An Unexpected Thank You

I wanted to share this video with you. It was done on a cell phone by a young Haitian man I met in Haiti several months ago. On our most recent trip, I hired him to be one of our translators. Because it was a medical missions trip, we needed more translators than usual.

His name is John 8. I’d love to tell you he received his name because of the Bible; however, that would be far from the truth. In actuality, he is the 8th child born to parents who struggled to live. He has spent most of his life homeless. Despite the adversities in his life, John 8 taught himself English. He reads anything he can get his hands on about the world. The words you see in the video are his words – incredibly, self-educated person. I laugh because he knows more about the election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton than I do.

In his entire life, he had never left Port au Prince. You can only imagine what it was like for him to travel to Deyemone, Haiti with us – some 8 hours away – where The Torch Compound is. While in Deyemone, his eyes were opened to the severe needs of the people of Haiti. In comparison to Port au Prince, he was overwhelmed by the poverty and struggles. This coming from someone who has spent most of his life homeless, says it all.

John 8 loves the Lord – like deep, sold-out, committed, loyal – loves the Lord. I received this video when I returned home from Haiti in my email. You can imagine how much it touched my heart. And, I wanted to share it with you. Because in reality, it is to all of you for all that you do for the people of Haiti.

Thank you!

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