Haiti Day 4 Update

They did VBS this morning and had 200 children today!  Yesterday they did not have an official translator (the children speak and understand Creole) and ended up using one of the 12 year old boys in the crowd who understood some English.  Today they had a translator from the Bible Training School which helped a great deal.     They also had enough snacks for all 200 children!  Praise God!

The afternoon was spent at an orphanage for children with special needs.  Many had obvious special needs while others either had no physical need or had one like HIV, heart defects, Hep B, etc. that have little outward manifestations.  Kevin said he hadn't shaved this morning and that all of the children were fascinated with his whiskers!  He had lots of loving hands on his cheeks today!  He said the visit was so much like our visits to orphan homes in China in that the children all responded the same way.  They want hugs and tickles and someone to carry them and play with them.  Cuteness abounded apparently!  Oh, Lord, please bring them families!

Tonight they were working on the tie-dye t-shirts that they will be making with the VBS kids to demonstrate becoming a new creation.  The kids will be dyeing them tomorrow, so pray for that please!

Kevin sent me 2 pictures this afternoon, too!

Emma and our best friends' son, Joel, with a young girl whose mother dropped her at Cross to Light because she could no longer care for her.  She now lives there, is my understanding.  

This is the view from the roof of Cross to Light.  It is where Kevin slept last night and said it was: "wonderful!".  

Translation?  Much cooler.

Keep praying for Haiti where at least 50% of the population is under the age of 18.  And that many would come to Christ.

Here are some more statistics that I found on the web about Haiti:
  • Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere
  • 80% of Haitians live on less than $2 a day
  • 60% of Haitians live on less than $1 a day
  • Haiti is the 3rd hungriest country in the world
  • The average Haitian eats only one meal a day, meaning many do not eat
  • 380,000 orphans before quake ( many thousands more after quake)
  • 225,000 restaveks (child servants often treated as slaves)
  • tens of thousands of children live alone on the streets
  • 20% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition
  • 50% of children are able to attend school
  • 20% have a 6th grade education or better
  • 70% of Haitians do not have electricity
  • 90% of Haitians do not have running water
  • 50% of Haitians do not have access to an improved water source
  • 80% of Haitians lack adequate sanitation
 Kevin keeps reporting that the Haitian Christians who literally have nothing, worship and adore Him truly and abundantly.  They have nothing so it is seems easier for Him to be their Everything.  For He truly is.  

We have everything in the US, so we treat Him as Something.  So short of Everything, our All-in-All.  Forgive us, Lord Jesus....

In Him,

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