The Boys

All the details and plans are not worked out yet.  But we are planning to send the three boys out tomorrow with Anna.  We wanted to keep the family together here in Haiti.  But the kids are being exposed to so many things.  The Haitian TV stations have no censorship and show everything.  The workers talk and the kids hear.  They are having bad dreams, we are running out of food.  So we all talked yesterday and decided to send them out to my brother Casey and his family that live in Washington State.  This has been a very difficult decision for us to make but we feel for now it is the best one for our kids.  I need to stay and help run everything here.  I still have about 60 kids that are under my care.  They are still sleeping outside and we are still trying to secure a place to move them to.  Lori is in town today and for a few more days to come, working in clinics and trying to help those in need.  The normal clinic will be opened tomorrow here in Cazale.  So I need to be here for that as well.  Dad is running back and forth with patients and supplies.  Enoch does not have a visa and cannot leave with the kids.  We learned today that his sister-in-law is going to lose both of her legs.  She is expecting as child as well.  He has many friends that they still have not been able to find.  He would leave if he could, but feels a pull to help those in his country as well.  Another thing I wanted to surprise everyone with is that we are expecting another child–it is due the end of August.   So you can see where we are all at and what we are dealing with here.

I need to ask you all to pray for us.  Pray for those that are still trapped under the buildings, pray for those that are at the hospitals, pray for so many that have lost family and friends, pray for the kids in the RC who are still outside with out a building to live in.

I want to let you know what a blessing it will be for my kids to be with my brother.  He is the best brother in the world.  His wife is expected their second  child the 1st week of Feb.  They will do fine there and continue with their school work.

They will only be able to leave Haiti with a backpack.  So they will be needing to buy new or gently used items when they arrive in Washington State.  Anyone wanting to help can send funds or better yet gift cards, from Target or Wal-Mart to this address. 1102 8th Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98101.  This address will be receiving items for the boys.  This is not where they will be staying.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance, from the bottom of our hearts for all you are doing for us and our kids.  licia@realhopeforhaiti.org

UPDATE:  The name to send the cards to is CASEY ZACHARY for the above address.  THANKS!

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42 Responses to The Boys

  1. Jen says:

    Tears are flowing. We are praying for you Licia. Praying for safe travels for the boys. Praying for Enoch’s family and friends. Praying for your new little one. Praying for all the kids of the Center. Praying that God would send you everything you need. Praying.

  2. Stephanie Mueller says:

    Praying for the boys and Anna for traveling mercy and for all our your strength. Congratulations on the baby!
    Sending a gift card to Kohls.
    Stephanie Mueller

  3. Tanya says:

    praying for all of those really difficult decisions you are faced with…. congratulations on your newest little one.

  4. Gail says:

    Thank you for publishing this detailed request. You are in my prayers. Please take care of yourselves.

  5. Carmen says:

    praying

  6. Matt says:

    You and your family are in our prayers! I spent 5 months in Haiti back in 1995 and the country and its people taught me so many lessons.

  7. andrea says:

    Following your blog for years now…I’m both happy and sad for your family in the middle of a horrific situation. I will continue to pray for your ministry and family and help when I can. :) Congratulations on your new baby! :-)

  8. Alisa says:

    Sweet Jesus,

    Protect these children as they leave their parents. Fill their hearts peace and make your presence known to them. Give your angels charge over them. Bless Licia and Enoch, they have done so much. Continue to give them the strength the need daily and a soft spot to lay there hearts when weak. Bless and protect these children in there care. In the name of Jesus. Amen!

  9. Tina says:

    In Christ alone my hope is found
    He is my light, my strength, my song
    This Cornerstone, this solid ground
    Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
    What heights of love, what depths of peace
    When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
    My comforter, my all in all
    Here in the love of Christ I stand.

  10. jeanne says:

    praying!

  11. Claire Abel says:

    So Glad they all could go. Be sure to take care of yourself and your soon to be little one. Hope you have clean water.
    My heart goes out to you and am praying. I will send some money to Casey and see if Chris can help too.

    God Bless and Keep you Safe and in His Arms

  12. Sharon says:

    Oh Licia! I’m sure you will feel better with the boys out of Haiti but I know your heart must be breaking! I have been and will be praying for all of this – especially for the boys to get out without a hitch and to get where they are needing to be. I will be also praying for Casey and Briana! My! All of this is breaking my heart and all I can do is pray, pray and pray. You are all on my mind constantly – I woke up every 10 minutes last night praying and up early to pray before work – if I think too much I start crying. I wish there was more I could do. I want to go hold your arms up like the Israelites did for Moses…I suppose I am holding you up – in the Spirit. When I say you I mean you Licia, Enoch, Lori, Charles, Zach, Yves, Franc (spelling??), ALL the employees – and all the babies and kids in the RC. All of you. Love to all!!

  13. Stephanie says:

    I have been reading your blog for a long time – never post comments but wanted to on this one- your family has been in my thoughts and prayers since the earthquake and will continue to be. Praying for Peace for you and the boys as the leave you for the states..

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie

  14. Sharon says:

    P.S. Licia…please give us a name for the address to send gift cards for the boys. Thanks!

  15. casey zachary says:

    the addres is briana and i’s so you can address it to casey zachary. they will be staying with brianas parents since we have a tiny 1br apt downtown.

