October 17, 2013 – Haiti day 4
Serving in Haiti is a little like wedding vows….
Through sickness and health we persevere.
Once you know Haitians, you have and hold them in your heart.
For better and for worse, you serve and play and feed and work
For richer or for poorer…mostly poorer, you try to teach and train the teachers, care takers, and nannies.
Haiti leads the western hemisphere in poverty.
Haiti was the first black republic in the world.
Haiti is protected with weak law enforcement.
The streets are lined with trash and the homes are all surrounded by HIGH walls and locked gates for safety.
The earthquake killed over 150,000 people and left a million homeless. Many Haitians still don’t have homes from the earthquake.
Patrick is a 17 yr old that now lives with Byron and Shelley. On the day of the earthquake almost four years ago, he skipped school to go see his dad who lived across town. He got hit by a car the moment of the earthquake on his rush to get home so his mom wouldn’t know. His mom thought he was dead because his school was completely crushed to ground. He sat in the hospital with no doctors for days. His broken leg was so infected he finally had to be rushed to the US for care. He now lives with Byron and Shelley and is so respectful, hopeful and responsible. He has learned about love and kindness in a new way.
Today our team tirelessly continued with completing the construction needs….the list could go on forever. Part of the team worked with children at the Creche (orphans that have families waiting to adopt them), while the rest of the team trained the teachers and nannies about the vital importance of attachment in child rearing.
Let us all remember wherever we are to love those around us. Not to ignore or walk away when someone is in need. We don’t have to come across an ocean to serve the needy. Look next door, at school, at work and do what we can to add help and joy to this world. Many wedding ceremonies speak this verse, ” Love is patient. Love is kind…It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I Corinthians 13:4-7