Every now and then we meet someone who completely inspires us. There are certain people in this world who truly give more of themselves than they will ever receive from others. I have the pleasure of calling someone like that my friend!
About two years ago I met Shannon Kelley in Vegas at WPPI by chance when I sat in front of her during a class being taught by Mary Marantz. We introduced ourselves and exchanged business cards because it was neat meeting a fellow Tennessean in the same room on the other side of the country. Months later we ran across each other’s name in the Showiteers group, and then again in the Pursuit 31 group! She and I began to keep in touch and eventually she asked me to help her shoot a wedding. Shannon is just one of those people that make a lasting impression, and makes you want to be a better person.
That moment was the culmination of God throwing us in the deep end and showing us His heart for us here in Haiti. That was the moment that I knew, deeply knew, that we were here to fight for families.
As we move out to Les Anglais with Harvest Field we are so excited about how what they are doing out there molds into our heart for families. They are actively working on reunification of the kids in the orphanage that have families by lifting those families up to where they can provide for their children. They are focusing on lifting up families through vocational projects so that parents can provide for their kids. They are focusing on education and meeting medical needs so that families have brighter futures. This union of our family coming alongside Harvest Field is something that God has perfectly aligned.
We sit and dream about a day in this community where families know that that when they are struggling that they have options and that there is a community around them who will fight with them to better their situation in a healthy, sustainable way. We want to be love to people and families in Les Anglais and meet them where they are.
Follow Shannon and her family on their blog at www.shannon-kelley.com/blog where they chronicle their day to day life of living in Haiti, loving lots, and taking pictures along the way.