We moved in with Logan and Megan both seniors in high school, Luke in the 8th grade, Jacy Klaire in kindergarten, and Josie Kate one year old. We moved in on Josie’s first birthday, one day after her adoption was completed.
Nine months earlier I had been teaching Sunday School when one of our friends came in carrying a baby. Joy quickly took possession of the 3 month old foster child and held her through Sunday school and church. By the end of the service she looked me in the eyes and said “I believe God is calling us to adopt this baby”.
Long story short, I had doubts but was willing to pursue it and trust God for the outcome. Joy never doubted for a minute. She had heard from God. In the face of total opposition she knew in her heart God had called her to be this little baby’s mommy. By the age of 6 months we were getting her for official visits, by nine months she lived in our home, and by one year she was a Reeves: A true testament to God fulfilling His plan if we allow it.
One month after we moved into our new home we received a call that would change our lives. We were asked by Social Services if we could keep a little two year old boy for five days later in the month. We had not felt led to do foster care but we could keep a little guy for a week. Joy felt she wanted to meet the young fellow before he was just dropped off because we were told he had been through some very difficult circumstances and had emotional and psychological issues. So she called the foster mom to ask about meeting for lunch. The foster mom offered to just bring him over later in that same day and leave him all weekend. When he walked in the door, Joy sensed in her spirit he would never leave. She was right. We were in for quite a ride.
It did not take more than a few hours to learn little ‘
I never would have imagined we would adopt 2 children and I would consider us the most blessed family in the world if God had stopped there. But…He didn’t. I received a phone call from social services in May 2008. It was 8 months after we received
About an hour later I felt the convicting spirit of God asking me in my spirit how I knew the answer was no for this little guy. I had initially thought the answer was no for our other two precious, God-given gifts through adoption and later realized I was wrong. How could I say no to this calling without even seeking God with Joy on the issue? So Joy and I spent the night in prayer and we did feel God was leading us to accept this child as a gift to our family. We had seen what issues could arise through the system by the manifestations in
So at in the afternoon we picked up a one day old, cocaine addicted bundle of Puerto Rican joy from the hospital. That night we attended our daughter’s high school graduation. God truly has a sense of humor.
Little ‘Jaxon Kooper’ as he was later named, healed slowly from the effects of the drug exposure, but his healing was total and complete. A good and gracious God had once again chosen to show Himself strong on our behalf and answer our prayers. At nine months of age little Jaxon was officially adopted along with his big brother on
So now Logan and Megan are in community college in
The Ministry and Our Calling:
In 1987 Pastor Gerrard Cesar accepted the call to the ministry in Montrouis
In 2005 Joy and I met pastor Cesar and were exposed to his ministry. We were able to go to
We came back to the
We were broken hearted that the 8 schools we were working with did not have funding for a feeding program. The children are privileged to get to go to school but they do not get to eat while there. If the child is not the oldest in the family, it is very likely they do not get fed at home either. Many children as young as 3 or 4 years old are forced to scavenge for whatever food they can find. Many have even resorted to eating ‘dirt cookies’. Haitian women take clay mixed with a pinch of salt and form cookies. The cookies are dried in the sun and then sold to the children for 3 or 4 cents each. The cookies take away the hunger pangs but cause severe gastrointestinal problems for the children. Many children find themselves needing surgery or even dying from the consumption of the toxin and parasite infested clay. In light of these horrible conditions we have been working to develop a feeding program for each school so that the children will be fed a healthy meal every day. It will cost approximately $.40-.50 per child per day to feed them.
We are also trying to develop a way to pay the teachers in the schools a small monthly salary. By paying the teachers, we will be able to raise the quality of the schools to a level that is pleasing to God and brings credibility to the ministry. We are also in the process of purchasing land for each school and building sound concrete structures instead of the brush arbors that many of them are still using.
The ministry has made a trip down every few months since 2005. With false teachings and Voodoo influencing even the evangelical teaching, we felt that holding quarterly 3 day pastor training seminars would help the pastors understand Biblical doctrine.
In the spring of each year we also have a convention that brings all 8 churches together to train pastors, train teachers, disciple youth, minister to children, have an eye and medical clinic, and hold crusade services each night for a week. Hundreds of church members come from the churches and sleep there on the church grounds for the 5 nights of the meetings. We feed 500-700 people twice per day for five days.
On the last crusade trip in April, Joy and I felt that God was calling us to make the move to full time ministry. We have things that we feel God would have us to do that we can not do without being there on a full time basis. I saw patients in the eye clinic going blind with diseases that I could help prevent if we were there to catch the disease earlier and follow it regularly. Young girls are taught that AIDS is spread through sitting on a hot table and not through promiscuity. Pastors believe in voodoo curses and are not always grounded in doctrine and foundational Christian beliefs. We were impressed by God that if we were there full time we could make a difference in the lives of the people. My patients here can see another eye doctor in the same building. But the patients I will see in
We are currently in the process of selling our home and personal belongings. I am getting out of my optometry practices and dissolving my partnerships. It appears that God is going to allow us to pay off all of our debt and be able to move to
God has opened a door for us to rent a small apartment on top of an orphanage that is currently being operated by an older couple from
We will be taking our 4 small children and leaving our older children here to finish school. We are in need of much prayer.