Read a story about Jesus’s love from our Founder Salem Hicks:
“Yesterday, we received an 18 year old girl into our emergency housing. As a planner and someone who has to logistically think through all of the details, I was a little thrown by the unexpected request. This wasn’t in the plan and we were set to begin placing women in our residential housing as of December 1rst. She was a curve ball, but a worthy one. She had been traumatized and abused in the home she was in and was afraid to return after an 8 mile walk to our center. She shared that her mother had died in 2010 and there was not one person on this earth that could care for her. She lived with a random family who fed and clothed her, but more than likely it was what we call a restaveck or “child slave” situation where she would earn her keep and have a roof over her head. The neighbors surrounding knew that the father in this home was making advances and that the wife out of jealousy would beat her. She shared that she would wake up in the middle of the night to him staring at her from across the room with hardly anything on. With no other options in front of her, she slept in fear not knowing what her future held. She was brought to us by two other women who were set to enter our program December 1rst. As soon as I heard about this girl, the Lord wrecked me in a way I was not expecting. We couldn’t just let her go. Our executive director made some calls and asked her to return with her things in the evening. The two ladies escorted her back to the center during the night knowing she was afraid of the dark and needed support. They went with her to the home where she stayed and helped her gather her things. They wanted to make sure that there was not any beatings or issues with her leaving. Our recent graduate, Laicia adjusted her move in day for the home she chose to rent and decided to stay so that the young girl would have some one to be with her and support her in the adjustment. Our executive director stayed hours past her scheduled work hours all so that this young girl would have some one to greet her and help her get comfortable. Then the two friends of this girl returned to the villages they resided in that evening. One of those two girls, we shall call her “Missy”, had been sleeping on the floor of a nearby church for months and was clearly in a very difficult situation herself. She was struggling with depression and her own trauma, yet when her friend needed support, she dropped everything to support her. She stepped in on this young girl’s behalf, thinking little of herself.
THIS. This wrecks me to even think about.
What kind of love does that? Would we do that for one another? Would I do whatever it takes for one of my friends to meet Jesus? Would I walk 8 miles in the sun and take the time to travel at night only to return to my own concrete slab in a church where I resided?
It is unfathomable. And I found myself weeping at the beauty and pure love I was seeing. One that did not seem inconvenienced or put out, but DELIGHTED to come through for their friend.
I think of the flights I’ve taken over the past year and I am reminded of the saying, “Make sure you inflate your own life vest before you help some one else”. This concept makes sense! You must be safe before you can save someone else. But to Missy, it made more sense to come along side her friend and help her get to safety.
It reminds me of the men that lowered their friend through a roof to meet Jesus.
"On one of the days while Jesus was teaching, some proud religious law-keepers and teachers of the Law were sitting by Him. They had come from every town in the countries of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. The power of the Lord was there to heal them. 18 Some men took a man who was not able to move his body to Jesus. He was carried on a bed. They looked for a way to take the man into the house where Jesus was. 19 But they could not find a way to take him in because of so many people. They made a hole in the roof over where Jesus stood. Then they let the bed with the sick man on it down before Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
They knew that he just needed to be in His presence. If they could just reach Him through the crowds, their friend would be okay. Out of pure genuine love, they made a way for him to be rescued. They literally tore through a roof! They were the bridge for their friend to be healed, rescued and whole.
Missy and her friend were the bridge as welll. And because of that bridge, a young 18 year old girl with sleep in peace. When she arrived at our emergency housing and was greeted by our executive director, house mami and recent graduate.. All waiting to make sure she was okay and to come around her. They weren’t phased by the curve ball, they stepped up and walked in LOVE.
When the girl was settled, our director asked, “Are you okay? Are you afraid?”..
Her response was simply, “Not anymore”.
The women of Haiti continue to teach me and challenge me to be more like Jesus. I’m so honored to watch them be His love to one another. They have so little, yet offer so much.
I used to think I was rescuing them, but really, they continue to rescue me and remind me of who Jesus is.
Thankful for the gift of learning from them and walking out this journey.”
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And as always, we will continue to fight for the restoration, freedom & new life for women in Haiti.