Mother Brought Food On A Donkey From Miles Away

Lisa Van Sant is from a small town in Iowa and is the mother of a deaf son as well as an adopted deaf daughter, Hannah, from China, who is now a teenager and pictured below with Lisa in Haiti.  Lisa is a member of the board of directors of Deaf Child Hope International and she traveled to Haiti this fall to serve deaf children in poverty.  Lisa shares this story about a deaf girl living at CCD, one of our partner organizations.

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Lisa Van Sant (far right) with daughter Hannah in blue.  Patti Gardiner from Maine, is on the left.

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Hannah Van Sant with deaf children in Haiti.

The mother and grandmother of one of the deaf girls at CCD came to visit on a donkey.

She found out that I had a deaf daughter and deaf son. 

She had no idea there were other deaf children outside of Haiti!  The little girl’s father is a witch….so they believed the deafness was a curse and that Haiti is a cursed nation.

I talked with her and told her that her daughter is a beautiful and smart child of God! 

I communicated to her that she, as a mother, was special in that God chose her to care for her daughter, especially seeing how much she cared and loved her.

She had brought her daughter food, on a donkey, from miles away that day.

She is interested in learning more and also learning sign language.  Patti and I would like to set up a special day there to teach sign language basics for the families that are wanting to learn…we already have 5 interested we’ve talked to while we were there!