We’re very excited that Milwaukee native and UW-Madison graduate Engineer Nick Matthews is now here in Haiti with us.  He arrived about ten days ago and is already hard at work learning Creole and going over construction plans with his Haitian engineering counterpart, Paul Chèry.  Nick expects to be here with us for a year and will be our construction Project Manager.  He and his parents are members of Elmbrook Church in Waukesha, WI, one of the churches that is helping to support our ministry down here.  Nick will play an important role in our partnership with Elmbrook Church and will help to direct several construction work teams being sent down from the church next winter and spring.

Here’s a photo of Nick up at the construction site last Thursday, September 22nd (please note that Nick is an avid Packers fan, so Cherlie and I knew from the start that we would like him!):


Nick Matthews

Nick and Paul worked for several days last week in staking out the foundations for the construction warehouse building, clinic and pharmacy buildings.  Here are some photos from their work:

Nick standing where the warehouse will be built

Clinic building staked out

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  1. Aunt Shelley & Uncle Jeff on October 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    What a dude – the Aaron Rogers of the engineering world! Can we have your autograph? We’re praying for you, Nick. Love you! Keep those blogs coming.

  2. Don Smith on October 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Hey Nick,
    What a great job! Most engineers build with their head. You get to build with your heart. Bev and I are very proud of you and will be praying for you.
    Don Smith

  3. Mary Ann Lee on October 4, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Nick…we are gearing up Elmbrook teams to come and minister with you. Know that we are praying.
    MA for Elmbrook teams

  4. Tony Mastricola on October 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Hey Nick,

    Where is Gatineau? Which way from Jeremie?

    BTW the Packers looked very good last Sunday and the Brewers may close out the Cardinals tonight.

    Tony Mastricola

  5. Aunt Shelley & Uncle Jeff on October 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    What a dude! the Aaron Rogers of the engineering world. Can we have your autograph? We love you, Nick. God Bless you.

    • Nick Matthews on October 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Yes, but you have to come to Jeremie to get it. 🙂 Thanks for the prayers!

      • Bonny Scharine on November 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

        Enjoyed your blog posts and photos. Have a picture of you from this summer, sailing on Lee Lake with Mazy in the boat– its on my refrig to remind me to pray for you:) You have some great responsibility and I will pray for wisdom and resourcefulness (along with language acquisition:)) Happy Thanksgiving–we’ll eat a turkey drumstick for you!