Saturday, January 23, 2010
Obsessed with Haiti
(Here is one of the blogs: http://livesayhaiti.blogspot.com/
and the other: http://www.childhope.org/about/earthquake.html)
By the way, these 2 orphanages are small and in desperate need of funds and of prayer. The big organizations are getting most of the donations, but if you are looking for a direct way to help Haiti, Child Hope International is a great way to give).
But back to the question - why can't I stop thinking about these people? I think I partly know why. A very long time ago, God gave me a major burden for orphans. I went and worked at Royal Family Kid's Camp one summer during college, and was a counselor for 2 girls who had been put through the foster care system. One of them held my hand the whole time (she was about 11 years old) and kept telling me she wanted me to be her mom, and that I looked like her mom. I had such a hard time leaving her and sending her back to her group home. The burden has always stayed with me, but been in the background of my heart.
Since becoming a mom, though, this burden has resurfaced. I keep seeing these pictures of orphans in Haiti, and I almost can't handle it. I have never been on a missions trip, but I have a feeling that if I did go to an orphanage in another country, it might be too much for me to bear.
Tonight I came across a blog (a friend of a friend), and there was a prayer on there. An adoption prayer. She said "I double-dog dare you to pray this." Woah. A double-dog dare?! I couldn't resist looking. And then I couldn't resist praying the prayer.
I don't know what will happen in our future. My body is done having kids. But my heart is not done, because I keep being drawn to the orphans. Please pray for us, as we wait on God. We wait for his timing, but His burden just keeps getting stronger and stronger and stronger. Maybe that's why Haiti is so heavy on my heart.
Posted by Jaimie at 10:41 PM