When we decided to sell out and move to Haiti, it did not sit too well with our older kids. They were high school and college ages and in complex situations themselves. We felt torn between doing what we felt we should do and doing what seemed "best" for our kids according the world's standards. Many sleepless nights were spent in prayer and seeking God's direction.
It was tough! We cried and struggled through many nights in Haiti. Phone calls and skype often ended in pain. But we knew we were doing the right thing. We knew that God's plan is not best for me and bad for them. We had to believe that by faith, because on the surface it did not appear that way at the beginning. But God is faithful. With time, each of our older children came to Haiti and were impacted by it. All of them came to place to realize that God had worked things out perfectly.
Looking back, we see how God used all of that to make ALL of us better and stronger. All three of those kids in college make us so proud we don't know what to do. Not because they are in college. Not because they have it all together- none of us do. We are so proud because they have a heart to give back and impact the lives of others. They all get that life is not a race to the most toys. Life is a difficult adventure where you navigate complicated relationships in order to impact as many people as you can for their good. It's about helping people fulfill their destiny for which God created them. It's a reciprocal process. The more you pour yourself into others, the more you find who you are and what you were created to do. Our move to Haiti helped our older kids see that. But what about the younger kids that we took to Haiti with us. Many argued that they already had issues from being adopted. We were told that they needed a stable environment that Haiti couldn't provide. But we knew we were supposed to go.
So we went. We spent 3 years serving God by ministering to the Haitian people. It was hard on everyone. Our kids reached school age and we realized that there were issues from the prenatal drug abuse. We tried many different arrangements for educating them. Nothing seemed to be working. Finally we knew God was moving us back to the U.S. to meet their needs. We didn't feel like it was a mistake to have gone. It changed all of our lives, even if our impact there was not as far reaching as we had hoped. But in our minds, we still sometimes question if our time there really impacted our kids possitively or not. Then we get a glimpse into their hearts from something like the picture Jaxon drew for MLK day.
Jaxon is our 6 year old kindergartner. He is a special little guy that has already overcome some pretty big odds in his six years. Looking at the picture he drew makes me very proud. Not because of impeccable spelling or mastery of writing skills- although mine is not much better. I am proud because it shows he gets it already. The looks on the faces of the people with no food is eerily reminiscent of the looks on faces of the hungry in Haiti. The desperate souls that came to us constantly in need of food and care. You wonder if the kids even really got it. By the looks of Jaxon's "I have a dream..." picture, Yeah, he got it...