CBS Sunday Morning did a story titled “Mitch Albom’s Mission”. What appeared to be a story about a man who found a mission, becomes a story about a little girl who made a difference.
About ten years ago Haiti suffered a terrible earthquake killing more than a hundred thousand people and leaving millions more injured and homeless. Mitch who flew down from Detroit found an orphanage that was not destroyed but found children sleeping on the ground. He flew back home and put the word out that he needed help. Detroit is a blue collar town and he found twelfth who volunteered to help.
Years later Mitch was spending four days a month at the orphanage where he met a little girl named Chika. When Chika was five years old the director noticed that something was wrong because one of her eyes drooped.
The one MRI scanner in Haiti revealed that she had a mass on her brain and there was no one in Haiti that could help her. Mitch and his wife Janine who had no kids of their own decided to take her to America where she could get the medical attention she needed. For two years they became family while battling her rare pediatric brain tumor.
Mitch wrote a book about their journey together and titled it Finding Chika. The orphanage keeps her memory alive by singing her favorite song at the end of each day – L.O.V.E.
How does one mend a broken family? We gather all the broken pieces and mend them together with God’s help.