife.
Pierre or his wife placed a little bouquet of flowers and a striped piece of cloth on each of the garden posts. It was really pretty and showed a lot of creativity.
Pierre was able to get saw dust for some of his covering. We let him know that this was the best he could get.
You may notice that we are still using cement bags. The cardboard is still stuck in perpetual red tape.