Today I had a conversation with Ronald. He is a Haitian man that works with us here. He only has one hand because his left hand was cut off in an accident but he outworks all of us. I would guess that Ronald is in his forties or fifties. Ronald speaks fairly good English so as we were driving down the road to our worksite I asked Ronald if he was married. He responded “No I am not married.” I could tell when I asked him that the question bothered him so I didn’t ask any more questions.
Later he said, “Pastor Clay, why did you ask me if I was married?” I said, “I was just wondering.” His normal smile was gone and he looked down and said, “No, in Haiti you must have a lot of money to get married.” It made me sad.
Today an elderly Haitian woman kissed me on the cheek after we finished her house. It’s just a shell of 2×4’s, tin, and tarp, but there was such an expression of love and gratitude in her kiss. It made me happy.
Investing in other people’s lives can be an emotional rollercoaster at times. It’s often complicated, often messy, and often difficult, but that’s our calling. Sharing the love of Jesus means sharing ourselves with those around us. Is it always easy? No. Is it always worth it? Yes!
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