|Marco in June.|
|Marco in September.|
I was shocked and thrilled to hear the story when the group returned, and wondered about how such a quick transformation could occur when this precious little guy was so wounded 3 months prior. And I put myself in his shoes- imagine you're a little kid with no mommy and daddy surrounded by an orphanage full of 50 other kids. You've probably never been singled out or felt special in your entire life. One day this group comes back to your orphanage- you recognize a few of them, and all of the sudden, they recognize you. You are surrounded by a group of people calling you by name, hugging you. You are being singled out for special attention from the entire group of orphans. Someone hands you a picture, maybe the first picture you've ever had of yourself. It has a note written to you on the back. You feel loved, really uniquely and specially loved.
I leave today for 6 months right now-- to live in an orphanage, learn the language, get immersed in the culture, and let God further develop and clarify the vision. I'll return in April to put a long term plan together, then head back to Haiti shortly after that on a one way ticket to build an orphanage and share the love of Jesus Christ in tangible and real ways. I think this is going to be the rest of my life. And I can't wait. Thank you dear friends and family for getting me to this point-- of being so well loved that I can go share it with those who are desperate for it. I am filled to overflowing with gratitude to God for you all and love you so!!