Monday, January 25, 2010

Home From Haiti Again

I am home from Haiti again. This week has been one of the most difficult and rewarding weeks of my life. It was both physically and emotionally draining. A week that makes you appreciate what you have and where you live. It makes even the most difficult and trying times I experience at home and in my life so trivial. I saw people with no homes, only the clothes on their backs living on the streets or in the park areas, taking baths, naked on the street in broad daylight, standing in a long, long line just to get a bottle of water to drink, or a bag of rice to eat, what a humbling experience. I saw shelters built from sticks woven together to form a "house", a stick on each corner and across the top with a sheet or something similar spread over the top to make a roof, just to shelter them from the sun. In PAP it was extremely hot. In the midst of this, the people were singing praises to God, thankful for their lives, because basically that is all they have left, their lives and the greatest thing that they could ever have, the love of God. I saw greater expressions of faith from these people who have nothing, than the people here at home who have everything.
The time spent at GLA was very different than when I was there before, the Haitian nannies had such sad eyes, everyone of them had lost family members and or their homes. Some had found their children and had brought them to the orphanage to live with them. On the morning of the 6.1 "aftershock" the sad eyes where even more evident, it was just one week before that their lives had been turned upside down. Through it all they were trying to keep calm for the sake of the children. They would periodically break out in songs, praising God for His love and protection.
The love, caring, and concern the Haitians have for each other was exhibited as a lesson to be learned. Oh how privileged and selfish we are. We need to put aside all hatred we feel and love one another, our lives can be turned upside down in an instant, life is too valuable and short to spend time hating one another.
My prayer is that we never have to experience what the people of Haiti are experiencing and that we would show the love for one another that I have seen the Haitians show this week. I praise God that He allowed me to be a part of their lives for a brief period of time and that He brought me home safely.
I praise Him for His love, protection and a lesson learned.

God Bless You!For He shall give His angels charge over you,To keep you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11 NKJV
I will post a little later to tell you a little of my experience at the orphanage and helping to bring the children, who were coming to America to live, home to their "forever" families.

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