“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
-James (Jesus’ half-brother), Chapter 1, Verse 27, the Bible
For those that have been following along with the story of sweet Daphne, I wanted to post an update about her here today.
If you missed my first post about her, here’s a link: The Most Important Post Of The Week
If you don’t have time to click through- here’s a quick synopsis of what it said:
Daphne is a 3-year-old girl that lives at the same (Haitian) orphanage our Sonny does. (Three Angels Children’s Relief) Back in February, I shared a blog post written by Three Angels’ medical director, Diane Kehrli. In her post, Nurse Diane said the first time she met Daphne (in April of 2015) she was propped in a highchair and almost completely unresponsive. She did not make a sound, and she did not cry. She could not feed herself and she could not sit up on her own, but she could pull herself up to stand. She spent most of her nights, not sleeping, but standing- looking out the window by her bed. She said she showed all the classic signs of neglect and fear.
After Diane’s post was published, I joined Three Angels in putting out a call for financial assistance so that they could *hopefully* get her the medical care and equipment she so very desperately needed: an MRI ($1300), a protective helmet ($180), a special chair ($360), leg braces ($500), etc.
Many of you rushed to her rescue, so I want to pass on some great news with you here today. Here is the update post Three Angels shared last month:
Thank you to everyone who has provided and prayed for our sweet Daphne. When we put out the call for assistance in February, we had no idea the amount of love and support that would come in for her. It has truly been an encouragement!
Daphne has received her MRI which came back normal! Typically with Cerebral Palsy, there are lesions that will be seen and none were found. Her brain and spine look good! While this doesn’t completely rule out CP, it does remove the worry that there is a lesion that could contribute to any disability or delay.
With the increase in Physical Therapy you’ve given her, she is now able to sit unassisted. She was able to be seated at the table with the other kids for her 3rd birthday last month and she blew out her own candles!
And best news of all? Little Miss is now walking unassisted! She has bypassed the need for leg braces and will be fitted with special shoes instead.
Again, we are incredibly grateful to each and every one of you who have been so generous. None of this would have been possible without you deciding to intervene on her behalf. With the extra funds you’ve given, we will be able to keep her kiddo-to-caregiver ratio low (2:1) and provide extra medicines, therapy, and any special equipment she may need. We are confident that God will soon bring a family who will want to adopt Daphne. And in the meantime, we look forward to being able to provide the best possible care and partner with you on this journey!
Isn’t that great news? And that video- aaahh! 😀
I feel so passionate about spreading the word about sweet Daphne in hopes that her forever family might see one of my posts. If you’d like to join me in praying for her and sharing about her, I know the folks at Three Angels would sure be grateful for the extra assistance!
I also wanted to share the news about three more precious babes that Three Angels has taken in recently. Meet Evens, Juvenson and Suzana:
They were all found (on different days) and after Social Services verified their orphan status’, they were brought to the Angel House. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor them until they are home with their forever families (which they also need!), you can click here to learn about how to do that: Orphan Care Sponsorship. (You can also click that link to read more about how to adopt a child from Three Angels!)
And remember little Imma that we met when we were visiting Steevenson last November? Look how well she’s doing!
(Left: November 6, 2015; Right: February 24th, 2016)
Clearly the “Angels” in Pétionville have been taking great care of her too!
Obviously, I can hardly wait to get back to the orphanage this summer. We’re hoping to receive Steevenson’s passport in early June! Prayers that there won’t be any typos appreciated. (Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence, and sets folks back an additional 3-4 weeks every time a new correction is needed.) And that goes for our besties, Matt & Tacy, and their son Gregory’s passport, too.
(Matt, Tacy, Gregory (our Godson!), me, Kevin and Steevenson)
Tacy feels like a sister to me after everything we’ve experienced together on this journey, and we’d love to take our homecoming trip at the same time if the Lord allows it! 🙂