Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Progress and Pain
Oh what a day! A day of PROGRESS! For months it felt like we were working everyday, yet our construction project was in a standstill. Today we started making up for lost time! The orphanage roof is ON! It looks amazing! It keeps the inside so nice and cool! (Yes! Cool, even in Haiti!) We even got to start painting real colors in our house this afternoon! The tiles for both our house and the orphanage were delivered, and the orphanage windows are being installed as I type this blog entry. Great progress for one day! Especially in Haiti where things tend to move at a much slower pace.
A team from Frontline Church made it in last night. I am thankful for all of their hands! We still have three guys down here working on the construction, and a visiting adopting family who is able to help with our plumbing needs! We are so blessed that God continues to provide us with His faithful servants, knowing just the skills we need!
On another exciting note, our driver, Jean and his wife Nana, had a baby girl this morning! About 5:00am Jean was outside our bedroom window whispering, "Frentz! Frentz! Can I take the truck? I have to get Nana to the hospital." He ran from his house to our house to get our truck, pick up his wife, and get her to a hospital. She nearly lost her life during the delivery of her first child. This pregnancy has been closely monitored and considered high risk. I spent the early morning hours praying that God would not allow another child to be born without a mother, or husband to lose his wife. At 7:35am Jean called and said it was a GIRL! She and Nana were both doing well. Around 9:30am he came running up to our house with a big smile on his face. He was gleaming with pride for becoming a father for the second time, and gave me the honor of naming his new baby girl. And so, today, we welcome sweet little Julia Duprene to the world! Julia and Nana are both still in the hospital. I am eager to hug them both, and meet little Julia for the first time! What a celebration of life!
Unfortunately, one of our other staff members did not have such an exciting night. One of our night guards, MesiDieu, called about the time he was supposed to arrive at work last night with terrible news. His three year old son had been run over by a motorcycle in the tent city where they live. He had already left for work, and his wife saw the whole thing. While she was crying in agony for her child, the man got off from his bike and came over and began beating her, punching her in the face. MesiDieu returned home immediately and had to take his son to the hospital. We are still uncertain of his actual injuries, but we know he is "broken" in three places. He was not in good condition when he was admitted last night. We are hoping to receive an update this evening. Please keep MesiDieu, his wife, and his son in your prayers. They also have other children who are still in the tent city and very afraid. God can heal all wounds! Please Lord, touch this sweet boy's life. Heal him of his pain. Give the doctors wisdom, and supply all of the things he needs to receive proper care. You are our ultimate provider and healer. May your glory shine through this terrible tragedy.