I talk a lot about James 1:27. It’s probably my standard text when I’m speaking. It fits what I do. It gives me a passion. It is an overlooked truth. It’s what it’s all about—at least according to God. But I tend to focus on one part of it a lot more than the other. Yes, I talk a lot more about orphans than widows.
But in Cap Hatien, Haiti—CRF has a home for orphans, and we have a home for widows and widowers too. I don’t know what you think of when you think of an old folks home. Usually you think of a place that’s not too nice. If you can imagine Haiti on top of that—you probably think of a place that’s really not too nice.
Our old folk’s home in Haiti is pretty good by Haitian standards—but there was one thing that really bothered me. It didn’t have running water. No showers. No water from the kitchen sink. No toilets. And the water that they brought from the nearby well was polluted. Can you imagine what this would look like? Or smell like?
Well, all that is changed now. I got to bring to Haiti with me a mechanical engineer, a civil engineer, and an electrical engineer. It is like the trinity of engineers. And Tom, Tim and Wayne (along with some other volunteers) have brought water (and it is clean) to our old folk’s home.
Can you imagine how this is going to change the lives of these widows and widowers? Yep, it is not only pure water—it is pure religion.