Several months ago, my husband and I made the decision to help a young man from Haiti pursue a college degree in the US. John Robert, served as our interpreter for a couple of years and as a result morphed into one of our closest friends, strongest protectors, and a son.
He had the opportunity to attend a private English Immersion school and receive a well-rounded education. This empowered him to learn English and even take the SAT. He excelled in school and always was in the top of his class. When he graduated two years ago, he knew he wanted to continue his education, but wasn’t sure how. He applied to a college and was denied. A year later, after healing from rejection, he applied again and was denied. However, in his darkest hour, in the moments where success seemed like a fleeting dream, God nudged me.
He worked on my heart, my mind, and wrestled with me in my sleep, until I moved. I took a risk and sold out to this young man’s cause. I made phone calls, raised money, organized trips, made best friends with people through email, and was able to logistically figure out a way for him to attend a University in the States. This was not done by me, but by God’s ability to work through a network of people, all interested in the same cause. This was arranged because God’s provision for this young man’s life did not stop at high school. This was arranged because John Robert and other amazing people (Jason, Jonny, Lizz, Lori, my life group, my family, my church, my work, and many others) stood next to me in partnership. This worked out because God did not call the capable, but because he calls the willing.
On July 17th around 12:30 in the afternoon, John Robert landed in KY for the first time. We spent nearly a month together before I packed him up to attend Kentucky Christian University. He started classes on Tuesday and will be pursuing a business degree. This triumph does not belong to me, my support network, or to John Robert, but it belongs to the Lord. Because the declaration of the Lord is true when it says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you- plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
If you’d like to know more about the journey, please visit John Robert’s campaign via Fundly.