Across the street from the Coreluv guesthouse in Gonaives is a mountain. It’s not the tallest of mountains and I don’t know the name of the mountain. In the daylight one can see small homes scattered across it. At night, it is mostly dark and nothing can be seen on the mountain, as the residents don’t have electricity. This mountain called out to me, “come and see, come and climb.”
On my second trip to Haiti I climbed the mountain. I took a bottle of water and headed off with four companions. Both proved to be vital to my successful climb. Our guide, Geratson, was a young Haitian man who has made the climb many times and is an agile and adept athlete. The other three men were on the mission trip with me and included my pastor.
There was one person who led, one who followed close behind me, and one who actually carried my water so I could use both hands to hold on or for balance. The positions changed over the course of the uphill and downhill climb but hands were always close by to reach out with steadiness or to assist with a particularly difficult stretch of the climb. And, instead of the usually competitive nature of men climbing a mountain and urging each other to reach the top first, they stopped when I needed to slow down and we all stopped and enjoyed the breath taking views of the Caribbean ocean.
What does this have to do with orphans? Imagine the mountains a child will face without parents growing up in a third world country. Who will guide you, who will walk beside you and behind you? Where will you receive water? At night when it is dark, who will comfort you? In Haiti there is a saying, “Deye mon, gen mon”. Behind the mountains, there are mountains. So if you, as an orphan, are able to climb even one of these mountains, there are just more behind it. It might seem hopeless to even try.
There is daylight on the mountain; a time to see clearly those who climb up and down. There are those who carry water up the mountain to their homes. There are those who pray on the mountain, for their families, for their city, for their church. There are those who climb because they feel it calling, like our group who climbed that day.
Coreluv faces mountains every day just to provide six basic needs to the children in our orphanages. We just reached a mountaintop by finishing construction on a new orphanage in Myan, Haiti where one day we will take care of eighty new children. And is there another mountain behind that mountain? We hope so! It might be a new country in which to rescue children. It might be new children to feed. We don’t know their names yet but God knows who they are and where they are.
Come and climb a mountain with us. For as little as one dollar a day you can help provide six basic needs to an orphan just by sponsoring an orphanage. You don’t even have to break a sweat on this one, just click here and partner with Coreluv.
Think you can’t climb a mountain? You can. Joshua 1:9 says, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Posted on Wed, April 16, 2014
by Helen Daniel filed under