I remembered how shocked I was that many of them walked around naked until they reached the age of puberty, and so many of them had tiny, thin arms and legs extending from bodies swollen from malnutrition. As a 16 year old, I had to quickly get over the fact that a naked little boy covered in scabies would cling to me as he received a needed vaccination. Upon my return home, I was cautioned not to have close contact with my family for a while since I was infected with scabies due to my service in the Haitian medical clinics.
Many of the mothers whose babies I held were not much older than I was. So, my mind wanders to the thought that most of those I met, if they are living, are probably now grandmothers. I wonder if they know where their children and grandchildren are. Are they mourning today? Are they worried, anxious or are they in danger? I did as much for them as I could when I was young, and now that I'm older and they are older, I owe it to them to try to make a difference on their behalves. I owe it to them to make a "lovely noise."
The Orphanage Called Canaan
Galatians 6:9-10 ~ “So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.”
Please find below a a letter from a ministry team which my church, Mountain Brook Community Church, supports...The Canaan Orphanage and the Haiti Nourish Project. We are currently sending money, people and resources to these who are already organized and working to help with the horrific devastation further weakening Haiti. You may already have a way to help the Haitians...and you may already be doing something. However, if not, I urge you to click on the Canaan sign photo above or on the links to the ministries' websites within the letter and give, and please keep these missionaries in your prayers. Their work was already difficult...now, it's an almost impossible situation. All of your donations will go to help the people of Haiti, and their websites are updated frequently to keep you posted of progress and needs. In addition, I will post changes and updates on my blog as I receive them. As we all seek to make a "lovely noise" on behalf of the people of Haiti, more and more will see the Light of the World which will not only heal their land but their hearts as well.
January 15, 2010
Dear Friends of Canaan Community,
We come to you today with a heavy heart. Everyone in the world has seen the horrific images coming out of Haiti. This earthquake registering 7.0 has ravished the country, leaving Port-au-Prince in shambles, thousands dead, and close to one million people homeless. Haiti has always been a county with many needs and now they need us, the body of Christ, more than ever.
As you may know, Canaan did not suffer any damage from the earthquake. Three of our children were in Port-Au-Prince, but survived by the grace of God. We prayed and waited for news, and slowly, it came back that they were all safe. However, some of the family members of the children here have been lost. Our hearts are broken for them.
Last year, Hurricane Hanna left parts of the country in despair. We handed out food and medicine from the $15,000 you gave. As of the time of this writing, our website has collected approx $12,000 to help in the relief efforts. We are writing to ask for your help.
It is impossible to know how we might be called to serve in the coming months. By the time you receive this letter, Ric Bonnell (a pediatric ER doctor from Texas who is a good friend of Canaan) will have arrived in Haiti with his medical team. We anticipate people coming to stay in Canaan as they migrate north. Our main concern will be money for food, fuel and medicine. Port-Au-Prince was the financial and political center of our country. With it in shambles, what will happen to our economy? What will the next few months or years entail?
God is working through this place. Canaan has a fully established medical clinic with nurses on the ground and doctors rotating through on a monthly basis. We have a malnutrition clinic that has served over 400 babies through the Medika Mamba program. One of our children is attending college (Erve Joseph) in the US. We have students earning their GED. We have 90 children that are being loved every day. Please continue to pray for our team as we deal with the emotional trauma and the devastation consuming this country. Pray for wisdom as we begin to help, serve, clean up, find loved ones and bring aid and healing to our people.
Canaan is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations can be given online through paypal at http://www.canaanorphanage.org. We will continue to update our efforts, upcoming relief trips and stories of how God moves in the midst of this tragedy online at http://www.canaanorphange.org and http://www.haitinutritionproject.org/blog/.
Thank you for your support of this ministry. Thank you for your prayers. God help Haiti.
To God be the Glory,
Your Family at Canaan