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Want to check out some 360 degree photos of the Cathedral? Kelsey Hillary of sanctum360.org took photos today. Click here to see them.

Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit www.tek4kids.org


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May 28

I had not planned on a Part 7.  Intended to post a few pictures in Part 6, but what follows may explain a bit.
Coming home was a bit of an adventure!  Or Struggle!  From a flat tire in Jeremie, to systems being down in Port Au Prince so we only got hand written boarding passes for flight to Miami, bags not checked through to Louisville, plane almost 2 hours late, missed flight in Miami .... long day. 
Spent Thursday night in Miami airport hotel.  Flew to Charlotte then Louisville. 

While we were changing planes in Charlotte, a surprise encounter!  Maria Price, Executive Director of St John Center for Homeless Men.  What a delightful surprise.  Maria was en route to the coast for a long weekend with family.

Finally arrived in Louisville about 2:00 PM Friday.  

A bit more about Thursday adventure!  Being the Feast of Corpus Christi, the street we normally turn on was blocked because of a procession at Cathedral St Louis, so we had to take a minor detour around some rougher, unpaved streets in Jeremie.  Then on to the main road, paved only for about half mile, then really rough rest of 8-10 miles.  On the way to the landing strip we passed a small church in a rural village where parishioners were gathering for their Corpus Christi celebrations.  Very colorful!
When we got to the landing strip, Roger was there with the plane, arms in the air in exasperation ... one of the tires on the plane went flat shortly after he landed.
Many prayers were answered as we gathered tools, local boys came out of the area to put a patch on the inner tube (a process that is difficult to put into words!), tire back on.  Only took 2 hours.  Then we prayed for one take off and one landing.  Prayers were answered!


I've got pictures that I will add later.
Let us all rejoice in God's unconditional love and guide us as we reflect the same to all those we come in contact with.
Dave

A collection of pictures.

A flower in the garden outside the house ... of the hibiscus family I think.

Along the streets of Jeremie

The flat tire adventure!  I failed to get a shot of the inner tube patching process.  Note the car jacks on tree stumps and the "air compressor" used to inflate the tire!

 

 

Here it is late on May 25.  I have several things to comment on and pictures, but I may have to wait till I return.

I forgot to mention, at the homeless shelter, after Fr Marc-Arthur got everyone's attention, a man lead the group in a song and recitation.  It may have been Lord's Prayer.  It was humbling to listen and observe the calm came over the group.  Words can't describe the feelings and emotions that flow.

More of the same elsewhere, solving update problems and other issues.
On Tuesday, May 24, Phillipe had planned a party for Rose.  There was singing and dancing.  I have pictures, but I'll have to add them later.  You have to know Rose a bit, but whatever Phillipe had planned, Rose had her own planning for the singing and fun.

We are packing and getting ready to head for the landing strip at 8:30 Thursday morning.  So stay tuned to Part 6 for additions Friday or Saturday.

 

 

May 22
I have some catching up to do ...
Don and I have been working our fingers to the bone not only Upgrading computers to Windows 10, but also updating software, getting rid of viruses, general cleanup.
The day were were working at the Brother Paulin School, some of the students were curious about what we were doing to their computers and wanted to help!


I've mentioned that we work with some delightful people here.  Jean Marie, Josselyn, John Davidson and Allenz stopped in for a visit.


On Sunday, Gary wanted to take a break and go to the beach.  Now that may sound rather idylic ... we're out here in the Caribbean and a day at the beach is a natural.  But getting there is the fun part.  Phillipe arranged for a driver with a SUV to take us.  Sounds nice, but AC is not something one finds in working condition here ... and shock absorbers are long past having any value.  So bouncing back the road almost all the way to the airport was a test of patience.  I've got to add that on the way back, Rose sat between Don and I and commented that it was an improvement that she had a soft landing on either side of her!
After 20-30 minutes on the road, we parked and hike down the cliff to a rather nice little beach.  Good breeze and the sound of the waves took away some of the ordeal getting there.  Rose just had to climb a rock ... with some assistance from Phillipe and Baba.

There were also a couple of dugout canoes!

While at the beach a young white man came from the brush area along the cliff.  Franko, a young civil engineer from Colorado.  He's with a non-profit - Bridges to Prosperity - working on a bridge project south west of Jeremie.  He came by for supper, good talking to a different person. 

 

May 23

Today, Don and I had arranged to meet Fr Marc-Arthur.  As it turned out, our translator got tied up so we didn't get to talk, but Father wanted us to see the Homeless feeding operation.  I think we've posted pictures in the past.  The Cathedral of the Assumption funded major repairs and painting of the building.  Donations to the Haiti Fund also subsidize the actual feeding.  It's hard to put into words the emotion of witnessing what we see.  Many of the people are crippled or blind.  As the young ladies prepared plates of rice, sauce and chicken pieces Fr Marc-Arthur handed a plate to each one.  Often making sure the blind had a grip on the plate.  Several had a container that they scraped the contents into for later consumption, but most ate everything right there.  Don motioned for me to come over to where he was standing.  there was a gentleman outside the door, crouched down scraping his dish full onto a banana leaf that he carefully folded up and put in his sack.  

 

God has blessed us just in allowing us to witness.  Can't say much more!

David
  

May 19
Well, the last two days have been productive, challenging, hot, hot, hot.
Wednesday we spent the day at College St Louis ... updated laptops in both classrooms and teachers lounge, 5 teachers, Fr Ernest, Fr Luxo.
After a sweaty hike back to the house, sitting to cool off a bit with about a liter of cool water, I headed up for a shower.  Normally, that's a cool refreshing experience, but today the water was almost hot ... never hot water!  That told me water in the roof tank was getting low. 

We've not had city power that last 2 nights, so haven't been able to pump water from the well which seems to be running dry!  Next thing, about bed time we realized the coffee jar was empty.  AARRRRGGGG!  So the prospect of a night with no fans, getting up to no water and no coffee to brew in whatever fashion made for a great view of Thursday morning.  Running downtown to Heine Bros or Starbucks ain't an option!
So the way Wednesday night played out, the batteries gave out about 1:30 or so.  Don had already decided to sleep on the couch, so he ran the small generator several times so the fans came on once in awhile.  Still had a bit of water coming out of the tap.  Mia had poured some left over coffed into a pot, so we fired up the gas stove and had some day or two old coffee that wasn't all bad!


Don and I spent most of the day at College St Louis again finished the classrooms, getting machines in storage updated and taking care of 2 more teachers.  As of this afternoon we've upgraded 150 laptops!  Two elementary schools to go!
Got to meet Ketlie, a teacher who came on board after my last visit, saw others I hadn't seen thus far.  Hugs all around!  Great folks to work with.


We're praying for City Power tonight.  I teased Fr Ernest this afternoon ... asked him if it was part of the National Flag Day celebrations.  He seems perplexed at the power issue. 
Guess that's enough stuff for the moment.  I hear the weather in Louisville is getting nice.  Enjoy it!
Dave