It was the second day of school when we heard the news: the home of Dany and Carlos, ninth and tenth grade students and brothers, had burned down in an electrical fire during the school day. Not only did the fire destroy their home, but everything in it. The only things they had left were the school uniforms on their backs and the school supplies in their book bags. Thankfully, the brothers and their two cousins who share the home were safe.
Because they had no family members willing to take them in, Iselande (GES director of student affairs) and her husband did. They fed them, clothed them, and gave them a place to rest their heads. We knew Carlos and Dany could not stay with Iselande long-term, but also knew they had no means to buy a new home or anyone else to live with. We had no immediate answers or solutions, so we prayed with them and shared that God would provide for their needs. Somehow, someway.
Not long after, we received word that a children’s ministry in Fort Wayne, IN, had raised money for Haiti without a specific purpose. After a few phone calls, the funds for a new home were secure.
Who would build the home? There just so happened to be a group of four men scheduled to come to JiHM for a short trip a few weeks later. We proposed the idea of a building project. They were in.
After two days of hard work in the unrelenting Haiti heat by the American team, Dany and Carlosand their neighbors, the house was complete. And just to add to the blessing, this newly built home is much more sturdy and reliable than the old one.
Through prayer, hard work, and generosity in Jesus’ name, Dany and Carlos have a new place to call home. When asked if they liked their new home a few days later, they responded with big smiles and much thanksgiving.