Today I’ve been back in Haiti for a week and 4 days. Being at Lifeline is a completely different atmosphere than YWAM and especially DTS.
Emily O’Byrne moved here with the first team and we came on January 4. While some projects and things didn’t go as planned, Team 1 got a lot accomplished. We got the first part of the Denton shipment and got it unloaded and sorted. The men started on the roof for a church that was damaged in the earthquake. We played with the kids a lot and got to love on them and did some other smaller projects around here. There were some really awesome people on Team 1! Andrea O’Byrne got to come for the first time as well as Hannah Vincent, two good friends of mine. It’s always fun to share Haiti and this place that I love so much with people that I love. We were sad to see them go, but Team 1 left on Thursday.
UNICEF is shutting down about 500 orphanages in Haiti and is trying to find different orphanages to take the kids. Nicole has been going to a lot of meetings about this. She agreed to take some kids. So we received 21 kids – 18 boys and 3 girls – on Friday. I think their ages are about 4 to 12. Our kids look really healthy next to them. Emily and I were struck with the sadness of being tossed here and there as they were getting off the bus. Please pray for these kids as some of them are kind of scared. When Emily and I went to sing and pray with the girls, we were saying goodnight and when I hugged one of the new girls she started crying and again last night when I was up there she was crying again. Again, please pray for these children!! That girl’s name is Mimose (me-mose).
The second part of the shipment arrived yesterday, so when Team 2 arrives on Wednesday, there will be plenty to do. There are 24 people on this team plus Emily and I. Since we got the new kids, we don’t have an extra room to put the men in. Please pray for wisdom for us as we figure out the best way to house everyone.
I put photos on my Facebook just now, so you should be able to view them here