Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Bittersweet Symphony This Life.

So I have been a little under the weather lately, which has been good and bad. Bad because I missed out on helping Melissa move yesterday, and Blythe's birthday...bummed about that. And, I missed church this morning, and Kendra's event where she was showing Invisible Children. Plus, I have been locked in the house for almost 48 hours now, and I have officially watched all of the "Bring it On" sequel movies. There are 3 of them. I am so pathetic. I hate how I never want to read when I am sick...is anyone with me on that one?

On the positive side, I have been able to watch a lot of CNN (yes, I do watch CNN and not Fox News...my advice - Watch CNN's coverage of the RNC, it's hilarious), which has been quite eye opening. Plus, I am sick, so I am much more emotionally sensitive to what I have seen. There were three specials that I watched. One on Biden, one of Palin, and one on the hurricane's that hit Haiti. For your sake and mine, I will only talk about Haiti in this blog. 

If you don't attend my church, then you you probably haven't had the pleasure of meeting Stephen.
Stephen is a baby who came from Haiti to Southern California to get surgery for Spina Bifida. Stephen is currently staying with the Worrell family. 

The Worrell's are amazing. Ted and Fayanna are the parents, and Ted sits on our financial board at the church. Ted and Fayanna both sing on the worship team, and Fayanna is very involved in women's ministry, teaching once a month. Aubree, their oldest daughter, is a senior in high school, and she just returned from a mission trip from Germany. She wants to be a nurse...specifically would love to share her skills of nursing in Africa one day. She sings and plays keyboard for the high school worship team, and is a leader in the junior high. Nick and Brody are the boys of the house. They are in Junior High, and Nick plays the drums, while Brody leads worship on guitar, for the high school/junior high/children's worship team. 
I am telling you, if there is any family that I would like to imitate my family off of, it would be the Worrell's.
Not that you have to be involved everything to be awesome, but the Worrell's can't help to be involved because it is just genuine fruit coming from their genuine lives. They genuinely love Jesus A LOT. :)

So, the Worrell's took in Stephen, and provided him with everything he needed during his time of need before, during, and after surgery. Stephen is better now, and the surgery was very successful. But now, he is supposed to go back to Haiti. The Worrell's would love to adopt him, and there is another family in Texas that would love to adopt him (long story I won't go in to...), but the rules say he must go back. It has been a roller coaster journey for the Worrell's as they have come to love Stephen so much, and know that they could provide a better life for him here. Fayanna recently sent out an email informing us that the president of "Mending Kids" (the organization in which all of this went through) said, "If you can get the US Embassy in Haiti to agree that this type of adoption is the way to go and that Mending Kids will not be held responsible, I can agree to that." This is pretty good news! 

Aubree and Stephen
Stephen with his doggy after surgery

As Stephen is perfectly safe in his warm bed at night, his family and friends are not in a very good situation a few thousands miles away. Hurricane Hanna, which hit Haiti a week ago, comes as bittersweet news. Bitter because of the massive pain and suffering in that country, and sweet because this could be the event that keeps Stephen in America. There is absolutely no reason to send Stephen back to country that is in total disarray. Here is an article that speaks about the most current condition of Haiti. The special I watched on CNN today had me reaching for a box of tissues, as even the news reporter seemed at a loss for words. There is this heavy burden and guilt that overcomes me whenever I see these situations on the plasma screen TV in front of me. Though it is not my plasma TV, and I would most likely never buy one, I can't help to feel overwhelmed by my circumstances. These people in Haiti do not have food. Most do not have homes anymore. They have to wade around in knee high inches of water to go from place to place because they do not have a sewer system. 

People wading through the waters
Houses surrounded by water
People trying to get to dry land
Two precious little girls
Men made in the image of God
Looks like three generations to me...
A young family
The hundreds of people who are living nowhere because it's dry
Waiting in line for food

In one of the "Bring it On" movie sequels, the basis of the story was the head cheerleader's parents lost their jobs, and had to move to the "ghetto" of Los Angeles. At one point, the head cheerleader walks into class and realizes that she has to copy a huge amount of sentences off the chalkboard because they can't all have books. She then asks the teacher if she can just "have an email sent to her", and the teacher lets her know that if they could afford computers, they would have books. This young lady comes to the quick realization that she has been pretty lucky all her life. And though this situation should be not taken lightly, because not all schools are as equipped as the Orange County schools (even in America), the not so lucky schools should also be counting their blessings because the majority of kids in this world do not get any education. And even if it was offered, they wouldn't have time to go because most of them are just trying to survive. 

I am contuinuily reminded about how I am "the rich". I am the "upperclass" of this world. I may not be the 1% (of which I currently live with...), but I am definitely in the 10%. 

So what now? Should we sell everything we have, give it to the poor, and have nothing? Well, I don't think I would go that far. But I do believe that we need to start being waaay more generous than we already are. And I don't want to limit generosity with the giving of money. Though giving money is a great thing, we can also do other things as well. A prime example of this is the Worrell's taking in this young fella. They have a beautiful home, and a lot of love to give, and they are being so generous in starting all over with a brand new baby. Diapers and formula and wake ups in the middle of the night. They thought they were all done with these things, but God had a different plan. 

I love that history tells us that the Christians stood out in Rome, back in Jesus' day, because they would adopt babies and not treat them as slaves. Usually if people didn't want to keep their newborn (usually females), they would leave them on the steps of the pagan temples. More often than not, people would drop by and pick up the baby, and raise them to be slaves for the rest of their lives. Well, when Christians came about, they would take the babies and raise them as family members. I can only imagine the "light" this must have been to the world around them. 

We can be this modern day "light" too! 

Even I am a prime example of a girl who could have grown up in foster care, but was so lovingly taken in by my parents at a young age. Born as a child out of wedlock...out of two people who didn't love each other...only to be raised and provided for, and saved by the Blood of the Lamb. 

Please take away a few things from this blog:

1 - Pray for Stephen, and for God to keep him safely in the arms of the Worrell's. 

2 - Consider adopting when you are at that stage of your life. 

3 - Pray for the people of Haiti. They are hurting so badly. 

4 - Check out the link to "Mending Kids". The organization doesn't require you to adopt, only to take care of children as they get their surgeries. 

5 - Ask God how you can be more generous with your money, time, and talents. Lets go on this journey together. 

1 comment:

carissa anne said...

thanks for summing it all up at the end :] that helps. so much to think about.