Reflections for the inner life.
On the day after Father's day and in the midst of a hailstorm of upsetting news about immigrant children in danger, maybe this could be a practical way for us to invest in children today.
We are selling handmade tote bags from Haiti. Read a little more here on my blog about how this connects to the lives of beloved immigrant children, one of which calls me "Dad."
The 2010 catastrophic earthquake leveled much of Haiti with an epicenter approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Little did we know it, our (soon to be adopted) daughter was trapped underneath rubble, where she would remain for days without water or food or hope of rescue. Help did come and she was rescued from the rubble.
Soon after the earthquake, a number of Elbow Tree therapists from Chattanooga deployed on disaster response teams to Haiti offering psychological triage to pastors, community leaders and orphan care workers. Much of their interaction occurred in an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, where many would meet and interact with our daughter. Still, we had not met one another yet.
In the months and years following the earthquake, a number of Haitian children were being adopted into some amazing families in Chattanooga. In the fall of 2012, my wife and I were introduced to a little girl whose story gripped our hearts. Each little detail of her precious life only confirmed evidence of God's invitation to open up our family to her.
Our hearts are now forever marked with a distinct affection and love for the precious people of Haiti. Our daughter's story is now our story. We are forever linked to a place and a people whose beauty and resilience outshine any limitation they may face.
Some of our mentors and heroes, Charlie and Mary Scott, have been deeply invested in Haiti for a long time. Their work continues today and Elbow Tree is lucky enough to be able to play a small role in supporting their great effort selling a handful of hand made goods that support the Good Shepherd School and the ministry of Young Life in Port Au Prince.
We'd love your help...
Clean water is extremely scarce in Haiti. 4 million plastic water bags are purchased daily in Haiti and each bag contains 4 oz. of water and costs 4 pennies. Because there is no formal sanitation system, most bags end up on the ground.
They have developed a process of turning those water bags into renewable goods. More specifically they are turning these water bags into a wide range of beautiful and unique tote bags great for the beach or grocery store.
We are selling these bags for $30 in our office. Proceeds go to the continue the work of bringing hope and help to a special place and people.
Join our efforts to support this great work in Haiti!
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