Yesterday was so great with a hundred loving arms to welcome us back to Haiti, but today brought us back down to earth quickly. This fast paced day began with our normal three hour Monday staff meeting with administrators and leadership. It felt like we had things together until I looked at the to-do notes I had gathered from the meeting. It included all of the challenges from the children's school , upcoming events for soccer teams, uniforms needed, all the kids that need new shoes, others that need clothes, kids who have been sick, one in the hospital and others going to the doctor this week. Then we discussed new policies and procedures to enhance quality care and training. We are planning new special nourishing menus for the special needs and sick children. After this, we made plans for Christmas. We will be inviting children from another orphanage and giving each of them a gift and treating them to a nice dinner as we did last year. We planned dinners for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day as well as a special employee dinner.
Pastor Seide proceeded to expound on all of the financial needs that require immediate attention such as the $1,200 bill due today for diesel fuel to hold us over for two weeks. In addition to this, government taxes are due now too. Later, we went through the entire orphanage and kitchen double checking cleanliness and hygiene and making necessary changes. Then, we valuated the needs of the medical outreach in the tent city that we are assisting with. All of this happened before noon! Thank God that we have a wonderful heavenly Father who gives us His grace and strength each day and for all of the hugs here that help make each problem fade away---at least for a while.
Love has no borders