What a year 2010 turned out to be for our family. I can't believe it has been almost a year since the January 12th earthquake. It seems like just yesterday when I think of the experiences of the weeks following the disaster but yet in a way it seems like years have passed. It seems strange that everything we have seen happen here has all taken place in just one year. It was a year that we got to really see people at their darkest moments and most desperate. But at the same time I feel that I personally grew more in 2010 than in any other year of my life. I have learned so much about myself and about the things in life that really matter. I don't have time to share all of those lessons here and much of it is too personal to publish. I know that the things I have learned are just part of God continueing to prepare us to be used to meet people's needs as we invest ourselves in others.
Here's a breif update of what's been going on lately:
Kristi and Krista- Colleen's twins that Joy found dying of malnutrition
Kitreen's Twins that Joy also rescued
Niaca and Kimberly- sisters we found in a tent village and now live in the mission
Jean Moi- orphan living on the beach
Jean Patrick- orphan who's parents were murdered
Justice- our baby we are adopting that was abandoned at 3 weeks
Kobe- handicapped teenage orphan that was a street kid
Adelson- street kid orphan
Wilna- nearly blind orphan that had never been to school and now is top of her class
Kevin- Cerebral palsey 3 year old orphan that was going to be thrown into the sea
Michelet- handicapped 3 year old orphan with megalocephally that is finally being taught to sit up and speak
Jefnica and Gatina- sisters found in the fishing village
Callie- 2 month old baby from the mountains whose mother died of complications from birth
All of the ones we have been able to help with dire medical needs
The fisherman in our group that now have an income and are changing the economic landscape of Montrouis
The one's like Nabal, and Charles, and Louis, and Mireille that have accepted Christ and received the hope He offers.
You see the circumstances were only used to teach us that the only things that really matter are people. Our highlights from 2010 are the people that we got to invest our lives into. In return, they have enriched our lives in ways we never would have dreamed. God has shown us that people are our inheritance in the promised land and we are grateful for such revelation.