The best place we can go to for examples of how to care for and serve people is in scripture. In the Bible, time after time, we see how Jesus spoke the gospel message and tended to people’s physical needs. This is the twofold approach LiveBeyond is implementing. LiveBeyond wants the people of Haiti to know Jesus Christ, and we are working towards this through the LiveBeyond Church and all of the programs and services we offer. We also want to improve the quality of life for the people of Thomazeau. Following Jesus’ example, we want to feed the hungry, help the poor, & provide medical attention to those who need it.
At LiveBeyond, improving the quality of life for the people of Thomazeau takes many forms. The maternal health program is improving the quality of life for pregnant women and babies who otherwise would have no medical care. Our nutrition and water services provide healthy meals and clean water to people who often don’t have access to it or can’t afford it. The school offers a high-quality education so that the children of Thomazeau have greater opportunities for jobs and success as adults. By employing local Haitian staff members, LiveBeyond is a source of jobs that provide financial stability. Poverty affects all areas of a person’s life and is a complex cycle to escape. This is why LiveBeyond is working hard to break the cycle of poverty and improve the quality of life for people in the Thomazeau community.
We want to share a special story of an individual who has experienced an incredible transformation in their life.
Henri never knew his father, and his mother abandoned him at an early age. He lived under the very loose oversight of one of the LiveBeyond cooks, and he grew up with no form of education. One day, the cook brought him to the LiveBeyond base, hoping that we could offer Henri some hope, education, and love.
Henri was quickly welcomed into the LiveBeyond Ke Pou Timoun (Heart for Kids) program, where he was eager to learn to read and write. With his will to learn, LiveBeyond decided to pay for him to enroll in a Thomazeau school. He gave great effort in school, but he was simply unable to find enough success to pass. Later on, when the LiveBeyond school opened, he transitioned to our classrooms. He gave his best effort but continued to struggle. Many programs would have dropped him from the school, but the staff wasn’t going to give up on him!
We loved Henri, and he was firmly planted in our hearts. His success, his future, & his life were too important for us to turn our backs on him. After years passing and much prayer, we decided to offer Henri a job on the LiveBeyond base. Henri didn’t have many skills, but he could water and care for the dozens of newly planted palm trees on the LiveBeyond base. He took pride in nurturing these trees.
After spending much time at the base, Henri gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ and declared his desire to follow Him and walk in righteousness. He was baptized in the LiveBeyond church.
After several years of working for LiveBeyond, Henri was able to build himself a home. The house is extraordinarily small by any standard, but it is tidy, clean, and filled with love. Henri hasn’t missed a single day of work in his 4 1/2 years of being on the staff. He continues to lovingly care for the palm trees that are now tall & flourishing & bring beauty to the LiveBeyond base. Henri Jean may have had early life circumstances setting him up for failure, but in the turn of events was given a destiny of life, success, and love.
We are happy to be able to share the story of Henri Jean with you. LiveBeyond has been able to serve and love Henri, much in part, due to your support. All of you who partner with us in prayer for the people of Haiti, LiveBeyond, and give financial support, make it possible for LiveBeyond to impact people’s lives in such an impactful way. Thank you for helping us be the hands and feet of Jesus to the least of these.
Henri’s story is an excellent example of the work LiveBeyond is doing. We want to be a voice of the truth & love of Jesus Christ & to help improve people’s lives in Haiti. LiveBeyond knows that both a person’s spiritual life and physical well-being are important. The work we are doing focuses on sharing the gospel, improving maternal and infant health, educating children, & providing nutritious meals.
To those of you who have supported us, thank you. You are a part of Henri’s story and the story of so many others. Together, we are having a positive impact on the Thomazeau community. If you would like to partner with LiveBeyond and help us continue improving people’s lives, you can donate this GivingTuesday! Click HERE to donate today!
There are many ways you can make a difference. Your encouragement and prayers are always coveted. Please continue to pray for the people of Haiti to know God and pray that LiveBeyond will continue to serve the people of Thomazeau well. Together let’s share the hope we have in Jesus Christ & enhance the quality of life for the people of Haiti.
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