Wednesday, January 20, 2010


My Pastor and his wife have been trying to adopt a child from Haiti for OVER THREE YEARS.  They have spent countless hours and money to achieve this goal.  They have followed God's leading.  They have jumped through numerous hoops that the Haitian government has put in place, no matter how ridiculous they might be (flying down in order to promise to be good parents before a judge, seriously!).  Now, with the recent disaster in Haiti, the Haitian government is allowing all orphans who have adoptive parents here to leave.  Here is the most recent email that Kristi sent out. Please keep this situation in prayer.

UPDATE to info. below:  The Lord has provided two buses.  The Lord has set up American Airlines to transport the children to the US.  All we need now the clearance from the U.S.!!!

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."

January 19, 2010 8 p.m. est
It is once again my job to be the bearer of bad news.  Another day come and gone and no change.  Despite extensive Congressional support and all of your calls to your Members of Congress we have hit roadblock after roadblock.  At this point we respectfully ask that you stop contacting your Members of Congress requesting their assistance with obtaining security, transportation, and water for the location. The Department of State has not and apparently will not provide the small assistance that we have requested. 
Given the current circumstances, at this point we are recommending that someone from each orphanage escort the children who qualify for humanitarian parole or adoption visas to the U.S. Embassy in Port-A-Prince.  We recommend that the orphanage staff arrive with the children and any adoption paperwork that has not been destroyed as early as possible in the morning in order to attempt to obtain visas or parole for the children.  Please understand that this option may not be considered safe and that the U.S. Embassy did not allow some orphanages onto the premises today.  Additionally, please note that it has been reported that there is no food, water or facilities for the children to use while at the Embassy.  As noted during our conference call earlier today, these are our recommendations only and should not be used to replace your or your orphanage director's good judgment.
It is our understanding that any children processed by USCIS in Port-A-Prince are leaving on U.S. cargo jets to locations that are not often know until a hour or so before the flight leaves.  At times children have left Haiti without the knowledge of their adoptive parents.
This is currently the worst case scenario for the children's well-being and safety but at the moment there are no other options."

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