Thinking about a Service Trip?

2018-10-03T15:00:05+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Mission Trips, Volunteers|

This is from a member of the August Service/Mission team.  I love the picliz too! My name is Julia Bobinet, I am a Junior at the University of Iowa studying nursing.  I was raised in the small town of Osage, Iowa.  I was given the opportunity to travel to Haiti with Love Takes Root in August.  This was my first time participating in an international service trip!  At first. I was a little nervous because I had never met my team members, let alone traveled outside of the country without my family.  When we arrived in Haiti our team gathered [...]

Volunteer Spotlight: Ted Skidmore

2018-04-18T13:50:09+00:00April 18th, 2018|Mission Trips, sponsors, Volunteers|

Ted Skidmore began his involvement with LOVE Takes Root as a donor, but his passion for and commitment to the work of LTR grew following his first trip to Haiti. After a 27 year career in marketing, including 21 years at The Walt Disney Company, Ted decided to take a break from corporate entertainment and spent a week visiting La Concorde in Jacmel, Haiti as a LOVE Takes Root volunteer. His trip to Haiti was an experience that inspired Ted to focus on improving the lives of others, and after identifying the need for better quality and quantity nutrition for [...]

Katie Shares Roots Runner Experience

2017-05-04T11:44:34+00:00May 4th, 2017|Mission Trips|

  My name is Katie Koenecke.  Last October I decided to take on a new challenge and committed to running my first marathon for Love Takes Root.  I had previously ran a half marathon and a few 5Ks, but never thought I could run 26.2 miles! To train, I started running shorter distances and found a running partner that held me accountable and pushed me to run longer distances and keep going when I wanted to quit – this was one of the biggest blessings to my training.  As the miles progressed every week I quickly learned it was all [...]

Thankful for Education

2016-11-23T16:24:33+00:00November 23rd, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

A reflection from a recent mission trip. Sitting on a bench with sweat dripping down my back and mosquitoes attacking my ankles, I feel no discomfort while listening to the sounds of 200 children at recess. It brings great joy. The opportunity for education is so often undervalued in our comfortable lives in the United States. In the US we have lost the appreciation of the gift of  knowledge in our schools. The futures LOVE Takes Root are impacting with education, is humbling. It is not unnoticed on these children and the Haitian people. They have a deep respect for [...]

Ahead of the Curve

2016-11-08T12:38:03+00:00November 8th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors|

http://on.wsj.com/2ef3X4B This article that was recently printed in the Wall Street Journal and reinforces the value system of LOVE Takes Root Board and organization. From the beginning of the La Concorde Haiti project, LOVE Takes Root has had a business plan and an exit strategy. We have no in-country director. Rather we mentor our Haitian partners to have a full understanding of what it takes to be independent and sustainable. Self-sustainability has been our unified mission.  This is not necessarily the easiest way to provide aid and support to the developing world.   But with strong communication and trust, projects [...]

Hurricane Matthew Update

2016-10-07T11:03:08+00:00October 7th, 2016|Mission Trips, sponsors, Uncategorized|

Hurricane Matthew swept through Haiti Oct 4th with rain continuing through out the week. Jacmel was just east of the eye of this hurricane but sustained high winds and a lot of rain! The children and staff at La Concorde remain safe. They all stayed together in the dining hall through the worst of the storm. None of the buildings at La Concorde were damaged and for that we are very thankful. The recovery after is very difficult. There is minimal infrastructure and everyone was already in a survival mode prior to the storm.  At La Concorde we are in [...]

Mission Trip Sports Camp

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00August 4th, 2016|Mission Trips, sponsors, Volunteers|

LOVE Takes Root just returned from a wonderful week of sports and medicine!  We had eight high school students, two college students, parents, a dermatologist, orthopedic surgeon, nurses and two basketball back boards! The Parks and Norris families had a sports bag for each child. It contained a shirt for camp, different colors for different groups, a pair of tennis shoes, underwear, socks, water bottle and a volleyball! Every morning they worked on a different sport. They loved American Football and Basketball. The Wolfe family was also present: Grandmother, Daughter and 2 grandchildren. They were celebrating the lives of their [...]

Heeding Haiti’s Call

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00April 13th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

This was first published in DMU Alumni Magazine April 6, 2016.  Heeding Haiti’s call April 6, 2016 — Barb Boose A WARM AND WONDERFUL PLACE: Rick Wilkerson, D.O.80, and his wife, Barbara, rallied resources and like-minded supporters to move an orphanage from Port-au-Prince to a new facility near Haiti’s southern coast. Rick Wilkerson, D.O.’80, didn’t need Haiti to fulfill his passion for overseas medicine. After all, he’s provided health care and medical training regularly since 1991 in nations ranging from Afghanistan to Vietnam as well as the United States. But when a planned trip to Afghanistan was canceled in 2010, [...]

Reality Check

2016-10-19T12:53:54+00:00April 12th, 2016|Mission Trips|

Posting a blog written by BVU Student, Abby, who spent her J-Term in Haiti.  Reality Check After being in Haiti for two weeks the reality of it all is starting to hit me. I remember at the beginning of the trip I had multiple people ask me how are you doing? Is Haiti overwhelming you? I had thought no I am fine. After two weeks my opinion on this question has completely changed. I have noticed that the first week I was very oblivious to certain things. I didn't realize the harsh reality of living in Haiti. As I am [...]

Plane Reflections

2016-10-19T12:53:55+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

As the facilitator of LOVE Takes Root I have a lot of trips back and forth to Haiti. Which means I have a lot of time setting on a plane. Below I will share some of my plane reflections from my trip back this past week. As I compare the despair and sadness leaving La Concorde Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince in 2011 with the love and smiles I have while leaving La Concorde in Jacmel in 2016, it seems like such a quick journey. Although at the time having the knowledge of children with no clean water, food, shelter or healthcare made [...]

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