To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Many Hands for Haiti, Tim Brand is sharing the inspiring stories of the people, the experiences, and the organizations that have played a vital role in making Many Hands what it is today. We stand on the shoulders of those that came before us.

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The Boy in the Street Light

On that second-floor balcony, my gaze caught something below…On a heavily worn, dirt road…Sitting underneath the light, was a 10-year-old boy, reading and studying for school. “You are here for people like him…You are broken. He is broken.”

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The Ripple Effect

Steve and Deb Ross laid the foundations for Iowans and Haitians to work together in the Pignon area, to bring hope to thousands of people. I don’t end up in Haiti without Steve and Deb Ross.

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From Mobility to Eternity

I appreciated the passion and commitment of the P.E.T. team. When I told Pete, “We are in. Let’s do this and do it right,” I had no idea the floodgates God would open to use this program to not only give mobility, but also bring eternity for so many people.

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Part of the Body

In March 2012, God steered me towards Mark Hoffschneider, then Director of Missions at Lutheran Church of Hope. Little did I know how much this relationship would allow for God’s light to shine bright, bringing the everlasting love of Christ to many people.

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People of the Empty Tomb

All seemed lost on Tuesday, September 30, 2014…I knew the chaos I was walking into when I boarded the plane to Haiti. I also knew we were an empty tomb people, carrying the hope of Jesus Christ and no matter what happened, He was more powerful than anything we faced and His will would be done.

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Being Love in Action

With a smile on her face, Leronie let us into a very private space and allowed us to catch a glimpse of her life. I’ll never forget her trust in us to tell her story.

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Challenging the Assumption

“At the end of the presentation, I asked if there were any questions. I didn’t know one of these questions would forever change the trajectory of our work in Haiti.”

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Piercing the Darkness

Jared and Stacey were the first ones to take the leap of faith, to move their young family down to Pignon, Haiti, and to serve the Lord in incredibly hard circumstances. There is no Many Hands for Haiti without Jared and Stacey.

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The Gifts of a Mentor

Growing up in Pella, most kids knew the name Bruce Heerema, as he was a pillar in the community. He faithfully listened to God’s call, poured into people with potential, and used his resources and expertise for Kingdom work.

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Futurecasting

Pastor Kevin is also one of wisest people I know. He prays fervently, reads ferociously, and serves tirelessly. His words carry weight, planting seeds of truth to those who listen.

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Learning from Great Teachers

Many Hands for Haiti stands on the shoulders of teachers like Ms. Ann Wegand, who love people where they are and at the same time, hold a belief of what they can become.

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An Adventure with our Father

It is the end of October, 2011, and I am at a loss. I’m completely unsettled with my life, knowing it is splintering apart…I cried out to God and said, “Lord, what must I do?”

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Servant of the King

There is no Many Hands for Haiti without Larry Madole. Larry understands to love people, you go to where they are…That is what servants of the King do: love and live life with people.

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Perseverance Against All Odds

At 36 years old, Ralph had the world in his hands. Then one day, he had a headache. It got worse and worse, until he ended up in the hospital. After emergency surgery, his entire left-side of his body was completely paralyzed. The year was 1958 and Ralph was my Grandpa De Cook.

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Annalise Ynocent

The smell of death is seared into my memory. No matter how much I try to forget it, I can’t, because on March 3, 2013, my world collided with Annalise Ynocent.

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Small Actions Have Legacy Potential

Sitting on the back of a well-worn donkey, a 43-year-old man ascends up a winding path towards a fortress called the Citadelle. At 6’1”, 200 pounds, black with gray-streaked hair, and sweat dripping down his back, this man is wildly out of place. He is one of the few...

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