Kicking the Butt and Taking the Names
Jean Rene sitting on the Twa-Moto
Sitting on a blue, Hadjin motorcycle, I ask Jean Rene, “Jene Rene, what are we going to do today?” In a thick, heavy Haitian accent, Jean Rene answers back, “We are kicking the butt… and taking the names!” I bust out laughing, as Jean Rene knows very limited English and this is one of the few phrases that Liz has taught him. A huge smile comes across Jean Rene’s face, beaming from ear-to-ear. The little man, all 5’6”, 145 pounds of him, has become a gentle giant in the Kingdom of God, built on the strong character of humility and integrity. I love Jean Rene.
“…he [makes] wise decisions on how best to use and maintain that entrusted to him.“
The ministry was introduced to Jean Rene Deforge in
By the grace of God, we had the perfect project for Jean Rene and we desperately needed his help. In 2016, through a partnership with Lutheran Church of Hope, we had a big, hairy, and audacious project to install 787 cement floors in homes, utilizing local labor and supplies, and sharing God’s love to all the family members. The goal was to start this project in February and finish in early December. This was a lot of money, a lot of influence, and a lot of details to manage. Who could we trust? The answer came pretty quickly, Jene Rene, the one who had shown his integrity in small ways for the past year. He and his team did a fantastic job, completing all 787 floors on-time,
Liz Clarke (left) and Jen Rene (center) measuring a home for the ‘Do Something Concrete” project.
Recently I was asked, “How do you not become cynical of the work in Haiti, after
Jean Rene explaining the Goat program to a family receiving a goat
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Jean Rene Deforge, who serves with a smile on his face, quietly working with humility and love to transform his community. This tiny man is a giant in the Kingdom of God. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. And more importantly, we will see God in them. Jean Rene truly is kicking the butt and taking the names for the Kingdom.
Many Hands stands on the shoulders of Tim and Lucia Van Maanen, whose sacrificial “I’m with you” spirit forever set our organization on God’s path.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Pastor Francois Romelus, who is our angel on earth, gently guiding us with wisdom, courage, and love.
Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of Karmen Brown, who shows us how to love others with the love of Jesus.