by Ken Bever, President & Founder Hope for Haiti's Children
Two pounds of salt. She had no clothes or money to give, but 17-year-old Weslene ReValcy told her principal that her family’s home was still standing and she had a little salt to donate. Hurricane Matthew’s four-foot storm surge had struck her coastal Cite Soleil community on October 4. But she wanted to do something for those in even greater need. And she gave what she could.
A few weeks ago, incredibly, many of our sponsored Delmas schoolchildren were donating clothes and money to the hurricane relief effort despite their extreme poverty. And they each gave what they could – organizing their used clothes and distributing Weslene’s two pounds of salt into large, colored zippered bags. They then loaded the bags into our Hope for Haiti’s Children box truck for our Haiti team to take along with food, medicine, tarps and bucket water filters for the southwest peninsula. It took our team 12 hours to travel from Port-au-Prince to Chambellan, a small community 25 miles west of Jeremie. This community was in the direct path of the hurricane’s 145 mile per hour winds and it looks like a giant lawnmower has rolled through it. The storm destroyed most homes and totally demolished the 250-student Chambellan Christian School and the meeting place of the Chambellan church of Christ. The community was overjoyed to have this visit and thrilled to receive the aid which was made possible through the generosity of many of you.
As we approach this Christmas season, I continue to learn lessons about giving from unlikely places and I’m reminded that God’s greatest gift given to us – Jesus Christ – came via a poor peasant family in a cattle shed in the small town of Bethlehem. God’s love was certainly also manifested in the outpouring of generosity in the hearts of our sponsored children and I pray will overflow in each of our hearts as we reflect on the myriad of blessings we continue to receive from our Heavenly Father. Your gift this month is so important for us to continue our relief efforts as well as to complete projects at our two orphanages and bless the 2,700 children in our ten Christian schools next year.
Thank you for your prayers and support of this ministry this past year. May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season and joyful 2017.