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Partners, not Saviors

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Help poor by being partners,
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Beginings in Haiti


It was a typically busy day when Daniel Louis dropped by my office. He was obviously distressed and just needed to talk. He shared with me that the Evangelical Baptiste School in his native area of Lambert, Haiti had to be closed due to a lack of chalk.

"Why?" I wondered aloud. "Why is the school going to be closed because of chalk?"


Formula for Empowerment


I want to share with you about my miraculous week in Nicaragua - my third trip there in the last eleven years. I traveled with my husband, Ken, and fellow members of the Huntington, Indiana Church of the Brethren to visit our sister church in Tisma, Nicaragua.

After the Earthquake

Glenna Stinson, president of "Trees for Life Haiti," experienced the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. After helping people survive the aftermath of the disaster, she returned to her tree-planting activities the following spring. This blog contains her updates since the earthquake.


14 Months After the Earthquake

Glenna gives a brief summary of the past year, and shares about her recent trip to the USA -- her first time out of Haiti in eight years -- and her visit to the Trees for Life International office.

The Holy Man's Prayer

Planting with joy, middle school students of Heather Dean (left) care for tree seedlings that will be planted to protect the stream that provides water for their community.

As a volunteer from the USA serving in a remote part of Guatemala, one of my most moving experiences has been working with stud

In the Light


new stove

Symbol of hope: Antonia Catarina cooks on her new stove, a sign of her people's return from exile and commitment to preserve their environment and improve their lives.

It's early morning in Union Victoria, a rural community in the highlands of Guatemala. The roosters have been crowing since 4:00 AM. As I arise, the sweet aroma of the bell flower fills the subtropical mountain air.

A Divine Mystery

Ixtahuacan, Guatemala

 woman with kids

Natividad struggles daily to provide food and shelter for her children Maria Isabel and Chepe. In her work with Trees for Life, she is also planting the seeds of hope for future generations.

Return to Itzapa

Itzapa, Guatemala

I rose early in the morning to begin my journey. I had been back in the highlands of Guatemala for only a short while, having returned after a year of studying permaculture in the United States. Memories of the people living in these mountains and the work they are doing kept me going while I was away. It had taken a couple of weeks to get readjusted to a new community of friends and pace of life, but it felt great to be back.

Itzapa, Guatemala

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