Thursday, January 14, 2010


Many of you have had questions about photos. I have none. I understand completely that the media NEEDS photos right now. We need to break people's hearts for Haiti. However, right now I am with Haitians who have just learned their families have been killed. I am among people who's lives have fallen apart. I will NOT photograph that. I respect and love them too much. This is not something anyone will ever want to remember. I see pictures on the news (we have American sat. TV tuned to CNN) and I am sickened that there are people down there zooming in on tears rolling down a mothers face and the body of her dead child behind her. Believe me, I know they are necessary. I know that people need to see the devastation here. I also know that a photo can't even show a fraction of that which is very real in our world. The photos are nothing compared to what is burned into the memories of those who have actually seen. I chose to spend my time sitting with women as they cry, holding babies and playing and dancing with toddler but I will not take pictures of their worst nightmares coming true. There are photos out there if you want to see them but you wont find them here.


smiles4u said...

Bless your big beautiful heart Rhyan. I am from Minnesota and just seen your sister on the KSAX local news talking about your work there. Wow. I immediately came to your blog and began to read. I am so blessed by what I have read so far. Please know I have already begun praying for you, the other workers, these beautiful babies and children and all the people of Haiti. You have been called to be there for a purpose so I do understnad your hearts desire to stay there. On behalf of those children I thank you. My heart breaks for everyone there. Such grief and sadness.

May your spirit be renewed day by day as you love and hug and do what you are called to do in the moment.

I will spread the word of your work there and ask people to be praying. I see your picure and see such love in your eyes and smile. Thank you. I will be keeping up with your blog and hope you know how many care. Much love and peace sent to you tonight, Lori

Anonymous said...

Rhyan--you do not know me but I am Moriah's Aunt Gail. I am so glad to have found your blog and be able to pray for you. The work you are doing is amazing and I will continue to follow closely what is happening to you. We have contacted our congressmen about releasing the adopted babies. Praying for you to be strengthed at this time for the work you are called to. Also praying for your safety. Say hi to Moriah. Gail

Brittany said...

Crying from the moment I started reading. I linked to your blog both on my facebook and my blog. Love those babies all up.

I am painting several paintings for different causes, and I want to start with Haitian relief efforts. If you have a moment please email where the best way and place to send the money.

Susan said...

Rhyan, you have such a special heart. Not many people think far enough ahead to think how photos may affect the ones in them. We live in a selfish world that capitalizes on others. It is refreshing, although you may be exhausted and not feel very refreshing right now, to know there are people like you in your generation. You live for Jesus and follow his doesn't seem to matter where he leads you. What a blessing you are to those you touch in Haiti, your family and the world. Keep following Jesus. I am so proud of you. I just read this blog for the first time 3 days ago. People are reading it! The number of hits has grown by 3000 in those 3 days. You are not just touching those in the middle of the tragedy, but people in the world. God Bless You!
Love, Susan Konopski - Oregon

Libby said...

I am glad that you are NOT posting photos. You are being so respectful and mature. Thanks! Continue to do what God has called you to do and He will give you strength beyond what you know today. You were created for a time such as this!

Anonymous said...

We are proud of you for respecting these people & not publishing their pain. We appreciate the gift God has given you in your testimony about your experiences. Thank you for all you are doing & God Bless! Becky Bode & Julie Sievert

Anonymous said...

Rhyan, I found your blog through a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hearing your strength (even when you don't feel strong) and your compassion makes me want to be there with you. Keep listening to your heart: You are doing the right things. Thank you for being there, and for staying.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I do not know you and found your blog by searching for bloggers in Haiti. I am adding a link to your blog in a special section on my own blog. I want you to know that I am praying for you and for all the people in Haiti.

Dear God,

While I cannot always understand the things that happen in our world, I pray that you will be with all the people in Haiti and those outside of the country who are waiting to hear from loved ones. I pray that all those who are hurting, grieving, in pain, suffering will feel your embrace and know that you are there beside them and that you weep with them. I pray that those who lost loved ones will feel comforted in knowing that you were there when their loved one lost their life and that you have taken them home and that they have no more pain or fear. I pray for strength for the rescue workers, the missionaries, the communities, all who are working countless, endless hours to bring stability back to this devastated place. I don't have much to offer but I do have the strength of my prayers and my faith in your love and comfort.


Melissa Elsner said...

Hi Rhyan,

I found your blog via an email sent from my mom, which she received from her church prayer chain because of.. who I think is your grandma.. Phyllis Buettner. She attends or attended the same church.

Anyway.. as a fellow international missionary I can understand your heart and why you want to stay and I can definitely feel a kindred feeling... what you feel towards Haiti and it's people is exactly how I feel towards Guatemala. I know God calls people away and to certain areas of the world but I must say, I admire those who stay... and remain uncomfortable.. and scared! I am not in Guatemala anymore but I am always praying for that country and will also be lifting you and Haiti up in prayer! Be encouraged... God sees what you are doing and loves it!

Also.. thank you for sharing a REAL picture of what is happening down there. I don't watch the news because I know it is not always truth. I, too, understand the need for people to see but I also want people to see the truth.

Praying in Bellingham WA,

Kandi said...

Rhyan, I found your blog through your comment on Bring the are an incredible woman with an incredible heart for God! I pray for protection and blessings upon you, the children and the nannies. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I absolutely feel that you are in Haiti right now for a reason. You seem so strong and I am betting that is just what the nannies and children need right now...

I watched your videos and was so touched by the little girl who died...I was in tears for her short life. And then I watched "Goodnight Kisses" and I was still crying, but smiling, too. You have such a beautiful heart for children that I wish I had!!

Sending encouragement your way today. Please keep us posted as you have been.

Love in Christ,

Kandi (in Minnesota)