Faithful to Complete itRich Stigall
This morning Joe Knittig spoke of “unfinished God stories” in Haiti. We don’t know the specific endings, but we do know this: our Lord is faithful to finish what He begins.
Kids are going back to school this week in Haiti. That’s good. That’s progress. Haitians are an amazingly resilient people. School is another step in providing stability, structure, and in some cases sustenance to hundreds of thousands of children. At The GO Project we are excited to expand our school lunch program in a big way and will be looking for partners who share that vision. While it sounds simple, a hot, school lunch is one of the most effective tools to help prevent economic orphans (i.e. children abandoned because family cannot afford to care for them).
We also celebrate Pastor Calix and his family of 33 children moving into their new homes. Today, Kender is loading our Mack truck and is moving Pastor Calix right across the street…less than a ten-minute walk from our Orphan Transition Village (OTV). You remember their story. We met Calix and his kids a few weeks after the earthquake living beside the rubble of their pancaked orphanage. We built a relationship of trust by delivering food over the next several days, before they came to live with us at the OTV. Frankly, they stuffed themselves into one of the smaller homes at the OTV. Sometimes that what families do when they want to stay together. Since then, we’ve played soccer with them, shared hugs, and listened to Pastor Calix give thanks to God for helping bring you, The GO Project, into his life. We’re thankful for Pastor Calix as well. We started as strangers, became friends, and now Pastor Calix and crew are part of our GO Project Family.
We’re also thankful for Burns McDonnell who built Pastor Calix’s family of 33 a place; close enough where the kids can walk to school; far enough away to have their own space. We’re thankful for churches and families in America who are currently considering sponsoring these 33 children to help them adjust to their new normal. Most of all, we’re thankful God brought this family into ours. There’s a song that says, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” We love watching that lived out before us in Haiti. Thank you for “singing” with us. We love you and Pastor Calix does as well.