This extended stay in Haiti was "bookended" very nicely by two rare events. On May 1st, I was one of several educators recognized for our contributions to the local community. Then, on the Monday before I fly home to PA (one day after my birthday...which used to be a secret before Facebook), my church’s worship team surprised me with a birthday party where about ten church members spoke one after the other thanking me for things I’ve done for them over the years…personally, for the church, for their families, etc. They brought back many beautiful memories of the ‘early years’ here in Haiti. Many of our current church leaders were children then, or youth. I’ve been blessed to see them grow up and grow in the grace of God. It’s truly a great position. And I mentioned it to them. I said, “ I don’t know what it’s like to be rich and look back at your life and see only things…things that are now rusty. I don’t envy that. I think when you are old every good experience you’ve had with people is a blessing and a reward. If you’ve piled up lots of those, then you really are wealthy. I am a wealthy man.”
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Missionary in Haiti.