Haitian Proverb June 23

"Timoun ki kriye nan kay ak sa ki kriye nan pot se menm." Translation: The child who cries in the house and the one who cries at the door are the same. Meaning, treat other people's children as you treat your...

Haitian Proverb June 3

"Labou bouche kouran." Translation: Mud clogs the flow. Meaning, a little hang up can stop an entire project. In just 3 short weeks, a team of 7 people will venture to Haiti to work with the teachers and...

Haitian Proverb May 26

"Sa neg fe neg, bondye ri." Translation: What man does to man makes God laugh. Meaning, people treat each other ridiculously." At the time I read this proverb,I had just checked the "baby" registry we...

Haitian Proverb May 6

"'Bonjou' se paspo ou." Translation: "Good morning" is your passport. Meaning, good manners will get you anywhere." The other day I heard a story that brought this proverb to mind. An American woman was...

Haitian Proverb April 22

"Chita pa bay." Translation: "Sitting doesn't yield. Meaning, one must work to receive." About two weeks ago the kids had their 2nd set of exams for the year. The scoring is on a scale from 1 to 10, with...

Haitian Proverb March 23rd

"Di m’ ki sa ou renmen, m’a di ou ki moun ou ye." Translation: "Tell me what you love, and I’ll tell you who you are. Meaning, your priorities shape your character." A couple weeks ago we had an...

Haitian Proverb March 3rd

"Tou moun konnen sa: le mal egzist." Translation: "Everyone knows this: evil exists. Meaning, bad things happen." While I was in the states last week I was able to meet and speak with Journey Church in...

Haitian Proverb February 9th

"Twa fanm sifi pou fe yon marche." Translation: "Three women are enough to make a market. Meaning, a few women make a lot of talk." Market day in Haiti is like nothing else I've ever experienced. It always...

Haitian Proverb January 27th

"Pito ou led, men ou vivan." Translation: "Better you're ugly, but living. Meaning, count your blessings." I had to laugh when I read this proverb. It is harsh but full of truth. Sometimes in life we can...

Haitian Proverb January 19th

"Chen gen kat pat; se yon sel chemen li fe." Translation: "The dog has four paws but it takes only one path. meaning, One thing at a time." Simon, our go-to local guy, says this proverb almost daily. He is...
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Haitian Proverb November 30th

"Kreyon Bondye pa gen gom." Translation: "God's pencil has no eraser.  Meaning, God does not change his mind." As I prepare to go home for a few weeks I am of course beginning to worry about all the...

Haitian Proverb November 23rd

"Lontan se kochon ki te konn di 'rm, rm.' Jodi a se moun kap di 'rm, rm.'" Translation: "A long time ago, it was the pig that used to grunt "rm, rm". Today, people are grunting "rm, rm". Meaning, good manners...

Haitian Proverb November 9th

"Kabrit di: mwen manje zanmann men se pa bon li bon nan bouch mwen pou sa." Translation: "The goat says: I eat bitter almonds but that does not mean that they taste good. Meaning, I'm doing what I can, not...

Haitian Proverb November 2nd

"Fe tan kite tan." Translation: "Leave time to time. Meaning, don't waste time reliving the past." No particular event warrants the posting of this proverb. But when I saw it I couldn't pass over the...

Haitian Proverb October 24th

"Kasav kanni bon lakay." Translation: "Moldy cassava is good at home. Meaning, even moldy bread tastes good when one is home." I love fall. I love the weather. I love going to the apple orchards in my...

Haitian Proverb October 19th

"Ti Sonson fe lide l' men se Bondye ki ba l' dwa." Translation: "Little Sonson makes a plan but God permits. Meaning, the ultimate decision lies in God's hands." Recently a family has come forward...