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.

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Light In The Darkness

Fully clothed in nappy, baby-grow and knitted cap, he weighs 3lb 14oz. His Grand-mother wanted him dead. His mother and his extended family defied the old woman, so that he might live.

Born in a tin shack, with a dirt floor, he was destined to die there, unknown. The reason: Luc's Grand-mother did not like his Father. She administered a lime based substance to the new Mother's breasts to dry up her milk. Our Haitian staff tell me that this is a common voodoo practice.

When family members fed the tiny boy crackers, mixed with milk, to nourish him, the furious Grand-mother shut Luc away in a locked room. She would not be thwarted.

Luc's Aunt called relatives in Thomassin (the area in which God's Littlest Angels in based.) They made the long trip, over the mountains, and removed the baby from a house where he would have died a slow, painful death by dehydration.

The family knew about our newborn ministry, and delivered Luc into our hands. Miraculously, after his 8 day ordeal, this tiny, low birth-weight boy is only slightly dehydrated.

Luc was born into a cruel world, full of dark superstition, where grown-up wrath is spent on innocent children every day. This sickens me to my stomach, but I am encouraged by one thing: Luc's family took a stand against evil. Here is a story, that puts the passion in compassion, and a baby who survived to be light in the darkenss.


Cathy said...

Jesus' light continues to shine on in your sweet Babies...I pray for your heart with all the heartache that you may continue to help each one brought your way.

Catherine said...

Amazing... Praying for him to become a beautifull little boy.

Twinsplusthree said...

Awesome! What a true testimony of God using you. I continue to pray that children arrive at your orphanage daily. Take care of yourself, you are an amazing lady!

Carla B said...

So precious. Get strong little Luc.

Wendy said...

Hi Susan,
I see in one of Dixie's blogs that CPAP is coming from USA? Is that right? If that is so it is not urgent that I try and organise it from here. If I managed to, it wouldn't be before June/July.
Stay strong,
Wendy Stewart. New Zealand