Friday, November 12, 2010

Two steps forward, one step back

I e-mailed my friends Ray and Bonnie VanSlyke yesterday to check on a young boy in their orphanage in Limbe, Haiti who has TB, is HIV positive, and has an enlarged liver.  In an earlier e-mail, I had asked Ray for a picture of Judlin so that I could connect a face with his name but Ray reminded me that this Haiti  . . . a picture of Judlin was not as easy a request as it is in the U.S.  Hence, the picture to the right is not Judlin but one of the many children that we treated at the clinics there this summer.  Ray reported back today that they now have meds for Judlin and he's having some good days, for which they are thankful. They'll have to see how his little body tolerates the treatments.  Ray also reported that Merone, another young man that I met in Haiti this summer and who lives with fellow missionaries Paul and Belle Romeus, has fallen victim to the cholera epidemic and that a clinic we visited near Limbe is now a cholera camp. Life is tough in Haiti.  Two steps forward, one step back.

As we approach the holiday season here, I can't help but think about all the ways that we celebrate in excess.  I don't mean to throw cold water on a season of celebration and a time where we express our thankfulness for the blessings of our lives, but I wonder how we might offer a "cup of cold water" (Matthew 10:42)  to those who are suffering?  People like little Judlin, like Merone, and like Ray and Bonnie. 

Here's a thought:  How about helping underwrite the work of people like Ray and Bonnie and support their ministry to the suffering people of Haiti by sending a donation to:

Grace Mission
PO Box 126
Henderson, NE 68371

On-line donations can be made here by clicking on the eGive button on the top left on the home page. Please specify that your donation be directed to the work in Limbe, Haiti. 

Maybe this will be a better way to express our gratitude for the blessings of our lives. 

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