by Bill Stevens, Parishioner of First United Methodist Church, Marion, IA
It is a funny thing in life when you set out to do something you have on your mind, and then God has a completely different plan for you.
On our trip to Haiti, I was geared up and ready for this excitement we had heard so much about at the Joseph School. I was ready to hit the ground running and be a part of this monumental endeavor that Christ Church had talked about. I knew that we would be staying at an orphanage and doing VBS [vacation Bible school] for a few local churches/schools, but I wanted to get to the building site. God, however, would put something else in my heart the minute I stepped off the bus.
When we arrived at GVCM [Global Vision Citadelle Mission] I immediately had little paws all over me touching my tattoos and putting their fingers through my ears. One little boy, named Edson, clung onto my arm and walked me over to the building we would be staying in. That night I came out of the building and saw who I thought was the same boy, walked over to him, and then found out he was a twin. That was when I met Wilson, Edson’s twin.
Our third afternoon arriving back at GVCM I was handed a littlepackage made by Edson that contained a letter and some bracelets for my daughters and wife. I was blown away. I was so ready to do some building that I didn’t pay much attention to what was going on at the orphanage.
That night I prayed for answers as to what I could do to help these two boys. I talked with my wife and we decided to sponsor both Wilson and Edson. This was a way that I could keep in contact with them when I’m not visiting in Haiti.
My trip taught me that touch can heal and mend. Far too often, we take the chance to hug our loved ones for granted, as a routine thing to do. But, in Haiti, as I found out, there is no one to hold these kids, to comfort them when they are hurt or sad, or for them to lean on when the world presses down on them. I got to be that for these two boys. I got to be a comforting soul to show two little boys love they never had felt before. This was God’s plan for me and this is why I was supposed to go to Haiti.
I’m very thankful to my team members for all their hard work and eagerness to work together for the kingdom. I am also very thankful for all of our sponsors, financial and spiritual. For every day, every rock and every child, you were with us. Thank you.