Haiti Day Four (Tuesday) Part 2

Well, it took me a few days but here is part 2 of Day Four! There are a lot of pictures in this post. I hope that if you are a sponsor family, you will get a glimpse of your child!

We arrived at Hope for the Children orphanage after lunch. School was in session, so we had a few minutes to catch our breath and get things set up. Unfortunately, it was during this time that I started having really bad pain, and nausea from the kidney stone. I was able to find a place to sit where the breeze was blowing and was able to cool off a bit. After about 20 minutes, the pain had eased up and I was able to be with the kids once they got out of classes. I was praying that I wouldn’t have any more pain on the trip.

We had a wonderful afternoon with the children….Bible stories, crafts, singing, dancing, basketball, and Uno! We were able to give each child a hand-made pillow with their name on it. All of them loved their pillows…even the older boys!

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Rosevaldine

Rosevaldine

Stephie

Stephie

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Jonas

Jonas

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Roseguerline

Roseguerline

Our sweet Minerva.

Our sweet Minerva.

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We gave Minerva her very own Story Bible.  One of the older boys who knew some English is reading to her and some of the other children. <3

We gave Minerva her very own Story Bible. One of the older boys who knew some English is reading to her and some of the other children. ❤

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Minerva, Emilie and Willy

Minerva, Emilie and Willy

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Many of the children received gifts from their sponsor families. I cannot begin to tell you the anticipation and excitement from these sweet kids as they waited to see if their name was called. They were thrilled to receive a gift! It brought tears to my eyes as I watched the joy that these simple gifts brought to the children. It was amazing to me that these kids know the names of their sponsors and many would bring pictures of their “family” to us and ask us if we knew them. If you are a sponsor, please know that these kids know you, love you and even pray for you! You are a blessing to them! It is so important that you stay in contact with your child. Being a sponsor is so much more than giving a monthly financial gift.

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Bertin

Bertin

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Samuela

Samuela

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Limsly

Limsly

Jean Phillipe

Jean Phillipe

Christopher Louis

Christopher Louis

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Vil

Vil

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Neika Alisme

Neika Alisme

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Peterson Decius

Peterson Decius

Evens Joseph

Evens Joseph

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Jean Lyonelson Balmir

Jean Lyonelson Balmir

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Ketneau Jean

Ketneau Jean

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Djina Alcimeus

Djina Alcimeus

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Ruth Destinvil

Ruth Destinvil

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Cherolsben Ernst Desir

Cherolsben Ernst Desir

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Kervencia Beaute

Kervencia Beaute

These four children are siblings.  The oldest girl is Samuela.  She is with Kevin, Jennifer and Colin....her sponsor family.  I cannot remember the oldest boys name.  At the time this picture was taken, he did not yet have a sponsor.  The youngest girl is Minerva, our sponsor child.  The youngest boy is Sabendji and he is sponsored by our pastor and his wife.

These three children are siblings. The oldest girl is Samuela. She is with Kevin, Jennifer and Colin….her sponsor family. I cannot remember the oldest boys name. At the time this picture was taken, he did not yet have a sponsor. The youngest girl is Minerva, our sponsor child. The youngest boy is Sabendji and he is sponsored by our pastor and his wife.

What an amazing day this was! Sadly, it ended up being the last day for Emilie and I. That evening/night my pain began to worsen and I knew that I was going to need to seek medical attention. So after a sleepless night, Emilie and I caught a flight out of Haiti on Wednesday morning. I hated for Emilie to have to leave early, but I’m so thankful that she went with me. I would have never made it without her help. We flew from Port-au-Prince to Miami. Our flight from Miami to Charlotte was delayed, causing us to miss our connecting flight from Charlotte to Atlanta, which was the last flight into Atlanta for the night. 😦 The airline gave us a voucher for a hotel, but I was in so much pain at this time that the paramedics were called and I went by ambulance to the nearest hospital. After sitting in the ER for MANY hours, I was finally seen by a doctor at 6:45 Thursday morning. It was determined that I have “several good size” stones. We were exhausted by the time we left the hospital that afternoon and a friend took us to a hotel to stay the night. The next day some friends from church drove us home. At this point, I have still not passed the stones, so if you could remember me in your prayers I would certainly appreciate it!

Thankfully, Jacob was able to complete the trip with the rest of the team. It was an amazing experience for all of us and the Lord continues to teach me things through my time in Haiti. I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me, Emilie and Jacob to be a part of the Haiti 2016 team and I pray that we will have the opportunity to go back!

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:11-15

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

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