"While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about."
Ever since the earthquake (and I think before but I'm not sure) my granddaughter and her mother have been going to Haiti to help out at an orphanage/school supported by their church.
In fact the same week the earthquake hit back in January, Leila had her bags packed and was ready to go. And go she did. Talk about scary. I don't have all the details but I think the school is on the other side of the island from where all the damage took place. It's still Haiti, however, and that pretty much conjures up a picture of poverty.
Every time Ashley and her mom take one of these mission trips, St. Thomas Johnny (yes he's moved again and this is only a temporary assignment!) goes a little nuts. He knows she's doing a good thing. He knows she's surrounded by people who will keep her safe. None of that matters until he gets the phone call that she is back on good old USA terra firma. I try to leave it in the hands of the One they are serving, but it's hard not to worry.
I heard recently there are 1 million orphans in Haiti.
1, 000, 000.
That's not the number of people in Haiti. Or the number of homeless people. It is the number of babies and children WITHOUT a mother or father. I cannot even wrap my brain around a statistic like that.
So you have to wonder what can one person do?
How about this?
I swear I weep with pride seeing my beautiful granddaughter holding this child. As I am hard pressed to give up memories, I have a hard time believing it has been almost 16 years since I held this same girl in my arms. Now she's all grown up. Come July she'll be driving. Yikes!!!
But look at her. An angel with the important assignment - to do nothing more than sit there and hold this baby in her arms. God bless them both. God bless the other 999,000 others with someone to offer a kiss of hope, a hug of courage, and a heart of love.
May the day come when every child on earth can live in a home filled with God's perfect peace,
P.S. I do not know the proper FaceBook ettiquette for snagging pictures. These were posted yesterday on the pages of Lisa Millard Ennis and Debbie Rennas Harvey. They were taken at the Kay Anj Orphanage in Cap Haitian, Haiti. For more information, to help or donate go to http://helpinghaitianangels.org/