Wow. Sometimes God just really amazes me with his plans. Take last week for example. Throughout the week, I was trying to talk with my friends about the poverty and beauty of Haiti, but they didn’t understand. They can’t imagine such a world, only 2,000 miles from their Iowa doorsteps, could possibly be so impoverished.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my friends, but they haven’t seen what I have seen. They can’t realize what it is like to go to bed hungry, without a mother kissing them goodnight. They can’t realize what is like to live in a tin hut with dirt floors, where you live taking care of your five younger siblings and your sick grandmother.
It’s just unimaginable.
And that’s where God put Kendra Michael into my life. I was lying in bed under my down comforter one night, talking to my mother about how I felt because none of my friends understood me. She rolled over to face me and said, “Kendra knows what it is like.”
So we made plans for Kendra to come over that coming Friday. At first, I was nervous because Kendra is older than me. She is in 7th grade, and I am only in 5th. But when she came over, I knew God had planned this all. As it turns out, Kendra understood exactly what I was feeling. We talked a lot about Haiti, egzamen (quizzed) each other in Creole, and altogether had a great time.
Kendra had gone to Haiti last summer and had stayed in the same village I had. She has an amazing heart for Haiti and owns her own duct-tape pen business. The duct-tape pen profits go to Haiti, and this summer, Kendra has begun to employ 15 Haitian girls to make these pens. The girls earn Haitian gourdes and use the money to support their families.
(PHOTO: This is one of Kendra’s two sponsored Haitian girls. She sponsors them with the extra money raised from pen sales. You can order her pens from her Facebook page by clicking right here. )
God did have a plan for me, it just came differently than I imagined. So if you are experiencing something that is hard for you, know that God has a plan, and He is watching out for you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11