Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A teacher, in more ways than one.

This photograph to many of you is meaningless. And even after I explain you will not be able to grasp the beginning of what it says to me. If I asked, most of you would say it’s a man talking on the phone, something that permeates our world today. But it’s more than that.
This is a photo of a man born in abject poverty in the rural mountains of Haiti. He worked his way through school and became a teacher where most of his people don’t know how to read. From teaching he turned to politics reaching out in every way possible to meet the needs of those he loves, those in need.
In this picture he is pacing in a 25 yard circle of cell service 5000’in the mountains 2.5 hours walk from the nearest road. No he’s not talking to his wife. He is on the job, the job site of a school he is building for the children of the least educated zones of his home and political jurisdiction. The framers are out of 2x4s, he’s calling for more. He’s rolling out the details for three different children to further education in the city, Children in no way related to him just in need. He’s talking to two different UN officials trying to find resources for his people hit by a hurricane the week before. Pacing amidst the noise of hammers and the clatter of tools as the roof of the school takes form so that one more child may have the chance he had. So no this man is not just talking on the phone, this man loves. This man has taught me to love in too many ways to write and his life points me back to Christ my lord, my savior, my friend.


  1. I didn't know you could write like that Shea- it brought tears to my eyes.... I want to love like that too.....

  2. Wow, Shea. This really blessed me today. It reminded me of 1 John 3:16-18. Thank you for sharing, and may all of us who claim God as our Father learn to love like that as well.

  3. Dear Shea,

    I totally love your post. It brought tears to my eyes.
    I want to love like that, even if I am not "there", I WILL do all I can from here.

  4. Inspiring...Hans told me about him as well.