Countdown

The short countdown has begun. Michelle and I leave VERY early Thursday morning for a weeklong mission to Haiti. Seriously, we’re leaving so early it might as well be Wednesday night.

Our goals include delivering rice, beans, peanut butter, and other food stuffs to an orphanage in Jacmel on the south side of the island; delivering mattresses to the same orphanage (most of the kids sleep on boards laid across the bedframe); packaging food for a program to feed elderly Haitians who can’t provide for themselves; and building a chicken coop to hold more than 400 chickens for food, eggs, and profit for the Christianville mission. Not bad for a week’s work, huh?

Not bad for the couple from our church who put all this together. They have a cool story. The wife had heard about the conditions in Haiti from a friend (Haiti is, by a comfortable margin, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere), and convinced her husband to go down for a short term mission. They were so moved by what they saw that they started Haitian Christian Projects, and they have taken anywhere from 3-6 short term trips to Haiti per year for the last several years. And that’s why their story is cool to me – they’re not big time, fully-church-sponsored missionaries. They’re normal people. The wife doesn’t work, but devotes nearly all her time to planning and organizing trips to Haiti. The husband manages a small golf course near here. Normal people. People who are doing something great for God’s kingdom.

And I guess that’s where I’m really going with all of this. You don’t have to be Billy Graham to make a difference. This couple from our church just went to Haiti, saw a need, and began making phone calls to see who they knew that could help, or had friends who could help. And because of their care and concern, there are nearly 100 children in orphanages in Haiti who get food every day, who have shelter to sleep in, and most importantly are being taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Where can you make a difference?

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