Busy Day at GLA!

We have a wonderful team of 11 volunteers here at  DSC00688 GLA right now.  Part of the group worked at Fort Jacques and part worked here at the main house and painted and worked with the children. They have really worked hard sorting boxes from the container that came out last week.  Dave, our volunteer from Australia, has supervised them and they prepared 375 sacks of donations to distribute to a tent city.

Today, all of the children went up to the balcony and the nursery rooms were cleaned, scrubbed, and painted.  I sent Molly and Joyce down lastDSC00717 week to buy paint and told them they could pick the colors.   They decided to paint each room 2 colors and did not tell me, so I was quite surprised when I walked in and saw the rooms!  But they are beautiful and it turned out looking very nice.

Hopefully, they will get the other rooms painted tomorrow.  It is so nice to see the rooms painted and clean!  With our new cribs donated through Bethany Christian Adoptions, the rooms are beautiful!

The  children all stayed on the balcony and played and DSC00716even took their naps together on the floor.  In the afternoon, it rained a lot.  We hear there is a tropical storm here in the Caribbean and it has rained a lot the last few days.  I do not remember another rainy season like this one in the last 19 years!  We have received a LOT of rain!

I had visitors today who wanted to know a little about starting a mission in Haiti and wanted to see an American run orphanage. They were helping a Haitian run orphanage in Carrefour.  It is always difficult to know what to tell someone about what is needed here.  I gave told them what I thought just from my experiences but told them to be open to God’s will and God will open doors and show them what they should be doing.

This morning, Ernst got a call from our agent getting our containers out of customs and he toldDSC00726 Ernst that we needed to send people to the port in Port-au-Prince for an inspection of 3 containers!  There was a strike today for public servants but one customs agent said he would inspect one of the containers today and the other two tomorrow.  So Ernst, Erick, Wadson, Patrick, and Dave hurried to Port-au-Prince to unload the container and let the customs agent inspect each and every box on the container!  This container has several kitchen appliances on it along with washers and dryers to replace some of our appliances that are worn out.

The heat was 105 F (40.5 C) and very humid today at the  Port!  Patrick DSC00743came back to the house exhausted and dehydrated!  All of the guys looked a little worse for wear when they returned to the orphanage.  They are NOT looking forward to going to the port again tomorrow but they have to!  They will hopefully get there earlier tomorrow and take lots of water with  them!

We finally received 6 passports for children going to French families!  What a journey this has been for all of us!  We are so thankful that these children will be joining their “forever” families very soon!DSC00756

Look how big Jerrensia is getting! We have had problems getting passports for some of the children with medical issues.  Their parents lost all of their identification papers during the earthquake and it has been very difficult to replace any lost papers.  Hopefully, we are almost done getting the paperwork ready for Jerrensia and Ken.





7 comments (Add your own)

1. Kae Elliott wrote:
Love those bright colors for the nursery. Way to go. So sorry it is raining so much. My heart aches for those in the tent cities - I've been camping in the rain and it is no fun - must be horrible to always be in a tent and not able to escape from the wet. Thanks for your updates and pics. The babies are thriving and you are doing wonderful work. BTW: colorado springs isn't escaping from the rain either. Hugs and prayers, Kae

Thu, July 22, 2010 @ 9:09 PM

2. robert adams wrote:
3 cheers for Dave and the distribution team! Love the paint colors and everything team GLA is doing. Keep up the good work! We hear you!

Thu, July 22, 2010 @ 9:12 PM

3. Kelly D < :) wrote:
YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! Seriously can not wait to get back down and see the updates to the nurseries and see the kids! Also excited about how God is working to get the containers out of customs!!!! Thinking and praying for GLA!!! love in Christ Kelly D < :-D

Thu, July 22, 2010 @ 10:51 PM

4. Rori Hartzell wrote:
oh, I am just soooo immensely happy to hear that Jerrensia is going to a forever family !!! We have prayed diligently for her to find the family that God intended her to be with....what an answer to prayer ! My heart is so happy for her. The rooms look wonderful and so cheerful. Blessing to you all !

Thu, July 22, 2010 @ 10:55 PM

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Fri, July 23, 2010 @ 6:01 PM

6. barbara wrote:
Enjoy your blogs

Mon, July 26, 2010 @ 6:12 AM

7. Michele Cooper wrote:
The new colours in the nursery look so bright and clean... Well done guys you really make a difference...

Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

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