Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hope and Thankful

This little sweetie is blind from meningitis,
No one knows her exact age.
Meningitis is easily treated here in the states.
She wasn't treated in time to save her eyes.
She is an orphan in Haiti.
She is one of the lucky children there,
she will most likely be adopted and eventually leave the poverty of Haiti behind her.

My mom just spent 8 days with a medical group traveling among tents cities and remote villages offering free clinics. My mom paid $1200 to be there. She can't wait to go back.

The village in the mountains hadn't had medical care for 2 years. My mom's group was welcomed by the entire village singing "How Great Thou Art" in Creole. All though my mom didn't understand the language, she knows the words and knew what they were saying. She will never hear that song again the same way. When I asked her if the people realized these "blancs" were there by their own means, she said no, but she thinks they realized that the "blancs" meant HOPE. Hope that God has not and will not abandon Haiti, that he is still listening to prayers, that he still loves them.

I won't write down everything she told me about, it would take too long! But I will say this:

Because I have been given much, I too must give.

Because of thy great bounty, Lord each day I live.

I shall divide my gifts from thee with every brother that I see,

who has the need of help from me.

Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care…

I cannot see another’s lack and I not share-

my glowing fire, my loaf of bread-my roof’s safe shelter over head,

that he too may be comforted.

Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord,

I’ll share thy love again according to thy word.

I shall give love to those in need. I’ll show that love by word and deed,

thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.

I'm not saying we should all spend $1200 and go to Haiti, but I do think we should all challenge ourselves to do more for those in need. "I'll show that love by word and deed"


  1. Wow, that is wonderful what your mom and so many others are doing.
    We have been given so much, and we have a duty to share it with others.

  2. I'm reading this at work and when I got to the hymn I lost it and started sobbing.

    Everybody thought somebody died.

    I said, "No... read this".

    And pass the kleenex.