MISSION VIEJO – A missionary from a local church is staying in Haiti – unable to tear himself away from the orphans he has come to love.
Robert Taylor, 44, of Mission Viejo, is one of 10 missionaries from Mission Viejo Christian Church. He chose to stay at Maison de Lumiere, a 90-child orphanage in Port-au-Prince that has been turned into a makeshift triage and hospital since Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake. Taylor’s missionary team, including his 19-year-old daughter, Heather, is returning on Sunday after being evacuated by a security team from Deloitte.
“I knew in my heart of hearts he wouldn’t want to come (home),” said wife Holly Taylor, 47. who with daughter Sara, 20, is anxiously awaiting the return of the missionary group. “Robert is all about children. He fell in love with the orphans. Those are his kids now. He said, ‘It’s God’s will and I need to be here.’ “
Taylor is on his fifth trip to the Haiti orphanage. He’s gone on campouts with the children and taught them trades. Even when he’s back in Mission Viejo, he continues to stay in touch with the children via Facebook and e-mail.
The self-employed contractor – who works in home automation – has been a Little League coach. The Taylor home was the place to hang out when the couple’s daughters were growing up.
Since the earthquake, Taylor has worked as a medical director. All of the missionaries worked in a medical capacity and many had to deal with gruesome tasks such as limb amputations and tending to babies who crawled out from the rubble after their parents were killed.
On Saturday morning, Taylor told his wife that a French team including doctors and nurses had arrived. Now Taylor will be more involved in rebuilding work.
Holly Taylor said her faith is getting her through the separation.
“If you try to think about things too much, it can be scary,” she said. “Faith is an awesome thing God gives us. I’ve had so many people praying for me and I’ve had a lot of peace through that.”
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