Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cholera Outbreak in Our Village

Post updates below

We received word this morning that a cholera outbreak has hit our village in Jeremie, Haiti. Sadly, two of the orphans passed away last night.

Please pray for the protection of God's children, for our team as we travel on February 5th to Haiti, and for Trey and I as we are deeply concerned for Beatrice.

Also, if you know of any medical professionals that would be willing to help, please have them call me ASAP at 615-417-3377.


Updated: 1/26/2011 @ 5:00 pm: There have been 10 orphans hospitalized. We do not know if Beatrice is one of them, but we are trying our best to find out. Please watch this video from our Pastor, David Landrith:

Crazy Love: Jeremie Cholera Outbreak from Long Hollow Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Updated 1/26/2011 @ 9:00 pm:  Our first bit of good news from Jeremie is that there are only 7 instead of 10 orphans in the hospital receiving IV fluids and other treatment. If you would like to pray for them by name, you can pray for: Sofia, Sonia, Chuckey, Esther, Jessica, Judson and Elizien. 

We are thankful that there are five doctors from the Doctors Without Borders organization that are overseeing all the orphan's care. The great news is that Beatrice is not one of the orphans that are hospitalized. Praise the Lord! Thank you for your continued prayers for those who are sick.

A second mission's team from our church will be arriving later the same day we arrive on February 6th to help us in their ongoing medical care. Be in prayer as we pack and prepare for our trip especially as the political climate is very unstable at this point and time.

We love you all!
Trey and Cindy

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Collecting Items for Yard Sale

We are incredibly grateful to Steve Botts and Jason & Amanda Humphrey for donating so many items to our upcoming Spring Yard Sale. Also, thank you to my parents, Butch & Carolyn Swaby, for allowing us to store these items in one of their buildings.

Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to price everything we currently have stored. Let me just say this!! If you love Christmas decorations, you will definitely want to shop the sale. We hit the jackpot!

As many items as we currently have, we still need more - LOTS MORE! If you have any good, sellable items you would like to donate to our yard sale fundraiser, we would be happy to come and pick them up.

Also, we would love your ideas to help make this yard sale successful. Some friends have suggestioned the following:


Please email us at if you have yard sale items you would like to donate and/or ideas for the yard sale.

If you need more encouragement to help, please check out this adorable picture of Beatrice that Jen McDaniel emailed us yesterday. She received it from a friend who served in Haiti this past summer. 

Thank you to all our friends and family for supporting us. We love you!


Friday, January 14, 2011

We're Going to Haiti

Three weeks from tomorrow, we will be traveling to Haiti with 10 other team members to give the orphans in Jeremie their immunizations and treat any medical needs. If time allows, we plan to open up the clinic to the surrounding village.

Trey and I are counting down the days! We cannot wait until we wrap our arms around our little girl. Actually, little is right! I looked back at her medical records last week. She is 11 years old, 4' 4" and 56 lbs. According to the growth chart, she is in the third percentile for height and weight. It is heart-breaking to see how these orphans are so malnourished.

When we were in Les Cayes this past May, we learned "the system" to eating. The orphans were given an opportunity to eat a meal of beans and rice twice a day. I say opportunity, because of "the system." The older children ate first. Hopefully, there was enough food left for the younger children.

Interestingly, a close friend asked me this morning "Do you think Beatrice said she was 11 years old, so she could eat sooner?" Hmmmmmm. I asked our pediatrician, Dr. Jason Kastner, who is also going on the trip with us, about this possibility. He said that there is a test available to come close to her accurate age.

Before we even thought of Beatrice's age not being accurate, we had planned to locate her grandparents to learn as much as we could about her. Maybe they know her birthdate. It would be great if they had pictures of her birth parents and extended family to take with us for Beatrice. Also, I pray we can continue to have an ongoing relationship with her grandparents.

Please pray for our team as we travel and minister to the orphans, teachers and the village. Pray for Trey and I as we spend time with our daughter, and especially when we have to leave. I know it will be hard on all three of us!

Love you all!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Voodoo Killings on the Rise in Jeremie, the City Where Beatrice Lives

Please pray for Beatrice and the other orphans who live in the admist of superstition and real spiritual warfare every day. Below is the article from The Associated Press:

Published: Dec 24, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - At least 45 people have been killed across Haiti due to accusations they are using "black magic" to spread cholera, the director of a Voodoo association said Friday.

Most of the killings are occurring in the southern coastal town of Jeremie, where people are being lynched, set on fire and attacked with machetes, said Max Beauvoir, a Voodoo priest. But he said killings also have been reported in Cap Haitien and the Central Plateau.

Local police did not return calls seeking comment on Beauvior's numbers on Christmas Eve, though The Associated Press reported in early December that national police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said machete-wielding mobs had killed a dozen people accused of practicing witchcraft to spread cholera.

Andre Leclerc, a U.N. police spokesman, said Friday he had received reports of only a couple of killings recently, but said that Beauvoir would have more exact figures.

Fear and confusion have surrounded the cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 2,400 people and could affect another 600,000 or more, experts say.

The United Nations recently created an international scientific panel to investigate the source of the deadly epidemic, which many Haitians suspect could be a U.N. base in Meille, outside the central plateau town of Mirebalais.

Beauvoir said he has contacted police to no avail, asking them to prevent further killings.

Roughly half of the 9.6 million people who live in Haiti practice Voodoo, also known as Vodou, a blend of West African and Christian religion.

The cholera outbreak hit Haiti as it struggles to recover from a devastating magnitude-7 earthquake that killed 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Adoption T-Shirts For Sale

The adoption t-shirts are here, and they look AMAZING! Please consider ordering one, two or a dozen to help us bring our sweet, little daughter home. The sizes and cost are listed below. Please note that there are limited quantities available, so order soon. :)

We had to share a picture from one of our good friends, Amanda Lee Humphrey (we named our son, Austin Lee, after her). Amanda and her husband, Jason, recently adopted Macy from Ethiopia. She wore our adoption t-shirt to church yesterday. SHE IS ADORABLE!!!!!

The t-shirts are chocolate brown and printed on the front AND back with blue ink.

And get this???? My beautiful step-daughter, Taylor, age 8, was helping me sort through the t-shirts when they arrived. She said "Memi, these shirts were made in Haiti." I said "No, honey, we're adopting from Haiti." She said "No. Look!" and showed me the tag. THESE SHIRTS WERE MADE IN HAITI. What a God thing!

Adults - $20
Youth - $15
Toddler - $15

Sizes Available
Adults - Small, Medium, Large, X-Large (SOLD OUT of Medium and Large)
Youth - Small, Medium, Large (SOLD OUT)
Toddler - 2T, 3T, 4T

We will be happy to meet you somewhere to deliver the t-shirt(s), or we can mail them to you for $5.

To Order
Please email us your size(s), preferred delivery option and payment method to

Check, cash or credit/debit card. If using a credit or debit card, simply click on the link below and it will automatically go into our Adoption Fund Account.

Thank you SO much for supporting us through our adoption process!