Years ago, Ron and Karen Cocherham prayed and talked about their first and what they thought would be their last mission trip to Haiti. Little did they know that God had been working in their hearts and answering prayers that they had prayed together so many times since giving their lives to Jesus.
The first prayer that God answered was one Karen prayed while watching the devastation of the earthquake that hit Haiti in January of 2010. Though her heart was filled with sorrow and compassion, she prayed a very simple prayer: “Lord, I’m not medically trained. I don’t know what I could offer, but if You can use me, please send me.” A month and a half later, Karen found herself on an airplane going to a country she really knew nothing about and a city she had never heard of before. Karen was going to serve in a home with over a hundred children in the city of Port-de-Paix, Haiti.
Port-de-Paix is said to be one of the poorest cities in Haiti. Karen was almost speechless as she rode through this city to get to the children’s home. The only thing Karen remembers thinking was “Why Lord? Why am I here?”
The next day God brought to mind scripture that Karen had read the night before she left for Haiti. Colossians 3:2 says “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” As she clung to that verse, she grew to know and care for the children she met.
Three weeks later, Ron joined Karen and they worked together for 3 more weeks loving on the children and working on projects in the home.
When they left Haiti to return to America, they were convinced they would not return to Haiti.
BUT GOD…in all His Sovereignty… answered another prayer that they had prayed for so long: “Send us, Lord. Use us, Lord.”
Ron and Karen Cockerham have been serving in Haiti for 3 YEARS now. They sold their home where they lived in Cookeville, Tennessee, leaving behind 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren and one great-grandson. They celebrated their 25th anniversary this past August.
They have been a part of Hope Vision Ministry from its beginning as the ministry changed names and Pastor Ciloes Andy became the Haitian Director. They are now in beginning building stages for a new home for the 45 children currently at Hope Vision Ministry Orphanage.
While they don’t know how long they will live and serve in Haiti, their hopes are to see the home finished and build a church and school in the community. They hope to see many Haitian souls come to know and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to see the children they share their lives with share their faith with their people and go and make disciples in all nations.