St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Friday, November 17, 2017
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.
 
 
Meet Baudelynne
 

This sweet, young 13 year old is Baudelynne (daughter of Jean Baptiste, Andrew Christian school director). She was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8 and is now insulin-dependent.  Her school work is suffering and she is struggling with vision problems likely due to the incorrect amount of insulin.  Our mission team met with Baudelynne and her parents on a recent trip to Haiti.  We told her that we wanted to take a picture of her to share with others in order to help her.  Her response touched my heart.  She said that we could take a picture, but not just for her, but for all of the other children in Haiti struggling with diabetes.  She would like to start an organization to raise support and awareness for all Haitian children with diabetes. 

Her father, as he was translating for her, commented that he doesn’t know where that comes from.  Knowing Jean Baptiste as I do, I know from where it comes.  Baudelynne’s compassion for others comes from the example of her father and mother and the compassion they show to others.  Jean Baptiste’s vision for the future of Haiti is evident in his efforts to keep Andrew Christian School open and operating. His compassion and love for Haiti is so electric that his children can’t help but follow his example. 

On our trip last January, Dr. Lee Jacobs was able to secure a visa for Baudelynne to return to the states. She needs more medical intervention than she can receive in Haiti. Medical specialists in Atlanta have agreed to treat her at no charge and a local family will provide her with a place to stay while here for treatment.  Dr. Jacobs will return in May to help secure the final paperwork to allow Baudelynne to travel and plans are for her to come in June after school is out.  The wonderful ladies of Esther UMW have contributed to a fund to help with her expenses. Once Baudelynne receives the medical help she needs, she will be able to pursue her vision of helping others with the daily challenges of diabetes. 

5/03/13-Jean Baptiste called today to report that his daughter, Baudelynne, has been granted her visa and all necessary paperwork to allow her to come to the U.S. for medical treatment for diabetes.  Plans are for her to come to the U.S. sometime in June. Please continue to pray for her and her family and for all of the families we serve through Andrew Christian School.

If you would like to know more about how you can help Baudelynne, please contact Carol Haisten at chaisten1@hotmail.com.