Sunday, March 21, 2010

My first few weeks - Jean

It has been 24 days since I arrived back in Haiti, and I have fallen in love all over again. I find myself greatly humbled by God's perfect timing. When I was back in the States for about six months, I remained patient for God's call to come back down. When I arrived, I knew the exact reason why I was asked to wait. God knew that a very special young boy would be brought to Danita's Children after the earthquake, and He planted a seed of love in my heart for his son, Jean.

A couple weeks before I came to Haiti, one of the missionaries had posted a picture of Jean on Facebook. He was a tiny little thing with braids lying in a wheelbarrow sleeping. My best friend, Andrea, was sitting by me when I saw the picture and I looked to her and simply stated, "I want to take care of him."

I crossed the border of Haiti on Friday, February 26th and could not wait to meet the new children from Port-au-Prince, especially little Jean. He was in the cafeteria when I was eating lunch, and I felt instantly drawn to him. Jean has this very quiet and sweet presence about him, and he is just precious! His eyelashes are perfectly curled, and when you look through his dark brown eyes there is this innocence that will melt anyone's heart (I know it has mine!)

Jean has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, and is completely dependent at this point of his life, but he offers more to me than I could ever give him. He reminds me of how precious the little things in life are, and to never take anything for granted. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity and blessing to care for little Jean. It is truly a privilege to be with him every day as I have done nothing to deserve this awesome gift from above!

Jean is one of many amazing children here in Haiti, and I look forward to sharing updates with you on his growth and progress. There are so many children I want you to meet, so in the next coming weeks, I will write more. There are two other special needs children in particular that I want to share with you, Fitson and Denise, so be sure to check back in the coming weeks for their stories!

Love in Christ,

Sponsorship - Thank You

I just want to say thank you to all my sponsors and supporters who help me tremendously with my expenses while I am living in Haiti. It is truly a blessing to know that I have so many people behind me. You are all greatly appreciated and I pray that you are much in return from blessing me. I look forward to sharing my journey with you...

Be 1 in 100 ($5 a month)
(for some reason if your name is left off this list, please let me know. I want to be sure to add you!)

1. Andrea Khoury
2. The Rusk Family
3. The Braun Family
4. Kelly Wocjik and Madison
5. The Diehl Family
6. The Shenk Family
7. Marc Shore
8. Donna Shore
9. Brittany Shore
10. Michelle and Shelby Quick
11. Kellie and Nadia Main-Patel
12. The Evelev Family
13. The deHaan Family
14. Bianca Khoury Rey
15. Eric Rey
16. Tucker Khou-Rey
17. Merritt Wrighton
18. Isabella Rey
19. Leila Rey
20. Bryce Khoury
21. Daulton Shea
22. The Browning Family
23. The Munshi Family
24. Beverly Bellinger
25. Beverly Kusiv
26. Randy Kusiv
27. Lynn Kusiv
28. Aubrey Kusiv
29. Tracy Hipp
30. The Vincent Family
31. The Kulp Family
32. Amy Boukhrissi
33. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
34. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
35. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
36. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
37. Lee and Marsha Lindsey
38. Melanee Vicedo
39. The Heyser Family
40. Angela Kenski
41. Cathryn Cavanaugh
42. Sylvia Cavanaugh
43. Diana Quiles
44. Kelli Quiles
45. Eva Grossi De Luigi
46. Barry and Krystal Meyers
47. Delphine Hyde
48. Dale Hyde
49. Rhonda Morales and Family
50. Renee Stokes and Family
51. The Story Family
52. The Veigle Family
53. The Brenner Family
54. Kathryn Austin
55. Caitlin Snelson, Matthew Austin, Ryan Austin
56. Mary Ann Khoury
57. Dr. Suzanne Salapa
58. Bob and Ashley Lally
59. Jill Lindsey
60. The Van Anda Family
61. Abi Forness
62. The McLean Family
63. Juliana Collins
64. Diana Collins
65. Angie Collins
66. Maria Collins

Other Sponsors

1. Markham Woods Assembly
2. Becky Kueppers
3. Paul Meyer
4. Brenda and Bill Bagwell
5. Bob and Marta Khoury
6. Rick and Pat Laws
7. Dottie McBroom
8. TJ and Kristen Carter
9. The Shewalter Family
10. The Roman Family
11. The Dance Family