Friday, February 5, 2010
So exactly what are we doing in Haiti? Well, basically anything we are asked to do is a big part of the answer. When Gene, Trey and Chris visited the hospital in Loveachild (how great is that name for a village?), they noticed that long-term care of victims is the need at this point. First-responder work is coming to a slowdown. A big part of what we do is a ministry of presence. We hang out and laugh with kids as kids like to do. We have 250 orphans at this location with us. 47 new ones arrived the day before we did and EVERY ONE OF THEM has a story that God is writing. If you are cynical or agnostic, come to Haiti with me some time, and there's a good chance that will change. Rogelin is one of the orphans here. Rogelin is 15yrs. old and was sent on an errand the day of the earthquakes. His home came down and his mom and dad died. Rogelin's sister is in Miami on a work visa and she assumed her entire family was dead. How surprised and overjoyed she was to learn her little brother was still alive. I hear that sis was near-hysterical (in a good way) upon receiving the good news. The Global Orphan Project people are working with lawmakers to get Rogelin to Miami to reunite with sis. Last night "Mama" Beth Fox celebrated a birthday (she won't tell us which one), and Rogelin went out of his way to say with the best English he could muster, "Happy Birthday Beth." Joe Knittig said to Rogelin last night, "God has a plan for you Rog. He is going to redeem your life." Rogelin nodded in quiet acknowledgement and the rest of us fought back tears. Rogelin is just one of the 250 kids here right now.