"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T.S. Elliot

When I launched this blog in 2014, I had no idea that the greatest journey of my life was about to unfold. 

What began as medium to share my adventures in missions, as well as the people and stories I encountered, quickly evolved into something much deeper. 

Over the last several years I have been challenged to put down my camera more often than not. To quiet myself and truly watch and listen to all that is taking place around me.

These days I'm less found globe trotting with my camera, and more so within the confines of Jasper House Haiti, a transitional, restoration home for young women coming out of prostitution and abuse in the coastal, Haitian town of Jacmel. 

I've learned that investment and building genuine relationships are truly the only things that will ever make a difference in this world, and while I'll never fully relinquish writing or photography, I try to craft my stories around lives and people I sincerely know, love, and cherish.

This blog is dedicated to my life and service as a missionary in Haiti. To raise awareness, and share the often intimate, challenging, and difficult stories that I come in contact with on a daily basis. 

My aim is that those who read these words would be enlightened, educated, inspired, and empowered to make a difference whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever you are. 

We are all called - the question is who will go?

xo,

Maria Atkinson

Chief Storyteller

 

 

 

  Maria Atkinson is an award-winning, missionary photojournalist who received her B.A. in 2011 in Mass Communications and International Studies. She has worked for various non-profit organizations in the United States. Lesotho, South Africa and Haiti. These efforts have fought the injustices of human trafficking, given a home to the orphaned, and brought aid to those living in extreme poverty. She has lived in Haiti full time since November 2013, working to bring light into the darkness with various organizations.  In 2015, she founded Jasper House Haiti, a transitional program that aims to bring restoration, healing and empowerment to young women in Haiti who have fallen prey to prostitution, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, In her free time she enjoys good books and music, lots and lots of coffee, quality time with loved ones and exploring the outdoors. For comments, questions or other inquiries, please shoot her a message at maria@jasperhousehaiti.org. 

 

Maria Atkinson is an award-winning, missionary photojournalist who received her B.A. in 2011 in Mass Communications and International Studies. She has worked for various non-profit organizations in the United States. Lesotho, South Africa and Haiti. These efforts have fought the injustices of human trafficking, given a home to the orphaned, and brought aid to those living in extreme poverty.

She has lived in Haiti full time since November 2013, working to bring light into the darkness with various organizations. 

In 2015, she founded Jasper House Haiti, a transitional program that aims to bring restoration, healing and empowerment to young women in Haiti who have fallen prey to prostitution, human trafficking, and sexual abuse, In her free time she enjoys good books and music, lots and lots of coffee, quality time with loved ones and exploring the outdoors.

For comments, questions or other inquiries, please shoot her a message at maria@jasperhousehaiti.org. 

Mission Verse

"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." - Isaiah 61:1