This morning, I am giddy with glee. My friends’ daughter, Ila, is scheduled to arrive from Haiti at the Miami Airport on Friday night. Two years of paperwork and prayers have been brought to answer by a terrible earthquake. The ways of God are mysterious, to say the least.
And yet, this glee is tinged with concern still – for Ila’s safety as she and her friends travel, for the parents who will need to make many expensive and complicated plans in the next two days, and mostly for the children who did not qualify for humanitarian parole or whose adoptive countries have not granted them such parole and, thus, will stay in Haiti. I keep praying for these children – that they will find loving people to adopt them here, that the process for those adoptions will be smooth, that their home countries will move swiftly to bring them home, and that above all they will know – despite the suffering – that they are loved.
Thank you to any of you who took action – through phone calls, emails, and prayers – to help bring Ila home. Please keep praying. Please keep hoping.
Press Release – January 20, 2010
Orphans Intend to Depart Port-au-Prince… Again
Confusing and complicated orphan process delays orphan’s departure
(Port-au-Prince, Haiti) On January 20, 2010, staff from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu (Children of the House of God) orphanage accompanied by representatives from the U.S. ministry, For His Glory Adoption Outreach (FHG), attempted to obtain humanitarian parole from the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince for 133 orphans. The orphanage staff and FHG representatives were turned away because of confusion about photo requirements for each child. Additionally, they were informed that humanitarian parole would only apply to approximately 111 of the 132 children from the Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage. These are the orphans who have a “United States qualified referral” dated prior to the earthquake on January 12, 2010.
In accordance with specific instructions received today, orphanage staff and FHG representatives will depart for U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince in the early morning of January 21, 2010, with the 109 children eligible for humanitarian parole. We anticipate they will receive authority to depart Haiti via air by the early afternoon and will provide further information on the actual schedule as soon as we have it. Three of the remaining 24 children are being adopted by parents in Argentina and Canada and are waiting for those countries to announce their evacuation procedures. The remaining 18 children at Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage will remain in Haiti since they have not yet been referred for international adoption. The orphanage receives request each day to accept new orphans, however their ability to accept children orphaned since the earthquake is very limited. Orphanage staff today reported they were out of diapers, low on food and they remained concerned about security at the orphanage.
Kim Harmon, President of FHG, underscored her call “to all who care about these precious children to pray earnestly for their safety and that the complicated humanitarian parole process can be successfully completed tomorrow. We are thankful to the Lord for where He has brought us and for everyone’s tireless prayer and work to accomplish His will in bringing these children home soon. We pray that the wait will not be much longer and continue to work to that end.”
Hubners and Ila. – A Video to Give you an Idea about my Friends. (Check out Mathis. Isn’t he amazing?)