Homes for Haiti offers inspiration

How refreshing to read about the “Made in Chilliwack” Spero homes, (Katie Bartel, Chilliwack Progress, February 1), being built under the direction of Jack Robertson, executive director of Spero. What a fine contribution by Teen Challenge, Yarrow [more Chilliwack] in the assembly and preparation for shipping these materials to Haiti of these 100 durable homes.

Also most refreshing to read about the generosity of the donor of “his aluminum and glass railing systems business, the society had its mission.” And more unusual even this generous person wished to remain anonymous.

In reading this I was reminded of Blaise Pascal’s, Pens’ees, abridged and edited by James M Houston, “Mind on Fire”, quoting Pascal, “Noble deeds are most valuable when they are kept secret. And the best thing about them is the attempt to keep them secret.” Pascal,1623-1662, was not only a brilliant physicist but also a major theologian of his day. As such Pascal was aware also of what Jesus taught about giving to the needy, Matthew chapter 6:1-4. I would guess that the kind donor of the aluminum and glass railings for the Spero homes must also have known about what Jesus taught about not trumpeting one’s generosity. Further I also suspect that the energy of the Teen Challenge assemblers was likewise inspired by this example of generosity to also make their valuable contribution in the assembly and packing. Can you imagine the joy of the Haitian families for their new, durable homes. They will surely also give much glory to God!

George Epp

Chilliwack,B.C.