-Please keep Robers, Maguy, the girls (Nemy, Baly, Kimberly, Samantha in Canada and Elidia in Haiti) and Grace Corps in your prayers
- Pray for the Lord's blessings to be poured on us abundantly.
- More of the children in the schools are in need of help.
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Christmas is here! Are you ready? We are. Last year Marius and I went to Mamolette, a small village near Pestel and Corail in the southern peninsula of Haiti. This year we will be in Petit-Goave and the Artibonite Valley.
The special season of Christmas, in spite of the extreme commercialization that seeks to do away with its very essence, comes each end of the year to remind us of the first stage of Christ’s supreme sacrifice on our behalf. His death on the cross was the ultimate achievement of a passion that truly started at the stable. God entering the world was an extraordinary feat and the defeat of the serpent was sealed. His head was efficiently crushed once and for all. The story of Jesus’ birth as recounted in the Gospels is vivid and immediate. The parallel drawn between His coming and that of his cousin John the Baptist, the breathtaking experience of the shepherds, His lowly entry into this world at the manger and the flight into Egypt all testify for and prove the fact that our God is Lord over History; not just the history of mankind but that of the whole universe. The workmanship of God, His supernatural ways of dealing with the details of our lives as well as the management of the stars is so intricate and well done that our teeny-tiny mind can try but will never fully grasp the wonders of it all. Paul sums it perfectly in Philippians 2 when he writes: “[Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” So His death on the cross was only the climax (or the lowest point, depending on your spiritual vantage point) of what was a sacrificial conception, birth, life, death and burial. Yes, there were sacrifi-of time accepted to take upon himself the burden of our humanity, Him who was God,and trod the stone-paved roads of the Middle East while He could have spent thirty-three years in awesome glory. He left eternity and suffered for a while the limits of “temporality”. He voluntarily agreed to trade His divinity for our humanity.
We find it so difficult to leave our comfort zones. To break away from the familiar, to challenge the coziness of our everyday lives and to venture into the unknown that the less-than-capable-to-deliver-immediate satisfaction remains the main obstacle that is preventing us to be just like Christ. We are so addicted to our life of stress and anxieties that being free to embrace the likeness of Christ is proving to be an impossibility to us. We are able to see the sacrificial activities in the glory of the miracles and the sacrificial aspect even of the resurrection. Christ all in all was a sacrifice. The passage in Philippians urges us to have the mind of Christ, to seek with all our hearts to be just like Him, humble and free to do the Father’s will. In all truth that is the most powerful lesson we can get from Christmas: That our Lord in the fullness of time Yet, that is what mission in the Great ComMISSION stands for. Christ is teaching us to take on the true spirit of Christmas, to free ourselves from the security of our everyday lives, allowing ourselves to get a little tired of the too familiar routine of our day to day existence and boldly venture into the unknown to enjoy the fullness of a life filled with the glorious “void” that characterizes the humble attitude that was Christ’s trademark during His temporary passing among us.
This is where you will find the story of Grace Corps. It is a simple one. It is a story of those who sees in children the future of humanity. The vision was caught twenty years ago around 1987 and became a reality nine years after in 1996. Little could one foresee that eighteen years after it would be a ministry that has not only thrived at giving new hopes to children in Haiti, but would stand as a vivid proof that great feats can be realized with very little financial resources when hearts are poured into it. God's ministry stands regardless of the social atmosphere in which a mission has to be carried out. Grace Corps is all about those little ones in the schools who are being taught. Those little heroes of Haiti who stand everyday against diseases and malnutrition. Their pictures can easily give somebody a glimpse at the face of poverty. But if destitution can speak out loud with such a force that it grabs one's heart it should never hinder a much deeper introspection into the reality of sin. People are dying without Christ. If that reality sufficed to justify the calamities that the Apostle Paul had to face, if it was enough for John Carry when he went to India to brave a totally different culture and immersed himself selflessly into it, that reality then will always be enough to justify any life-threatening situation that one may find him or herself in a country like Haiti. There is no greater Theology than that of an individual totally committed to be used by God in whatever way that the Lord sees fit. The Theology of action is like the mite of the widow it weighs so much more on God’s scale than any pompous deliberation of the greatest intellectual at the largest earthly cathedral imaginable. In this active Theology resides the secret of the dedication of the Old Testament prophet. What do Paul and Jeremiah have in common? Total submission to the Master. What do John and Isaiah have in common? Total submission to the cause of Christ. Isaiah foretold the advent of God’s Son entering the world, John explained why He entered the world. Both toiled under harsh conditions. Misunderstood, they willingly rejected the luxury of being mistaken for anything else than totally-submissive-servant of the Most High.
To understand the heart of Grace Corps one has to go no further than the “little” lives that are saved from diseases, malnutrition, illiteracy and worst of all away from communion with the Creator. They stand as witnesses of our selfless commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Haiti in a way that promotes both the spiritual enrichment of children and their social well-being in a country ravaged by internal turmoil.