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By Mark Farrow

Jusline and her family of 10 now have a solid brick home thanks to 175 children from the Stoney Creek Baptist Church Summer Day Camp.

Jusline is employed by Little by Little - a small Business-As-Mission ministry in Haiti that employs parents at risk of relinquishing their children to local orphanages due to poverty. Little by Little empowers parents through employment, allowing them to provide for their children and keep their families together.

On the first day of camp at Stoney Creek Baptist, the children learned about Jusline and her family living in a village about 45 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince. The children saw pictures of the family’s dirt floor home with tin sheets haphazardly connected to some sticks holding the shredded tarps of a makeshift shelter. When it rained, the family slept in puddles. Sickness plagued their eight children.

The children learned that it would cost $5,000 to build Jusline and her family a new house. If they raised up to $2,500, an anonymous donor would match it dollar-for-dollar.

So, the goal was set. Five days. $5,000.

The children went home after the first day and began selling lemonade and Kool-Aid in their neighbourhoods. They held bake sales and sold their toys. Many did chores around their homes to earn money that they could give. Some even emptied piggy banks filled with birthday and Christmas money they had been saving up over the past year.

After the first day, the children had raised $1,380.

After two days: $2,364.

By the third day, the children had raised $5,203. God provided in three days through 175 children enough money to build Jusline and her family of 10 a new solid brick house.

When the total was announced, the children clapped, cheered and celebrated with shouts of joy. Kids were high fiving each other with smiles plastered across their faces. It was indeed a joyous celebration!

By the end of the week the children had raised $6,115 for this family. The additional money was used for a brick outhouse and new beds for each family member.

As it turned out, two women from the church were heading to Haiti the weekend following Day Camp. These two women had the privilege of sharing with Jusline in person what the children at Stoney Creek had done. Two months after that, the new brick house was complete, built primarily by local Haitian men who were hired to build it.

A family in Haiti now has a new brick home because 175 children in London gave generously and sacrificially in response to the immediate need of their brothers and sisters in Haiti. Jusline’s husband is the pastor of a church that welcomes the poorest of the poor. He loves his flock with an unconditional love, a love that is evident by all who meet him. This new house will not only keep his family safe and dry in the rain, it will enable them to focus on caring more effectively for those God has placed in their congregation.

We have much to learn from our children.

Paul’s words to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 sums it up well, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (NIV).

Thank you, kids, for the example you have set for us.