Team Haiti Update: Coping with Loss

17 May

I wanted to take a moment to write a quick update to all of you. The past couple of days have been rather emotional offering some extreme highs to extreme lows. Yesterday we were at home for sick and dying children. The scene was terrible: cribs of babies everywhere, most of them crying to get your attention because they just wanted to be held. Several of the babies had visible illnesses or deformities that were just heart-wrenching. We grabbed as many babies as we could handle out of the cribs and just spent hours loving on these kids and helping to feed during meal times. Some of the babies were 18 months or 2 years old but you would never guess it; they appeared to be just weeks old because the diseases had taken its toll on their bodies.

At the end of the day there a baby got really sick and one of the girls who happens to be a recent nursing graduate noticed that the baby was not breathing well and that the mother was next to her crying. Confused as to what was going on, she tried to figure out the situation to see if the workers responded to this scene. After a while she stepped in and took a look at the baby. She was clearly sick and not getting enough oxygen. Another girl and I were called in to help. Stepping into this surreal situation, we tried to do what we could. We had little to no medicine to work with and inefficient supplies. The baby stopped responding to any stimuli, so we started doing CPR after we lost a pulse and the baby stopped breathing.

Three of us did CPR on the baby for a while as the mother stood beside us weeping because she knew that the baby was dying. Others stood over us and prayed. The workers watched as we did our best to save the baby, but after several minutes we knew that the baby had passed and that there was nothing more we could do. Our hearts were absolutely broken in that moment. We were crying, the mother was sobbing and every single infant in that room was joining in and crying along with us. It was one of the most heart breaking moments I’ve ever experienced in an orphanage like that.

We spent some time last night debriefing our day and had some “group counseling” to help everyone involved express their emotions and talk about the situation. It was a much needed time of healing for us. Please continue to pray for us as we process this experience and continue to seek God’s peace about what happened.

Today has been a refreshing day as we worked with an organization called HIS Home for Children. What a beautiful place! The story of how they started is absolutely inspiring. They have taken in so many children and have looked to place them in loving adoptive homes in the US, Canada and France. They have about 80 children today from infants to older children and are continuing their legacy after 9 years of being in the ministry now. They also rescue teenage girls who have been abused and help them to recover from their tragedies. Part of this includes educating them, teaching them a trade, and providing a home for them until they are ready to live on their own. Lots of girls have been traumatized since the earthquake, so this has been a recent need that has come up to care for these girls. Our team had an excellent experience serving alongside this ministry today and was so encouraged by what they see this organization doing.

Last prayer request of the day: Amber has come down with some sort of stomach bug. She is resting at the guesthouse today and doing much better, but we are still monitoring her situation and praying for healing. Please lift her up in your prayers. We have good people here taking care of her, so if you are in Amber’s family – don’t worry! She is just fine. We will look after her. : )

Again, thanks so much for continuing to remember this team in your prayers. We appreciate you more than you know.

– Lori

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2 Responses to “Team Haiti Update: Coping with Loss”

  1. Kathy Davis May 18, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Aw, Lori. I have so appreciated your updates and this one brings me to tears. I will stop right now and pray for your team and your hearts as you minister the hope of Christ in the midst of these difficult circumstances. I am so sorry for the experienced loss of this child. May you continue to be strengthened in the power of HIS might and stay the course of all that He has called you to in this journey! Many blessings, much prayer, and much love! Kathy D.

  2. rmwatts May 18, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    Thank you for the updates. Many are praying for you and your team throughout the day. May God richly bless you all. Thanks for taking care of my Hannah. Love, Rhonda

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