Sue Witt, the woman in charge of the orphanage, is incredible. I’ve never met anyone like her. She runs her household with grace as she is both gentle and firm with the kids. Her selflessness is apparent as she cares for 18 children rather than having a typical American retirement. Most elderly people choose to live a comfortable retirement close to their grandchildren or in a warm climate, while Sue has been serving in Haiti for 15 years. Whenever I’m feeling worn out or overwhelmed, Sue tells me stories about her struggles throughout the years. She told me about a woman who tried to sue her for thousands of dollars, or the man who stole her bus that she used for evangelism and outreach, or the year that she spent in hiding as she cared for 5 babies alone. She casually tells her stories with a smile as she talks about the realities of being a missionary in Haiti. Originally, she came to teach English at Christianville, a ministry here in Haiti. After working with a few different ministries, she now she runs the orphanage here in Bon Repos. In about a month, she will be moving everyone back to Christianville where a new home is being built for us! We are all excited to have more space to run around and play outside, to have clean water, and a more reliable water pump and electric system! Pray for us as we begin to pack and move everyone to a new home.
Sue was sick all day yesterday and spent most of the day in bed. Today she still feels weak and nauseous. Pray for a quick recovery. Her son and grandsons are coming arrive today and will be here for a week. Pray for strength and health as she continues to care for these kids and hosts her guests this week.
The twins, Noah and Jackson, both have their two bottom teeth now! And now they’re getting their two top teeth, which means they’ve been fussy and not sleeping well. The other night they were both crying off and on, and somehow as I was half-asleep and rocking them, they both ended up in my bed with me. I woke up in the morning with two babies on top of me! As most of you probably know, I’m not a morning person. But when you wake up at 6am to two smiling babies, it’s hard not to be in a good mood. I love these boys so much! For the most part, they’re very happy babies. They are so cute together as they talk to each other and make each other laugh. They’re both crawling now and Jackson has become exceptionally fast. They both love climbing up the front porch steps and racing each other across the front yard.
My good friends, Hannah and Josh, are coming on Thursday and will be here to help for six weeks. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO GET HERE! I’m excited for the kids to meet them and for the boys to have an older guy around. I’m anxious to have Hannah here to help with the twins.It’s been almost two weeks since Rebecca left and as you can probably imagine, there are moments when I just can’t manage both babies at the same time! Hannah is one of my best friends and I’m excited to share this adventure with her. Pray for Hannah and Josh as they travel here and transition into our family. Pray for the kids as they go through the changes of having new help here. Pray for all three of us as we work together to love and serve the kids.