Apr 18, 2018
"As a mom, the only thing I can hope for any of my children is that they learn to love and they learn to love good because I can dream of them going to university or college, but if they don't have love to give to others I just feel like they don't have much to offer to the world. I'm a big believer in loving others."
In 2013, Jo-Anne Mazurat-Orlesky went on a 1-week mission trip to Haiti that changed her life. She openly admits that she went on the trip just to say she did it, but during her time in Haiti, her heart was changed, and she knew God was calling her and her family to return to Haiti as missionaries. Soon the Mazurat-Orlesky family landed in Haiti with 10 suitcases and no definite plan on when they would return to their comfortable home in Canada.
In this interview, Jo-Anne discusses how she helped her children navigate the poverty, malnutrition, and abandonment they saw everywhere in Haiti. She also shares the way God led her to care for the children around her in Haiti and how she and her family became bonded with three siblings they eventually sought to adopt.
Jo-Anne's story isn't a picture-perfect ending. She spent a lot of time questioning God and his timing and she openly admits her faith is tried on a daily basis. But Jo-Anne has learned to put aside what she thinks is best and do what God wants. Jo-Anne's motherhood story is about love, connection, and a faith in God that has helped her to say, "He has provided so well for us."