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From 2019-08-01 to 2019-08-20

Unexpected Reunion

EMOTIONS OF PIERRE-JOEL

Some years go by before we receive more news with photos of his two brothers and a niece. When Pierre-Joel discovers that not only does he have a mother in Haiti but a family, he goes through a range of emotions. As an adolescent, he treasures the photos and cassette without ever expressing his desire to see his family.

November 2009, we realize it is time to go on that trip to Haiti, for so long we have been talking about it. Pierre-Joel is now twenty-five. We hope to meet his mother Limercia and other members of his family. The trip is scheduled for December 30 to January 6, 2010. Limercia had been praying and dreaming of seeing her son before she dies. Her faith was blessed, her wish was granted. Sr. Madeleine organizes the reunion at the MIC house in Port-au-Prince.

Emotions are high as we meet for the first time. Limercia, who is very petite, has incredible strength. The big brother Jean-Robert, 39 years of age, bursts into tears as he comes in contact with the young brother whom he had taken care of as a baby; he came with his five children. There is also Bernadel, his other brother, now 37 years of age. This moving reunion is followed by three more meetings during the week.

Our hearts are filled with emotions as we bid farewell to the family. We hope that Pierre-Joel, who has now found his place in the circle of his natural family, will come back  ome day to Haiti. In fact, they had not forgotten him, but never thought that one day they would be reunited.

OUR LAND AND HEARTS SHOOK

Shortly after our return to Canada, the earth shook and we could receive no news from our son’s family. Pierre-Joel who is enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces hopes to leave with the special unit of 800 soldiers selected at Valcartier. He is refused this mission under the pretext that if he were to find members of his family under the rubbles he would experience a traumatic shock. They do not know our son. With much difficulty he accepts the decision of his superiors, but helps in the preparation of the mission.

Eleven days of anguish have gone by; finally, we are able to speak with Sr. Madeleine and learn that my son’s family is  fine. What a relief to know that the needs are only of material nature; we will be able to contribute. We continue praying for the survival of that beautiful country, for the warm-hearted people, for all those like Sr. Madeleine who love them and support them. We are most grateful to the two Sisters, both named Madeleine, who reassured us with such compassion and warmth.

We also pray for my son’s natural family whom we met and keep in our hearts, no matter the distance.

By Lynn & Yves Morin

From 2019-08-01 to 2019-08-20

Unexpected Reunion

EMOTIONS OF PIERRE-JOEL

Some years go by before we receive more news with photos of his two brothers and a niece. When Pierre-Joel discovers that not only does he have a mother in Haiti but a family, he goes through a range of emotions. As an adolescent, he treasures the photos and cassette without ever expressing his desire to see his family.

November 2009, we realize it is time to go on that trip to Haiti, for so long we have been talking about it. Pierre-Joel is now twenty-five. We hope to meet his mother Limercia and other members of his family. The trip is scheduled for December 30 to January 6, 2010. Limercia had been praying and dreaming of seeing her son before she dies. Her faith was blessed, her wish was granted. Sr. Madeleine organizes the reunion at the MIC house in Port-au-Prince.

Emotions are high as we meet for the first time. Limercia, who is very petite, has incredible strength. The big brother Jean-Robert, 39 years of age, bursts into tears as he comes in contact with the young brother whom he had taken care of as a baby; he came with his five children. There is also Bernadel, his other brother, now 37 years of age. This moving reunion is followed by three more meetings during the week.

Our hearts are filled with emotions as we bid farewell to the family. We hope that Pierre-Joel, who has now found his place in the circle of his natural family, will come back  ome day to Haiti. In fact, they had not forgotten him, but never thought that one day they would be reunited.

OUR LAND AND HEARTS SHOOK

Shortly after our return to Canada, the earth shook and we could receive no news from our son’s family. Pierre-Joel who is enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces hopes to leave with the special unit of 800 soldiers selected at Valcartier. He is refused this mission under the pretext that if he were to find members of his family under the rubbles he would experience a traumatic shock. They do not know our son. With much difficulty he accepts the decision of his superiors, but helps in the preparation of the mission.

Eleven days of anguish have gone by; finally, we are able to speak with Sr. Madeleine and learn that my son’s family is  fine. What a relief to know that the needs are only of material nature; we will be able to contribute. We continue praying for the survival of that beautiful country, for the warm-hearted people, for all those like Sr. Madeleine who love them and support them. We are most grateful to the two Sisters, both named Madeleine, who reassured us with such compassion and warmth.

We also pray for my son’s natural family whom we met and keep in our hearts, no matter the distance.

By Lynn & Yves Morin