Ellie looked at Punchinello, put his hands on those small wooden shoulders and spoke very slowly “because you are mine, that’s why you matter to me”. This is My favorite quote from “You are Special” by Max Lucado. I read this book often to our little ones at Caroline’s House.
That simple act of putting your hands on little shoulders and looking straight into their eyes, it says, listen carefully to what I am saying to you, I need you to understand my words. It’s what we do when we need our children to understand something important, we do this when we tell them they are loved, or for one who is hurting to let them know we understand.
I experienced this myself recently, at a time when I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the many events and responsibilities I was dealing with for Voice of Angels and the long upcoming drive to Miami in the school bus we are sending to Caroline’s House. This happened when my good friend and pastor PK, in the middle of a very busy morning, turned to me, put both hands on my shoulders, looked straight into my eyes and said “We are with you”.
How did he know I was struggling in that moment? Perhaps he didn’t.
Now I have known this all along, my friends at Riverwood Church have been very supportive for a very long time. But the encouragement I felt hearing this again, so directly and so much from the heart, in God's timing I am sure, has given me the strength to continue this work regardless of any obstacles ahead.
Venite and I would like to thank all our friends at Riverwood Church and Maple Plain Church, and so many others. We could not do this work without you. You share our love for these little ones and the Haitian people in our small mountainside village.
Voice of Angels is a 501c3, faith-based non-profit based in Maple Plain, Minnesota serving the children of Fonds-Des-Negres, Haiti. Our orphanage currently serves 18 children and the work continues so that we may provide for others as needed. Our goal is to provide shelter, food, and education for children facing some of the most difficult circumstances in the world. We are bringing 10s of 1000s of pounds of clothing, shoes, as well as personal care supplies, tools, and vehicles to Haiti to provide for the children of Caroline’s House, our orphanage, as well as the needs of other children and families in our area.
It’s a chilly morning as we navigate the narrow mountain road through southern Haiti.
On the way to the airport for my return flight to Minnesota. Our trip started early because of the long and fairly slow travel. The sun is just beginning to show over the distant mountain tops.
I’m holding three year old Betchina in my lap, that’s okay in Haiti, her mom is in the back seat with Venite happy to hand off this little one at least for a short time.
I look at this precious little one in wonder.
Have you ever just watched in fascination his most valuable and amazing work. (If you're a parent I know you have.) Her tiny hands so complex yet so simple. Her sweet smile, and what fabulous potential her future holds.
For me these thoughts flood my mind. How blessed we are to be called to serve them. My heart has been touched more times than I can say, often with great joy, sometimes with overwhelming sadness, but always it seams to Gods glory, even if we struggle to see this at times.
My lovely wife Venite shares my heart for this work, how blessed I am to be hers, and I know many others in Minnesota share our hearts for these little ones as well.
Venite and I would like to invite all who feel called to be our guest and serve with us in Fon-De-Nèg Haiti. We have opportunities nearly every month for short term mission trips to Caroline's House.
Venite and I both would be so blessed to share these experiences with others.
Steve And Venite
Serving His Very Own in Fon-De-Neg Haiti
612-500-1995 US. / 011-509-3194-4949 Haiti firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve runs Voice of Angels, a mission to the children of Haiti. Caroline’s House is an orphanage he founded in 2016 and is one of many projects he envisions to lift children out of desperation and into Hope.