Plane Reflections

2016-10-19T12:53:55-05:00April 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 [...]

Haiti Time

2016-10-19T12:53:55-05:00March 28th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

I am writing this as I look at the beautiful water crashing on the shores of Jacmel.  This is the second week of a mission and teaching trip to La Concorde, the orphanage,school and clinic that partners with LTR. Haiti time had a whole new meaning this March visit. In the past  Haiti has followed day light savings time. So they would be on  Eastern Standard Time.  This year however a decision was made not to "spring ahead".  This would not be a big deal if they had told the world clock and the airlines. SO if you use your [...]

Growing Pains

2016-10-19T12:53:55-05:00March 19th, 2016|Mission Trips, Partners, sponsors, Volunteers|

On our blog we do not only want to give you a glimpse of mission trips and project status, but a journey with LOVE Takes Root as an organization. As the facilitator I am learning with you and gaining insight daily. Growth is often measured in size. We weigh and measure a baby often to document their growth. We measure the number of employees to define the growth of a new business. We visualize the growth of the tree as it reaches for the sky. We talk about the growth of a person in wisdom and knowledge. You hear many talk [...]


2016-10-19T12:53:55-05:00March 13th, 2016|Mission Trips|

Sustainability is a buzz word in the work of non-profits. But I as the facilitator wondered what does that mean and is the meaning the same for all who use it?  The Definition in Webster's is: the ability to last or continue for a long time. The next question would be does this apply to the non-profit organization or the project they are working with? Another definition was the state of not requiring any aid, support or interaction for survival-- autonomy. Having a pediatric health background I could relate to autonomy. Immediately a picture of a toddler pops into my brain. Erickson's teaching of [...]


2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00February 24th, 2016|Mission Trips, sponsors, Volunteers|

Sharing one of the blogs that was written by  BVU Student Haley. She spent her J-term in Haiti at La Concorde. She is majoring in education. In Haiti at La Concorde she taught a lot and learned a lot. The children loved the opportunity to share moments and LOVE. A Walk to Remember Our days in Haiti are quickly coming to an end and I have been thinking about leaving ever since this weekend. I am ready in some ways to go home, but if I had the opportunity, I think that I would choose to stay here or adopt a few [...]

Children Caring for Children

2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00February 17th, 2016|Mission Trips|

LOVE Takes Root spent an afternoon at Sacred Heart Elementary School yesterday. The k-6th grade made different SNOW projects for the children in La Concorde orphanage, Haiti. They made snow flake people, snow globes, pictures of them making snowmen and snow angels. There is a wonderful book about snow that each child signed. The children were coloring, cutting and gluing with intense concentration. The project was full of love. The children in Haiti will receive the gift with thankfulness and open hearts. This is the same school children that started the fundraising of the playground at La Concorde last year.  They enjoyed seeing [...]

We All Can Make a Difference, Together

2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00February 9th, 2016|Mission Trips|

On December 22nd, I decided to sign up to become an Independent Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts, LLC. I was initially thinking I was going to purchase items for myself at a discount and maybe I would sell something here and there. However, on the very same day, someone on Facebook had shared the article from Iowa Radio ( about Love Takes Root. Having grown up in the Spencer area, I had heard about the Wilkerson family and their mission trips, but I hadn’t heard about Love Takes Root before. I was inspired by what this organization is doing. I gave [...]

Good Stewardship

2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00February 4th, 2016|Mission Trips|

LOVE Takes Root Board of Directors had a meeting last night and reviewed all the Financials from 2015. So amazed what can be done when committed people work together! We have less than 5% Operating Costs because of so many dedicated individuals that care to use their time, talents and money. They are changing the future of many children and also their communities. When we have donors give money they can feel confident their dollars are going directly to the project. We still have work to do.  The Fundraising for the Secondary School is still in process. We have the [...]

Bitten by the Travel Bug

2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00February 2nd, 2016|Mission Trips|

For those of you have been following me along my whole journey to Haiti, I have been trying my best to describe some of the bigger feelings and things that have left impressions on me but I know that I have missed a large portion of the whole experience as well. There was just so much to see, hear, and do there that I couldn't possibly write about everything. Ironic enough, I couldn't write about it all, but here I am sitting in the airport thinking about every single thing ever since I first woke up this morning. First culture [...]

It is Very HOT in Haiti!

2016-10-19T12:53:56-05:00January 21st, 2016|Mission Trips|

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Do Something First of all I am just going to say this but I am in no way complaining but it was HOT today. I mean it felt like a super hot summer day in the states and the Haitians told us that this has been a cold winter. I am a person who does not sweat easy or often. I have never sweat so much in my life. Haley and I went to the beach for a little bit this morning. We maybe could stay out of the water for twenty minutes before we would [...]