I posted maybe a month or so back about Rose and Edris. To sum up, they live in Port de Paix and are a more well off Haitian famiily. And so, for years, they have used extra money to help local kids. They provide meals for children who have no parents, children whose parents can’t or don’t feed them, and they even house several kids and families for free. This has been harder and harder to do since the earthquake hit, and they have had to close their restaurant and not much money is made from their store either. So now, with the food from OTB, they can continue to provide food for those they were, and even feed a few more!!
We instantly loved this family, and as we have gotten to know them, they have become family to us. I went to visit a week or so ago, and since there wasn’t a mission truck available I took a motto. After our conversation I asked them to flag a motto down for me and negotiate a price ( I only do it myself if I have to!) They were horrified that I was going to ride a motto. They insisted I get in their car, and they drove me back to our house. Rose told me that the sweet couple that introduced us (Brice and Amanda who are missionaries teaching at a school here) are family, and that automatically meant we are their family too. They told us to call whenever we needed anything, big or small, and they would help since we are family. Tears blurred my eyes as I thanked them, and told them that their love and kindness made me miss my family even more-and that I was so thankful for family here too now.
We went to their house yesterday to meet more kids that they take care of. The children usually come and get the food, and a few eat it there, while most take it ‘to go’. But, since they knew we were coming, they set up what used to be a restaurant in the back of their shop, for all the kids to sit and eat so we could take photos. (They no longer operate their restaurant because after the earthquake the many people who had money to eat out, simply do not anymore)
We had such a fun time meeting the kids. They all range in ages from 3yrs-15yrs old. Rose likes to try and add special things to the food she gets from us-today it was avocado, sometimes she’ll add in chicken or veggies.
All the kids call Rose mama, and it makes my heart so full to see how she takes care for them. In fact, the whole family gets in on helping out-even dad and a few of the seven children they have of their own come to help. This verse comes to mind when I see what they are doing:
1John 3:17 &18
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”