One of the fun parts about summer at the HOH is all the visitors who come by for a week or two to help out, play with the kids and just be supportive in any way they can. It is always a fun time for the kids and an encouragement for Linda and the staff.
Back towards the end of June the HOH was pleased to have our friends from the Hands of Hope organization in the UK come by. They have supported the HOH in many ways over the years but the one link we have with them that means the most to both of us is a young man -- their son named Alex...
He was an extremely sick 9 month old boy, who had recently lost his mom and been abandoned by his dad, when he made his appearance at the HOH. Our friends from England were visiting when he first came on the scene. God spoke to their hearts about this precious life, and soon they were knee deep in adoption plans and regulations. It was an terribly long and exhausting almost 6 year process as they waded through all the legal work to be done to make Alex (or Kev — for those of you who might remember him from the late 90’s) a part of their family.
Alex has grown into an incredible young man who just recently was baptized. He has finished his A levels in the UK and will be starting a 3 year degree in Product Design at Swansea University in the fall. It was a proud moment for his Mom and Dad as they wrote the following to us: “He has developed into a fine young man and we are really very proud of him but we never forget that he had a great start with you and Linda; the best start that he could have wished for I reckon, (despite his family circumstances) and we believe you should be every bit as proud of him as we are. He has a really firm faith in God and he's really looking forward to our trip to Haiti.”
Alex giving his testimony during his baptismal service
Their visit to the HOH was a great time of catching up and relationship building between Alex and the kids. He made an effort to re-learn some of his Creole and in exchange he taught our boys to play rugby! While this story is a unique one in that we don't often do adoptions out of the HOH, we are thankful that was an option for the Brooke family. We wanted to share this story with you to encourage you and your partnership with us in this special ministry. Since 1956 the HOH has been changing lives just like Alex’s and we couldn't do this in this way if it wasn’t for the support that you give us in so many ways. Thank you for your part!
Now for some updates and ways you can pray for us in the weeks ahead.
- Oliana is doing much better. They seem to have gotten a handle on the delicate balance between her diet and her insulin. Thank you so much for your prayers on her behalf.
- Jamesley has had some relief from the pain in his leg lately as the doctors decided to open it up and release some of the pressure. I've had a chance to talk to him, encourage him, and am looking forward to seeing him. Linda and the kids continue to support and care for him as he struggles with his bone cancer. Please continue to pray for Jamesley and all involved in his care.
- The time has finally come for me (Jenny) to head back down to Haiti and spend a couple of weeks at the HOH. We have lots of things planned for my time back there. Two of our young ladies; Estephanie (who is still at the HOH), and Jumalia (who was previously at the HOH) are both getting married. Estephanie's wedding is the day after I arrive, and Jumalia's is the day after that. It's going to be a hectic couple of days, but we are looking forward to this special time for these girls very much.
- Then we have our week of Camp planned for the kids. I've spent countless hours preparing Bible lessons that are around the theme, "Jesus, Our Only Hope" this year. Our friends from Miami Shores Presbyterian Church will be meeting us down there to help out with this special week for the kids. There are many activities planned and we hope that it is an encouraging time as well as one of much learning for our kids of all ages.
- I am bringing down 3 young ladies from Canada with me on this trip. They will be helping with the camp week as well as doing various other projects with the kids during our time there. Jenna, Heather and Samantha are very excited about their trip and would love for you to pray for them as they seek to love, encourage and learn from the kids and staff at the HOH.
We appreciate you all and are so thankful for the ways you stand with us as we bring hope to the children, youth and young adults in our care. I know I won't have time to update the blog while we are in Haiti, so have a great couple of weeks!