I love the older generation of Haiti.  I love talking to them and hearing their stories from years ago.  Here are three men that passed through the clinic recently.  They are all farmers in the mountains of Haiti.  They have farmed the land for years.  Since they were young.  They farm just like their father did.  This is all they have ever know.  This is all they have to produce for their families.

They have dreams for their country to change.  They remember how it was years ago.  How there used to be trees covering the land.  They remember when life was different from today.  They remember a simpler time that has changed so much in the years through their youth and adult life.  They remember the government changes, the dictators, the years of struggles that have gone on and on and on.  The know misery and hunger.  They know struggles and pain.  They have been through it.  But they still have hope.

They love their country.  They love their families.  I have heard over and over again of men just like these.  They work the land with their bare hands.  They pick and dig and plant all day long to make a little profit.  Most take what little they have and try to put their children through school. Education is important to them.  They want their kids to have a better life then they have had.  They dream of that.  They are proud of their children.  What pride they have to be able to tell you that they work hard their whole lives to send there 5,7,or even 9 kids through school.  What joy it brings them to have done this great accomplish for them.

James 5:10-11 (The Message)

10-11Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.


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