In this life, and from my personal experience this life in Haiti especially, you never know what to expect. That which is assumed to be normal becomes odd, and that which is odd becomes normal. With time nothing shocks you. This callused conditioning is good and bad. While it enables you to handle the ups-and-downs of functioning in an unstable environment, it also brings with it a bit of immunity to the “stories” of pain, misery, loss, and hopelessness that are not stories at all but the reality in the lives of beautiful hard worn souls that need repair. Sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, and brothers and sisters of mine. A year ago, when Haitian Social Services (IBESR) stepped in to defend the children of its nation, they did something very rare, but absolutely necessary. They investigated and closed down an orphanage, that though most likely started with good intentions and a heart of passion, had become what has been described as walls of neglect and confinement. Not wanting these children to suffer even a day longer, they acted (bravo to them!) and closed the facility down without having enough place to move the children to. With so many orphanages in Haiti being overcrowded and underfunded they weren’t able to move all the kids into just one other orphanage, but divided them up between three, asking us to temporarily accept the youngest twenty-five while they searched to try and reunite them with their birth families, or found a permanent home that could commit to raising, educating, and preparing these young lives for adulthood in their home nation. The kids came to us bloated bellies, open sores, scared faces, in shock from the disruption of their world, comatose from their sheltered existence behind locked doors, exhibiting anger, fear, sadness, and a need for acceptance and affection in turn. Their arrival turned our lives up-side-down, and broke our hearts. One year has pass and though four of the twenty five have been reunited with their grateful relatives, the others are still with us, waiting to know what the government will decide for their futures. These are their stories of healing and transformation, a firsthand report of God’s healing power taking place before our eyes. Each day I will share one, titled by the nickname the child is fondly known by here. Thank you for the part you play in His plan with your prayers, donations, and financial support.
“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jeremiah 33:6 (NIV)
To be continued…
Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013