Jim Glynn is a pastor and president of Heart of God Ministries. He has spent over 27 years working in Haiti and has a tremendous heart for this country.
Richard Boyer is a Haitian American, lived most of his life in the Boston area. One day just a few years ago he decided to return to Haiti, claim the family property on the main road going west through Port-au-Prince, and start a carwash/garage. We got to know Richard then as one guy we could really trust with our vehicles. And I began to develop a relationship with him that would create a trust between us so that even though he was still pretty much "in and of the world," he would seek inspiration and friendship with me. Meanwhile, he kept growing as a man with a very soft and caring heart.
Richard's property was divided into two parts. In the front, he leased a building to someone for a night club and the big parking lot was part car wash and part repairs, plus a small building for his office. In the back was a large property which included the old family house where he was a young boy. He took me in this house and I found a bookcase full of old books, most of them theology and spiritual studies, many in English, and he let me help myself to a number of them. Then he built himself a house where he stays, plus a couple other garages where he paints vehicles and does other repairs. The rest of the large property is usually filled with cars in various stages of repair. Richard was the kind of guy that, if something was wrong with my car and I didn't have enough cash with me to pay, he would repair the vehicle and I could either send him the money by Western Union or just bring it with me the next time I came to Haiti. If I waited for a small repair, he would have someone make me coffee, sometimes breakfast, and if lunchtime, perhaps some fish he caught himself.
I take every opportunity I can to give spiritual counsel to Richard, through a divorce, consideration of another marriage, taking care of his young son (whom his wife left with him), and other more personal situations. He reads every word of all my e-newsletters and e-inspiration and talks about them with me when I see him. I think this is the kind of relationship that really pleases the Lord, and I receive a special friendship from it, too. In between ministering to pastors and worship leaders, preaching worship services and conferences, I look forward, as does my partner Joel, to relaxing for a moment with Richard.
I remember the surprise I had the time we drove up to his place only to find a sign that said "Doctors Without Borders." They said I would have to go through the side alley to enter Richard's place. He told me that he had decided to close the car wash part of his business and let Doctors Without Borders use that area permanently. He now operates his entire business in the back part of his property.
So it wasn't quite so much a surprise to stop there today and find out that Richard has given his entire property over at this time for Doctors Without Borders to set up tents, receive ambulances, and see many hundreds of patients each day. There were at least 500 Haitians all in various stages of waiting, being seen, or recovering from various procedures. They surrounded his entire house, which they put an orange rope around so that people would not enter it.
God is using this simple man, one who still ties on a "few too many" in the evening, one who hasn't quite made a serious commitment to Christ, but one who is so close to the Kingdom of God. I ask you to pray for Richard Boyer, that God would get every part of him, and would in days to come be even more glorified by Richard than He already is today.
President Heart of God Ministries