I've been fortunate enough to travel a lot in the past several years, and the books in my library have increased alongside the stamps in my passport. Reading and traveling are similar, I think, in the way they've broadened my interest in the world outside my own experience. When you're traveling, or reading a novel (or essay, or short story, or graphic novel...), you're investing your time and emotions in the stories of people who are different than you, living different lives in different places. In 2017, that's felt, well, worthwhile.Read More
"They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."Read More
Should you desire to make Haitian coffee yourself, you will need charcoal, a big metal pot, several sticks for stirring, unroasted coffee beans, raw cane sugar, a big mortar and pestle, a fine sieve, and ideally a Haitian grand-mere to make sure you're doing it properly.Read More
I'm going to be using this space to record my year working with Mennonite Central Committee in Haiti as a communications assistant—mostly photos, but I hope to do some research and writing as well.
I'll update this blog as the spirit (and Internet connection) leads. There are also a couple other ways you can keep up with me: follow me on Instagram (@giesygies), or via my bimonthly newsletter (sign up at tinyletter.com/annaleegiesbrecht). You can also keep an eye on the MCC Haiti blog at haitimcc.org.
My official departure date from Winnipeg is August 10th, and after a week of MCC orientation in Akron Pennsylvania, I'll arrive in Port-au-Prince... well I'm not sure exactly, but my first day there will be August 18th, which also happens to be my birthday! Pretty good birthday gift if you ask me.