My friend Semira was 13 years old and had never attended school.
I wish this was a rare case, but in Haiti things are complicated. As is common in the country, many of Semira’s neighbors practiced voodoo, so his parents lived in fear that someone might put a curse on him if he stood out too much. But, all of that changed one day when Semira’s father and mother became Christians. They quickly recognized the importance of helping their son mature into a man who would love and serve the Lord, so they sent him to school.
As you can imagine, starting school at 13 was not easy. But, Semira came to know the Lord and dedicated himself in an amazing way to his studies. He committed to complete 2 grades every year, and in a few short years he had caught up with his peers (it was here where he also met his future wife).
Semira was so dedicated that he not only finished high school (only 20% of children ever make it to high school in Haiti today), but went on to university, got married and earned his master’s degree.
He knew his education would be for God’s glory and started working in full time ministry. He worked with children, pastored a church and eventually became a seminary professor where he was able to mentor the next generation of leaders for Christ.
When the earthquake struck, his family lost almost everything, and what they didn’t lose was taken by looters. Even this did not shake his commitment to serve as a pastor and professor.
In 2012 Semira became part of VisionTrust and is committed to seeing the lives of children transformed in the same way his was. He is leading our current projects and mentoring leaders at new locations across the county to care for the children in their own communities. Please pray for this local hero who is committed to the children of Haiti.