I was humbly honored to have participated in a mission trip to Port Au Prince in August 2015. When I heard about the trip I felt compelled to attend, although with a bit of trepidation, not quite knowing what I could offer to so many in such need. When we first arrived at the orphanage, a young girl of approximately ten years of age hugged me and would not let go. At that precise moment I knew the only thing I needed to do was offer God's love to these sweet children. Although their need was great for food, clothing and health issues, the most urgent need was love. You could see it in their eyes, whether they looked at you close up or from afar. Whilst photographing and observing them for four days, one could watch the change in their demeanor from day to day.
The first day, many were apprehensive and sad. Some would observe us from behind a gate or behind a partially closed door, watching as we interacted with the bolder children, wondering why we were there and how long we would stay. By the second day, a large group welcomed us at the gate and you could see the excitement in their eyes and voices, even hear a bit of laughter. As we gave them love and attention, it came back to us ten fold. Such a simple part of life seemingly so hard for them to attain.
By the third and fourth day, ALL seemed to participate, even the older, more reserved children. It broke our hearts to have to leave but we all felt God's presence in our time there and have pledged to return and forever hold them in our hearts and prayers.
To watch a child whose eyes are dark, tearful and sad blossom into eyes filled with love, joy and wonder is truly miraculous and makes one question why we as God's children do not do more to help these innocents. I will never forget the children's eyes, how they changed from seeing darkness to seeing God's love.