As most, I have been watching, with a heavy heart, the news that comes from Haiti. Mark was there several years ago on a trip with our last church. There are so many obvious needs but what has overwhelmed me today is thinking to the weeks ahead and the domino affect this tragedy has on so many things.
There are adoptive parents in the U.S. with no idea if their soon-to-be-children are okay. Even those families that have gotten good news must now wonder how long it will take them to bring their children home. Adoption paperwork has most assuredly been lost for many. Will the Haitian government be flexible in allowing these families to bring their children home sooner rather than later? I can only imagine the worry and anxiety that is facing so many.
Unfortunately this tragedy will bring many who seek to profit from it. An already troublesome sex trafficking industry in Haiti threatens to loom over the many new orphaned and frightened children. World Orphans is partnering with churches in Haiti who will hopefully get to these children and provide protection before they are forced into child labor or worse.
You can read more about World Orphans relief efforts on Paul’s blog.