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Hello Again, and Haiti

Posted: January 13, 2010 in Adoption
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Hello again and Happy New Year! We celebrated our newest little guy’s first birthday a couple of months ago, where he met many of his aunts, uncles and cousins. Our little guy is now walking – he took his first steps in November and is now getting to be fast enough to keep up with his older sister and brother. I am getting used to having three kids in tow on my errands, and often look like a mama duck with her ducklings tagging along, everyone holding hands as we cross parking lots.

My mind today is on the devastation in Haiti. Our adoption agency, For Every Child Adoption Services, has a Haiti adoption program. They work with three orphanages in Haiti, all near the epicenter of the earthquake. Here is an excerpt of an update I received today from our agency:

“We work with an organization in Haiti called Foye, who has 3 orphanages in Haiti housing over 300 children from all ages. We are desperately trying to receive word on how the children in the orphanages are doing and the care givers that work to take care of these children every day. We have heard from a 3rd party that the infant/ toddler orphanage is still standing but have received no word on the other two that are very close to the children’s hospital that collapsed.”Update from our adoption agency, January 13, 2009

Please pray for the people of Haiti, for the workers and the children in these orphanages, and for aid workers seeking to help the victims.  Samaritan’s Purse sent a team to Haiti this afternoon, along with a plane full of supplies to help provide clean water, shelter, medical aid, and most importantly, hope to the people of Haiti. Our adoption agency is collecting supplies to send to Haiti, as well as tax-deductible monetary donations which will go towards supplies to help the orphanages.

Our family is participating in Operation Christmas Child this year by collecting small gifts and toys for two children.  I just watched a news segment about a girl in Texas who was adopted from Russia – she received one of those Christmas gifts ten years ago while living in an orphanage and she recently shared the impact receiving the shoebox had on her. 

“I remember we were all in this big room we all got our box and we just sat down. We were just so excited,” said Oksana. “We opened the lid and we started sharing everything and then we finally realized it was our own and we didn’t have to share. That was a huge blessing. I’ll never forget that day. What was really special was the picture. There were two pictures of the kids that packed it. That was extremely special because those were people that cared about someone like me. They didn’t know me, I didn’t know them, but they cared.”  – Oksana Nelson on KLTV 7

You can watch the full report on KLTV 7’s website.  If you want to participate in this year’s Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse, the boxes will be collected at local churches and distribution sites next week (November 17-24).  All of the information about the boxes is available on the Samaritan’s Purse website.  Last year, more than seven million boxes were distributed in 100+ countries.  I can only imagine the impact those gifts had on so many children’s lives.

A boy being rescued in Dujiangyan.

Please pray for the relief workers and victims of the recent earthquake in China. The news is currently reporting 12,000 people have died, and the death toll is expected to rise. I was concerned about the Starfish Foster Home in Xi’an, China, which is located in the province to the north of the epicenter. I tried emailing Amanda de Lange, the woman who runs the home. She is currently in Shanghai with a child recovering from surgery, but I received an automated email response with this information: 

There has been a 7.8 earthquake in Sichuan the province south of us. Xian did feel the earthquake and the babies were all outside for a long while. I got a really frantic phone call from home which I could not understand a word because they were speaking so fast. There was some damage to the apartment but none of the babies were injured. In other words they are all okay.” – Amanda de Lange, email response on May 13, 2008

If you would like to support the relief efforts through a donation, we support Samaritan’s Purse. Franklin Graham, the President of Samaritan’s Purse, is currently in China and is working with Chinese officials on the best way for Samaritan’s Purse to help.  Please remember to pray, too, for the relief efforts for the cyclone that struck Myanmar.