Friday, April 11, 2014

My Very Favorite Haiti Pictures

We took our youth group to Haiti. Funny how stressed out I was about this trip and the next thing I knew it's all over.

Our ride to the airport. We had to meet at 2:30 AM. We are very thankful for Clair who drove us to and from the airport.

 We loved our pilot. He let the guys look in the cock pit and then gave a shout out to the group from Myerstown Mennonite. Next thing we knew the stewardess was showing Steve and Kendra and Nate and I to first class.

 Haircut time

 Visiting a tin village.

 We were supposed to barter here. I hate bartering. Nate is even worse at it than I am.

 Behind the mission house. Santo, Haiti. I puttered around out here with my coffee. Feeling quite certain that it is time to move to the tropics again. 

 Kendra and I were on kitchen duty all week. We cooked and the youth did the dishes. No major disasters, thankfully.

 Stanley preached on Sunday. Wawa interpreted. It was fun to watch them work together on this. Once Stanley switched to preaching in Creol and Wawa translated into English.

 Touring Sunday afternoon.
Many thanks to the youth for being just great.

 Visiting the school Monday

 My fellow cook Kendra! Bless her heart. You know how it is to have two cooks in the kitchen right? And she put up with me.

 Anita serving in Haiti

 Milon and friend who did our Haitian cooking for us. Two wonderful meals. 

 Foot spa time. My feet needed this so bad. It was not a relaxing thing. I was jumping and gritting my teeth. You know it was similar to being at the dentist. Well, we girls should be all ready for feet washing on Sunday.

 Deb and Wawa our gracious hosts. We had such a great time getting to know them.

Kenton serving in Haiti

 Rachel also serving in Haiti

 Back to the U.S. and our first world problems. Lord help us keep it in perspective.

If you are not bored yet, you can see all of my pictures from this trip here at Lydia Jo Photography.


  1. you take amazing pictures.. wow!

  2. so fun to see your trip! I could take a trip to Haiti again. Cheryl

  3. Beautiful pictures! I loved seeing them and hearing about your trip.

  4. thanks for sharing pics from your trip. We heard you were there as we saw your parents, and children at Lebanon Valley Sun. am. I surely hoped you would post photos. Our daughter is in Haiti with MBS right now. Haiti has a special place in our hearts. Also good to see Anita and Rachel. Anita and Rachel are good friends with Rachel being from our church! Diane Histand

  5. WOW ....I love your pictures...I have been to Haiti a couple times and each time I go I leave more of my heart there....

  6. Beautiful vibrant photos! So full of life. Thanks for sharing your trip!

  7. You capture the beauty of Haiti and the beautiful moments of Life. This post makes me want to move to Haiti now after i live in Uganda.:) I was there with Katie and Leah this past winter. Oh, how i miss the tropics!!

  8. These are amazing pictures! And I love your line at the end... about heading back to first world problems and keeping perspective. My uncle and aunt, Dan & Ruthie Schrock, are serving in Haiti, but you might've been at a different mission.

    1. Kay, Dan and Ruthie were at church with us on Sunday morning. Dan led a song in English and we English singers sounded so blah compared to the boisterous singing by the Haitians.

  9. What an awesome experience! Thankyou for sharing it with us.

  10. Love the picture of the 3 little girls with their hands on their hips :)

  11. Beautiful, meaningful pictures. It is so hard to narrow down pictures after trip like this, but you gave us a nice taste. It made me wish I could go to Haiti, and I'm not sure I've wished that before. BTW, I kind of forgot about Skyping--do you have day next week that would be good for you? Tues-Thursday around 2:30 would be good for me.

  12. Thoroughly enjoyed looking through your photos of Haiti,was especially good to see our dau Anita in some of them.We also enjoyed spending Christmas at Santo while our son Anthony& Julie Hostetler were serving with SLM a few years ago.Thanks for sharing the photos.Visiting a poor country like Haiti changes your perspective. Mary Ellen Hostetler