Last Thursday morning, the Cross International staff was blessed to spend our daily devotional time with Beaver and Kathy Brooks and their 12-year-old daughter Rebecca. The Brooks family stopped by our Pompano Beach office on their way from their home in Georgia to their new home in Jubilee, Haiti, where they just moved to help our ministry partner Christian Light Foundation. After eight years of traveling back and forth, they have made a life-long commitment to live among and disciple the people of this destitute community.
They are an inspirational family with a sincere heart for the Haitian people. Over the next two blog posts I want to introduce you to Beaver and Kathy and their life-transforming ministry that is helping rebuild Haiti.
Beaver’s up first.
Beaver’s excitement and enthusiasm for spreading God’s love is contagious. He will be involved in building a school and— thanks to Cross-supplied materials—new concrete houses for earthquake survivors. But his sincere focus is on Christian discipleship.
“If you don’t change hearts our work won’t be culturally-changing,” he said. “It will only be a building.”
Since men from the community join the Christian Light Foundation construction crew, Beaver has many opportunities to share the gospel. He looks forward to befriending more of these men and beginning a spiritual dialogue with them. Whether they are discussing pouring concrete or how to raise their children, Beaver always points them to the example of Jesus.
“Our goal is to empower them. It’s not to ‘do’ for them. It’s to empower,” he said. “And as you empower people, they work their way out of poverty.”
We at Cross support holistic ministries like this one—that meet temporal material needs in order to share Christ’s eternal hope. Please join us in prayer for a smooth transition for Beaver, Kathy, and Rebecca and remember to continually lift them up as they set about God’s work in Jubilee, Haiti.
“Thank you!” Beaver said. “What’s happened out there wouldn’t happen on the scale that it has without the involvement of Cross.”
Check out our blog on Thursday to read more about Kathy’s work with the women of this desperately poor community.