As month by month passes by and teams continue to travel in and out of Haiti with myLIFEspeaks, I am in an interesting frame of mind…
When I decided to move to Haiti in January, I had over 7 months until I’d be leaving. In some frames of reference, 7 months isn’t very long. If someone has to lose 300 pounds, having only 7 months to do it isn’t very long.
However, if we had to wait on a paycheck for 7 months, we’d consider that a long dang time!!
My point is that my heart and mind are a little scrambled as I prepare to move to Haiti. On one hand, it’s overwhelming because I know that time flies and there is so much to do before I leave. However, on the other hand, since I last left Haiti in November, my heart and body have been in two separate places and it has been difficult at times coping. I am ready to take this leap of faith!
Until then, it has been encouraging to me when I see the updates and photos posted from the myLIFEspeaks campus as mission teams travel for short-term missions to help advance the mission and vision of myLIFEspeaks. Since I last visited the campus in the village of Neply, there have been major improvements to the house… including three bright, beautiful faces!! Malachi, Jay, and Steven!
I mentioned our first child – Malachi – in an earlier post. Malachi was found in a ditch and is believed to have cerebral palsy. He was abandoned and by the grace of God, myLIFEspeaks is now his family. Malachi has the best smile and from what I hear, is the happiest person on the planet!! See for yourself… 😉
The second child to make myLIFEspeaks his home is Jay, who is thought to be around 10 years old. He was found wandering the streets after the earthquake with no one to care for him. A woman who noticed he had no place to go took him in but eventually was no longer able to care for him. Jay has a seizure disorder and has been diagnosed with Epilepsy. Since Jay arrived on the myLIFEspeaks campus, he has transformed from quiet and shy to all smiles! He loves to play sports and spend time with his little brothers, Malachi and Steven.
Steven is the third child to arrive on the myLIFEspeaks campus. Steven is the first typically-developing child (no known disabilities), and melts everyone he meets!! Steven’s story is typical of Haitian orphans. Given up by his parents because they were unable to care for him, Steven’s life was in the hands of a woman who found him. She took care of him for three years before bringing him to myLIFEspeaks with hopes that he would have a better quality of life.
Now maybe you have a glimpse of why I am aching to make Haiti my home. My heart is there… with these bright little faces and futures ahead of them. They have no clue who I am, but I love them already.
As teams continue to work at the myLIFEspeaks campus and in the village of Neply, things are constantly changing. More importantly, LIVES are changing. The possibilities are endless. We pray for the children who need a home that someday might make myLIFEspeaks their home.
I love these pictures of Malachi and a little girl named Came Suze (Cammie) who came to visit the myLIFEspeaks campus last week. She also has cerebral palsy. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
It is difficult waiting to make this change and overwhelming orchestrating all the pieces that have to come together before I can move. But I realize that whether I am loving these children from the United States or in Haiti, I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing family.
God is already moving and it’s incredible to be a part of His story!!