I wonder if life is as busy for you as it has been for me. I’m finishing up home schooling with my four kids here at home, working on another trip to Haiti in October with a team, have one son home from college for the summer, horse-shows of course, and keeping up on all of the normal daily things. I would like to tell you a short story.
There was a family who lived in Haiti for a couple of years and ended up bringing home to the states a very special little baby boy whose mother had died giving birth to him. He was very loved by every member of his family. His mama always thought God’s hand was on him in a very special way. He grew in truth and integrity and took on great responsibility for one his age.
His papa died when he was 15 years old, and he stepped up to accept the pain and the loss that was now his. This little boy with the dark curly hair and the midnight eyes is now 18 years old. He has been accepted into West Point Military Academy in New York and will be leaving his family in two weeks. To be accepted into West Point is quite a privilege and to know his roots and his story is even more amazing. I will miss my son terribly, but I know he walks in the way set before him. To know that I have had the privilege of being his mama is humbling, to say the least.
The reason I tell you this story, is that it’s a deep part of my life. As I’ve invested into each of my children, adopted or homegrown, I am grateful. This is much like the work in Haiti. We are all investing in children in Haiti, helping them grow and walk in wisdom. Our own children are only ours for a few years and as they fly from the nest, we become their best encouragers, their best advisors and love them the most. They will always be a part of our lives, and so will those children in Haiti. I thank you for being so faithful in your support, your prayers, and your giving. For those of you who have gone with me, I know there is nothing like meeting your sponsored child and the many children who are not yet sponsored. They become real children with personalities – some silly, some serious. I see their faces in my mind and smile. You have touched their lives deeply, though they may not know you personally. Thank you for giving them opportunity and for enriching their lives with your love.
We are still in process of finishing two church/schools – one in the mountains and one in the valley. I ask that you would consider giving toward these projects. Everything given goes directly to Haiti. Much is donated in time and money on this side and I thank those who have invested.