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Jan 21

Haiti and Heroes

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

HansonSteve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.

Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.

MarcusandBethanyMarcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.

Work

Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.

Most importantly, regardless where they are employed, they work for God serving people.

Steve now works for Beyond Our Doors Global and travels the world, most often in Uganda, Kenya and Haiti.

Marcus works in Minnesota.

Haiti

Today these gentlemen and their wives have switched places. Steve and his wife Cheryl are in Minnesota. Marcus and his wife Bethany are Haiti.

Trips to the third world are not for the weak and feeble. While it’s no longer on the news, you remember that Haiti was demolished – utterly devastated – by an earthquake.

As PBS.org reported, “Michel Martelly, Haitian president (through translator): Thirty-five seconds, everything collapsed. A million human lives were destroyed. A city turned to rubble. Two years after the giant tragedy, we continue to cry.”

Thirty-five seconds.

“In all, 316,000 people were killed. An additional 1.5 million were left homeless…” in thirty-five seconds.

Steve and Cheryl have been to Haiti many times; for Marcus and Bethany, it’s their first.

As I think about these two couples a generation apart I think of each generation that has had bold and brave heroes who reached out to others despite cultural differences, personal preferences, their fears for their safety and concerns about discomfort and inconveniences. 

Their courage reminds me of Ben Eggebrecht’s great song, “Lord Wreck Me.” It’s a bold prayer. It’s a bold dare.

Give it a listen, maybe you’ll be wrecked too.

 

Bring on the comments

  1. Thanks Scott, I enjoy hearing about other peoples passions. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my own hearts passion (Missing Grace Foundation), that I forget to pray on others. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

  2. Thanks Angi!
    I wish I could do everything I want to, but I can’t.
    I wish I could be everything I want to, but I won’t.
    So I have to admire the attributes in others like them, and you.

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