Jennifer Young - "Just Love Them"

Hi, my name is Jenn. When I felt prompted to go to Haiti I knew that it would be a challenge since I deal with exhaustion, headaches & fibromyalgia on a daily basis. But I also knew that God would be faithful to carry me through. Our team visited each of the three orphanages that are a part of Haiti Gospel Outreach. As we prepared to go to the first orphanage we asked Pastor Gerby, “What do you think we should focus on when we arrive & what are the kids expecting?” His answer was, “Just love them. They’ve been looking forward to this and just want to be loved.” My heart came alive at that moment because I realized that, although my physical abilities were limited, I could love. When we approached the gates of the orphanage the kids came running, shouting & cheering. It was the most beautiful sound ever. One boy who was about 10 years old became my buddy that day. He had on baseball pants and a blue shirt. When I first saw him, I greeted him, “Bonjour!” and shook his hand. His expression lit up behind his quiet eyes. He immediately took my hand again and we stayed locked hand in hand for a solid 20 minutes. Throughout the day I would help others with their crafts, or kick the ball around with others, but my buddy with the blue shirt and baseball pants would stay next to my side. My heart aches for these children who do not have Moms or Dads pouring love into them. How very important it is for them to hear, “you are lovable,” “you are special,” “you can grow up and do great things,” as often as possible.

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HaitiGO, it was a privilege to be a part of the work you are doing. Your constant acts of love are making a difference not only with the children in the orphanage but also in the schools and the surrounding communities. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the work you are doing.