In past blogs, I have focused a lot of attention on mission leaders. But I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to call out the unsung heroes I meet in my travels – the dedicated servants of Christ who you don’t often hear about, but who are known and loved by all – especially by the poor.
Voices and bongo drums resound in worship at the Kobonal Haiti Mission. A band and choir set a celebratory atmosphere for the hundreds of poor, rural Haitians gathered at this simple open-air pavilion for Father Glenn Meaux’s Mass.
When Gertrude Cene’s stomach growls during class at nursing school, she recalls the blessings of the Kobonal Haiti Mission with a spirit of gratitude. Though she only attended the mission school for one year during her teens, she fondly remembers the way daily nutritious meals kept her satisfied and alert.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been thinking about what it means to have heart of full of gratitude. When I do, I can’t help but think about my friends at Kobonal Haiti Mission in the Central plateau.
A wife and mother of five boys, Estelia’s life has been marked by difficulty. “My husband had to go to the Dominican Republic to work in bad conditions to support our family. I was always waiting for him to come back and help with the children because they were always sick.