Blog Posts

Reality

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 5, 2016

It’s been awhile since I have blogged. It always seems to take me awhile to process and gather my thoughts enough to be able to put them into words and in all honesty I am not sure I am there yet so if this blog seems like random thoughts it’s because they are J.  Over…

No Regrets

By Matt and Cara Smithson | February 1, 2016

A little over 9 months ago our lives changed. Let me go back and explain a little history about how all these changes came about.  About 3 years ago we met and began a friendship with Matt and Jessica Bush. They were in a similar situation as we were working with a specific group of…

Don’t miss out!

By Matt and Cara Smithson | April 14, 2015

It’s hard to believe we have already had 8 teams this year and preparing for a busy summer as well. As special as each team was I want to focus for a minute on these last two teams. During those weeks God refreshed my eyes to His vision for Hope Rising. It’s almost been a…

All Things!

By Matt and Cara Smithson | February 12, 2015

Well, this is a long overdue blog and I don’t know why it has taken me so long to sit down and write it, but here it is. As many of you know our daughter, Kaylea, was recently diagnosed having Type 1 Diabetes.  For those of you that don’t know the difference between types 2…

From Missionary to Wedding Coordinator

By Matt and Cara Smithson | November 11, 2014

When we first moved here Matt and I both began to wear many hats but never did I imagine wedding coordinator would have been one of those hats. We had our first wedding in Haiti this past weekend and to say it was interesting would be an understatement. Let me first start by explaining why…

Cultural Differences.

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 30, 2014

So, I was recently asked to answer a few questions for a friend’s college project.  I decided to answer them in a blog because I figured there might be some other people interested as well.  I have to admit, putting these thoughts into words did not come easy for me. How do I perceive differences…

Hope for Haiti?

By Matt and Cara Smithson | September 17, 2014

In a country where there is 85% unemployment I wonder how people survive. The minimum wage in Haiti was recently raised from $4.44 to $5.00 a day. So 15% of Haiti is making $5 a day. How do they live? “A recently published report by Solidarity, the nonprofit affiliate of the American Center for International…

Substitutions

By Matt and Cara Smithson | August 28, 2014

One thing I constantly struggle with in Haiti is cooking.  It never fails that every time I make a grocery list and go to the store they only have 1/3 of what was on my list and that’s if I’m lucky. So I have gotten pretty good at substituting. Easy substitutes are instead of pinto…

Tired and Weary

By Matt and Cara Smithson | July 22, 2014

As we have been busy with teams, construction, and the move of Pastor Julbenson and his family we have certainly felt physically tired and weary.  Or probably more accurately stated, just completely exhausted.  We get emails, messages, and phone calls reminding us to take it easy, get some rest, don't grow tired and weary, even…

A lady named Eleanor

By Matt and Cara Smithson | June 19, 2014

About a year ago we had a team doing door to door evangelism who ran into a paralyzed, almost blind woman.  That woman made such an impression on this team that they had asked me to check back in on her for them. A few weeks later we had another team so I went with…