Missions Spotlight: Haiti
Under the direction of Lesly Bertrand, our conference supports 24 orphans with shelter, food and an education. In addition to tending to the children, Pastor Lesly shepherds one of the 25 Haitian churches that share our beliefs. He also meets with 21 ministers in the region for Bible study and leadership training each month.
This past week, some of our beloved family from Ohio came to stay with us. Among the company, was our adorable 4-year-old niece, Melody. The thing about Melody is, from 8AM to 9PM, she does not slow down. From visits to the playground, building box forts, and painting masterpieces, to singing, dancing and acting on the fireplace hearth, Melody is in constant motion.
As I am worn out and ready to head to sleep at 7PM, I am reminded of Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 18. The disciples come to Jesus and ask him just “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus responds, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Melody is innocent, she trusts, she is content, and she makes friends at the Chick-Fil-A play-place within a matter of seconds. Melody and her buddies fly through the play equipment and zip down the slide over and over and over again. I get tired just watching her through the glass as I shove another french fry into my mouth. Melody runs with perseverance. As long as the sun is up, she never stops. This zeal and energy brings me to 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
We are called to be children of God like Melody. We need to be going for his kingdom from sun up to sun down we can’t stop. I think that is what Jesus meant in Matt. 18. Children are fully reliant on their parents for everything. Like children, we need to be fully reliant on our heavenly father. Children trust without reservation. In the same way, we need to trust without reservation. Children are excited about life. Therefore, we need to be excited about this life and the life that we have to look forward to in the kingdom of God. If we can’t accept God in the simple way children accepts their parents, then we can’t live our Christian life the way Jesus wants.
Our conference supports 24 children in Haiti just like Melody. While I have never met them, I can imagine they are full of energy and life. When hurricane Matthew hit our brethren in Haiti a short time ago, they did not let the hurdles and obstacles of life defeat them as their churches and homes were crushed. Instead, they had the mentality of a child. They understood that their Creator provides for them, that He is always worthy of our praise.
Today, I am inspired by the orphans in Haiti to play harder. I am inspired to take each step one at a time, and remember that God sees me through each situation, no matter how big or small. I am inspired to run the race with perseverance and consistency; not just choose to serve Him or trust Him when it is easy. I am inspired to live every moment, whether I am alone in my thoughts, or surrounded by friends and family, for the glory and honor of God.
If you would like to support an orphan in Haiti with food, shelter, and education or donate towards hurricane relief, please follow this link. Thank you! https://www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/MjM0MDg=/selection
Josiah & Amber