It has been another amazing and very productive day here in Haiti! The weather has not been nearly us unbearable as I thought it would be so that is another blessing. The orphans were such a joy to be with today! We pulled out bubbles which is something they have never had before and you would have thought we had given them a million bucks! Their smiles and happiness are priceless. We played with bouncy balls, dolls, looked at books, had a staff versus kids soccer game, colored pictures and they even put on a small concert for us! There is never a dull moment with all of them here! We got to talk with all of them again but this time we had a bit more fun! So far we have an up and coming Pastor, Nurse, Soccer Player, Teacher and Doctor... It is so amazing to hear all of their hopes and dreams and even though we all know that children change their minds it is encouraging to know that they are dreaming, even in a country that seems to crush such ideas. They all shared that they would love to have bicycles, and even though they have never ridden them they would like to learn! Kenley, our second oldest boy has changed so much from the last trip! He is so full of life and joyful that it just pours out of him in everything he goes to do! When I asked them what something is that they have never done but would like to do, Kenley piped right up and said he would like to race cars on a play station! He is so outgoing, funny and smart but he is also loving, patient and gentle.
one point during the afternoon, Mom asked the kids if they had
memorized any scripture and I was amazed as each of them stood up to
share a whole chapter out of the Bible. Come Dina's turn however, she
forgot halfway through what the rest of her scripture was. Her heart was
broken and she was so distraught that the house mother, Junie, took her
into the bedroom, pulled out their Bible and helped her to study until
she could say it perfectly. She reminds me of myself quite a lot and I
could not have been prouder when she came marching out and confidently
finished what she had started. It amazes me how strong and resilient
these kids are even in something as simple as this.
It's been a
quiet evening at the Mission House. We ate our dinner on the second
floor outdoor porch, overlooking the neighborhood and the side of a
mountain. There is a crusade going on nearby so we get to listen to all
of the singing and all of the neighbor children wave and blow us kisses
anytime they catch a glimpse of us. They have already stolen our hearts!
Robinson went to Bible Study tonight but some of the boys and Kimberly
are here and do anything and everything possible to make it easy and
comfortable for us! They all feel like my brothers and sisters! Now I
will close out for the night. We have lots of big plans and ideas for
tomorrow but morning is coming quickly! Once again, much love to
everyone at home, especially for our three guys!
Love and goodnight from St. Marc, Haiti!