Shine Like Stars

Shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of life (Phil. 2:15)
We're not trying to be rock stars but just shed some light on a sad and lonely world. Stay tuned for how God works through weak and tired, sometimes really cranky vessels.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Expose Human Trafficking at Son of God Orphanage in Haiti

I have no words to explain what I have just read.  Read this for yourself

Poor sweet baby sleeping naked, on a cold, cement floor.  No one to fight for her no one to protect her from the horrible realities of her life. 

Sign this petition...

Expose Human Trafficking at Son of God Orphanage in Haiti

We are petitioning CNN to bring their international media voice and passion for ending slavery into the Son of God Orphanage. Please urge CNN to expose the corruption within the Haitian government, and allow international organizations to secure the children from the child traffickers who are now controlling the orphanage.

The evidence in hand shows:

> Children have been and are currently being trafficked from the Son of God Orphanage. The evidence on human trafficking leads back to the Son of God orphanage. The orphanage director was imprisoned in July as part of a police-led operation that resulted in his conviction of trafficking a child.

> Haitian investigators have told our team the evidence suggests organ harvesting and trafficking as well.

> Numerous photos show extreme physical abuse and neglect. U.S. and Haitian doctors have documented cases of severe abuse and neglect including burns and broken bones.

> As recently as October 10, American volunteers took children with late-stage starvation out of the orphanage and to local doctors. Without this intervention, the doctors confirmed the children would have died of starvation.

> After boldly bringing these facts to the attention of government officials, American citizens received death threats from those associated with the current orphanage leadership--documented by the Haitian police.

This orphanage must be shut down. Other orphanages are ready and willing to take these children. Please urge CNN to cover this story and work to close this orphanage and re-locate the children immediately.

[Your name]

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My baby is 3!!

I can't believe that Melia is 3.  Yesterday we celebrated her birthday 
and we had a blast.  

We started our day with a party. 
One of the coolest parts about having a huge family is 
impromptu parties.  All of this kids are home schooled  
so it worked to have a weekday party.  

Eating pizza bagels :) 

Elli and Silas

Silas is the newest addition to our Deslippe clan.  
Isn't he cute?!

Micah and Melia-- the Ethiopian cousins.

She was so cute and turned shy when we sang to her. 
Addie's pretty cute in the background, too. She was
so excited for Melia's special day.

Goofy girl!  I'm not sure what this was about. 

After the short party we went a pottery painting place.
Everyone picked their piece and went to work. 

Caleb hard at work.

Lots of paint.  The girls painted and painted and painted.

True to Nathan form, he was very meticulous with his work.
He chose to make Melia a 'M' for her birthday.
He's so sweet and painted it her favorite colors. 

Yay!  Ethiopian food!  Let's party.

My girl loves shiro and injera!

After dinner she enjoyed a game of guess who.

We are so blessed by Melia.  Even though I can't believe she's 3 and I wish that I could keep her as a baby forever, I'm more excited to watch her grow and into her cute, spunky self!  Thank you, Jesus, for blessing our family so much.