Sunday, January 29, 2012

 “She did what?”

For a little over 21 years now, I have been apart of my family.  Madison, the older of the two was born 5 years after me and Marin was born 2 years after that.  They are BOTH GREAT!! They are both highly involved in the things they love.  Marin is on the basketball team at her school.  She is in all sorts of theater plays and her academics are only of the best!  Madison academics are also superior! She is also very involved in many other things.  This story is about the love my family has but specifically is about Madison. So buckle up folks because you won’t want to miss what God is blowing up through her!

Last week while I was working, I mentioned to my co-worker that my sister(Madison) was giving her truck to Haiti. He was almost appalled that she would do such a thing.  He wanted to know why she would do such a thing and quite frankly just didn’t understand.  I explained to him why but the story from my sister is much more interesting.  So here it is.   There it stands a lifted white Ford Ranger.  She had been super excited to have her very own car when she gets her license in February.  Something however was stirring up her heart.  God was and still is moving this young lady to better his kingdom.  I remember coming home one day to my mom saying “your sister gave her truck to Haiti today.”  I was taken back by this in a some what unusual manner.  I wondered why? She didn’t have a job or money that she could buy another one with so this meant she was giving up her ability to have a car for quite some time. As I sat there thinking all the selfish thoughts of don’t do it and how foolish I thought she was it started to sink in.  This 16 year old girl, my sister is not worried about the material objects.  She is not even worried what people think about her.  Her life and actions here show that she cares about the children that the creator if the universe has put in her life.  This sweet little girl had only been in Haiti for less then a week.  6 days to be exact but yet she was willing to give her truck away to a wonderful organization down there.  Madison is good friends with the team leader(Crystal Funk) who makes regular trips down to Haiti and was in need of a truck.  Crystal had been trying to find a vehicular for awhile and was coming up empty.  It was just the opportunity Madison had been looking for.  She called Crystal up and told her that she wanted to give her the truck.  I can only imagine the excitement on the other end of the phone.  We are still looking for a port to send it down but as soon as we can it will be down in Haiti used to reach the people of GOD!!

I hope you all will be encouraged like me from this story of young girl who is changing the world of tomorrow.

Love you Madison, Marin, and my Mommy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Two Months

 Two months, that was the duration of my trip in Haiti this.  Is two months really long enough to even make an impact though.  I mean people I am 21 so that is a 1/126 of my life.  How much could possibly happen in that span.  I know in America people finished the semester, celebrated Christmas and for those sports fans the lockout was resolved.. So how much can one guy do over that span?

I can not give you a number or an amount but what I can tell you is I feel blessed and honored to be able to give two months of my life to the people of Haiti.  I have not only started  new relationships but built on the old ones.  Relationships like the one with Tachi and her daughter Esther.  She is a Haitian woman who works at the house I stayed at.  She cooked some of the most delicious food not only in Haiti but that I have ever had.  She is such a serving person, I can not tell you how many times she would just randomly bring me a cold class of water or Gatorade.  Her daughter(Esther) is one of the cutest little girls ever!  Her smile and laugh is captivating at the roots of all our hearts.  Getting to know Bernard some more and his heart for his country and the people of it is very humbling.  He works so hard every day with Kyle(Fishburn) and his brother on the mountain with many other Haitian workers who all have been given the opportunity by Respire Haiti.  Respire Haiti is building  a school for over 350 kids who now meet outside under tents because the church is too small to fit everyone. They will have separate rooms for each grade and a place to play soccer and run around instead of an old broken down building for a jungle gym.  Among other things they will have a library and medical center in the future of this school complex on the mountain.  Ok, I am getting off topic but wanted to inform you of what some of my good friends are working so diligently on.

I will say that my true joy of this trip and even my purpose for going down was my boys from Carrfour.  I didn’t know it when I left the states but these guys were a twinkle, no a bright star that will shine for the rest of my life.  In just a 6 week span of hanging out with them, that was enough time for me to see their hearts and for them to see mine.  We would hang out at least twice a week.  Monday and Thursday at 10 in Carrfour.  We would sometimes read and talk about scripture or just talk about life.  One of the days we talked about the differences from dating in America and dating in Haiti.  Let’s say the differences are quite large.   Sometimes they would come over to my house which is about an hour away to help me build stuff.  We build a couple beds for the house along with some shelves for the school.  It was great being able to serve with them.  The last Monday we met was something to be cherished!  I told them I was leaving Wednesday and that this would be the last time we would all get to see each other for awhile.  It was heart breaking to have to tell them that.  It almost brought tears to my eyes.  We sat around for a couple hours just reminiscing on some of the great memories we had.  Our time at the house was over but the day with them was not.  I needed to get some things for people back home and asked if they wanted to accompany me.  With gleaming smiles they said yes.  So off we went to Port-Au-Prince.  Getting the stuff for everyone back home was very delightful but walking with my brother through their streets just hanging out is where the joy was that day! We rode tap tap back and joked the whole way back.  It was a good way to go out!  These men sacrificed so much to be able to just hang out with me.  Would you or I do that here in the states? Would you trash all your plans for the day to take someone shopping three hours away?  It meant the world to me. Now that I am back in the States, I try and remember to be a servant like them with everything I have.  I get caught up sometimes and think of how important I am.  I don’t have time to help those people I have stuff to do.  In reality nothing matters in this world but people and loving them!!

A shout out to my boys in Haiti, miss you guys and love you much!