A Humbling GiftMany of you that have been to Haiti have met Pastor Remy. He lives in the distant mountains and pastors a small church there. He is the father of 7 children and lives in the two room house that I stayed in with Tracy Robinson, Tracy White, and Mark Ikerd the one trip we managed to make that far into the mountains. He fell and broke his shoulder recently and at about the same time their donkey died. They have a 3 hour trip to get water and without the donkey it was very tough for them. So we were able to buy them a new horse to replace the donkey. He wanted to come down and thank us and bring us a gift.
When they arrived they very formally told us they had a gift to give Joy and I as a thank you from their family. They first took out of their bag a large papaya. Next she pulled out a beat up canister with ground coffee in it. Finally she opened a container that she had carried the four hours to meet us and began to pull out eggs that her chickens had laid. She gave us 10 eggs. I came up with the excuse that I would go and get a box. I actually had to go because I could not help but cry. To think that these humble people would bring us their best. They wanted to bless us so badly. I immediately was reminded how selfish and proud I am. God used this encounter to remind me what true love and humility looks like. Thank you pastor Remy. I know you will never read this because you lives miles from electricity and have never used a computer. But Thank you for being used to humble me and remind me why we left all the entanglements of the life of prosperity to come here to be loved by people that give us eggs. (Originally Posted Tuesday, February 2, 2010)
Update: When cholera hit Haiti in 2010 it was a compounding difficulty on top of the devastating earthquake in January. Just months after Pastor Remy and his wife came to deliver us this gift she succumbed to the disease. She was out working in the field in the morning and started feeling sick. Before she could get down the mountain she died. She left pastor Remy with 7 children to care for alone on top of that desolate mountain.
I was praying for the pastors in Haiti this morning as Pastor Remy came to mind. I called to check on him through pastor Cesar and found out his father is deathly ill. What a tough life to live. Pastor Cesar reminded in his tone of wisdom "Haiti is still Haiti". Pastor Remy is also the pastor of a small church that has a small school. The school had to close 2 years ago due to lack of support. The kids that can afford to pay now travel down the mountain to a school in a distant village each day. We need to help him restart the school. So many needs. "Haiti is still Haiti."