Tag : men

July 6, 2012


It is still common to see donkeys carrying supplies in rural Haiti, as well as people riding horses for transportation.




June 28, 2012


The mid-day heat in Haiti is oppressive, and most of the villagers find a shady spot in an attempt to stay cool. This gentleman was so cordial as we walked through the village and saw the sights.



June 19, 2012


This is one of the 12 pastors that work under the direction of Rev. Jean Claude Sylvain in Haiti. This pastor is in charge of the Fontamara Orphanage, and despite his serious demeanor in this photo, he has a very fun personality. Like most of the pastors, he lives in poverty and struggles to get by. In fact, I believe this pastor had his house destroyed in the earthquake and that he and his family still live in the tent city that is close to the orphanage. Like many of the Christian workers I met in Haiti, he is doing the best he can to get by and serve the Lord.



June 4, 2012


This is one of my best friends, Brett Irwin, playing with Julietta at the God Bless the Children Orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala. When we asked the director of the orphanage whether any men helped with the orphanage, she kind of chuckled. She said it is uncommon for men to help with the orphans, and the kids in many orphanages yearn for male interaction. You could easily see the orphans light up when the men in our short-term mission team started interacting with them.




Our trip leader, Ben Savage from Colorado, has a heart of gold.



Randy Engstrom from Texas showing how to throw a frisbee.




Ike Thomas from Texas giving a pony ride.



Brett, whom I often call “Captain” because of his days as a chopper pilot in the military, started giving the kids spins, and the kids kept saying “Again! Again! Again!” It was so fun watching Captain wear himself out playing with the kids.




There’s nothing more fun than a tickle attack.




May 30, 2012


This is Jose Rolando Monterroso Vargas (Rolando), who works for Children’s HopeChest in Guatemala. He served as the guide for my short-term mission team while we were in Guatemala. Rolando is a wonderful guide and a lot of fun. It was great watching Rolando light up whenever he was around the orphans. I think he knew every orphan we saw during our visit.







Making coffee for our team as we headed out on another day.




Doing homework with an orphan in Nuevo Reto Orphanage.



At the school for street kids, Operation Rescue.



Rolando always made sure we could understand the menu and could order what we wanted.



Rolando and his fiancée, Lisa, during our short-term mission trip.



May 24, 2012


My mission team stayed at the house of Rev. Jean Claude Sylvain while we were in Port-au-Prince. Jean Claude oversees 12 churches in Haiti and two orphanages, in addition to having over 30 orphans and abandoned kids and young adults living at his house (some of whom have lived there for over 20 years). My team and I were worn out by Friday night, but we were told we needed to attend “youth night” at the church. I am so glad we did because the service was one of the most uplifting experiences I’ve had a long time. The praise and worship music was fantastic (and loud), and Pastor Jean Claude laid it down during his sermon. Wow. These photos give you an idea of how powerful the sermon really was.







May 2, 2012



April 26, 2012



April 3, 2012


This is the pastor of La Mission (church) in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, Dr. Ramon Avetia. This church is located next to the large orphanage, and it is probably the largest Christian church in the San Quintin Valley. Dr. Avetia is a medical doctor, and he oversees the medical facility at the orphanage, too. I have talked to Dr. Avetia on a number of my trips to Baja, and he has always been so kind, open and helpful. Thank God for men like Dr. Avetia.



April 1, 2012


This is Alberto. At the time of one of our trips to Baja, he served as a handyman for a church in Vicente Guerrero, Mexico. He has such a servant’s heart, and he worked so hard to help our short-term mission team during our trip. Alberto does not speak or write English, but our team had these little English/Spanish pamphlets, and he used those pamphlets to write letters to my wife and others on our team. Alberto borrowed the church’s computer, printed the letters and gave them to us as we were leaving. While the following letter is not “perfect,” I think you’ll get the point: