The hand of God moves in mysterious ways. Sometimes it’s just a whisper or a small thought planted by God in hopes it will take root and grow. Although we are just the messenger through which God may work, we often hope we can know how our actions have touched others.
An envelope was pressed into my hand by a caring family from our church, “for families that need help!” he whispered in my ear.
March 11, 2013 was the day we traveled back to Haiti to catch up on the children and their families in our sponsorship program. The special envelope was safely in my money belt and thoughts circled in my head of who might benefit the most from this sweet gift. Once our van headed out of Port-au-Prince and reached the mountains, several families were already making the list.
The top of my list was Jesula and her family. Several years ago, her husband suddenly took ill and died leaving her with the kids but no land, garden plots and absolutely no inheritance. Borrowing money to feed the family comes at a high price and she sank deeper in debt. Two children are in school because of sponsorships which gave hope that these two children would someday not have to live the way she did.
Now she was summoned to talk with the “Children for a New Haiti” staff. Questions plagued her as she hurried to meet them .. . . did a sponsor want to quit sending her child to school? . . . . Maybe someone wants to send another of her children to school. What could it be? She walked to Grandpa’s house to find out.
There I stood, in my hand a rope with a goat tied to the other end. With disbelief, Jesula approached and then realized that the goat was hers to keep. Instructions were given that would provide her with guidelines to care for the goat and how it will help her family. Her heart overflowing with gratitude could hardly contain her feelings.
Goats! Who would guess that owning a goat could make such a difference in the life of a family. Goats multiply quickly providing goats to sell at the market in Lascahabos and also for food for the family. Goats are easily fed and in the mountains of Haiti, few predators are found. The gift of a goat means so much to a family that struggles to find or purchase food.
It is only because of the generous donors and sponsors like you that lives are being touched in a special way. There are so many needs in Dos-Palais and we are so very thankful for each of you that further our cause to help the children and their families.
It is our goal to share with you the stories of your gifts but some we may never really know their impact until we are united in the heavenly kingdom.
If you would like to know more about Children for a New Haiti, please check out our website: http://childrenforanewhaiti.org/
~Story related to me by Wissel Joseph, President/Founder of Children for a New Haiti