January 12, 2010
I don't know if you have heard about what happened in Haiti today.
If you haven't, click here.
I have spent a substantial amount of time flying back and forth to Haiti to work with orphans.
My family was going to adopt a little boy I fell in love with. Now, we are in the process of trying to adopt a little girl.
For now, I watch the news and I see the wreckage. I have news of the children at the orphanage I worked with: they are fine. But no news of my friends. And no news of my boy - he's 5 now, and on the streets with his mom. I watch the wreckage, and I see his face: over and over and over.
In my head, I see his face - and the faces of my friends.
I see baby hands, and I hear laughter.
I feel sweaty bodies on my chest and belly falling asleep.
I see bathtime.
I see chalk on faces.
I see tears.
I see fights over tricycles and I hear balls bouncing.
I see boys I danced with, laughed with, learned from. The boys who told me I was part of their "family," and yelled every time I came back to visit again - "YOU LOVE MY COUNTRY!"
I ache for the children that I love. I ache for my friends.
I don't know if they're okay.
I can't wait to hear news of them.
Donate here to Align, the ministry I am going to Africa with. They are planning a relief trip in the next couple of days (I wanna go!!!).
Donate here to Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and development organization. The link I have listed is a direct way to help aid an emergency response to Haiti that will likely include food, drinking water, cooking kits, hygiene kits, and construction materials to build temporary shelters.
Donate here to Oxfam's trip to help Haiti. Oxfam is
Call 1-800-4UNICEF to make a donation to UNICEF's relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund.
Donate here to World Vision. I love these words: "World Vision is there. We are on the ground and are preparing to distribute emergency supplies to those affected by this devastating earthquake. Even though communication is scarce at this point, there is substantial damage."
Please pray for the people i love.