We didn't live in Haiti on January 12, 2010.
Many of our friends did. We will never understand their outlook on life because we will never understand their experiences of January 2010.
If you would like to know more about that whole experience, here are some links to their stories (some may have photos).
We didn't live in Haiti on January 12, 2010. But the events of that day brought us here.
Troy & Tara
Aaron & Heather
Jared & Jalayne
Bud & Jane
Ben & Katie
Ben & Lexi
...and this from Barbie, one month after the quake:
In the dark, we returned from our journey to our field hospital, our souls now overwhelmed with the young mother's devastation. As we opened the metal gate from the dirt road, in the darkened tented courtyard, we found our the patients singing loudly in deep prayer, arms raised and swaying over their heads. They had called the medical staff to the courtyard...and were singing to them. A deep soulful harmonious blessing. Nurses stood, stunned, eyes filling with tears, as their patients -- broken, suffering, tormented -- rose up in song, honoring them, praying for them.
So is the sound of the soul of Haiti. The sound of suffering and pain. The sound of hope, and joy, and love, and strength. Haiti...Such a strong word.