From Being Taken to Giving

by Kelvin Belfon

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I’m a little late in saying this, but… Happy New Year! I pray good health, wholeness, and much success for you and your family in 2015.

I took a blog Sabbatical in October of last year to care of a few personal matters. So in this post, I’d like to highlight top accomplishments and events from last year.

Blog Review

In 2014 Going Uncomplicated experienced lots of growth. Here’s what contributed to that boon:

I’m grateful for all your encouraging comments, emails, and Facebook and Twitter messages. Thank you for supporting me through the first year of goinguncomplicated.com!

Relocation Gone Bad

In August, our landlord informed us of his desire to sell the townhouse we were renting. Though we might have wanted more room since the birth of the twins, we chose to be content with 1600 sq. ft. and maintained a minimalist mindset about our living space. Anyhow, the thought of moving with 4 children was a nightmare.

But by the end of September, the townhouse was under contract and on October 1, we found an even smaller 3-bedroom townhouse in a village-like neighborhood filled with very nice amenities for rent. After the second walk through, we decided it was the place. We were excited.

But the “new” landlord became unreachable after we locked in the signed contract with a down payment and the move never happened. In short, we were scammed and suffered a tough financial loss.

Our New Home
We were tired, had no home in the docket and our cash was limited. Being scammed was a difficult lesson to learn. Yet my determined wife decided to go after the impossible. Two days before Thanksgiving, we became homeowners. It was, simply put,  a miracle.

We are extremely grateful! The family has more space. The kids have a backyard. We have a sense of stability. And more importantly, we are home.

I’ve recently been asked, “So can you still consider yourself a minimalist now that you’ve bought the stereotypical ‘house with the picket fence’”? I’ll have much more to say about the implications of our home ownership in upcoming blog articles.

Trip to Haiti

Two weeks after moving into our new home, I took an 8-day trip to Haiti. It was my third time on the island but this time was special. My work colleague and I visited some schools, an orphanage, and the feeding programs of Mercy and Sharing founded by Joe and Susie Krabacher. And as a bonus for coming alongside that non-profit, we had the honor of bringing encouragement and hope to so many amazing people we met along the way.

I love the people of Haiti. I enjoy the culture, food and their beautiful beaches. But the staff of Mercy and Sharing made for the most impressive part of the trip. Every day, these people care for abandon children and the disabled, individuals who would otherwise have no hope. The Krabachers and their team of workers truly serve from the heart.

John Bunyan said, “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” This statement has become even more so true to me since my trip to Haiti.

In this life we’ll encounter disappointments. It’s inevitable. The key is to learn and fight through them. Be grateful and when possible help those in need.

More soon….

 

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12 thoughts on “From Being Taken to Giving

  1. Dan Holzinger says:

    I read your post to Lesa we both thought it was very encouraging. The people of Hatti are happy with so little to nothing.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes Dan, Haitians have little possessions. I was told the average income is around $33 per month. Yet I saw their beautiful smiles and sense of hope. Thanks for reading my friend!

  2. Lahai says:

    Powerful blog and insight to your recent trials and achievements! Thank you for your encouraging message!

  3. I’m so happy you had a turn of luck, Kelvin! My heart is so touched by your visit to Haiti and all the kindness that inspired you there. It really gives an important perspective on life.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Sandra. Yes, Haiti was amazing. I’m working on longer post on what I learned from the Haitian culture.

  4. Gabriele Dean says:

    Wow…did not know you had to go through all that! Glory to God though for bringing you through it better off. This is a powerful testimony and I think the trip to Haiti was a blessing all around. It is always about perspective. Glad you all are okay! 🙂

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Yes Gabriel…it’s all about perspective. It’s not something that comes easy, especially during the trial. But going to Haiti and seeing how people live with little sure made an impression on my life. I’ll be sharing more about the trip soon.

  5. Corinna says:

    I am glad that your troubles around finding a new home turned out well and you have a new home. Yay!
    The story of your trip to Haiti is really touching. I always forget how good and comfortable my life is.

  6. Gabriele says:

    Kelvin, I know what it is like to have nothing left. But through that I also know what is importantand that God got this too covered. He has never let me down. Sometimes we go through hard times and feel God is absent. He is not and when we come out on the other end is when we see he was there all along, guiding our way to a better future. So I put all my trust in the only one that can fix my problems and push me towards a better life! 🙂

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