Life Lesson Part One:
Many of you know the story of Moses and how his pregnant mother decided she did not want another child. So when she began to give birth, she went to a Haitian outhouse. She dropped her baby down into the filthy hole and left. A poor Haitian man heard the faint cry, got a rope and lowered himself down into the stinking filth with a bucket. He scooped up the baby and sent him to a hospital. They called us and we took him in and called him “Moses.”
Moses did really well in school, obeyed the workers at our orphanage and his teachers, until he began hanging out with boys in our neighborhood who were bad and disrespectful. Some came to our school. He became arrogant, lazy and disrespectful and tried to dress like the other boys. He had a chain around his neck, and his pants were hanging down.
I told him the Haitian Creole Proverb that said, “The Rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun!” I said, “Moses, you are the rock in the water. So, I’m going to give you a lesson about the rock in the sun! I’m going to call Pastor Souffrance to come and get you and take you to the mountains of Peyi Pouri… Pack only your backpack!”