However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. – Acts 20:24
On my most recent trip to Haiti, I met a rock star — at least, my definition of one. Gladys Thomas wasn’t signing autographs or planning her latest musical tour; instead, she was ministering to Haiti’s poorest children with the love of Jesus. Gladys’ “instruments” are her hands and feet, and her service to others is the sweet music she offers to the Lord.
Gladys will try to tell you she’s nothing special – that she’s just being obedient to the Lord’s call on her life – but she should be a role model and attracting loving public attention in my opinion.
“I’m only a servant,” she told me. “The key to this is obedience. You hear the call, you hear the voice, and you act on it.”
Gladys is a long-time ministry partner with Cross International. She is the “preacher’s kid” of a Haitian pastor. Her personal relationship with Jesus Christ was formed in childhood when she was very ill. Bedridden, she spent her days praying for comfort and healing. She was blessed with recovery, and from that time forward dedicated her life to Christ. After earning her nursing degree in the U.S., Gladys returned to Haiti and almost immediately felt called to work with children.
Since she began her ministry, Gladys now runs two orphanages, including a handicapped home for children, three primary schools and a fully-functioning hospital in Port-Au-Prince. If that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she is now working on opening a Christian technical school that will give Haiti’s young people practical job skills and nurture their faith. Supporters of Cross International will be coming alongside Gladys to make this dream a reality.
“God has given me a vision. It’s going to be good for others; it’s going to work toward making this country better; it’s going be a way for more young people to learn about God, so they can be a witness to what God has done through us all,” she said.
As Gladys explained to me her vision for this new school, I could see Christ’s love shining through her eyes. It was evident that her passion is to share Jesus’ love with the children of Haiti and further the Gospel.
In my eyes, Gladys is a rock star in the Kingdom of God — but she became one by making herself a humble servant to God’s will. Like Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35).