// Haiti has my heart. I spent two months there in the spring of 2016 & oh how I loved every second of it. I formed relationships & bonds that can never be broken because they were built with an everlasting love. Most of the photos that I took in Haiti, were inside the 4 walls of the Orphanage I was working at, so you won’t get an accurate picture of what Haiti looks like beyond The Orphanage. I didn’t want to disrespect the people living there by taking their photo, when I hadn’t built a relationship with them – so the photos you see below are (mostly) in the Orphanage. 

Here are a few of my journal entries while I was in Haiti:

A huge thing I’ve leant from the first week of being in Haiti, is that no matter where you are, no matter what your situation – there is always, ALWAYS hope. You are never “too far gone”, there is never a situation that God can’t touch. There is always hope.There is never a situation that God can not reach. There is never a circumstance that is hopeless. He is the hope. He is the light. We don’t need to “bring hope to Haiti.” There is already hope here. He is already here. We are not their saviour, we are not their saving grace – He is. //

He chose you.

He is protecting you.

He saved you.

He remains.

He is kind.

You are His.

You are precious to Him.

He watches over you.

He listens to you.

He will never fail you.

He cares for you.

He will restore you.

He will support you.

He will strengthen you.

He will place you.

I was reading through 1st Peter & found SO much truth within this little book. It clung to my heart & I began to write down every attribute of God, thinking of each child here while I wrote. & so after each truth I said their name & started speaking truth over their lives. like, “He is protecting you, Manuela, You are precious to Him, Manuela.” & I began to cry. Not tears of anger or frustration of unjust situations, instead tears of love. Tears of hope. His love is so deep, so personal & fierce for each & EVERY human. So if you are drowning in lies, above is some truth. Hold onto it. Read over it. Say your name at the end of it. He is talking to you, He is loving you, He is seeking after your heart //

Chelande, like most of the kids here – have gone through unimaginable situations before coming to Children’s Hope. While a lot of these beautiful children have learnt to play & have fun, for Chelande it hasn’t come so easy. If ever anyone would try to make her smile or laugh she would do this cute little half smile thing, realize she was having fun, then quickly cut herself off and have the most serious expression on her face. So it was the same for me on the first day I arrived here in Haiti. But this week, I spent my time playing with her, tickling her, getting to know her & FINALLY I got a full smile & a real gut laugh. Her laugh pierced the silence & stole my heart. Later that day, she grabbed my hand & we walked together (which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it was). She is the most precious thing & I am so thankful that @childrenshope exists so that they can provide shelter, food & amazing nannies to care for these beautiful humans. I know that Chelande doesn’t need me & that there are people here to take care of her & love her but wow, I am so thankful for the way she has impacted my heart. This post isn’t about me – no, these kids here at the orphanage are already loved & cared for, they don’t need me to come & “love on them.” I am not a crucial part of their story – but I want them to know that they are a crucial part of mine. //

 

Haiti, I miss you & I love you. I will be back so soon <3