It has been quite ride! We have experienced all emotions here, worked very hard and worshipped like never before. It has been a joy! Yesterday will be a visual image that I will never forget. If you look at our photos you wil see an older haitan woman worshipping in a field up in the mountains. She had suffered a great loss and had come to the fields to openly worship God! It was so beautiful and moving. We were up on the mountain to hear about a future vision for Child Hope. Their prayer is to have property up on the mountain and build smaller cottages where they can have a group of children with a haitan mom and dad living together as a family. The hope is to model to the children what a family is and how the dynamics are in a family with a mom and dad. This they pray will carry over to the haitan culture so that couples will get married and care for their children as a family. It is not that way now. Most children do not have a father present in their life and sometimes they are orphaned because their mother can not provide for her child anymore and she gives the child to an orphanage . Being here has taught me that there are no easy fixes. In fact, so many of the problems are a vicious cycle which leaves you with a feeling of where do you start. I have been in awe of the organization and the staff here because they realize the barriers they are up against and they forge ahead with new ideas and new plans. For example, the cottage homes and vocational training for men and women. It is amazing to be around so many selfless people and see their good works for children and God.
I am so thankful to have had this experience. I am very thankful for the great team we had here. I
thoroughly enjoyed each of them and am so proud of all that we did accomplish. I am also thankful to the haitan people who were very gracious and kind to us.