In just a few days Dallas and I, along with a team of 20 other adults will travel to the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere. I find myself getting more and more emotional the closer the trip gets. I watch this video from last years trip and tears just fill my eyes...
Last year Dallas traveled to Port Au Prince Haiti just weeks after the most devastating earthquake Haiti had encountered. 250,000 people were killed and over 30,000 buildings collapsed. I can't even imagine. Dallas came home a different person, a changed man. So many people from the trip last year have said that their life has been forever changed by the experience. I cannot wait.
I cannot wait to wrap my arms around the orphans. Every one of the kids from the video is an orphan, no parent to care for them, nobody to hug them, to love them, to look them in the eyes....nobody. There are over 400,000 children in Haiti without parents. I know that I will only be there a short time, but it's my mission to hug on as many of these little ones that I can. To give them attention and affection, to hold their hands, play with them and treat them like they are my kids. There are so many abandoned kids and orphanages, please pray for them!
I am so excited and expectant for what God is going to do through our team and in my life. I know that I know that we are supposed to be on this trip. God has confirmed it over and over again. Even when the financial aspect of the trip became a question, God took care of one of our trips almost instantly! Then when the blizzard hit and there were repairs and deductibles to be met, God took care of the other trip, that very week. Thank you so much to all of you who contributed to our trip! I cannot express how blessed we feel by each and every one of you. We have been SO blessed that we have been able to bless others to be able to go as well. I pray for each and every one of you....that God will bless you and that He will take the seed you have planted in us and will multiply it's fruit 1000 times over! Some people are called to go, some to give and some to do both. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for answering the call to give. By giving you are going with us!
Dallas says that Haiti is one of the most beautiful places he's ever been.
Please pray for our team. We will be at the Mission of Hope, part of Convoy of Hope...http://www.mohhaiti.org They run a wonderful organization that helps feed over 50,000 meals a day to children in schools and orphanages throughout Haiti. They are making a difference. Please pray for our safety and for the safety of our kids while we are away. Please pray for Rhett as he has been dehydrated. Last night our Dr. wanted to admit him the the Children's hospital. He ended up letting us take him home for the night where we forced pedialyte down him. He has had over 15 ounces of pedialyte since we have been home and woke up with a wet diaper this morning! Praise God for His faithfulness to heal! Please pray that Rhett will continue to stay hydrated and will be healthy while we are away. Many of the adults on our trip have children at home, please pray that they all remain safe and well taken care of in the absence of their mom or dad or both.
Stayed tuned for our return!