I have never been good at concealing my feelings or keeping good news to myself, so tonight, on the same date that the decision was made, I can’t wait to share with you that I will be moving to Haiti!
I am incredibly overwhelmed and almost in disbelief at how God is working through this… how perfectly He has been orchestrating the details… how lovingly He has been preparing my heart… and how, in His timing, He has been opening the necessary doors.
I love Him so much and am humbled to have this opportunity before me.
Anyone who has read my blog before or has heard me talk about Haiti has heard me mention myLIFEspeaks.
Their vision for Haiti is incredible. Their heartbeat for orphans and children with special needs is in sync with my heartbeat. They are trusting God to bring together the people that they need to make their vision a reality, and God has confirmed His desire for me to have a role in bringing this vision to fruition.
My role on the myLIFEspeaks campus will be to establish a therapy program for the special needs orphans that will make myLIFEspeaks their home. I will be assessing each child and establishing a plan of care for their individual needs so that each child will receive the care that they need to give them the greatest quality of life. I will be providing those one-on-one therapy services as well as educating the staff and volunteers on what they can also do to give these children the best possible life.
Children with disabilities born in Haiti aren’t viewed like children with disabilities born in America. In America, we have programs for these children, we have advocates fighting for their rights, and we have access to therapy programs so that these children endure as little suffering as possible and achieve their greatest potential in life. In Haiti, many parents give up their children with disabilities out of the belief that the child is either cursed, or because they believe that they don’t possess what the child needs. By becoming involved in this community and educating the parents and friends of children with special needs, the children will hopefully one day be viewed as valuable, just as God sees them.
His beautiful little creations.
An exact date is yet to be determined, but I will be moving sometime near the end of August/beginning of September and living in the myLIFEspeaks house in Leogane, Haiti for at least a year. After that year is over, we will reassess my involvement with myLIFEspeaks and determine what my future role, if any, looks like.
There are so many things to be done, money to be raised, therapy supplies to be gathered, personal loose ends to tie up… but I am confident that all of those things will come together in the next 7 months. I will be writing more about these things as time passes, so expect many more posts in the future as I learn more about this exciting new adventure I’m about to take!
Praise God, He is so good!!