I Love You Mommy
Today is a doubly special day. It's Memorial Day in The United States. I was so touched by this video that I wanted to share it with you, too, in honor of those who gave their all for us.
In Haiti, today is Mother's Day. It's a very big deal. As a society, Haitians love and honor their mothers - perhaps more than anyone else. I enjoyed listening to Pastor Edon telling the church to give their mothers hugs and say "I love you, Mommy" - and then everyone got up and did it.
Gamaniel brought a wonderful message to the church in Thozin this morning about the way in which a mother loves. She may have a "long face" until she knows she can find food to give her children. She is more concerned for the well-being of her children than for herself. Besides honoring the mothers, his message reminds us of God's love for us and the love with which we are to love one another.
Loving one another can be very challenging! One thing I find makes it easier to love others is when I am grateful for what God has done in my own life. When I consider time after time after time how He has provided for me in every way - when I consider that despite my own frailties, weaknesses, lack of faith, sin... God has always remained faithful to me... He has loved me unconditionally just as I am in the moment... I become so grateful and I tell Him so.
When I am appreciative of His care for me, it is then possible for me to care for others, rather than being consumed with my own affairs. It is in those moments that God's love can be expressed through me to those I come in contact with.
The medical and dental clinics were in full swing again this week. Dr. Evens, Dr. Louis, Baby, Sarah, and Benjamin are rockin' Grand-Goave!
We also took the medical and dental clinics on the road to our St. Etienne campus this week.
Our preschool teachers do such a great job of giving individual attention to their students!
How about computer class?
Here's everyone's favorite subject: LUNCH!!!
To all our financial and prayer supporters, THANK YOU!!! Consider each child you see in these pictures and know that their lives will never be the same again. A church family, nutritious meals, medical care, dental care, affectionate teachers, and a strong, Christ-based education are all having a positive, forever impact in their lives. Thank you for humbly thinking of the welfare of these precious ones in Haiti.