An Oasis - Haiti Mission Trip Journal Jan 12 2013 By Ann Brau - President of Reiser Relief Our team set off early again today for another crazy, chaotic, and confusing ride through the city of Port au Prince on our way to the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti, a home for over 30 abandoned women. And just as we were treated to spectacular views of the mountains yesterday as we left the city, today we were we humbled by views of the ocean in every array of blue on God’s magnificent pallet … [More]
Contradictions - Haiti Mission Trip Journal Jan 10 2013 By Ann Brau - President of Reiser Relief It’s hard to imagine a larger contrast between what our Reiser Relief team experienced yesterday to what we saw today. Yesterday was the most brutal side of Haiti—the deepest poverty, the most dismal living conditions, and the smell of hopelessness in the air. Today we drove up the mountain to Reiser Heights, a school only 20 miles outside of Port au Prince, but, because of the lack of good …[More]
The Smiling Face of Poverty - Haiti Mission Trip Journal Wednesday, January 9, 2013 By Ann Brau - President of Reiser Relief Here in Haiti each morning before breakfast, one person in our group shares a reading with everybody. Today’s shared reading, Romans 8:31, said, “Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very present Helper, am omnipotent.” What a perfect reading to prepare us for our day. After a 6 a.m. tent worship service, we headed… [More]
God's Children - Haiti Mission Trip Journal Tuesday, January 8, 2013 By Ann Brau - President of Reiser Relief “The weaker you are, the more gently I approach you.” Psalm 46: 1: Romans 12 Some say Haiti is not for the weak of heart. Many of the things we see are so far out of our realm of comfort that they are difficult for us to wrap our minds around. This morning, we set off for a visit to Mother Teresa Orphanage, but there was a change of plans and instead, we ended up going to Gertrude’s … [More]
Monday, January 7, 2013 We arrived! How exciting it was for our group to walk through the airports sporting our new REISER RELIEF tee shirts! It is such a difference coming to Haiti for the second time. The chaos at the airport seemed ordinary. Driving in our tap-tap from the airport to the guesthouse, the streets were lined with adults and children just as they were on my May visit. But this time, instead of feeling uncertain about smiling and waving at them, it was almost as though I knew … [More]
Even after the death of Rev. Bernard Reiser, the wheels keep turning in support of Reiser Relief, Inc. and its projects in Haiti. The annual Keep the Wheel Turning fund-raising event for the non-profit organization is set for Tuesday, April 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Courtyards of Andover, 13545 Martin St. N.W., Andover.
Father Bernard Reiser After 62 years of dedicated priesthood, Father Bernard Reiser went to the Lord on December 27 at the age of 86. Preceded in death by his parents, Aloysius and Ottilia Reiser; brother, Alex Reiser; sisters, Lynn Maciej and Sister Bertrand Reiser, O.S.B. Surived by sister, Rosemary (Stanley) Leger; nephews, Bernie Maciej, Bob Maciej, Lee Maciej, Tony Leger and Norm Leger; and his nieces, Sue Spencer, Ann Brau, Connie Koehn, Liz Reiser, Margie Saatzer, Lois Lepinski, Rene … [More]