The Family

The Family
Justice, Logan, Jacy Klaire, Joy, Josie Kate, Luke, Megan, Judah, Kerry, Jaxon

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I was visiting one set of Joy's twins with a team from Indiana to give the babies some formula and rice for the mom when a friend of Joy's came up and told me she had a baby that I needed to see. I went to her house nearby and found a tiny 5 week old baby. Her mouth full of thrush and her skin covered in a rash. She had the smallest little round face you have ever seen. God immediately touched my heart.

The next day the lady took the baby to the hospital and called me to tell me she wanted us to take it. She said she could not care for it and did not have anyone in the family that could. I was in Port Au Prince but when I got home I sent Joy to the hospital to see what she needed to do for the little thing.

We discovered that at 2 weeks the baby was abandoned in an old school to die. By the grace of God she was discovered at 1 o'clock in the morning by a lady and brought to the friend that had agreed to keep her until they decided what to do. They knew the baby and Joy's friend was the cousin of the father. He is an older man in the village. Too old to be caring for a baby. We have had trouble finding out much about the mother. Supposedly she was here from the mountains and is a young girl. No one has heard from her since she abandoned the baby.

The father asked if we could take the baby. After a long discussion with him about how irresponsible it was to get a teenage girl pregnant at his age and how disgusted that made me, we agreed that the baby needed a new home. He asked if he could be known as the baby's grandfather and have a role in her life. We agreed.

We get offered babies all the time. We were offfered a six month old set of twins just this week. It is usually either a sick mother or from a family with too many children. But this was different. God had touched our hearts and we felt just like with the other kids we have adopted that she was supposed to be a part of our family. So Joy stayed with her at the hospital that night and then we brought her to our house the next morning. Two days later we met the father at the Justice of the Peace office and allowed him to sign the rights and legal guardianship over to us. Haiti is not allowing any new adoptions to take place right now but we are going to start the process as soon as it is allowable.

She has been with us three weeks now. She was born on Feb. 10. When we got her on March 29th she weighed six pounds. She is now up to over 8 pounds and looks great. We still have to have her AIDS tested and everything before we can start the adoption process but we are so thankful that God did not allow her to die that night in that school. Keep her in your prayers. We named her Justice Kacia. Joy got the name Justice from Isaiah 30:18 as she was reading in the hospital the night she spent there with her. All of the Haitian people know the mother committed a crime but the LORD is a God of Justice. Kacia is short for acacia which is the wood used to make the Ark of the Covenant. We knew this was the perfect name for our newest addition. Pray that all goes through in the arduous process of Haitian adoption.

She has really been an immediate blessing to our entire family. All of the kids as well as the Haitian people we work with are so blessed by her.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

At UN Gunpoint

Each year the week after Easter we have a big convention with all the churches we work with in Bois Nerf, Haiti. We just finished the week of eye clinics, medical clinics, pastor training, youth meetings, children ministry, and women's seminars. We also have crusades every night and this year a group from our home church in Conover, NC put on a performance of a production they do each year at Christmas. The production is called The Promise and it was a huge hit. It was a crazy thing the way God put it all together.

The team that was coming could not find a medical doctor that could make it on the trip. They were having a team meeting just a couple of weeks before the trip and a couple from out of town was at our church for another meeting and "accidentally" walked in on the meeting where the team was praying for a doctor. The couple apologized and the folks from the team told them not to worry about it and if they were a nurse and a doctor to just hang around and go to Haiti with them. The couple excused themselves and headed for their car. But as they got into their car they felt they needed to consider going back to the meeting. The husband is a medical doctor with many medical mission trips under his belt. They returned to the meeting and shared their feelings to a team sitting in utter disbelief at the providence of God. The doctor did make it on the trip and ended up playing several roles in the theatrical production with his wife as well and God used them along with the rest of the team to encourage the Haitian people and touch our family deeply.

We had a great week with some of our best friends in the world. Things really were amazing this week and this morning was the topper of the week. We left Montrouis at 5:30 this morning to head to PAP to the airport. About 45 minutes into the trip we came onto a convoy of trucks with armed UN guards. The trucks were only doing about 20 mph and we were pushed to get the team to the airport. Dago, our driver, decided that although the guards were flagging him down to not pass that due to our circumstances that maybe they would reconsider for us...he was wrong! As we go about ready to go around the guard on the UN truck drew his gun and pointed it directly at Dago...a situation that would cause me to back off and go about my business...but Dago...being concerned about the team not missing their flight...continued to pressure the guards until one of them put down his machine gun and raised and aimed a 12 gauge shotgun at our windshield. Now I am almost sure he would not have shot our vehicle but we were close enough to see the seriousness in his expression and the cursing in his Brazalian Portugese. The danger however did not come from the UN, the danger came from the fact that we were only one vehicle with a Haitian driver that was not very tolerate of the UN's opposition to letting us get to our destination. There were about 20 other vehicles all pressing and bumping and jockeying for position just in case the irritated soldiers decided to let someone through. I think we had a little bit of a taste of being 4 wide at Talladega. I apologize to any non-rednecks that do not pick up on Nascar illustrations.

After the UN turned where we would normally turn we decided to go straight...not the best idea. We ended up in a 'blokis" or traffic jam and had to backtrack back to the same road. The team finally got to the airport but I have not heard from them since we dropped them off. I pray they made their flight and are safely back in Carolina.

Fuel Shortage Again...
We found out today that we are in another fuel shortage. Gasoline is out and diesel is being rationed. The Govenment controls the fuel that enters the country. Obviously they did not account for all the fuel the agencies are using that have come in since the quake. We heard they can't get a tanker in until the 26th so that will put a hault on a lot of the recovery efforts. Thankfully, I have a reservere barrel and a half that should get us through. We will have to see.

Jesus Visits the Fisherman...
Pastor Rick came to our prayer meeting with the fisherman at 5:30 Monday in his Jesus costume from The Promise. It was really a good time of sharing with the guys. Ken Wilson had brought some fishing supplies with him so we were able to give them some things and share the gospel with them as well.

God is so good!