In Septemeber 2008, I traveled 6000 miles to Haiti's Kenscoff mountains. My mission: to care for some of the orphaned and abandoned, the sick, malnourished and premature infants of this beautiful but beleagured Caribbean nation.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Charlene Is Re-united With Her Family.

Bright and early yesterday morning, I had the pleasure of kissing 5 year old Charlene goodbye.
Our delightful, precocious little girl was so excited that she could barely stand still!

Charlene came to us from the US Navy Comfort Ship Hospital after being injured, then separated from her family during the earthquake.

The staff at God's Littlest Angels turned their efforts towards reuniting this lost child with her parents. The task , in this case was not to difficult; Charlene was able to give our social worker her full name and address, and the names of the church and school she attends.

GLA staff visited these locationsand spoke to her pastor and her neighbours. Knowing that the Haitian people are listening to their radios day and night, earnestly hoping to hear news of loved ones, we also gave some of Charlene's details, and ours to the local radio stations. On Thursday morning, Charlene's Father received the news he had been praying for; his only daughter was waiting for him at an orphanage in the Kenscoff mountains. He made plans to travel here to come and take her home.

'It's not really true!', Charlene exclaimed when our office worker, Melanie, broke the news to her.

'It is true Charelene! It is!' we re-assured her.

God's Littlest Angels is very experienced at finding missing birth families and we have successfully re-united two families in post-earthquake Haiti. We very much hope that UNICEF will recognize that displaced children would be safe and well cared for at our orphanage. At present, they are refusing to allow clinics and hospitals in Port-au-Prince to refer displaced children to God's Littlest Angels because, historically, our main ministry has centred around adoption. Adoption, though is our last resort in caring for children who have been separated from their families. We would like to provide temporary care to infants and toddlers who have been diplaced or made homeless by the earthquake, untiltheir surviving family members are located.

As Charlene danced around our living room, we gave instructions to her father about dressing the wound on her foot. We sent him home with one of our emergency relief kits containing food, hygiene supplies, blankets, towels, a tarpaulin and a wind up lantern.

What a satisfying ending to the story; a family together again. 'We will be praying for you, Charlene, please pray for us as well.' Charlene promised that she would!

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Lena Wright said...

Praise God! Thank you for all you're doing. Thank you for sharing this good news. May God continue to bless you.

Cheryl said...

Susan, thank you for posting this video. I had seen the photo but not the video. Charlene, cherie, you are a special little girl and I know God has great things planned for your life.

Catherine said...

Amazing and beautifull.... Can't say more...
Blessings for you and GLA.