The Burnettes share their journey and how God has brought them to the place of having an orphanage, medical center, school, and housing in one of the poorest areas of Haiti. Their story is amazing and inspiring one.
Bobby's childhood was a troubled one. His mother was 36 when he was born, his father 71. Two weeks after his birth, his mother had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized. He was sent to live with an “aunt.” He heard God tell him at a young age that he would preach the gospel – but he had severe speech problems. He was later miraculously healed. He was kicked out of his “aunt's” house when a teen and disinherited.
He married and did street preaching. He and Sherry went on mission trips. While they visited many countries, Haiti touched their hearts in an unusual way. They established an organization, Love a Child, to focus on reducing poverty in Haiti's poorest areas. They moved to Haiti in July of 1991. There was a coup in September.
They took in a couple of orphans, then a few more, then more, and an orphanage was born. A healing center, Christian school, and radio station were added. They share how God moved people to provide land, funding, work parties, and supplies. During the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, their property became the largest field hospital in the country.
They also share about the spiritual battle with evil, witch doctors and voodoo. They also write about their encounters with zombies, people victimized by witch doctors. They tell great stories of spiritual victories. They also tell of the cost of being missionaries, such as missing celebrating the birthdays of their grandchildren.
Their story is inspiring. They are a couple truly putting their faith and compassion in action. It is so encouraging to read how God provided resources right when they were needed. I highly recommend the book.
You can find out more at www.loveachild.com.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Bobby and Sherry Burnette are the founders and directors of Love a Child, a Christian nonprofit humanitarian organization serving the needs of children in Haiti. They made their first missionary trip to Haiti in 1971, founded Love a Child in 1985, and moved to Haiti in 1991. The Love a Child Orphanage is in Fond Parisien, Haiti. Their organization educates and feeds over a thousand children each day. After the 2010 earthquake, they added housing and marketplace training. Their goal is for Haitians to become self-sustaining.
Whitaker House, 255 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.