Sunday, January 17, 2010

Degaje

In the next few days we will be moving all the kids out of the Rescue Center and into a house down the street which was not damaged by the earthquake. Every aftershock that came continued to damage the structure of the building and it has made it impossible to have peace in moving the kids back in. So we won't. It will be a huge task. There is no electricity or water at the new place and well be able to move our generator and pump water into it, but it is not an easy thing to do. Please pray for us as we figure things out. So far we havn't found more gas for the cars or generator. So far no food has come in. We are living off what we had before the earthquake and making a simple bread for some of the kids meals and putting peanut butter on it.
There is a word in Creole: Degaje. It means to make do with what you have. In Haitian culture it is not a word as much as a way of life. Just being born in this country guarantees the ability to "degaje." A Haitian's life quality depends on the ability to make do with what you are given. To stretch 2 dollars to feed a whole family. To make up work and get a house to cover your head when there is no materials other than what you can find on a mountain. To cook a meal out of rice every day and make every variation of it possible so your kids will eat. To be happy with nothing to call your own, and to make a church service in the middle of a field and without any instruments. The kids make toys out of plastic bottles and bend hangers and tops of cans. They can make art out of rocks and home-made paint and make that into a business for themselves. To make their clothes and shoes last years. They can wash a white shirt in a brown river and somehow wear clothes that look like they were professionally cleaned and pressed. Haitians have an amazing ability to take what life gives at them and still smile, still praise their creator, still help others, still get up every morning ready to walk miles to get their water for the day. I respect the people of Haiti so much and would die to know what it was like to live like that- because I can't even imagine. Haitians are amazing people and their spirit and hope is something life-changing to witness.
The tragedy of the earthquake did not change this. Haitians have proven through all this to be even stronger than anyone can imagine. They have hope and an ability to withstand the pain and suffering with extreme strength. I admire Haitians and couldn't be happier to be here during this event in their lives. To pray with them and try to begin to rebuild their country, their homes, their happiness.

8 comments:

  1. That really is an inspiration to the whole world, including myself. What an amazing way to live and outlook they have. I'm so glad that they get global awareness and aren't suffering alone. Love you Anna!

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  2. Anna -

    You have captured that special feeling in a nutshell. It is why a yearn to get back to Haiti but only when the time is right.

    For now, I am hoping to coordinate shipments of supplies from Minnesota. We have a large warehouse and I am happy to warehouse materials until they are needed.

    We will pray for the move to go well. We will pray for you and all at RHFH and the great nation of Haiti.

    Debbie Woodward

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  3. I've just spent over an hour reading all of your blog posts. I am touched beyond words...the Lord knows how He will use your life to spur me on. I am praying for you all and the people in Haiti! Thankful that our God is so good and is working for good, all the time!

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  4. Anna,
    I just want you to know that you are on my heart. I've loved reading you blog and I know why Rhyan has called you her hero! You are hero to quite a few! I know you're just a girl with a calling, but it's a big calling and God picked YOU!Thank you for your willingness to serve and share! I will be in prayer for your work and your people!Also...thank you for all the love you gave Kerderns. I cannot wait to snuggle that guy! Love, Jana Buettner

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  5. Anna,

    I am so glad you write this blog and I get to experience a little with you. We are so spoiled here in the states that we can't really comprehend living like the people in Haiti live. My mind cannot grasp it but it can cause me to be grateful. You are a blessing Anna, not only to the people there but to others who read this blog and through it God touches our hearts.
    Love you and praying, LaVonna

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  6. Anna. i just spoke to you on the phone before you boarded for a return flight. we are mobilizing money and need to know what supplies and where you need them.

    you are an inspiration, but this is about touching the humanity that lives in all of us. time to wake up my friends. we complain about nonsense, look into the eyes of these babies...

    Anna, will call you tonight

    Stephen DeMilta

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  7. It is the responsibility of those that 'have' to help those that 'have not'. Sad how some narcissists will use your efforts to inflate thier own egos. Goes with the territory. Press on and god be with you.

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  8. Family members of mine (we're from Haiti) say this sometimes.

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