This is Kenderson.


Kenderson.  You can click on this picture to go to his sponsorship page.
File photo from

I could try to describe what Kenderson’s life was like before he came to the Miriam Center, but that would be redundant. Heather Owen has already poured her passionate and compassionate writing into the state of this young man’s early life, so if you would indulge me by taking a look at this:

I have been privileged to see Kenderson on my last few trips to the mission campus. He has grown tall and a little pudgy, and no longer appears malnourished at all. But that first year of severe malnutrition will be with him for life. He suffers from serious developmental delays, an autism spectrum disorder,  and he may be deaf. Still, though, given his frightening beginning, he has turned out rather cute, eh?

Kenderson, Miriam Center

Kenderson Jean-Batise (photo by John Rambo)

I met Kenderson for the first time on my 2010 trip with Little J and Ber. That was the same trip where we met Pastor Curtis and his youth group – they “adopted” us onto their team for some ministry events, and I am still friends with many of them. Pastor Curtis spent a lot of time with Kenderson, and nicknamed him “Big Poppa.” He was a round little butterball of a three-year-old back then, and just beginning to connect with/acknowledge the people around him. He spent a lot of time on Curtis’ lap staring at the crazy blans like he was trying to figure out what planet we were from.

So as of this last trip, Kenderson is fed, clothed, has access to an occupational therapist in the summer (she’s trying to go full time starting next year – yay!), and is in pre-school.

The Miriam Center is one of the very, very few places in Haiti that is equipped to take care of special needs children. They operate on a shoestring budget, but the 47 young people that they care for are loved, fed, educated, and have treatment plans developed by a special-needs experienced OT. There is a chronic shortage of diapers, food, and medical equipment – there is no shortage of love. To learn how you can help, visit .

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: