One family's journey to hear God's calling, overcome our fears, and be obedient to Him!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Our Angel Redjina

As I mentioned previsouly, we met Redjina during our October trip to Haiti. Instead of going straight to the orphanage on this trip, we spent the first day in Tabarre at the home of our dear friend Mona Juste. Jesula was brought down from the orphanage to be with us there. Redjina, who is extremely smart, is currently staying there with Mona so she can attend a much better school. Looking back, I know God brought us all together with good reason.

We were able to spend some real quality time with Redjina that day. I was struck by Redjina's sweet and loving nature. We had brought and given Jesula several gifts when we arrived. Without our knowing, Jesula gave some lip gloss we had given her to Redjina. Later Redjina came to us and said Jesula had given her some lip gloss and she wanted to make sure it was okay with us that she have it. Redjina helped us so much with Jesula by interpreting English and Creole back and forth. Redjina made what normally would have been a challenging time feel so easy. We got a close glimpse of Redjina's heart and she made a profound impression on us.


A couple of weeks after our trip I mentioned to Shawna that Redjina had been on my mind ever since we left Haiti. Shawna responded that Redjina had been on her mind as well. We began to talk and pray about Redjina daily. We began to ask questions about her to others that know her. Every person we talked to, everything we learned, made us feel more and more drawn to her. We have also been fortunate to share some special phone time getting to know Redjina as well.

So last night we called and spoke with Redjina on the phone. I told Redjina we wanted to adopt her and wanted her to be a part of our family. After a long silence that honestly scared us, Mona who was with her said Redjina was very happy but was not able to speak. Finally, Redjina's sweet but shaken voice came and she said, "when can I come". We had an indescribably sweet conversation after that. Redjina said to Matt, "I am going to be your sister", and she told Ashley. "I can't wait to meet you". We exchanged I love you's, and just like that she is ours!

So it's official, we are adopting Jesula and Redjina. Two sweet Angels. God is just so awesome and we praise Him!!!

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome. Deuteronomy 10:17


  1. Wow, this brought me to tears. What an amazing story and testimony of your faith.I can't wait to meet BOTH girls.I will continue to lift you all up in prayer as your journey continues to unfold. So proud and humbled to call you friend.

  2. Thank you Denise for your kind words. The Cunningham-Petress Family just keeps on growing. We love you all!!