Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiti Adoption Update

Please pray for our children fervently today.
    Orphans Intend to Depart Haiti
    Orphans begin procedures to depart Haiti at U.S. Embassy (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)

    On January 20, 2010, 133 orphans from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage will begin the difficult process outlined by the U.S. Department of State for humanitarian parole and onward transportation to the United States.

    In accordance with instructions received from the State Department, as relayed by the Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) at 8 p.m. today, orphans along with orphanage staff members have been instructed to arrive at the U.S. Embassy as early as possible on Wednesday morning.

    JCICS warned that no food, water or facilities would be available for the children while processing at the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince.

    JCICS further relayed that orphanage requests to the U.S. Embassy for security and transportation for the children have been denied by the State Department. The U.S. ministry associated with this orphanage, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG), was also asked to stop requesting security, transportation or even water at the orphanage location. Following discussions with staff and board members in Port-au-Prince, the difficult decision was made that all 133 children, including approximately 60 children under the age of 3, will begin early in the morning of January 20th to walk the over 2 kilometers to the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince. This decision was made due to the limited staff available and the increasingly dangerous security situation at the orphanage in Port-au-Prince. The staff will carry as much water, food and baby formula as possible with them for the orphans while processing at the U.S. Embassy. JCICS relayed that once processing is completed, the orphans will travel to the United States on "cargo jets to locations that are not often known until an hour or so before the flight leaves."

    Kim Harmon, President of FHG, acknowledged that "this arrangement is far from ideal for the safety and well-being of the children. We are calling to all who care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety tomorrow."

    FHG is a ministry to the people and children of Haiti. Our ministry is dedicated to fundraising and assisting the orphanage, Maison des Enfants de Dieu, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

14 comments:

Heather C. said...

We are praying they make it there safely!

Karla Kahler said...

praying that Patricia and Philipe make the journey safely, along with all of those precious children. God place your hand of protection on those children, keep them safe, protect them physically and protect their minds and hearts from all they may encounter on this journey.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know I am praying for your children and all those in the orphanage. I have been following your site since you brought home Olivia as I adopted from China and have done mission work in Haiti. Praying that the children will make it to the US today and will soon be reunited with you.

Rachelle said...

Thinking of your family today. Many prayers.

Rachelle said...

Rachelle here... we were part of your China travel group... I just saw on the news that a children will be arriving in Philadelphia from Haiti today. We only live about a hour from there. I'm not sure how this is all going to play out or if Patricia and Philipe will be a part of that group, but if you will be here to get your kids and you need a free place to stay, a car, a ride somewhere.... anything, please let us know. We would be happy to help.

Rachelle said...

Me again!!!

Email rachschw@ptd.net
hm # 717-207-8880

Cora said...

praying for the children. I hope you hear that they are all safe soon.

Cora

Megan said...

Just heard you, I think (although now they are calling the caller Elizabeth), on Talk of the Nation (or another NPRish) radio station. Small world. We are praying for your kids to come home. As long as all of the rest who are with them.
Megan

Sophia and Avah's Mommy and Daddy said...

Just letting you know that we just came home from bible study(well, awhile ago...I had to put Sophia and Avah to bed)....and our community group lifted your family up in prayer and will continue to pray 'til your precious ones are home!!!! Hugs!!

The Clark Family (TG148a)
Nelson, Maria, Sophia & Avah

Lisa said...

Praying through tear filled eyes...for you and your children. Trusting in our all powerful God to bring them safely to you.

Heather and Carl said...

Lee and Dawn, We continue to pray earnestly for you, your children, and all the orphanage children.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Ok... checking in again and will do later this afternoon... all fingers and toes are crossed... I seem to be living through you right now... hugs...

ManyBlessings said...

PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING!!!!!!!

Jenna said...

facebook is not working for me right now. i need my dawn/lee status update fix!!!!!!!!!

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