A Prayer of Indifference

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me not to care.

Help me not to care if it’s what I want.

Help me not to care whether it makes me comfortable.

Help me not to care whether it’s clean or it’s messy.

Help me not to care about driving the nicest cars.

Help me not to care whether the person sitting next to me in church “looks” like me.

Help me not to care about anything that you don’t care about.

and help me to care about what You care about.

Amen

4 Years Ago Today

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Four Years Ago – An Anniversary of Epic Proportions……

Today marks the 4 year anniversary of 80 children being united with their families for the first time after the earthquake.

There were homecomings like this happening all over the country.   The one in Grand Rapids Michigan had 14 families and 17 kids.

All coming home from God’s Littlest Angels.

All coming home at the same time.

It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever been involved in.   If the saying is true that a picture is worth 1,000 words, then here are 417,000 words about that day.

Special thanks to Jen Kroll of Jen Kroll Photography for capturing the homecoming so beautifully as a service to the families.

Anniversaries of a Sort– Miss E. and Sonia

While last week was an important week for Haiti and for those who care about Haiti (the 12th of January was four years since the quake), I want to share with you two special anniversaries that occurred this week.    One of them is a 4 year anniversary and the other one is a 3 year anniversary.

At 3:00 PM today, Eastern Time, I was finally able to track down one of our adoptive Moms.   This was a Wednesday afternoon and we had just gotten word that all of the US adoptive parents needed to be in Miami.   Not some time, not in 4 days, but in 24 hours!

I got in touch with Jayne while she was in Toy’s R Us attempting to get the stuff she was going to need IF her little girl could come home sooner.

Let’s just say that when I got on the phone with Jayne, I think the entire store heard our conversation.   She started screaming, crying, jumping up and down and just sort of, well, let’s just say it’s one of the most deeply moving and incredibly joy filled phone calls I’ve ever made.   I consider it an honor to have been the one to tell her to get on a plane.

Wednesday, I’m going to post a LOT of pictures from the 4 year anniversary of that homecoming.

The second anniversary actually happened yesterday.   3 years ago yesterday, I got a message from Dixie.  It went something like this,  “Tom, I have a project I want you to work on – we have a 4 month old who is going to die if we don’t get her out of Haiti and get her heart surgery.”

Gulp.  I had been on the job full time for less than 3 weeks and suddenly this little girl’s life was in my hands!  The first thing I did was call my good friend Rebekah – she’s done a number of medical visas before and said, “I need you to help  – I’ve never done this before!

We walked through it and began figuring out what it would take.   To say she was a big help is an understatement.

I’m going to quote Lisa on the next part –

“3 years ago today, January 19, I received this email that changed our lives forever, “We’ve got an urgent situation with Sonia, a 4 month old who has been at GLA since she was 6 days old. The short story is that our pediatrician said she needs to get out of Haiti for medical treatment or she will probably not survive.”

I still remember getting an e-mail from this lady by the name of Lisa who was so insistent on helping Sonia.   We talked, we e-mailed, we researched, she talked to hospitals, she talked to the senior pastor at her church, I talked to her senior pastor, we both talked to hospitals.   Lab reports were translated and scanned, X-rays were taken and sent.

And throughout it all, countless people were praying for Sonia.

And little by little, the details started falling into place.

And then Lisa (and Al)’s senior pastor talked to a friend of his.   Oh and that friend happened to be on the board at Miami Children’s Hospital.

God opened doors and a travel date was set for her to come to Miami on a Monday with surgery tentatively scheduled for later in the week.

The Saturday before that, I got a message from one of our nursing staff – “Tom, Sonia has a fever.”

Uh oh.   But they decided to send her anyway – and it’s a good thing.   She ended up spending 21 days in the hospital for a bone infection.

It’s an infection that would have killed her in Haiti.

Long story short, she had the surgery, it went well and she returned to GLA.   Her host family became her adoptive family and she will soon be coming home permanently.

Oh and the icing on the cake?   Since then, her adoptive parents have moved back to Michigan and I’m going to be able to meet them at the airport when they come home.

Here’s a picture of Sonia from when she first got sick and then one from earlier this month.

God is good.  Life is not easy, nothing is easy, but God is good.

And I’m blessed to play a small role in making a difference for these kids.

Tom

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Moses had a Speech Impediment

As part of my daily devotions, I’m doing the “read through the Bible” process again.   My goal is to do it more quickly than the 2 1/2 years it took me the first time.

Part of my reading today was from Exodus 6-8.    It’s the story of Moses, Pharaoh and the 10 plagues.   We’ve all heard it many times (at least most of us have).

The thing that struck me today is that Moses had a speech impediment.   He says a couple of times in these chapters,  “But I can’t do that, I stutter.”

Guess what – God used him anyway.

God took a man with a speech impediment and used him to lead the nation of Israel out of slavery and out of a really bad situation.

If God used a man with a speech impediment, how much more can He use you and me?

Are you open to God’s leading?  In spite of whatever “impediments” you might have?

Tom