Sorry I didn’t get anything posted last night. I was ready for sleep by 7:30. It was a very good night of sleep for me, we woke up to our first rain at about midnight. Boy did it rain.
Yesterday morning at the rock, Sarah did devotions for us. What a great teacher. Sarah has many gifts. She talked about the Holy Trinity. She told of a way that it was explained to her when she was young, so that she could understand how one could be three. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Water. The analogy is wonderful. Water has three states just like God has three states, yet it is just water. Water in it’s liquid form, water in the form of ice, and water in the form of vapor or steam. She shared some scripture about the three with 1st John 5:4 fand Ephesians 4:4-6.
Devotions went a little longer yesterday morning, the three old ladys as we were affectionatly called by the teens had some emotions lingering that needed to be released. This team fits so nicely together. Having the opportunity to get to know some great people that are infected with the Holy Spirit has been so uplifting and emotional.
Today we started our work at Pastor Louissants. You can go back on my personal facebook page and see this orphanage in December of 2012. Holes in the church/school room, sticks and a tattered tarp for a kitchen, and all of the children sleeping in one room. Some things have changed since my very first trip there, but the children have not. There have been some dorm rooms built and beds with mattresses and sheets donated, and a storage room is being built now. As soon as we arrived the children started coming right in and sitting down. The older children minding the younger children. We were looking for a nanny or pastor Louissant so that we could have an adult tell Sarah any medical issues each child may be having, but no one was there. The oldest child was 13. My oldest daughter is 13, and she will babysit my younger children, she is mature enough to handle the 3 littles running around my house. I would not however leave her minding 21 other children, alone. Soon after Sarah and Jan started checkups an adult did show up, but he wasn’t a staffed employee. He was able to tell us enough about the children. Sarah saw a lot of ear infections again. Every child got a worm pill and a vitamin. A lot of children were given antibiotics with instructions for their infections. The man that showed up was holding all of the pills and instructions, and we need to pray and pray dillegently that the right thing will be done with these meds. Pray that they are not sold and that each child may be cured of their ailments. We have gone to this particular orphanage every time I have been here (5 times) and each time the teams have brought things for these chidlren. I look for the toys and bags and things we have gifted the children in the past and have yet to see anything from past trips.
I was there only a few minutes when one of the older girls came in with Osinel. Do you remember Osinel? During my last trip to this orphanage I met Osinel. He was limp and could not hold his head up. I picked him up and he snuggled right in and my heart broke. Micah and Robenson were able to get this child to the clinic and he was ill, hungry, and dehydrated. After I got home Osmy sent photos of this child doing better and holding his head up. I was excited to see him yesterday, and when he saw me he held his arms out for me. He once again snuggled right in. It is hard to tell how old he is, the girls told me 2, but I could only see 4 teeth. He is older than 1, because when other children would try and hold my hand or play with me he would yell and push/hit them away. He could open the bag that he was given and choose what he wanted out of the bag. I can tell that there is something wrong with his legs, they are much smaller and weaker than the rest of his body. He will not stand on his own and he can not walk yet. Sarah did find ear infection in one ear and treated him for that. His shirt was burned and 6 sizes to big. We brought him back to the mission and gave him lunch and new clothes before we brought him back to the place that he calls home. Please pray for this baby. Please pray for me, this is one child that I have had an emotional connection to, that I have not had with anyone else.
I will post photos when I return home, but know that the kids at Louissants are not clean, they do not have clothes that fit or that are washed. They are dirty, and unkempt. Their eyes are sunken and lost, smiles are hard to get. There is not a safe place for them to play without the threat of injury, cuts or falls. When you leave Louissants your heart aches.
After lunch, and dropping off Osinel we headed to another orphanage. This orphanage is run by Joe and his father and it is called Cobba. The children were there to greet us with smiles and hugs and welcomed us by performing two songs for us. Emily told them the Christmas story with the help of Joe to translate for us and the children were given gifts. They laughed and played and smiled. Joe sent Wadsen up into a coconut tree to chop down some coconuts and we were blessed with the gift of coconut water to drink and the flesh to eat. These children are loved, know Jesus, and their eyes are full of light. It was important for everyone to see that along with the bad, there is good. Not every orphanage is hopeless and full with ill children. It was refreshing to see and play with thee children.
Today we will go to church here at the mission and travel to Port-au-Prince. We will visit the museum and then stop at the mass grave in Titanyen on our way back. Sarah has 10 goats here at the mission that are ready to bless some families so maybe we will have the opportunity to see some of them delivered.
Everyone is feeling well today, and this is because of the healing power of our Lord, and the prayers from you asking for our health. Thank you and blessings to you all.