Nearly 2 years ago, we needed a nurse. It is a role of great importance at COTP, considering that most of our 50-60 babies come to us with significant medical or nutritional needs. We made a list of names whom we thought would be good candidates. Sheila was literally the first name we wrote on our list. A few emails and a month later, Sheila was in Haiti. Since then, there is no COTP staff member who has logged in more hours caring for our babies. Sheila has been nurse, caregiver, friend, playmate, and spiritual mentor to each of our children. She has been there in the joyful times and the excruciatingly hard times. For other staff at COTP, she has been a safety net. Sheila is simply always there.
Sheila’s time with COTP has lined up almost exactly with another key partner in our ministry: Wilson. Wilson Chery grew up in the community and region that we currently serve. For years, Wilson has worked with COTP in various capacities, always demonstrating a keen ability to fix and build anything we asked of him. Around the time Sheila moved to Haiti, we moved Wilson into a full-time position with COTP. Wilson’s skills and knowledge has been impressive, but even more impressive has been his attitude, demeanor and character. Everything he does, he does with grace, humility and care. His heart for our children and our ministry is apparent. He has been a leader among our Haitian staff and a great role model to those in the community.
If we were to describe anyone as “those in the trenches,” it would certainly be Sheila and Wilson. No 2 people have given more hours to COTP and our babies over the past 2 years. They serve in roles that are indispensable on the ground, yet not always publicly recognized. However, ask any adoptive parent and they would tell you about how much they appreciate the care and attention that Sheila has given their child. Ask any volunteer and they would tell you about how important Sheila is in the baby house, or Wilson is in the shop, job site, or under a vehicle. Ask any male volunteer and you may even hear about a slight “man-crush” that developed toward Wilson:)
Today in Haiti, Sheila and Wilson will join in marriage. It is a joy to see when God brings two hearts together to become one, especially when they meet in the fashion these two met. We are excited to see the plans God has for their life and marriage, which will no doubt involve babies, fixing and blessing is some capacity. Congratulations Sheila and Wilson!