Thursday, July 12, 2007
Trip to Barb's
The pictures from today are mostly from Barb's village. The first two are of babies that are going to be adopted. The third is of the lane down the middle of the village. The fourth is Barb's kitchen. Look closely and you'll see a stove and an oven. The last picture is of Kerwin pretending to shoot a basketball. He really wanted us to take a picture of this.
Today we spent the morning playing around the hotel. We had a big game of kick ball and watched some Air Bud. We colored in one of the activity books and Kerwin went on a walk with grandpa.
In the afternoon, Barb came and picked us up and took us to her village. She has a small lane that has several houses on it. She has allowed some homeless women and children come and live in the village. They get food and bathroom facilities and they help out around the village. Sometimes, they will take care of the children that have come from the orphanages if they need to stay with Barb for a while. She also has two American ladies staying with her now helping take care of some babies that are on their way to being adopted. After a tour of the village, we ate dinner and talked for a bit. The Johnny brought us back to the hotel. I'm glad we got to go out today. I was really hoping that Denny could see more of Port-au-Prince than the drive from the airport to the Visa Lodge. I think this did the trick.
While at the village, Barb mentioned that she does not have anyone staying in the guest house. From now until sometime in August it is available. So, we have decided that we are not going to go back to the mission at this time. Instead, we are going to stay here in Port-au-Prince with Barb. It seems to make the most sense for getting home sooner. If we go away, it can only slow things down. Staying with Barb will give us an opportunity to be "close to the action" as far as the adoption process goes but we will also have opportunities to serve in Barb's village. Her next big project is to stuff dozens of backpacks to give away to children. I think this would make a great family project. So, as of Sunday, vacation is over. We will be leaving our home at the Visa Lodge and going to stay in a "new room." This is what we tell Kerwin every time we move. We hope that this will be the last "new room" until we get home. However he is resilient and much more content than we are in the current situation. We plan to go back to MOI next week and show our faces again to see if it will help to speed up the signature process (we need our dossier signed by 4 different offices within MOI before it gets out of there). We feel good about this decision now that it has been made. We are hopeful that this will be the best route for getting home soon. As always, we covet your prayers during this time of transition. Until next time...