  16. Gail says:

    Licia,
    This organization is trying to get cash and other supplies to the airport in PAP. Do you have a way to get there?

    http://highwaytohaiti.com/

  17. Kayla says:

    oh my heart hurts for all that is going on. I’m sure your mama heart is sad. But glad to know that they will be safe, fed, and sheltered from some of the really hard things that are happening. We also pray for Enoch and his family..hard things

  18. I live in Seattle. I have been raising money for my own orphanage but if their is anything else I can do, I have transportation. I may be able to get some gently used clothing. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help the kids when they get here!

  19. kt says:

    I just spoke to someone from World Vision. They said that they should be able to find a baby formula and water source for you guys and that you should contact them with your details.

    There main number is 1.866.212.4453

    I’m waiting to hear back if there is a more specific number, but I thought I’d give you that number in the mean time.

  20. Sarah says:

    Licia,

    We are praying for you all constantly. May God’s peace guide you and give you strength.

    We also pray for your health as well as that of your little one. We’re so happy for that news amongst all this sadness.

    Love,
    John & Sarah

  21. Licia-

    I will be praying for traveling mercies for Anna and the boys, and then prayers for Anna to get back quickly. Congrats on your new addition and I will pray that you have strength through this pregnancy. I remember how tired I was at the beginning of a pregnancy!!! Prayers to all of you. Anything you need, you know where to reach me!!!

    Lots of love and prayers…

    Rebekah

    **My life verse:

    Philippians 4:6-8 (New International Version)

    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

  22. dawn says:

    Oh Licia and Enoch…praying for you and the boys, and for your precious sister in law! Love to you all…

  23. Jessica says:

    Praying for you and your family. And congratulations on the new little one on the way!

  24. Sarah Wright says:

    Licia –

    We continue to lift all of you up as you go through each day. Thank you for letting us know how we can pray specifically for you. We’re also thankful for the opportunity to help your boys settle in.

    We’re praying for added stength for you and your new little one!

    -Andy and Sarah Wright

  25. Sadie says:

    I’m glad you guys were able to send all 3 boys out ~ and many congrats on your new baby!

  26. Donna, Jess and Nicole says:

    Dear Zac, Licia, Enoch,(and those gorgeous boys of yours) Lori, Charles and all the staff,

    We are and have been praying non-stop for all of you and will continue. Thank you for letting us know how to pray a little more specifically for all that you are facing currently. I know how difficult it is for you to be away from the boys and they away from you guys, but I pray for His peace as you continue to look out for the boys and always keep them safe. Praying for safe and quick passage for Anna and the boys and blessings for Casey and his wife as they help the boys make this transition.

    Praying for all the children, nannies, staff etc. at the Rescue Centre. Praying protection for all of you from all illnesses, diseases, injuries and from all who find themselves desperate enough that they could cause any of you harm. We pray for clean water, food, formula, gasoline, and any and all supplies – both medical and for day to day needs. Praying for your health and your new little one’s health and safety for all the days ahead.

    Praying for all that you guys see come through the centre and for all those that you are currently caring for and for those yet to come. Praying for Enoch and his sister and her child…for her to remain free from infection and heal completely should she have to have her legs removed…yet praying still that she doesn’t have to…

    Miss you guys unbelievably so…and our hearts are aching for you…

    Please know that you are always in our prayers…..

    Love,
    Donna, Jessica and Nicole

  27. Steve Eckart says:

    Praying for you regularly and promoting your mission via facebook and at church – we love you allo. Missed a call from your dad loast evening and have been calling him back, but unable to connect – give him my greeting please!!!

  28. I just want you to know that I continue to pray for you and the lives you touch… for all in Haiti.

  29. We are praying for you all. Love you.

    The Sanders Family

  30. Nina Thompson says:

    Licia,

    I have tons of boys clothing that will fit Carmello. I will send it to the address you provided.

  31. Heather says:

    So hard. Praying for all these things.

  32. Wow you are such a courageous family. I admire you and all you are doing, especially with how difficult the last week has been. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  33. teresa says:

    praying for all of you and praying especially tonight for you and the new baby…what a sweet reminder God planted in advance for you that there is LIFE and new things to come….

  34. elizabeth says:

    Praying, praying for the Lord’s peace to be with you and with the boys as they travel and while you are apart. Praying with thanksgiving for the new life growing inside you.

    Elizabeth

  35. Theresa111 says:

    Please put a date for the caption for this photograph, so new readers will discover it is before the earthquake. You are in my prayers and I believe in miracles. I have asked the ArchAngels to assist you in your time of need. Believe.

  36. Theresa111 says:

    I have twittered my post pointing my readers to this site and have linked it on BlogCatalog.com and with BloggersUnite.org

  37. Theresa111 says:

    CLick my avatar and see my post for you. May God BLess you, hour friends, your family your people. Especially the children and the mothers. Universal Hugs!

  38. Sharon says:

    Licia and Enoch, congratulations on new baby. I forgot to say that earlier!! Praying for all!

  39. Terri says:

    Licia –
    I have not met you but my heart goes out to you and Enoch as you send your boys up here (we attend Casey’s church in WA). We are so excited for your boys – we were just at a women’s meeting tonight and many of our children are excited that your boys are joining us up here. As a fellow mama my heart goes out to you and we will be praying for you as you enter this season of separation. May God’s perfect peace be an overwhelming blanket to you right now! We look forward to having your boys with all of us! They are going to be loved on immensely!
    Terri

  40. Lisa Hughes says:

    My thoughts and prayers for you all.

  41. Chelsea says:

    Praying for you! I live near Seattle (north between Seattle & Everett)- it has been pretty mild here so they shouldn’t need to spend tons of money on winter clothes but Fred Meyer recently had kids winter coats marked 50% off.

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