I have to admit that for most of my adult life (and my younger days too if I'm being honest) I really thought I was doing my kids a favor by raising them where we are. We are in an area just outside of a fairly big city, we have excellent schools, a big church with lots of programming and resources, a neighborhood full of kids and just about anything we could want within a 30-45 minute drive.
However in the last few years I have come to realize that perhaps I got this one wrong. The area we live in is also one of the top five wealthiest counties in America. And where I once saw opportunity and resources I now see materialism and pride. Where I once saw family friendly neighbors where kids play outside while the moms visit, I now see kids who are over scheduled and moms who are overcommitted Where I once saw parents who work hard to provide the best for their children, I now see parents who have their priorities way out of whack. Don't get me wrong. I still love where we live, I love the people around us and feel like this is EXACTLY where God wants us. He has just opened my eyes to some realities I needed to see.
In just a few hours I will board a plane with my 11 year old daughter and head to Haiti. The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. We will visit with, love on and play with children who have been orphaned or abandoned living in abject poverty, children who have absolutely NO material possessions and who are eager to get whatever limited education is available to them. Yet these children have a faith that inspires me. They believe in Christ with a conviction us spoiled Americans find it difficult to emulate.
I have visited this country one other time and I am excited to see it again, this time through the eyes of my daughter. I am excited to see what God shows her, what she learns, and how she processes it all. I am excited to see how God uses her and how she reconciles the life she lives with those of the kids we will soon meet.
If you are so inspired to pray for us in the coming days we would so very much appreciate it. I look forward to sharing our stories and lessons with you when we get back!
But right now, Isabella and I are Haiti bound!!!