Today Chris went back to the Canadian Embassy to retrieve our dossier and got to speak to the woman there that I talked to on the phone yesterday. After explaining that he had 10 letters to the Prime Minister of Haiti in his hand and was looking for a way to deliver one and our dossier for his approval the woman at the Embassy made a call, to IBESR, which is open again!
She spoke with the director herself, the woman that is responsible for signing off on our file and explained our situation and basically told her that our kid needs to be able to travel sometime in the near future. She made arrangements for our family to go to IBESR tomorrow to meet with her in person. This is what we wanted way back in November! Having the Embassy behind us now just gives it more push.
Please pray for tomorrow. Our hope is that by meeting with the director in person we can talk and she will see that not only are we providing a loving environment for Olivia, but that we are helping Haiti and want to continue that for many years to come if we’re able. It’s our hope that by raising our children here they will learn to love others and to have a heart for people. By raising Olivia in her home culture she will learn about her country and be connected with her people. I hope that her Creole surpasses ours by the time she’s 5. I hope that she learns to sing and dance with the freedom that I see in so many kids here. I hope that she learns to love people of all races and class levels.
Please pray that the mountain that is IBESR will be moved tomorrow and that we will be able to move forward. We only want to be able to travel with our child.
On a totally different subject, I was chatting with Yonese today about what causes earthquakes etc. I guess there are a lot of people that are worried that another big one is going to hit but in a different part of the country. From there our conversation turned to people coming to God because of the earthquake. She told me that 3 bokos – witch doctors – in our community have converted to Christianity in the last few weeks. Just the other night one of them publicly burned all of his voodoo paraphernalia. Our community has had a lot of voodoo related issues in the past, and this could be a turning point.