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Simple prayers

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Lord,

Heal their bodies & protect their spirits

Let them feel Your love that will never end

Remove the obstacles to Your will & purpose being fulfilled

And give us the peace and strength to accept it

Thank you for the laughter of healing children that reminds me of Your faithfulness to each one of Your children, always.

Amen

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Let’s play!!!

The ICU at Real Hope For Haiti is a special place. The kids that are admitted are desperately ill or severely malnoirished. Honestly its a no-frills safe place for healing. It’s heart breaking to see little ones struggling.

It’s blessing and miracle to see them healing…….and when their body and spirit are both strong enough………..they play.

Yesterday morning in the ICU…….

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(I have an awesome video but WordPress won’t let me upload it unless I upgrade…..so, maybe I can get it on Facebook)

Some say, its is hard to see where God is with so much hurt and heartache. I know exactly where He is……..just watch children play and laugh……..and then you will see Him too.

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So many.

There are so many stories in life..We all have a story, every one of us. Our story makes us into the person we are.

Have you listened to the stories of others? Have you told your story?

When I am here in Haiti………..there are many stories. Some are awful. Some are miraculous. Some are both.

……and some are just hard. Too hard. They are too hard re-tell once I’ve heard them. I try anyway. They are too hard to forget.

Haiti is filled with hope and life……….Haiti is also filled with struggle and darkness.

There are so many stories.    

Today I rocked a little boy. He is here because of severe malnutrition.  Swollen. Lethargic. Hurting. Scarred. ‘Do you want to eat?’, we asked. ‘No’. ‘Do you want someone to hold you?’ ‘Wi’ (yes). So Wilson and I sat in the rocking chair. And I held him, and loved him and thought about his story. Its a hard one.   But a new chapter has started here. 
Berto went home today! We met him on our last trip here in September. He had just been admitted w/ severe skull fracture.  He is around 10-12 yrs old. Full of mischief but he has an easy smile and is all boy.  It’a a great story of healing.          

A baby died tonight. He was in the ICU today. A sweet baby boy I didn’t get the chance to hold or know.  He has a story and this is the only part if it that I know. Its a hard story and much too short.

Tonight we watched as friends organized and orchestrated a grand birthday party for a 17 yr. old. Handmade  decorations. Party lights. Food. DJ. Its a good story about celebration and friends. I’m sure it will be easy to tell.      

So many stories.

written 2/5/2014

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Here I Am Again

Hello friends. I Am not sure how many posts I will be able to make in this trip to Real Hope For Haiti in Cazale. I’m not a writer by nature……so anything close to profound or deep definitely comes from God. So far, I just have the overwhelming feeling to just be present. Live this moment.

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Thanks for your continued support and prayers!

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Hi friends. I haven’t forgotten that I promised more pictures from my last trip……life has gotten in the way. That happens a lot upon returning home.

Please read the following post from Real Hope For Haiti. It’s been a tough day for them and tomorrow will be hard as well. Because of lack of funds they are having to decrease the number of kids in their care, sending some home prematurely.

Please pray for them, those they serve and employ. If you are on Facebook, please like their page and share their story with others. If you can donate to the ministry I promise it saves lives. If you would like to help, go to: http://realhopeforhaiti.org

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Last Day. Long Day.

Today was our last day in Cazale and we made the most of it.

ICU breakfast and baths for babies.

Meds counting, re-packaging, dosing instructions.

Vist to RHFH tuberculosis home.

Walk to and visit Cazale’s local market.

More ICU time.

Visit and tour the RHFH Cholera center.

All the while thinking about and sharing our love for the amazing people of Haiti.

It both breaks my heart and fills it up each and every time.

I am so thankful for everyone’s support that makes these trips possible.

This is a blessing I never could have imagined coming into my life.

When you just get out of the way, do your part and keep your heart open,….God will bring it all together.

Homeward bound 6:00 (central time) in the morning

In His Grace always,

Holly

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Look, Ma!

This one took some doing. All these pictures meant a slow transfer — via Facebook since email has long since given up the ghost — and a busy Sunday meant that the guest poster was running ragged. But today is the day. Here’s Holly’s latest post. ¬†— Joey

I came all the way to Haiti to:

Love on sweet babies

Love on amazingly resilient kids

Love God. Love what God loves.

Paint a gate (if you are keeping count, this is #2)

Learn more about Haitian culture

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Love God. Love what God loves.

Visit sweet Christina and her foster mom, Rosilita

Marvel at the miracle of healing and grace even in the hard places

Love God. Love what God loves.

Meet amazing people Mallory Martin (teacher for the Bector kids and Brianna Garrett)

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Spend an amazing week w/ sisters (& friends) in Christ with a heart for our Haitian brothers and sisters

Love God. Love what God loves.

Amen

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Holly’s latest message just came in from Haiti. The article arrives first with numbers for picture place-holders. Then, I get the pictures — most of the time. ūüôā If a caption doesn’t make sense, a photo looks out of place, or one seems to be missing, we have the less-than-stellar internet access in Haiti to thank. But God is good, and Holly is doing God’s work. Here’s her latest report.¬† — Joey

 

¬§ It’s daylight at 5:45 am in Cazale – I know this to be true because I was wide awake at that time (shocking but true……a morning person, I am not).

¤ Mountains are even more beautiful as the sun rises behind them.

fantastic Friaday 1 fantastic Friaday 2

¬§ Listening to someone talk about their life’s passion, love and respect for the people they serve and God’s love, provision and miracles experienced every day is just amazing. BLESSED!

¤Haitian toddlers throw hissy fits too!

¬§When 5 white ladies start painting the gate into the clinic in Cazale………a crowd forms. We almost had to call in crowd control. Seriously.

fantastic Friaday 3 fantastic Friaday 4

Just like at home……I’m never in the pictures because I’m the one taking them!

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(especially when at least one white women is slightly off center & its not even me this time!) Notice the quality of the awesome selfie.

¤And evidently, it takes 5 white ladies to paint a gate.

¬§Unlike my job, having a sensitive sense of smell is NOT a bonus here. I don’t believe you want or need details. Clue: 20 babies. One room. No windows. One box fan.

¤Mac Young can and will do the Charleston at the drop of a hat.

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