I don’t know if I’m actually ready for a month long speaking tour in Canada, but “ready or not” I’m here and have started speaking to groups and churches! I went to Colorado Springs first to load up on some winter clothing, a coat, mittens, and closed toe shoes! I feel lost without my flip flops already. My feet are not used to being constricted in any kind of shoes for any reason!
I left a cold and snowy Colorado on Thursday morning and arrived in Bellingham, Washington state about 5:30 PM that night. Bellingham is just over the border from Vancouver, British Columbia. A family who is adopting a child from the toddler house picked me up and I got to spend the evening and night with them and get to know their family just a little bit better. It was fun getting to meet them before they come to Haiti to visit their little girl and go to the courts. Friday morning, Heather, the adoptive mom, drove me to Focus on the Family offices in Langly, British Columbia where I met with the Focus on the Family employees and shared a little about GLA.
Wendy and Larry Kittlitz, who adopted Sonise in 2004 and was one of the couples in our “Adoption Stories” shows on the Discovery Health channel, are hosting me while I am in BC. I spent the day at that home and in the evening when to Jeff and Melinda Dewsbury’s home for the evening meal. There I got to see Wilde, who was adopted from GLA and evacuated after the earthquake. It was great to see him and see how well he is doing in their home.
Then last evening, they took me to their church where I got to meet with prospective adoptive families and other supporters of GLA and past volunteers. It was great seeing past adoptive families and seeing how the children are doing today.
One particular family, Barry and Shelagh Finnis, adopted a baby girl named Faith back in 1998. Their adoption was one of our first adoptions to Canada. Faith is now 14 years old and a beautiful teenager! What a surprise for me when they showed up at the gathering last night! But talking to them was just like old times. Shelagh came to Haiti and stayed with us for 7 weeks back then waiting for her adoption to be finalized. Times like this are so fun and exciting for me! I actually get to see the “fruits of my labor” and what adoption means in helping to build loving families.
It’s Saturday morning and my day is filled with a meeting and then a Haitian dinner where I will share about GLA and then also a church service where I will get to share a about GLA.
Please keep me in your prayers and also pray that God will open doors to find donors who will help us raise the funds needed to continue the work in Haiti. Our funds are down and we have enough to continue for 2 more months. Donations are not coming in this year like in previous years.
The work is MORE since the earthquake, not less. If everyone who reads this blog post could give $10 per month, we would have the funding we needed. Only $10 will make a difference. The “Power of 10” is a new GLA motto that I have adopted and strongly believe in. GLA was built on 10 and 20 dollars gifts!
In today’s economical conditions, it might be difficult for people to give a large donation, but most people can afford to give $10 to the children of Haiti. Would you help GLA by being the first to give?
Posted on Sat, October 29, 2011