Some things seem so improbable, but you can’t help but try anyway. Because we know that God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
So that’s why I texted their Daddy in Haiti — to tell him what the girls had done, how God stirred in their little hearts. They literally emptied their purses to pay for two Haitian girls to go to school.
Go ahead, call us naive. But we had this thought: Maybe their Daddy could find the Haitian girls, to tell them in person, and to hug them and to let them know that Jesus loves them.
I knew that one of the men’s cellular phones worked out on that Haitian mountainside, and maybe the message would reach him. We knew it was a long shot. He was serving Jesus in a place where you travel by foot, bathe by five-gallon bucket, and drink by coconut. It’s a place where goods are delivered by donkeys, not UPS trucks. Greetings are delivered with handshakes, not Hallmark.
It’s a place where news travels by talk, not text.
Would this really work?
Our hearts thumped here on this Iowa farm when I texted, asking for the improbable.
“Please tell Scott Lee that Lydia rounded up 75$ to sponsor Jacques Judith to go to school at Mission-Haiti. I have no idea if he can find Jacques Judith but if so give her a hug from her sponsor Lydia.”
I snapped a photo of the girl from the computer screen, and attached it to the text message, hoping the picture might help.
I sent a second message, telling him that Anna had used every last dollar in her purse to sponsor another girl.
And get this: Their Daddy got the message.
(Immeasurably more …)
But, he wrote, it would be hard to find Jacques Judith and Jirodier Jenese.
“I’ll ask,” he texted. “But there are many schools.”
Next, came the emails and Facebook messages popping in the inbox over and over again, from this dear community of people — from people like YOU:
“We were inspired to give, … and now we’ve done the same.”
“Just sponsored another Haitian child. The kids decided to each give up one Christmas present apiece to send a child to school!!”
Because giving is contagious. One+one+one is how God’s people are changing the world. God is in the habit of doing immeasurably more .
And sometimes — when you lean back and think you’ve seen it all — He gives you just … one … more. Immeasurably more.
My phone beeped with a text, on my favorite farmer’s last day in Haiti. Someone from the mission had climbed up that mountainside to find those two Haitian girls, who are loved by these two Iowa girls.
Immeasurably more …
You can check out Mission-Haiti’s website here.
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