How I first went to LaHoye, Haiti

In November, 2008 I was a member of a mission team to Lascahobas, Haiti for a project for potable water at the school at the Church of the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Milor of the church also serves 6 mission churches and the next morning he was going to the parish of St. Jacques - LaHoye.  I asked to go.  He warned me that it would not be an easy trip including ferrying across a river in a small boat.  Undeterred, 7:00 the next morning we were on our way.  We drove in a 4 WD truck, until we came to large mud holes.  We then hiked until we came to a large lake.  Next we took a DUGOUT canoe across the lake, jumped on the back of  motorbikes and we eventually came to LaHoye.  After another walk we came to St. Jacques.
Christ the King Church and the St. Jacques School in La Hoye, Haiti.

Christ the King Church and the St. Jacques School in La Hoye, Haiti.

The church consisted  of hand made wood poles, a flat tin roof with some woven mats and bed sheets for walls.  The parish leader, Unik Flament met us and told us, " I am so happy I am crying inside."   There were 100+ people in this tiny structure.  Fr. Milor did 9 Baptisms.  The presence of the Holy Spirit was unbelievable. I was overwhelmed and fell in love with St. Jacques-LaHoye.  It wasn't until we were heading back to Lascahobas that I realized my mission to Haiti was not for a water project, it was to go to LaHoye.  I knew that I would come back to LaHoye because those people and that place had become part of me.