21 August 2010

The Countdown Begins

At the writing of this, I am in the air returning from Haiti. 

It was such a great trip.  I was able to meet two other board members.  I was sincerely touched by their genuine concern for the vision of Christian Haitian Outreach and its founder Eleanor "Mom" Workman.  We are clearly all of one heart and mind in this work.  It was good also to meet others who desire the best for the Haitian children.

We will be working with CHO at its orphanage in Mariani.  We will be doing our initial training there.

I was able to finalize some preparations for our future residence.  Elijah and Cecilia have some "thank you"s to give to the men who will be working on dividing the one space so that they will not have to share a room.  And the whole Sweeney family will be very grateful for the changes that will be made in anticipation of our arrival.

I was overwhelmed by the reception that I received from the staff once the news was presented that my family and I would be returning.  I was literally gang-rushed with hugs and "God bless you"s.  I look forward to working with them.

I get very emotional when I think of the children with which I have already begun to make a connection.  Dr Franco introduced me at their Wednesday prayer time.  It was mentioned that I would be returning in 3 weeks.  The next day when I was saying good-bye, several of the boys were talking and I heard them mention "trois semans".  I smiled and said, "Oui, trois semans" or "Yes, 3 weeks".  They were happy to see someone go who they knew was coming back soon to live with them. 

I also received our job description for our time at CHO.  Perhaps I'll share that later.  Suffice it to say that it suits us very well.

If you are keeping up with the blog, please comment from time to time.  We would love to hear from you.  Please pray for the transition of our business here in the US when you think of us. 

Next time I will post some photos from this trip.

Au Revoir.

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