February 29, 2004

I’ll never forget that Sunday morning. We were getting ready for church and the phone rang.

The phone never rings on Sunday mornings with good news.

It was my mom, “Did you watch the news this morning?”

No, Mom, we don’t usually watch TV before church.” “Turn it to CNN, it sounds like the President of Haiti got kicked out and is fleeing the country!”

So we turned on the TV and watched as they replayed the video of Aristide’s plane taking off. And we wondered what it would all mean. And then we went to church and prayed, prayed for Dixie, prayed for her staff, prayed for our kids.

And then we went home and spent the rest of the day glued to the internet trying to figure out more. We got a number of e-mails from Dixie over the course of the day assuring us that all was well up past Petionville where they were and that everyone was safe.

We also got a couple of e-mails from Dixie that didn’t make us feel very good……

We can hear gunshots from down the mountain.”

Our staff that made it to work had to step over dead bodies on their way here.”

And the one that really freaked us out – “They are saying that the mob is heading up the mountain!” (Up towards where my children were!)

To say that it was a very difficult day for all involved would be an understatement.

Thankfully, none of the staff or children at our orphanage were injured or worse.

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