The story of Moses is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Often when we talk about Moses it is around him leading Israel out of Egypt, the plagues, and the Ten Commandments. But the story of Moses begins with him being sent down the river in a basket by his family and being found by Pharaoh’s daughter.
This morning I met a little boy named Moses. He was brought to Northwest Haiti Christian Mission about three weeks ago. He was also left down near the river by his family. Unlike Moses in the Bible, this Moses was not placed there to save his life. Instead his feet and hands and leg were sliced open so Moses would bleed to death. Someone found this precious baby and brought him to the mission.
This morning as I held Moses I could not help but think of holding my own children. When they were born I held them, prayed over them and sought to protect them in every way that I could. Now, many years later, I hold Moses and know that as soon as he was born, his parents sentenced him to death. Were it not for the presence of this mission, in this place, at this time, Moses would be dead today.
This is one story of hundreds of stories of how God has saved a life through Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. It is why One Life Adventures is so invested here. It is why we care so much. It was the front line work of life saving that impacts the lives of this corner of this nation everyday.
The mission statement of Northwest Haiti Christian Mission is very simple and it reflects the life giving mission of Jesus:
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
We know the importance of training children young. The younger you teach a child foundational principles for his life, the better off he will be in putting those into practice later in his life. We teach our children to walk, talk, potty train, use manners and hundreds of other lessons so they will be confident, social and mature people.
The scripture tells us to train children in the ways of God from an early age. Over and over again we see the Hebrew culture put into practice the training of children in the learning of scripture. The schools, the culture and the family structure was all designed to point the child to the ways of God.
This is a picture of my friend Ashley and one of her pre-school classes at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. Ashley teaches children from the community the basics of school, but she is teaching them so much more. She teaches them the Bible and how Jesus loves them. Currently she is using curriculum provided by “The Jesus Storybook Bible” to tell them the story of God’s love for humanity. Ashely teaches two different groups of children and has 40 children in her classes.
One Life Adventure is starting a new ministry initiative to help Ashley’s class. Ashely has a dream of giving each child a “Jesus Storybook Bible” in Creole. It “just so happened” that we brought in some!! We gave them to the Miriam Center and they will use them to teach their kids. We gave Ashley one bible to use in her class. Now we need your help!!!
The bibles cost $15 each. We can supply Ashley with bibles for $600 plus baggage fees. Our hope is to have enough bibles purchased for someone to carry them in on a trip to the mission. If we could have between $600-$800 we could give a generation of children and their families their own copy of the Word of God. What a great investment!!
If you would like to help, you can send a check made out to LifeQuest Church with the words “Haiti Bibles” in the note section. You can mail them to
Attn: One Life Adventures
3998 SW Leighton Farms Ave.
Palm City, FL 34990
As many of you may recall, at the end of the ’90s classic Forrest Gump, the film’s eponymous main character invests some of his hard-earned money in a “fruit company” by the name of Apple Computer Inc. A British site has done the math on what his investment might be worth today, and the results are staggering. If Forrest invested his Bubba Gump Shrimp Company profits in Apple to the tune of $100,000, he would have an estimated seven billion dollars today.
Since none of us had that kind of fortune, it is easy to think we can’t really invest in something that has incredible value. But is is simply not true. We can invest in a cause so much greater, that lasts so much longer, and that profits so much more than money. The scriptures put it this way:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
The $25.00 in the picture may not seem like much of a treasure. Until you know where it came from and what it is for. A young girl at LifeQuest Church has been hearing for a long time about the orphans at Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. She wanted to do something to help and she heard that Mr. John and Mrs. Alana were going to see the orphans. She did extra chores around her house and earned $25.00. She gave it back to her mom and told her to give it to the orphans at Northwest Haiti.
This precious second grader knows nothing of investments, interest, or the stock market. What she knows is that there are children who don’t have very much and she wants to help.
So next week, while we are in Haiti, the Miriam Center kids are going to be treated to an awesome blessing because one girl invested for the long haul.
What are you investing in?