A fifteen year old girl found herself pregnant without help, hope, and a husband. She gave her baby boy up for adoption, which was hard. When six years old, he realized through Sunday school and his adoptive parents that he could accept Jesus as his personal Savior.
At thirteen, he committed to do whatever God asked, to go wherever God asked, and give whatever God asked. That was the start of a great life. At nineteen, he was challenged to go to Haiti and spent three months there. This boy is me.
Haiti changed my life. It was the first time away from home and outside continental North America without much communication from home but the best three months of my life.
I came home and continued university but wanted to go back to Haiti. However, God changed that through Ezekiel 3, which calls Ezekiel to stay home and not go to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language. When I talked to Christian counselors and professors, they said, "You know about Men for Missions, don't you? Why don't you get involved, so you can do both?" That's what I did.
The man who introduced me to MFM and missions and led me to Jesus is the same person that taught me how to play ball, drive, change oil, and change tires. That man was my Dad, who adopted me, gave me his name, and a new family.
Later, my father-in-law asked us to join his business of building homes in Calgary. I've done that ever since, as I work for MFM and travel to many countries. We've been to China, Ukraine, Mexico, Haiti, Scotland, Ireland, and Cuba, which has impacted our lives.
Going to Cuba in 2000, we realized the Cuban church needed financial help for evangelism, church planting, and Christian education through regional centers in strategic areas. We have been able to help with that. I was asked, “What has impressed you the most about Cuba?” The people and their friendliness. Obviously, the history and architecture are interesting.
We took eight people into Cuba. My father-in-law was hospitalized prior to that, but he insisted that he was okay and we should go. Halfway through the trip, he passed away. The Cuban church greatly encouraged us.
The Cuban churches help unchurched people with food, seniors with meals, and sick people with medication. The Church is rapidly growing and desperately needs Bibles. It's phenomenal that thousands of people are coming to know the Lord. The Cubans are being called and have a desire to get the Gospel to other countries.
Many Cubans are poor as they make about $20 to $30 a month, which is not enough to sustain a family. They're looking for meaning in life. Those who've experienced salvation from Jesus tell their friends and family. It's a window of opportunity. Cuban friends are saying, "Now is the time to invest in Cuba as far as your spiritual life is concerned. We don't know how long this window of opportunity will last, but now is the time."