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!
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!
Posted on Wed, February 3, 2010