Matthew 25: 35-40

"I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." -Matthew 25:35-36

"Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." -Matthew 25:37-40

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

First day in Haiti-Through God's Eyes

I got on an over-night flight and arrived in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on Aug. 13th. I grabbed my carry-on (which was a back-pack with all my clothes, my computer case and books) and stepped off the plane. Not knowing exactly where to go, I followed the flow of traffic toward the building across the runway. In front of me was a very exhausted woman; she was losing grip of her son and all her bags were hanging to the ground! She looked as if she couldn't take another step... I asked if she needed any help, and she quickly dropped her very lethargic baby into my arms. There I was walking with my over-sized back pack, computer case, books and ..... new baby boy! I was so happy that God was using me to bless this poor woman and child as soon as I stepped off the jet, that I couldn't stop smiling... I did my immigration one-handed, with a baby on my hip and then I said goodbye!

After I met up with Justin... we hugged, and gathered all four 50 lb. bags of supplies and food that came from my church and family!!! We walked to the pick-up area and there was a huge commotion outside. Security guards were everywhere, and hundreds of people were looking in, screaming, and putting their arms through the gates. Lucian, Barbara's driver, was holding up a sign with my name on it! He called Barbara and she said to me, "Load up your luggage and get in the the truck!" The ride to the village was very quiet, Justin and I hardly said a word.... I think we were both in shock and thinking, "Yes, this is definitely thee poorest country in the whole hemisphere!" There were a lot of people everywhere. I saw a boy crawling out of a culvert, it looked as if he lived there. Beggars tapped on our window, and the dogs looked like walking skeletons. It was so overwhelming to take in, I was literally speechless for the first time in my life.
Barbara said, "Lacey, listen carefully. Your main job is to treat and care for Marie Grace! She is YOUR baby while you're here. Gracie's Mom died, and she became very sick. She is now being treated for scabies and TB. We don't know for sure if the diagnosis is legit, but she has to be treated for TB just because she was at the hospital. I want you to feed her EVERY TEN MINUTES!!!" She asked me how long I decided to stay and I was honestly re-thinking as the words were coming out of my mouth. I said, " I...i... was thinking...three months!" She threw her hands up in the air and giggled, " YES! I can leave today then! I have to deliver two babies to the states and I'll be gone five days!" I quickly said a prayer, "Dear Lord help me make it through this! I know you called me here for a reason and I'm willing to stay as long as you want me to stay!! BUT, if you want to send me home early .......I'm totally down with that too! " :)

I walked into the house where I would be staying, and I met Marie Grace for the first time! Her tiny little body was lying motionless on the floor next to the bed which I would be sleeping. I had to check her pulse because I couldn't tell if she was breathing. I asked Barbara if I could wake her to see if she would eat, but I really just wanted to hold her! Barbara said, " NO... are you a Christian!?!?!" I said "YES!!!"....wondering why....and she said, "Well, don't you know the 11th commandment??? Thou shalt not wake a sleeping baby!!!" At this point I knew I was staying! My purpose for coming here was not to satisfy or gain any personal benefits or experiences, but merely to give! I realized at that moment, if I didn't do anything else in Haiti but care for this baby, my time would be well spent and of good value- through God's eyes!

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?" ~Romans 8:35


  1. Hi Lacey, You're story brought tears to my eyes. "And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
    But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein." Luke 18:15-17

  2. Wow, Lacey.. I am so happy for you and what you are doing! To be used by God for something that wonderful... it brought tears to my eyes as well. I'm praying for you and all those beautiful children! What an amazing experience.. I can't wait to see you and talk to you more about it when you return home. Love and miss you! God Bless <><

  3. Hi Lacey! You describe it very well. It is a special feeling to get the feeling for Haiti. I also felt you have the feeling for Barbara and her idea! That is reason, why I knew with the first emails, you are a sister! So take care of your baby, take care of you and never forget the feeling, the smell, the sounds of that special stay such a special wonderful person you are! God Bless! Charlotte, who wants more hugs for Roseberly

  4. Hi there Lacey! Thanks SOO much for sharing your testimony with us! It is such an amazing one! I really enjoyed reading your posts! I would love to follow your blog! We are adopting Bella from Barbara. I hope to visit her in the next few months, so maybe we could actually meet! Take care, and please keep posting stories and pictures! I love hearing news from Haiti! :)


  5. Hi Lacy, I am the mom of Sarah (she is with Lawanna too).I left the village on August 11, almost did not we met.
    I'm glad to know that Mary Grace is in your care. She needs it very much.
    A big hug for everyone there.

  6. Hello my dear. What an awesome journey for you! I look forward to hearing more. God bless you =)

    "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field"
    Luke 10:2

  7. I took care of that little guy for a few days when I was in Haiti :)
    Check out my pages and

  8. Hi Lacey! I love that David made the "front page" of your blog today. Can't wait to meet you in October! Thank you for giving these months of your life to Barb, the babies, and most of all to the Lord. God bless!

  9. Hi Lacey! We are super excited to be able to keep up with you through your blog posts! Your stories inspire us to step out of our comfort zone and dare to do something in faith. I'm so proud of you!!

    Love you and miss you... -K

  10. Hi Lacey--

    It was so nice to meet you the other day! I hope you have a great stay at the village. I was so impressed by all of it. Give Islande a hug for me if you have a chance... and say Hi to Barb and Vera too. I will be praying for you while you are there.


  11. Lacey. You are making memories that will take you through your entire life. Our years in Colombia are the best so far in our life. Be couraged even through the rough and very hard times. Don't quit. You are on my "hit" list right along with my kids.
    Wes J.

  12. Lacey- Glorious news! I just received my first $100.00 cash donation for formula for the babies. I have contacted homeschool groups throughout the country. I am beginning to get responses! PTL. Milk is on the way!!!

    Auntie Kimberlee


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