Discover Samuel’s beautiful story of resilience, a child with only one arm, is becoming a skilled musician worshiper and influencing other children and adults in Haiti.
1 – The earthquake in 2010
Samuel Joseph is a Haitian child that was rescued with 4 years old from under his house’s rubble. After the horrible earthquake in Haiti, he was found trapped, while crying and shouting for help. Some people heard him and came to his rescue. He survived but lost one of his arms because of a wall that collapsed on top of him.
2 – The testimony of life
In 2016, Nations Help launched a project for a Music School, which was extremely attractive to Samuel. We started with instruments donated by churches in Brazil (watch video). Samuel, besides receiving help with his nutrition, education, and bible study by the Nations Help programs in Port Prince, found a new passion: the strong desire to play the keyboards to worship God! He’s becoming more and more hard-working and despite having only one arm, he strives to learn how to play the instrument. There was not a single limitation that could stop him or steal his hope.
Little Samuel’s life has influenced children and adults throughout Haiti through his example, effort, and perseverance because when people look at his commitment to playing his instrument with only one arm, they feel constrained by the love of God.
The Haitian leader Ezechiel, responsible for the Nations Help relief programs that care for children and their families in the Delma 33 neighborhood in Port Prince, told us that he has been confronted in his own life, in his relationship with God, when he assists the live testimony of little Samuel. This constraint has influenced him to make a self-analysis and question himself on how he’s been serving God and using his gifts, in a search of doing it with all his heart.
3 – Personal Reactions
We all need to meditate on this story. How have we reacted to the difficulties and limitations? How have we applied our gifts? How are we spending our lives? Does hope in our hearts continue to propel us toward reaching targets with significance? Are we developing a persevering character? Events, circumstances, relationships, losses, disappointments, difficulties can bring us limitations, but our hearts can never be limited.
Little Samuel has grown in an impressive way. He also loves school, loves to study, and cultivates his relationships. We have the great expectation that his testimony will influence and reach many lives in the love of God. We want to thank everyone who has contributed in some way to the transformation of the lives of highly vulnerable children in the nations.
May God bless them in a special way, and that each day we can move on with our hearts just like little Samuel Joseph’s.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Pv 4.23)