A Third World Mother
// Jeanne DeTellis
Mothers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic could tell you a bit about their lives by saying they don’t have electricity, nor a car, a bed to sleep in, indoor plumbing, or the luxury of taking a hot shower.
Mothers who have responded to the Gospel message and have become yoked with Jesus have His ears and eyes attentive to their desires for their children. They have blinders to focus on God, who is a good, good Father to their children.
On my last trip to Haiti, I met Jean Watson’s mother from the mountain region of Ti-Boucan. She certainly would agree with the material things she does not have, but that was not what this mother shared with me. Instead, with the biggest smile and pure confidence, she told me about her seven children, and how she prepared them for school every morning.
This mother exclaimed upon her rising, that she prayed with her children to prepare them for their walk to school—covering them in prayer for the protection of our Lord Almighty, and trusting Jesus to give them the wisdom to learn. But most importantly, she continually instructs them that for their household, they are serving God! Can we meet her spiritual bar of excellence? ~Jeanne DeTellis