The only thing I wrote today was a letter to a really remarkable young man who is loving living in his first world house with his first world possessions and his first world refrigerator a little too much. I’m going to share it with you. I hope his mom doesn’t mind.
Little Boy whom I Love,
I’ve been thinking about the kids we met when Seth and I were in Haiti a couple years ago. We are hoping to visit them again in February and have started to try to decide what we should bring with us. Maybe you can help me make a list.
Last time we went we took shoes, and when we got there what I found out was that we didn’t take enough of those. Many of the children in Haiti walk around on the hard and rocky streets with no shoes because their families can’t buy them. They don’t have enough money. Put shoes on the list.
We did not take games but that is definitely something I want to take next time. They don’t have any games to play with. One of the girls in an orphanage there taught me a game that she had made up using rocks. Next time I want to take dominoes and Uno for sure. Put those on our list.
We taught them to blow bubbles. They had no idea how to do it because they had never before even seen them. We must take more bubbles. Put those on the list.
We took some granola bars, and some nuts, and some candy, but not nearly enough. The children we visited eat porridge. It’s rice that has been cooked and cooked and cooked some more until it has become mush. They eat it for every meal and it is only when guests from other countries come that they ever get anything else. Please put granola bars and nuts and Dum Dum suckers on the list. Lots of them.
I want to take books too. The children that are lucky enough to go to school have a couple school books, but I want to take story books with beautiful pictures. No one has those. Maybe you can help me think of a few favorites to share with them. Put books on your list.
Balls. They need balls, and because there is usually a lot of glass and garbage around on the streets, maybe duct tape to fix them when they pop. Put balls and duct tape on your list.
These children are just like you. They love to run and play and be flipped upside down by Seth and be snuggled by me. They are just like you, except for the fact that many of them have parents that are too poor to care for them at home. That is one of the ways they end up staying in the orphanages we visited. There is much that you have that they do not. You can help them right now by praying for them. Prayer. Put that on your list.
And then, the next time you and I see one another, we’ll go do some shopping for the children we will get to see in February. Bring your list.