(diana here). There is so much to catch you up on, but first I have got to share the most incredible thing that happened last week.   On Friday, I was called into translate in the new prosthetics clinic at Mission of Hope.  There was a woman named Marlene who was there to try on her new leg for the first time, after losing a leg when a building fell on her during the earthquake.  She had come earlier in the week for a custom fitting, and now she was back to learn how to walk on it.  You could see the self-consciousness and apprehension in her eyes as she came in on crutches and stump that used to be her leg.  I felt a connection with her in my heart, and was as encouraging as I knew how, wondering what to say to someone who has been through was she has.  As she took her first few steps, though weak and wobbly, I could see her countenance changed, and she began to smile.  In the earthquake, all of this woman’s hope had been sucked away.  With this new leg, God is restoring it!!!!!

So needless to say, I am going to spend all the time I can in the prosthetics lab from now on out, translating and helping wherever possible.  Between clients, I will be working on a new Christian school curriculum that Mission of Hope is writing, which is so exciting too.  The school on site at Mission of Hope is rated one of the best in the entire country, with over 90% of seniors passing the government exam at the end of the year.  Most schools have about a painfully low 10% pass rate.  So what are they doing?  Making the school and curriculum even BETTER.  Their vision is to open 50 more schools across the country,  implement this new curriculum, and change Haiti through education.  And this is just one way they are changing Haiti.  We are all pretty pumped about this place.
 
 
The desperation in Haiti continues on a daily basis here. Much of Port-au-Prince still looks like the remnants of a war zone. Hundreds of thousands of people still live under tents/tarps/sheets (including us (more on that below). We commonly see people with limbs that have been amputated. We hear people’s true stories of horror on a daily basis and it continues wears on our hearts.
 
Recently, some of our American friends here told us they needed a lot of help handling, storing, distributing, and keeping up with all of the aid they are trying to use to help this country. The organization that these friends work for has distributed, among other things, over 4 million meals since the earthquake. And they desperately need help to continue helping the hundreds of thousands of Haitians in need of help. We wanted to help, and were very aware that our experiences here and understanding of Creole could be very helpful, BUT we also did not want to move away from the orphans we have been living with. After much prayer, and seeing that the orphanage we were working in is now running well (which was our ultimate goal when we moved here), we felt like we had to go help with the immediate pressing need of earthquake relief in this collapsed country. So, late last week, we moved 15 minutes down the road to fill some much needed roles. We were very sad to leave the orphans, but we still go visit them and go to church there each Sunday, and we know they are well taken care of. 

We will continue to be involved in those orphans’ lives, and we are now busier than ever working on earthquake relief. Time has been flying here. Jeremy and I (Jay) have been building a 3500 sq. ft. tent (See pictures on Jeremy's sweet blog) that will be the medical supply hub for hospitals throughout the country. Right now they cannot even sort through the supplies because they have no place to unload them. We are hoping to have the tent finished tomorrow and then begin distributing medical supplies throughout the country. Diana has been working for the hospital on site here that has seen about 15,000 patients since the earthquake. There are many American doctors coming in, but these doctors do not speak Creole, and there are few people in this country who speak English and Creole as well as Diana, so her help is greatly needed there.

Where we are working right now does not have enough room for everyone to stay because they have volunteer teams that are coming in to help. This means that they need some resilient volunteers to move into tents. We volunteered and it is hard to sleep sometimes with the wind and rain at night, but we have some good neighbors that we are grateful for... [see pictures of our tent and our favorite neighbor's tent below]  Still, living in a tent makes us very acutely aware of the innumerable Haitians that are living under cardboard and do not have a (marketed as, but still not completely) waterproof Coleman tent like we do.

The location we live in has steel fencing and security guards (it’s very safe, Mom and Dad) but the overall compound with the warehouse and such is not yet fenced in. We have are 2 Mexican foreman running the fencing crew here. They were working on the US/Mexican border, as US employees, and then got deported back to Mexico. So their boss sent them here instead. They are good fencemakers. And really nice guys too.

We feel grateful that we get to be in Haiti and that Jesus continues to provide means for us to be a part of His work. We will blog again soon about the status of the fence, tents, and life here in this beautiful and desolate country.
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our tent lodge. with front porch open to visitors
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Jeremy's tent sign reads 'jeremy's batchlor padd'... the marked off grass says 'Private Lawn KEEP OFF'... the mailbox sternly says 'NO BILLS'