A Word From Pastor Mike Thomas in Deyemone…
We left Friday to return to Haiti. This time, I carried a chainsaw donated to help us rebuild the Campus and community. 95% of all homes are gone.
I’ve drawn quite a crowd with the chainsaw, cutting up fallen trees and removing debris. I don’t know if its the noise or the ability to cut through so quickly, but everyone wants to watch me use it.
In all the clearing and removing, nothing hit me like the sight of Pastor Onell’s home. I’m not sure how that happens, but emotion can come at the most unexpected times.
Pastor Onell is one of our ministers here in Haiti. I’ve watched him proudly building his home in Deyemone using the salary money he receives as one of our pastors and also the offerings of materials we give him. Each trip I’ve made back to Haiti, Pastor Onell has proudly shown me the progress on his house. His family consists of his wife and children and people in need. The numbers continue to grow – a homeless young teenaged mom with children – an elderly lady. His love of people is tremendous.
Several months ago, he took me to see his house and as he walked around the cement blocks, he explained each area. He stopped suddenly in a square of space and smiled up at me, “This, Pastor Mike is your room…”
Today, his home is no more. Taken by the roaring winds of Hurricane Matthew, all that was is gone. His possessions, his dreams, everything but his life and family.
Restoration in the community of Deyemone will be tough; and yet, there are faces of hope. As I stood with Pastor Onell and looked at what once was, he put his hand on my shoulder. “We will build again, Pastor Mike, with God’s help. You will see.”
“We will build again…”