Sarah Bessey School 2

Do you remember when I wrote this? It was just eighteen months ago.

So we want to build a school at Yahve Shamma orphanage for the entire community. We want to build a legacy, a real brick-and-mortar Haitian-built, Haitian-managed, Haitian-taught community school to be part of lifting Haiti out of poverty. And we want to do it with you, too.

This isn’t just one small step, not really. Because, you see, there will be 170 beautiful tinies there. In one school, every year, 170 steps, one right foot after another left foot, right forward, into God’s purpose and plan, God’s future and hope. Plus twelve teachers, well, every year, step, step, step right into where they were meant to be all along. And we can be a part of it, walking alongside of them.

Eighteen months ago, I stood in that very spot and told you about our crazy dream with Pastor and Madame Gaetan. And even more wonderful? You all said “absolutely.”

Absolutely we can do this.

Absolutely this matters.

Absolutely we will love these tinies and we will build them a school.


And now, today….

We walked through the gates of the Yahve Shamma orphanage, and I took one look at that gigantic and gorgeous school – and I burst into tears.

I couldn’t stop weeping or smiling, this was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

Sarah Bessey Haiti School 1

I stood on holy ground when I stood in the kindergarten classroom at Williamson Adrien Academy in Petion-ville, Haiti.

Over the past eighteen months, I feel like I have been witness to the miracle, the miracle of the Church together, the Church united across nations, the Church that shows up and loves well, a Church that stretched from my little home in Abbotsford all the way here to Haiti to your home across the world in Ireland, Australia, the United States, and beyond.

The school is beautiful. Painted the colour of sunshine, each classroom was a joy to my heart. (I’m so glad it’s lovely.)

The school was not simply aid nor is this a hand-out or an invasion. No, this was a Haitian-led community development plan born out of friendship and relationship, and I simply feel honoured to even be a small part of this thing.

I couldn’t wait to share today with you. You were a part of this vision right from the start and you really showed up for these kids in this neighbourhood. You donated money, you fundraised, you wrote your own blog posts and harassed your churches, you prayed and you advocated and then you prayed some more.

Thirty-four orphans and another 250 neighbourhood kids plus all their teachers and parents and families say thank you.

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(Sorry for the grainy iPod photos – better ones will be coming soon!)


It’s real, you guys. It’s real and it’s really here. It’s really tiny chairs and desks, blackboards and homemade days-of-the-week posters, notebooks and drawings.

I love doing life with people who are so committed to living out the Kingdom of God in real ways.

And that includes all of you.

I thought of you while I stood there, I did. I thought of you when I sat on the steps, in the heat and the dust.

I thought of you, my friends, and I gave thanks to my God for you.

Next up….

So much more happened today but I’m still processing it a bit. We visited church, another children’s home, as well as two micro-loan recipients. I can’t wait for you to meet everybody here. Sometimes the stories are too dear to my heart to be told quickly or lightly. I want to give them a bit of time to soak and then hopefully I’ll give them all the dignity and justice they deserve.

Tomorrow, we’re off to Drouin to learn more about our work in the field of orphan prevention in that area. See you back here tomorrow!

P.S. You can catch up with the other bloggers on the trip here. Or follow along for the days as wi-fi permits on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #HONbloggers.

 Want to help?

We want to sign up 100 child sponsors in Drouin whose kids are vulnerable to trafficking and 100 hosts for a Garage Sale for Orphans to build a preschool for children who have been rescued from trafficking while we’re here on the ground. And as always, pray for us, pray for our families – and help spread the word by sharing our posts on social media.


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  • Jemelene

    Oh Sarah, I know how much this means to you. Weeping with you my friend.
    I love the color of sunshine!

  • Lisha Epperson

    Sounds like you walked into your dream come true. Continued blessings.

  • Jen Hatmaker

    Oh, sister. I sit here with hot tears. You are seeing it. I am so thrilled and grateful. These children and these people and this place…holy ground indeed. Love you so. Thank you for going back.

  • Marcy Hanson

    Sunshine yellow-the color of hope. My heart is so happy at these words. I’ll be praying continued blessings to rain down on that community.

  • How good is God that He lets us see the kingdom come? He has done great things, and our hearts are filled with joy. Rejoicing with you, hovering over you, praying for you, dear heart.

  • Kevin Sibillia

    Lots of negative messages in the world, I created, “Made by God” app in iTunes to show that there are positive messages to be shared.

  • How beautiful that your dream and vision will lead to these children’s new expanded futures’ dreams and visions!

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  • LindaB

    Thank you for showing us this! I’ve been really wondering how it all turned out. Praise God!

  • Beautiful!!!

  • In which I wish I was there with you… As bad as I would have wanted to be standing on that Holy Ground with you, I blesses me like you’ll never know to see you there! We did good, huh? I’m honored to have been part of the team that made that happen! #fistbump

  • pastordt

    Beautiful pictures! No words – is that you or is that me?

  • pastordt

    ‘Twas me. A second refresh, after commenting, brought me your sweet words.

  • Melinda Todd

    Beautiful! My hubby and I leave for Haiti on the 30th. I can’t wait. Praying for continued success for you. Love reading wonderful updates like this one!

  • Beautiful, beautiful!

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  • Melissa Schendel

    Thank you SO much for sharing this!! It’s awesome to know that I had a tiny part in this. Smiling with you ( I can’t weep at work! Will tonight when I get home and read this for real!)

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