STAPLETON, Ala. (WALA) - On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced ahumanitarian parole policy, making it easier to bring orphans intothe U.S. Many of these children have been caught in government redtape for years as their adoptive parents waited here in America.FOX10 News sat down with one woman who is finally bringing some ofthese kids home.
On January 14, we spoke with Keith Lashbrook, a missionary inPort-au-Paix, Haiti. He runs an orphanage with 118 kids, andrefugees from areas destroyed by the earthquake were coming to himfor help.
Lashbrook said in the January 14 interview, "They're devastated,there's a lot of wailing and crying going on."
Lashbrook housed the refugees in a school and church on hisproperty. Now he's overwhelmed.
"As the aftershocks have continued through the week and into theweekend, those buildings are not livable. The walls have separatedand have begun to crumble," Lashbrook's friend Natalie Lewissaid.
Friends say his rations are running low and he's running out ofmoney.
So Natalie Lewis is going to help. On Wednesday, she will travelwith five others to the Dominican Republic and take a charterflight into Port-au-Paix.
She's going to bring cash along with diapers and baby formula.But she's returning home with precious cargo.
"The children will be able to leave on emergency visas," saysLewis.
Lewis will come back with 40 orphans. Some have already beenadopted, but have been caught in red tape as the adoption processdragged on.
"Being able to get on that phone and spread the news to thoseparents saying their kids will come home, there's no words todescribe it," Lewis said.
Lewis is not worried about herself or her safety. The only thingon her mind is getting those 40 kids out of the country. And forher, it's personal. Four of those children have been waiting tocall her 'mom'.
FOX10 News has provided Lewis with a flip cam which she will useduring her trip, and we will share that with you when she returns.If you'd like to help this ministry click here.
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