“Hello, how are you?”
When I had the opportunity to spend a little time with Lucson while in Haiti last month, he greeted me in English.
Pleasantly surprised, I asked him why he decided to learn English.
“So I can speak to you,” he said.
That was about the extent of his English (the rest of our conversation was held through a translator) but wow.
There I stood with my arms full of gifts I brought to give to this boy we sponsor through Mission to Haiti, and he, with nothing in his arms, gave me something much bigger than the soccer ball, the book, the clothes and the food I had for him.
He’s learning a new language so he can communicate with the American woman who has shown up on his island only twice in his 14 years.
That, my friends, is just a little bit humbling.
My hope for Lucson is that he will continue to improve his English, not simply so he can speak to me when I show up down there again in a few years, but so a world of opportunities will open up to him.
But infinitely more important than learning English, he is also learning about Jesus.
And I know that one day in Heaven, our native languages won’t matter. We’ll be able to hang out and speak whatever language it is that citizens of heaven speak, and the gifts we give to each other here on earth will pale in comparison to the gift of eternal life that we will enjoy together.
If you don’t already, I urge you to consider sponsoring a Haitian child. You can learn more about it at Mission to Haiti.