This week has been incredible. It has been full of love and joy beyond measure. Now it is full of grief that we know will only be for a time, but is cutting just the same. We have seen such loss, malnourishment, and poverty that it is beyond description. The devastation that remains in Haiti since the earth quake is unbelievable, unlivable, and uncalled for. The children without parents that continue on in difficult surroundings with little to eat, diseases that are so easy to prevent and treat, and with other diseases at their door, confounds our hearts and minds. Our main goal of this first trip to see the girls was to communicate our love to them and to file official paperwork with the US Embassy to Haiti. Our sketchy Creole did not stop us from communicating much love to our sweet girls while we were here.
Thank-you to those who have given to us financially, to those who have been praying for us, and for those who have been of encouragement to us along this journey. Thank-you to my parents for watching our crew back in TX.
Nicole, the woman who runs the orphanage where are girls are, works so hard and does so much with so very little. The 80 children at the orphanage get 2 meals of rice and beans a day and a cracker snack in the eve with some diluted milk. They do not have proper medical care and prevention, and are certainly malnourished. They are well loved and disciplined and taught. They are given hope in this life and the one to come. They have much joy much like what is testified by so many of the Haitian’s that we have met on this trip. Outside one of the many tent cities where people have made makeshift homes out of tarps, was posted this quote from God’s word, “One thing I ask and this I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:4-5.
Sweetest Moment: Our girls saying your my Mama and your my Papa and hugging us tight. Looking at the book we made them and hearing them talk about their family, naming their brothers and sissy by name. Screaming with delight when they saw the pictures of themselves from a year ago.
Firsts for the girls: Eating anything other than rice and beans, eating candy, gum, jumping on a big bed, dinking juice, swimming pool, squirt gun ( this was well loved), playing with babies (not real ones), lip gloss, shoe options J…
Funniest Moments: going to bed the first night and having two heads go under the sheets then keep popping up looking at us, giggling.