Bringing Hope to Demosthene
November 14, 2018
Our partners in Haiti, Bobby and Sherry Burnette, just shared this story with me. It touched my heart and reminded me of why we are committed to meet needs in this poverty-stricken island. I wanted to share the story with you. Without your support, it wouldn’t have been possible to help Demosthene, and so many other children like him. This is why we do what we do:
The sun was setting as the little boy got down on his hands and knees and crawled inside the small straw shack he called home. He folded his “macout,” or woven bag, in half and laid his head down on it to sleep. But sleep does not come easy to Demosthene.
His family once lived in a little mud-and-stick house his father built. The only work his father could find was gathering rocks to sell to the big trucks driving by.
Demosthene's father planted a small garden a distance from their mud-and-stick-hut. He needed Demosthene to stay nearby to watch the garden and care for it, so the father built the little straw shack for his son to live in alone. The little boy was always afraid at night, but his hunger was even worse than his fear. His father told him to cut some weeds from the garden, boil some water, and throw some salt in it. The Haitians call this, "salt water soup."
He knew nothing except days of work and nights of hunger. He had never known hope.
One day, we showed up with a box of food provided by Pastor Jentezen and the Kingdom Connection partners. This little boy had never seen an entire box of food in his life! Each small packet would make six meals, and it had lots of vitamins and nutrition in it.
We began to help Demosthene's village, and other small villages with a monthly food distribution. Because of this gift of love, people are receiving the nutrition they need to survive, and even thrive. And, praise God, some have turned to Jesus!
Demosthene still lives in that little grass shack, but something has changed—he now has hope! As the Haitians say, "hope makes us live."
I don’t know about you, but I am humbled and honored to have been part of changing this little boy’s life. Always know that giving to the poor is the closest thing to the heart of God!
May the blessings of Psalms 41:1-3 come upon your life:
“God blesses those who are kind to the poor. He helps them out of their troubles. He protects them and keeps them alive; he publicly honors them and destroys the power of their enemies. He nurses them when they are sick and soothes their pains and worries.”
Thank you for your compassion and generosity. I know God will continue to pour out His blessings upon you and your family!