Just in case anyone is missing updates on the kids as much as I am missing them, I posted a few short clips of a couple of a couple of our girls singing in English. In the evenings at HOPE House the children pull out their special mats for story and singing time. You can check out these new videos on our YouTube channel at:
There is a birthday cake in the oven down at HOPE House! It is Ricardo's first birthday today! What a year it has been for him. Both his mother and father died before his first birthday. He was left in a tent with nine children and his grandmother. For months he survived on fried flour patties that were pushed in the sides of his cheeks. In April when we brought him home to HOPE House he only weighed 7 lbs. We are pleased to say he is over 20lbs now! He is crawling, waving, and has gained great strength and head control. He has brought us so much joy and laughter. (If you are in need of a good smile today, watch Ricardo's YouTube video in the jumparoo located on our YouTube channel.) Happy 1st Birthday Ricardo! We wish you many, many more!
Frentz and I have been enjoying our stay in Michigan. We have been doing quite a bit of traveling, preparing and sending out our latest newsletter, and catching up with friends and supporters. We left Haiti with a piece of lined notebook paper listing backpack and lunchbox requests for all of the school aged children written in Naika's perfect penmanship. Most of the requests revolved around princesses and Cars. (Go figure!) We finished the last items on our list today...guess it's time to head back to Haiti! Less than two weeks and we will be there!
This coming Thursday Cornerstone University is hosting the Haitian Women's National soccer team! HFAP has been chosen to receive a donation from Cornerstone and all of the proceeds from the game. We are excited to cheer on the ladies and celebrate all of the great support we received from the Grand Rapids community after the earthquake. We would love to see you there! I will be giving a short presentation. There is no charge for tickets, just a donation at the door that will be given to HFAP. Come and bring your friends and family! The game will begin at 7:00pm at Cornerstone University. Hope to see many of you there!
Hope you are all enjoying your last bit of summer!