Even though we were staying in a nicer part of town, the electricity went out at least for a couple hours everyday, warm showers were scarce, and we were very thankful when we had AC. It was hot, but we knew we were still really spoiled. We saw lots of tents and shacks all around us. The tents were supposed to be a temporary solution, but in the third world, it pretty much becomes the permanent solution. I couldn’t tell how much of the poverty was from the effects after the earthquake or how much of it had always been that way. Yet, what beautiful place it was with so many wonderful people, and through all the destruction, there was so much beauty, joy, and hope. God is on the move.
We went to three different orphanages and did some handyman work, built seesaws, played with the children, distributed food and tents to a mountain village, hung out with former gang leaders, pimps, prostitutes… all the misfits in society that Jesus would hang out with, and I fell in love with them all. I left a part of my heart in Haiti, and I can’t wait to go back and see everyone. If you’d like to support my next trip, you can get more info here. We’re continuing to do the summer promotion for Haiti.
Here was an orphanage that was destroyed from the earthquake:
The gravesite for the seven children that died:
Something so simple as taking a photograph brought many smiles to the kids at the orphanage.
We are blessed to be a blessing to others. We are to be a river and let the blessings flow through us. Not a reservoir. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more (Luke 12:48)
One of the organizations we partnered with, International Crisis Aid, also had child sponsorship programs, and through them I was able to sponsor my first child! :) He is the boy to the right. He was one of the first kids that came up to me and grabbed my hand. He was always so full of joy and laughed and smiled a lot. You couldn’t not fall in love with him. If only I was ready to adopt, I totally would have taken him home. I wish I had the resources to sponsor all of the children there, but I’m in no place to do that. You can also be a sponsor for $40/month to make sure that these children’s basic needs are being met with International Crisis Aid. I want to see healthy kids when I go back!