Now that I know.

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.
— William Wilberforce

Some days my heart is just so full of Haiti.   Today is one of those days.

Prior to the August trip, I didn't know every single child at the orphanage by name.  I knew their faces, and I had a list with all of their names and birthdays.  But I couldn't match each individual child to his or her name.

But now I can.

And some days that's just so hard.

Like today.

 

 This is Handy.  He's the one who captured my heart in 2013.  He has a way of capturing everyone's heart who has the chance to meet him.

This is Handy.  He's the one who captured my heart in 2013.  He has a way of capturing everyone's heart who has the chance to meet him.

 This is Augustin.  He's the oldest boy at Federick's.  He dreams of being a pastor one day.

This is Augustin.  He's the oldest boy at Federick's.  He dreams of being a pastor one day.

 This is Phebe.  She's small for her age (9 years old but the size of a 5 year old), and all she wants is to sit in your lap and be loved.  And . . . she has the most adorable dimples.

This is Phebe.  She's small for her age (9 years old but the size of a 5 year old), and all she wants is to sit in your lap and be loved.  And . . . she has the most adorable dimples.

 This is Davensky.   He's four years old.  He's the smallest child living with Federick.  Federick's son is younger, but Davensky is smaller.

This is Davensky.   He's four years old.  He's the smallest child living with Federick.  Federick's son is younger, but Davensky is smaller.

 This is Antonide.  She'll be 13 in October.  She's interested in learning and helping, and she mothers the younger boys and girls.

This is Antonide.  She'll be 13 in October.  She's interested in learning and helping, and she mothers the younger boys and girls.

 Esterlin is 10 years old.  He has the kindest, most gentle spirit.  

Esterlin is 10 years old.  He has the kindest, most gentle spirit.  

 The is Fabenson.  He's a clown.  He likes to make people laugh.

The is Fabenson.  He's a clown.  He likes to make people laugh.

 This is Antoine.  He will be 9 years old on September 11.

This is Antoine.  He will be 9 years old on September 11.

 This is Yvenson.  He's slow to warm up to people, but when he does, he lets you see his sweet spirit.  He feels things so deeply.

This is Yvenson.  He's slow to warm up to people, but when he does, he lets you see his sweet spirit.  He feels things so deeply.

 This is Lorvens.  He has the best smile.  He loves people and having fun . . . and he has some great dance moves.

This is Lorvens.  He has the best smile.  He loves people and having fun . . . and he has some great dance moves.

 Widcherline will be 8 years old in just a few weeks.  She is Davensky's older sister.

Widcherline will be 8 years old in just a few weeks.  She is Davensky's older sister.

 I'm just getting to know Cesnel.    My favorite thing about him?  His birthday is the same as mine!

I'm just getting to know Cesnel.    My favorite thing about him?  His birthday is the same as mine!

 This is Migerlson.  He's quiet.  He's easy to miss.  And I've got to make a great effort to get to know him better.

This is Migerlson.  He's quiet.  He's easy to miss.  And I've got to make a great effort to get to know him better.

The other 4 children are Federick's own.  And they're loved by us, too.

 Fenley

Fenley

 Fedlin

Fedlin

 Roudelin

Roudelin

 Kertchie

Kertchie

Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.
— Wess Stafford

 I have called you by name, you are mine.  Isaiah 43:1