Faith.  How much do you risk on “faith” for the benefit of another?

HavServe volunteers are all unpaid. The workers give countless hours to bettering the lives of families in the small village of Lebrun,Haiti.

As this blog is being written, many HavServe volunteers have traveled to the small Caribbean island in the face of a cyclone.  Carline Brice, our fearless leader, works tirelessly with the faith that the efforts brought forth by volunteers will improve the education of the children and the lives of all villagers.  Her faith and efforts are without question.

The dictionary defines faith: 

  • Confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
  • Belief that is not based on proof:  He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
  • Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
  • Belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
  • A system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Mormon faith; the Jewish faith. 

As this blog is written, deaths have been reported from Tropical Storm Isaac, which passed over Haiti.  Members of the HavServe team remaining safe at home in the United States have been sending exchanging emails, praying for the well-being of Carline and others in Lebrun.

Wherever Carline Brice is huddled as the storm brought flooding rains to the island (which was pummeled by earthquakes in 2010), she has “faith” that a multi-million dollar education center will find funding.  She believes with unquestioning heart and “confidence and trust” that the HavServe team will “find the money.”

HavServe’s mission is far greater than the faith of one talented leader.  It is the faith of and collective strength of an army of people, around the globe.

There is Kristin Derry from Canada, who has traveled to Lebrun.  She is responsible of instructing teachers.  Kristin has volunteered to leave comfort and security behind for the unknown.  She will embrace a group of Haitian teachers for the next 6 months.

Without the services of educators such as Kristen Derry, there would be little hope that education in the small village could be pushed forward.  Nevertheless, with Kristin’s faith, the probability of success is outstanding.  Her 6 months of service will pay dividends for students for decades.

Then there is architect Gavan Lee of Ireland.  No pay. No award. Just a strong belief in humanity. Gavan has completed the initial design of the new education center.  He and engineer Christopher Wright will oversee the construction of the building.  All the effort is based upon the faith that the new center, together with trained teachers, shall benefit villagers.

Attempting to point out all the individuals, who volunteer their time and money for people, who there have never met, is impossible.  What is a fact? HavServe and the volunteers take daily steps in faith for a better life for villagers who face earthquakes, cyclones and poverty every day.

By the time readers devour this blog, cyclone Issac is history.  We, the collective volunteers, have faith that Carline and the village are safe.  Furthermore, we pledge support to the meritorious goals, including the education center.

In the days and weeks to come, HavServe will post floor plans and architectural renderings of the proposed center.  Staffers will prepare budgets, including furniture and school supplies.

Then the hard work of acquiring the funding:  the faith of a donor who understands the benefits of a center–which shall become the foundation for a village’s future.