How do you find the words to describe the children of Haiti? To meet them is a surreal experience. You look at the rubble and the destruction that lies around them, and you would assume that their spirits must be heavy and down hearted, but that is just not the case. They are filled with such a contagious joy that it changes each and every life that comes in contact with these amazing kids. I have been to the orphanage a few times now, and each time I go, they teach me something new about the love and the joy of the Lord. It does not matter that we do not speak the same language. Between the smiles, hugs and the occasional tickle fight, they have definitely captured my heart. Too many times, back home, I have seen kids fighting over frivolous things, while the kids at this orphanage share everything from crayons to clothing. On our first visit I noticed that only a few of the children were actually wearing shoes, and after asking a few questions, we learned that there are only a limited number of shoes available, so the kids rotate in who gets to wear them each day. When you have 79 kids all rotating through the same pairs of shoes, you can only imagine how quickly they deteriorate. Yet here the kids are greeting you with song, dance and joy bubbling over. It is truly an amazing site to see such beauty hidden amongst the rubble that lines the streets of Haiti.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'” – Matthew 18:1-4
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