“Down through history, poverty has been one of humankind’s greatest and most widespread challenges. Its obvious toll is usually physical, but the spiritual and emotional damage it can bring may be even more debilitating. In any case, the great Redeemer has issued no more persistent call than for us to join Him in lifting this burden from the people.” -Jeffrey R. Holland
Evan was the first one that we experienced such a deep love and change with. After meeting him, we felt an urgency to do something more. We met him on our first ever trip, which was to Haiti. This trip was our first real life exposure to poverty at that level and quantity. Evan was 18 years old at the time, he couldn’t talk or walk yet had the best constant ginormous toothless full mouth smile that lit up the room, and our world! He was so small, probably the size of a 4-5 year old. Evan had cerebral palsy so his body was small and restricted. He spent his days in a bed and when it was his turn, he got to sit in a ripping at the seams umbrella stroller. He was at an orphanage for special needs kids, and had great care for his most basic needs, but that’s all the overworked nanny’s were able to give him. They would quickly dress him, feed him, and brush his teeth and then quickly set him to the side and move to the next kiddo in need. So most of his days were spent alone in a bed or an umbrella stroller with flies buzzing around him. This was his life day in and day out, yet he was the biggest light. You can get a glimpse of his light and happiness from his picture. This wasn’t a “capture the right moment” picture. This was Evan….always! When we think of Evan, his story, and how he impacted our story, I can’t help but get teary. It’s hard to wrap our heads around. Our lives are very very different, but what we learned from Evan is that we want our light to shine like his and to make others happy like he did. We hope to find him in heaven and thank him for teaching us that we can find joy in the worst of circumstances, and we can light other’s worlds with very little.
Abena & David
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