Johnny and his Hope for Haiti

A little over a year ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to go on a chiropractic mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
The highlight of my trip was when I met the young man in this picture: Johnny.
He came up to us at the resort and ate dinner with us.
He had a glow about him that was incredible.
He gushed about how God was doing an incredible work in his life and he wanted to make a difference.
He wanted to finish school and go back to his home country to “make it a better place.”

His family was all still there and had just moved to the country’s capital: Port-au-Prince
He is from Haiti.

Like most of you reading this, I have kind of been left numb when I see what has happened in Haiti.
The devastation.  The lives lost.  The despair.

I immediately thought of Johnny and my heart sunk even further when I thought…
Is he ok?
Is his family ok?

I decided to email him to check on him.  It had been a while since we had been in contact but I prayed fervently that he was ok and that I would hear back from him.  Less than 24 hours later, I got a response.  He was ok because he was in the Dominican when the earthquake hit.  The day after he rushed to Port-au-Prince to see about his family.

What he saw was devastating.  He said that his home was destroyed and that saw things that he had never before seen in his life.  His family was “not bad but not good.”  A couple of siblings are battling injuries.  Another brother was at work at the time of the earthquake and they do not know if he is even alive.

Then he said something that rocked me.  He said this:

“Life is not good in Haiti but i think because of all those things, God has a plan for Haiti.”

Because of all those things, God has a plan for Haiti.
In the midst of devastation.
In the midst of the lives lost.
In the midst of despair.
God has a plan for Haiti.

Johnny’s faith and perseverance is incredible.  His wisdom in a time of anguish is inspiring. I’m not going to add anything to it because I think nothing could add to it.

God has a plan for Haiti.

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Posted on January 22nd, by Josh Brickey in Authentic Faith.

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