Our Name (Executive Director, Stan Buckley)
In August 2010, I took an exploratory trip to Haiti with Board member Mark Rich and a young lady named Mallory Rosamond. The purpose of our trip was to get a first-hand view of the effects of the earthquake and to see if there was any way we could help.
The first tent city we entered was a tent city for amputees. While walking through the collection of tents, I encountered a young Haitian man who appeared to be 19 or 20 years old. His name was Thomas and his English was outstanding. I asked Thomas how he came to live in this tent city. He told me his father had died in the earthquake and his mother had become an amputee. I asked him what it was like living in that tent city. He wasn’t complaining, but he answered my question by telling me that life wasn’t good there. The food was bad and the water was bad. I asked him how he could make it, emotionally, day after day in that tent city. He said, “there is a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes. It says there is a time for everything - a time to laugh and a time to cry. Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry.”
I then asked Thomas that if there was a community that had proper housing and medical care and a school to continue their education, would he and his family and friends be interested in living there. He said to me, “of course. But that’s impossible.” As soon as he said those words, God spoke to my heart and said two words: “But God.” I was immediately reminded of the truth that nothing is impossible with God. I was reminded of that passage in Ephesians 2 that says we were dead in our trespasses and sins, but God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ Jesus. I was reminded that God has a wonderful habit of working in impossible situations – at the Red Sea, in the lion’s den, in the fiery furnace.
I realized that it was impossible for me to build a sustainable community in Haiti. I know nothing of construction or medicine or agriculture. But God knows everything about all these subjects and He could use us to build a sustainable community that would make a difference today and forever in the lives of hurting people.
And so, we continue to see God work in an impossible situation. We continue to see Him make a way when there seems to be no way. We continue to realize that we could never build this sustainable community, BUT GOD can!