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We received 4 children at GLA today and one the day before.  The Mothers are living outside with no tents, canopies, or food and 3 of the children were babies –two of them born after the earthquake!  Two of the babies are for adoption and three are for help only.  The mothers are afraid for their small babies living outside.  I told them that we would take the babies for a month and then would decide after that what was needed.  We have received 6 babies since 1st of February!

I have really been praying about the problem with UNICEF. When I was downtown today, I talked to other schools and orphanages  and  they are having problems with UNICEF representatives too.  It is like they have taken over in Haiti and appointed themselves as controllers of all activities for children!   But I have given this problem over to God.  I still feel some anger with them because of the injustice of having small children sleeping outside in poor conditions when there are orphanages that have empty beds waiting to take some children in, but I have given this over to God.  He does not need my help in getting these children out of the camps and into childcare facilities!  I have made everyone aware of the problem including UNICEF and IBESR staff.  Now, I will sit back and wait and see what they decide to do!

God never used UNICEF to fill the beds at GLA before and He does not need them now!  He is sending people in need to our gate every morning!  As the babies come in, we will do our best to care for them and keep them safe and healthy until their mothers can take them back with them again.  I almost said...back home...but most do not have a home anymore!

DSC00063 As I was driving downtown Monday with my workers, we passed the palace of justice and it is flat!  It was such a beautiful building and I said, "oh, how sad that such a beautiful building is gone in 40 seconds!"  One of my staff members answered, "Haiti has no justice and now the world will see that we truly have no justice!"

The court clerk that works on our adoption documents was in Parquet doing work for GLA and was just returning to his office in the Palace of Justice when the earthquake hit!  His life was spared because he was not in his office.  My adoption worker told him that God was responsible for saving his life through the work he does for GLA!  Maybe his heart will be softer for the orphanages in Haiti now!

I find myself driving by buildings and wanting to jump out of the car and go up to them and yell, "Is anyone in there!", to see if anyone is alive inside!  I get something out of the refrigerator and think...oh, I bought that at Caribbean Market, which collapsed in the earthquake.  In my mind, I can walk up and down the aisles and see the faces of people that worked there and are dead now.  I cannot say that I am afraid.  I do not fear dying.  But now that I am have a chance to slow down just a little bit, I am able to process all that has happened in the last 3 weeks and I think of 200,000 people dead and it is overwhelming!  Please pray for all of us who were here during the earthquake and who have worked so hard since then trying to help the wounded and the homeless.  I truly think it is just now starting to hit us how much of Haiti was affected by this earthquake!

13 comments (Add your own)

1. enola wrote:
Dixie, Is it possible that some of these new mothers could be "sponsored" by some of your supporters? I would be willing to commit to giving someone a monthly stipend to help allow them to keep their children if they want to. I think that it would be terrible for someone to feel that they had to give up their children because they felt they were so destitute and afraid for their future after the earthquake that they could not keep them. This money could help them get some of the necessities and and give them some security.

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 7:28 PM

2. Stephanie Sparks wrote:
Wish I could adopt these precious little ones but unfortunately I know that it will be a long time before adoptions resume! My heart and prayers go out to them and to all of you. God Bless You!!

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 7:33 PM

3. Kasey Boatright wrote:
I am trying to correspond with Jean, but emails are being returned because the inbox is full. Here is the latest email I tried to send. "Thanks Jean! I'm taking a shot in the dark with this email because I'm sure you've gotten more than one inquiry. What about the two new babies at GLA that are for adoption? I believe they came in today or yesterday?? I realize they will have to go through the adoption process of Haiti and that it is halted for now, but I just can't help but ask. As I told you in my first email, my husband is coming to Haiti at the end of February and is planning to come visit GLA while he is there, meet Dixie, and talk to her about adopting from GLA. Our heart's desire is to care for a baby who will never know life apart from us and never know he or she was unloved or unwanted. Please, we are serious. " I know this might get tossed in the wind, but I'm just asking for some consideration and to stay in contact with someone about this process. Thanks, Kasey

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 8:07 PM

4. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Kasey, This request will not get tossed in the wind because the kids are too important for that. However, given the state of turmoil in the country of Haiti right now, we are not able to process adoptions. Go to the "So You Want To Adopt" page, sing up for updates and keep in touch. When we know more, we'll share it. Tom

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 8:54 PM

5. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Enola, We are currently working on and discussing those type of sponsorship programs at the board level. Stay tuned. Tom V

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 8:55 PM

6. Rita Hanchey wrote:
My husband and I did fill out on your website "so you want to adopt." Yes, we would love to adopt from GLA when the time is right, but we would be interested in the possibility of paying an amount monthly to help out as Enola suggested:-) We currently give to other groups sponsoring children in other countries. We have also donated things to GLA by way of Jean Bell here in CSC. Great idea Enola!! Praying for Dixie, the children, UNICEF, and the rest of the GLA workers. God is good!! Rita H

Wed, February 3, 2010 @ 9:16 PM

7. Anne Buffelan wrote:
I'm an adoptive parent of one of the "french children" still awaiting in GLA. I agree with a sponsoring of families for the next years. Haiti will give me a child, if the french governement finally accepts to evacuate my son. Part of my heart will always be in Haiti.

Thu, February 4, 2010 @ 5:34 AM

8. Rosie Winter wrote:
I understand that adoptions are not being procesed now for obvious reasons but I was wondering if people who are serious about adopting should start the process in their own country in the meantime? Or would you advise them to hold off for a while? Praying for GLA and the people of Haiti. Thank-you for the updates! Rosie

Thu, February 4, 2010 @ 12:14 PM

9. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Rosie, Here's my unofficial take on it: 1. If you are serious, start the process in your own country. 2. But don't do anything that would have "time sensitive" documents in it, because we just don't know what we're looking at in terms of time frames. Does that make sense? Tom

Thu, February 4, 2010 @ 7:51 PM

10. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Anne, I couldn't agree more. The reason my wife has spent the last almost three weeks there and the reason I've spent countless hours on this over the last weeks is because part of our hearts will always be in Haiti. Thanks for being so eloquent about it and have faith and patience. Your son will make it home, maybe not in your or my time, but in God's time. Tom

Thu, February 4, 2010 @ 7:55 PM

11. Rita Hanchey wrote:
Tom If your unofficial take is for families who are serious about adopting from Haiti is to start the process in our own countries, can you tell me what the process is?? I thought we would have to fill out paperwork with GLA first??? My husband and I were foster parents here in Colorado Springs, CO and adopted two boys after foster parenting them for about a year. That process would have to be totally different from what we would need to do to adopt from Haiti? Any information would be very helpful. Thanks, Rita Hanchey

Fri, February 5, 2010 @ 12:03 AM

12. Allison Napps wrote:
I would like to support mothers in haiti who can not afford to keep their children, and or I would be willing to foster a family if given the opportunity. I cant imagine the heart break of not being able to support you child and having to give it away so that it might have a better life. If any sponsorship programs are set up please let me know.

Tue, February 9, 2010 @ 3:59 PM

13. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Allison, We're working on those type of sponsorship programs. Stay tuned. Tom

Tue, February 9, 2010 @ 9:18 PM

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