Deaf and disabled children in Haiti have a hard life, compared to children without disabilities. Often, they are abandoned or “cast off,” from their families and society, because they are seen as a burden. Generally, they don’t get the opportunity to attend school, and are unreached with the gospel message.
There is a special school for deaf children in Cambry, about a 10 minute drive from our house. It is being overseen by a Jamaican missionary couple, that moved to Haiti a couple of years ago, and have been ministering to deaf children for years. (I could do an entire post on these special missionaries alone!) Not only are the kids that attend deaf, but a few have other disabilities as well. Materially speaking, these students don’t have much, but they are being loved and hearing about Jesus Christ! It has been inspiring and faith-building to watch God bless this ministry and see the school grow! The dorms where the children sleep, lost the roof, and was flooded during the recent hurricane. The mattresses, bedding, and clothes the children had, was soaked or ruined. The school structure stood (thanks to God’s protecting hand), but also sustained damage to the roof and walls. Through HarvestCall hurricane Matthew disaster relief, both the dorms and the school were able to be repaired, and school is back in session!
2 weeks ago, my Mom, Chloe, and I had the opportunity to distribute hygiene kits to this school! The kits consisted of toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, soap, fingernail clippers, hand sanitizer, gum, and candy. (All things that kids in the US take for granted each day, but that are a luxury to kids in Haiti!) The bags for the kits were decorated, and supplies were purchased and assembled, during a special summer camp, that a set of Grandparents hosted for their Grandchildren. When we were praying about where to distribute the kits, the verse in James 1:27 came to our mind, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…..” God put on our hearts to distribute the kits to the deaf school, to the children who are in a sense, orphaned.
My only wish, is that the kids that made the bags, could have been there to distribute them, to experience the joy and thankfulness of these children! The excitement was palpable in that little one-room school house!
Thanks so much for serving these precious children!