CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS: HAITI

CONSTRUCTION CHRISTMAS: HAITI

 

HAITI | WHEN THEY HAVE NAMES

 
I am not sure what to share.
Where to start.
How to explain it.
How to tell their stories.
 
Meet some of the kids of Haiti that I met last week. Their faces just bring tears to my eyes. Their stories of daily life hurt my heart. This is just ONE of the days…
 
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MEET THE KIDS OF CAYES
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I walked thru their “HOMES.” Small huts made of tin. Little alley ways with naked kids running throughout. Holes everywhere. Crammed together. No running water. No locks on the doors. No safety. No front door. Most of them with no electricity.
 
I saw their “BEDS.” No blankets. Minimal sheets. Some of them slept on cardboard. Some of them had to elevate their cot on bricks so that when it rained they did not get feces on their bed.
 
Is this real life I asked myself…it sure is to them.
 
I talked with them and played games with them.
 
THEY HAVE NAMES AND IT HURTS TO KNOW THEY ARE STILL THERE… A piece of my heart is with them always. It was a new level of poverty for me.
 
The smells. The faces. The hurt…it was more than I could take this trip.
 
I broke down about day three and to honest…I wondered…What is your plan Lord? I don’t get it. But throughout the week I realized that HE ALWAYS has a plan.
 
These kids have taught me a level of faith that I will never understand. As I walked with them I realized that my life would be so incomplete without Haiti. I realized that God has given me these kids for a reason…and some days I don’t understand the reason…Just to be honest.
 
But I do know this… Each of us has something to be thankful for. They ran the streets playing together. They giggled at each other. And as I sat there and watched them I realized they taught me that TIME IS A GIFT. Just spending time with them was a blessing to me (and I hope to them.) But together they spend days and nights in the alleys…together. They have nothing to give…but TIME to one another.
 
As we near the Christmas season…I pray that you remember to SPEND TIME together. We get all wrapped up in the busyness of the holidays…but don’t forget to spend time with your loved ones. True authentic time. I know that may sound easy…but for me it is hard. I get wrapped up in running to this event and that event and I forget that I need to be present. I forget that I just need to spend REAL TIME with the people I am with. To put away my cell phone and giggle with the ones I am with.
 
I’m thankful for all of you that love these kids. I tell you these stories because so many of you ask. So many of donate. So many of you care. Every time I go…I wish you were with me. I wish you could hear their stories and see their pain and their joy.
 
SO REMEMBER…TIME IS A GIFT!
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Gretchen Shafer