Tuesday some nice people who served in Haiti for a couple of years and are back visiting have offered to take the whole gang to the beach up in Montrois. It sounds like about half of us will go and half will stay back and keep plugging away at the tasks that need doing, either way it is a kind offer and a sweet thing for them to do for us. Ike, Hope, and Noah will be there for sure, they managed to clear their calendars of all responsibility tomorrow. They're pretty psyched about that!
The twins came for a weigh-in today. They are up over 7lbs now and starting to have cheeks. We could not be more pleased with their progress and are so thankful to God for protecting them during those scary first few weeks, when you think about what sort of treatment a 3 or 4 lb baby would get in the USA and what these twins ended up getting, you're even MORE aware of God's Hand and the miracles that happen all the time here. Keep praying for growth and good health for these lovely little ladies.
Jean, the boy with HIV that I told you about last week came for his bath and lotion. It is not a pretty sight. He is so tiny for a kid in his late teens and his skin condition is shocking. Please pray that some of the things we will try will make a difference and result in less pain for him. Pray that his Mom would start caring about him in a nurturing way and that we would do a good job of being kind to her, too. Tonight we asked her to cut his hair so we could work on his head better tomorrow and try to keep him clean more easily. If she won't cut it, we will do that tomorrow before we work on his scalp. He has a few sores, at the wrist joint and in his armpits --- hopefully we can get those to close up quickly. This is EXACTLY one of the situations where I need to lose sight and gain vision ... try to see it all as God sees it and not give up hope or assume I know the end result.
Noah and Isaac caught a chicken. It is their new pet. They brought it water in a diet coke can today, that was after they offered the chicken a five gallon bucket of water and Troy suggested that was sort of a lot of water in a large container, for one little chicken. The chicken's name is Milo or Otis, depending on when and whom you ask.
Poor Noah has that rash back that he had last year. He got it in May last year, it started again this year in May. We never solved it or made it much better with a number of treatments, he must be allergic to something that Haiti has growing from May to September.
Licia and Lori report that Jackenson (the boy who is Jean's sister's son) is eating well and doing fine at the rescue center. And, Emmanuel does not have a feeding tube anymore and is up to 5 lbs 8 oz. Thanks for those prayers as well.