When we moved to Orlando we hardly knew anyone. We had met Abigail on one of our many visits prior to moving. When Cayden and Abi get together they are unstoppable.
When we moved down here Abigail was Cayden’s lifesaver, and still she helps Cayden not be so lonely during this transition time.
Abigail has one brother, (Jacob age 3), an amazing mom (Tammy), and a pretty special dad Wilson.
When Jacob was one week old and Abigail only 3, Wilson had to return to Haiti and they have worked ever since to get him home. Tammy has been raising her children on her own, talking to Wilson as often as they can. The thing I love the most is the love his children have for him and it is clear, that while he is miles away, he is still as involved as he can be. They respect him and oh how they miss him so much. Their story is incredible, and heartbreaking, yet they make the best of the situation. In fact, Wilson spends most of his time helping out at a local church, telling others of the love that God has for them.
You can only imagine the devastation that they felt, when they learned of the earthquake. Especially since the area that Wilson and his family live was one of the hardest hit. Immediately we couldn’t help fear the worst, but Tammy learned soon after through a text that Wilson was fine…as fine as you can be, seeing all that he had. Tammy tried every 30 minutes for the next two days to call, even sleeping with the phone in her hand, and continued to get no answer. Then she finally heard from Wilson today. Everything his family has is gone, but everyone in his family, by the grace of God is alive. They are sleeping on the streets, because EVERYTHING around him is destroyed. Wilson and his family are spending the days pulling bodies out of the rubble. Knowing that they have many months of rebuilding and restoring what was once their’s. Unfortunately their story is bright compared to most, if you can even call it that, since they have their family, but in reality the entire situation is very very heartbreaking.
Wilson has his job cut out for him. Not only will he be rebuilding his house, but he will be helping the community. One of the greatest things Wilson has is his belief in Jesus and the hope He finds in Him. He has the power to us this hope to tell others of him. He is going to need help though. Through prayer and people who feel led to help him restore what is around him and help with his necessities to live. Tonight I am sitting in a home that is warm, and filled with the smell of fresh baked muffins and Wilson and his family are laying on rock wondering what or who they will find under the piles of the debris that lay around them. This is his reality. He cannot escape it, he can only hold on to what is left. They are one of many just like this.
As far as Jacob and Abigail. Well, Abigail tells me that she cries sometimes, but she is so thankful that Jesus kept her daddy safe. Tammy shelters her from much of the reality. This little family. This family who has been so wonderful to my family, needs us to pray for them and think of them, and if possible love on them.
If your reading this please pray for his family. If you want give to this family, Tammy lives down the road from me. Any money that she receives she is sending straight to her family in Haiti for food, water and any living necessities. Not only will they use it to help themselves but Wilson will also use it to help others near him. It doesn’t have to only be money, any kind of letter of encouragement to Tammy I’m sure, would be much appreciated. If you have your own kids safe at home, it would mean so much if your children might send Abigail and Jacob a note, letting them know you are thinking of their family.
If you wish send it to:
c/o Tammy Joseph
8507 Lake Waverly Lane
Orlando, FL 32829
Genesis Church is also going to be doing something for Haiti in the near future. Tim is very serious about helping those less fortunate. I will have more information on that soon. There is also an organization that is currently gathering donations of water and food to head down immediately to Haiti. Go to Gleaning for The World for more information.
This is the time that we can help. We may not be able to fly to Haiti or give millions of dollars to restore an entire community, but do what you can to help. If it means stretching yourself or reaching out of your comfort zone, do it. I promise it will be worth it. In the mean time, if anything, pray for Haiti.