On the fence, but all inRich Stigall
Vision trips can be powerful. Many who GO come back changed. Ask them and you’ll hear stories of how the givers received. Each opportunity to love God’s children is a privilege, and so it was today as a team of 24 arrived at Jumecourt to hugs and smiles from jumping and laughing children. Still, anyone with eyes can see that some of these “children” aren’t kids anymore.
When you’re 16, bubbles and the hokey pokey have lost their luster. That’s just the way it is – in America and in Haiti. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to see a pack of older boys separate themselves from the usual V-Trip festivities…but where do they go now?
In recent evenings, many of them go to the wall by the soccer field. Wes Comfort, 23, and manager of the Jumecourt Inn meets them there. With Rogelin’s english and Wes’s improving Creole, they do OK — better than OK actually.
What do they talk about? Soccer. Growing up. Girls. God. I don’t know all the details, but I know this: these boys trust Wes. They respect him, and he loves them. Amidst all the uncertainties of teenage life, they know that.
We thought Wes was going to Haiti to manage a hotel and host teams. He does that and does it well, but God, as usual, had bigger plans. God sent Wes to Haiti to be a big brother to these teenagers, to help them become young men of God by modeling the love of Jesus.
Where’s Wes? He’s on the fence, but he’s all in.