Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
I feel like every Friday I get to brag on the blessings God is pouring on Jeff and I as we visit our families. I have to admit; in the states I did relatively little visiting. It seemed like there was always something else going on, always something else demanding my attention. To be honest, that isn’t really different here, especially on Fridays. However, when God tells you to do something, it is always beneficial to do it.
This Friday we started off visiting Sendia, Richard, and Ricardo Rya. They are 11, 7, and 4 years old. They live with their aunt, her fiancé, their grandmother, and some cousins. When we pulled into their yard, there were all these people outside, laughing and having fun. The kids were eating sugar cane, and it was all over the place, which is really the only way you can eat sugar cane! I cannot describe the feeling of joy and happiness we felt as we walked up. It was so present, and it spilled over on Jeff and I like a sweet breath of cool air. This family is trying to get married. In Haiti, there are blood tests and papers as well as a license to buy. It can be expensive, as much as $60 US. The family never asked us for the money, they only asked us to pray God would provide. They also asked God would help the kids learn at school and do well in their studies. Please join us in praying for this family.
The second family we visited was Ronaldson St. Jean. I first met Ronaldson when we moved here almost two years ago. His grandmother was trying to take care of this months old baby and he was terribly malnourished. He was the skinniest baby I had ever seen and he was heartbreaking to look at. Ronaldson has been in a malnutrition program and has been coming to school for almost two years. If you look at him today, the progress he has made is amazing. He is a normal two year old, full of life and fun. He loves to play with his friends at school. When we pulled up to his house though, I remembered the skinny baby from the meager resources this family has. Their house is very fragile, with not much holding it together. This was the grandmother’s prayer request. She asked for a new place to live for her, Ronaldson, and her other, older children whom she lives with. I know it is difficult to concentrate on anything else when you are struggling with basic physical needs like shelter. Please join us in praying that God will provide a more stable structure for them to live in.