His name is Coeurcius Jacques Colas (pronounced “cola”). He is sixty-six years old and was born under the presidency of Durmarsais Estimé (1946 – 1950). Brother Colas (as we know him) has been with us since 1991. He is a longtime, faithful church member and his main role in working for us is that of a security guard. He sleeps at our home during the night, yet Colas is so much more than that. He is truly the “go to” man for everything. His jobs range from shopping at the maché for us and keeping our generator running smoothly, to caring for our dogs and fending off the neighbors that come to our gate asking for money. For this reason, Colas is not very popular with our neighbors. They constantly hurl insults at him and throw trash over the wall into our yard just to provoke him. It is not uncommon to awake in the morning to hear Colas outside arguing with everyone in the neighborhood.
Brother Colas came to our church a very sick man. He was under treatment for tuberculosis and was so weak, he couldn’t sit up. But he’d come to our early morning prayer services and friends would lay him on the back bench. There he would lie, soaking in the worship and listening to the meditations that were given. Slowly, his health was restored and he became one of the many marvels of restoration that we have witnessed in our church.
Colas cannot read, yet he has the memory of a steel trap. For some reason, he asks me (Dana) to write out a list for him of the things we need at the “marché,” (an open-air market downtown) even though he’ll never refer to it. But, he will remember everything that’s on that list and return with every item. Maybe in some small way, this helps him retain his dignity for a skill never learned.
Because Colas is so greatly loved, he is often teased by us and everyone else. He laughs along with us, knowing that it’s our way of showing him he’s special. But, there is something else special about Colas. Colas was with us that Sunday night in 2006 when we were kidnapped. The gang that forcibly commandeered our jeep were concerned that Colas (being a Haitian), would recognize one of them. As they raced our jeep out into the countryside at breakneck speed, the gang members wrapped a t-shirt around Colas’ head and forced him to put his head down while sitting in the back seat. At that moment, Colas, terrified and certain they were going to kill him right then and there, began to vomit in the back foot of our vehicle. Fortunately, no one was killed or even hurt, and everyone’s subsequent release was one of the many miracles we have experienced while on the mission field. But because of this incident, the bonds already forged between us and Colas were intensely strengthened.
Proverbs 20:6 aptly applies to Brother Colas and we are happy to share this post with our readers about a faithful man who deserves to be honored.
“Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find?” (ASV)
He is truly a jewel – it is a blessing to know him.
Thanks Myrtle! I’m so thankful for all the times you’ve been and gotten to know those that labor among us.
I love Cola and not only is he a wonderful, faithful servant of the Lord, he makes the best coffee I have ever tasted. It makes me smile to see his friendly face.
Thanks Kathy. He makes a mean papaya milkshake too!
I remember this brother very well and am glad to hear that God is keeping him. I had never heard the testimony of his healing. You should be writing another book about the many miracles that have taken place under your ministry in Haiti. People need to hear about these things!
Another book has been on my mind, John. And that is one of the ideas that I’ve had brewing in my head. We will definitely keep that in prayer! Thanks for your encouragement!
Dana, thanks for telling us these personal stories about the Haitian people. When I think of Haitians, I usually think of a huge mass of humanity constantly suffering with no obvious solution here on earth. For me, it almost seems hopeless. I don’t think of them as individuals who each have a story to tell. Thank you for helping me see the individuals. Thank you for helping me see, that even though I might not find a solution for the masses, I CAN help one person.
Thank you so much, Mary Ann! It has been my desire to ”put a face” on Rehoboth Ministries. It’s such a joy to be able to bring these wonderful people we live among and work with to the forefront so our readers can learn about them and about Haiti.
WOW! WHAT A TRIBUTE TO THAT FAITHFUL MAN, HE IS A MAN OF QUALITY,AND A VERY PRECIOUS SERVANT FOR GOD IN HIS KINGDOM, I FEEL HONORED TO HAVE MET HIM. A GREAT REWARD IS AWAITING HIM IN HEAVEN,I RELEASE WORDS OF BLESSING TOWARD HIM,PROSPERITY AND HEALING, GOD BLESS YOU COLA! AND MAY THE LORD BLESS THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS, AND THAT EVERYTHING YOU DO MIGHT GLORIFY HIS NAME, AMEN.
Thank you Robert! Those are such kind words!