I want to introduce you to a friend of mine. Her name is Dorothy. I've never actually met her, but we are united as sisters in Christ. Previously she lived in Florida. You know....that beautiful place people move to when they retire. A place where people live out the rest of their days relaxing and basking in the sun, all while laying on white sandy beaches. There are frequent golf outings and expensive meals out with friends. Sounds great, right?
Not for Mrs. Dorothy.
(Kyle at Mrs. Dorothy's)
Remember the orphanages I mentioned visiting while Kyle and I were in Haiti last October? Well, Dorothy runs one of them. Many years ago, she left Florida behind and moved to Port Au Prince, Haiti to care for orphans. To care for the fatherless. To care for those who would otherwise be left to fend for themselves on some very dangerous streets. Even worse, those who may have been sold as sex slaves. Those who, because of their medical diagnoses, may have been left to die or starved by their parents because they knew they wouldn't survive anyway. No, I did not make this up. At one of the clinics, we met a family that told us this very thing.....and met their four-yaer-old boy who could fit into an infant car seat because his family wasn't feeding him. Why? He wouldn't survive anyway....
This is REAL stuff, happening every day.
A majority of the children residing in Mrs. Dorothy's orphanage are HIV positive. They require extra care and medication. Many of the other children have medical needs, as well. This is a big job. They work hard to make sure all of the children are getting their needs met.
Unfortunately, the Haitian government is currently working to shut down the orphanage that Mrs. Dorothy runs. She has learned that the written Haitian law is not always what is followed or enforced. She is fighting a battle with a corrupt government. Right now we don't know why, but can trust the Lord to provide for those children.
So, now what?
Pray. Pray for Dorothy. Pray for the women working in the orphanage. Pray for the children. Pray for the Haitian government. Pray for peace. Pray for resolution. Pray for endurance, strength, wisdom and patience. Pray for them.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.