“It’s not money that makes you rich; it’s the power of God and love in your heart.”
This advice was more than a mere platitude coming from Sedillia Guerrier, a 63-year-old woman who knows firsthand the sting of poverty and the miraculous power of God.
When the Haiti earthquake struck, Sedillia’s house collapsed with her 3-year-old grandson inside. The boy should have been crushed; but after the
rubble settled, she found him sitting safely on the rooftop, which had now become the floor. Her own son was injured when a falling wall of the house broke his back. He should have been paralyzed, but his doctor discovered that the break was in just the right place, and that a shift of only two millimeters in any direction would have had catastrophic results.
Though Sedillia lost all her possessions, “The dust hadn’t settled when I began to pray and give thanks that my family was saved.”
A good Samaritan paid for pain medication for Sedillia’s son, and they slept in a tent for two months. Then they built a one-room temporary shelter from pieces of the rubble, creating a very cramped living space for Sedellia, two of her sons, three grandchildren, and a pregnant daughter-in-law.
But with help from Cross International and Sedillia’s local church – where she directs the women’s choir – the family is in line to receive a brand new house that will be larger, sturdier, and safer than their current dwelling.
“I have to give God thanks that other children of God like you would come find me and help me,” she says. “May God give you the strength to continue doing his work and giving him glory!”
The Baptist Evangelical Ministry (MEBSH) churches in Haiti have been working hard to bring aid to quake victims like Sedillia. Cross is proud to be their partner in the relief effort and also in their ongoing program to feed and educate poor restavek children.