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This story was originally publish in a Christian Publication in Rhode Island in December 2003 ***** If you remember a popular song from the fifties that started “To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him,” and if you have the privilege to meet the singing Paul family, you will experience the reality of that song. Their harmony brings sweet music to your ears. Their message brings hope to the heart. Their love for Jesus radiates into the depth of your soul. They sing not to entertain you but to minister the joy of the Lord to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see the Light of Christ flowing from them.

This beautiful Haitian family of six siblings (out of twelve) lost their mom and dad a little less than 20 years ago. Both of their parents were musically gifted and it was the norm for the family to sing together in church or at parties with friends. God was the foundation of their home. Eliotus Dieujuste and Epheta Marie Therese taught their children that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In Him alone is our hope. Worldly possessions are only temporary.
In their early years the family was wealthy. Eliotus Paul was a well- respected businessman, blessed by God to provide in abundance for his family as well as helping the less fortunate. He believed God blessed him so he could bless others, and he did. At one point in his career, however, he was tested mightily by being robbed not only of his money, but money of many other people who trusted him. Even though he had to work very hard to pay back every penny that was stolen from him, he was successful and consequently set a very high work ethic for his children. He also believed that no matter how poor (financially) one was, there was always someone else in greater need. The children recall him giving away the last of their food to someone else when they were hungry, assuring them that God would always provide for their needs. “Man does not live by bread alone,” he would teach them. They should never allow their belly to be their god. He also taught them that God showed us the real meaning of love by giving sacrificially—His only Son—and He set the standard for our giving of love: give sacrificially, that is, until we feel the loss in a tangible way. The proof of this lesson…miraculously food would come. 
Oh that Christians in America would follow the example set by Eliotus Dieujuste; we could do away with all government aid, with its legal mumbo jumbo, red tape, and controlling element. Oh that we would spend less time playing church and more time seeking a deeper intimacy with our God of unconditional and faithful love. Then we could allow that love to overflow from our lives with compassion for the less fortunate.
When Eliotus Dieujuste Paul died in 1986 (his wife had died two years earlier), he left his children only two “worldly items,” a Bible and a song book. His basic message was to read God’s word everyday, and then give that truth away in song. Unfortunately the children were separated into different homes. Each of them had their own set of struggles growing into maturity without their natural parents, trying to get enough money to finish school (there is no free public education in Haiti). Because they never wanted to be too much of a burden to another family, the place where they laid their head at night was not consistent. Their love for one another was very strong, so they made every attempt to stay in touch with each other. When they did get together, they did not have a pity party about their plight in life. Instead, they sang. Even though from the world’s perspective, these children were “orphaned,” they never considered themselves orphans because they knew that their heavenly Father would never leave them or forsake them. They knew they were “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for them to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) They believed God’s promise from Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you, declared the Lord, and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.’” Although this promise was originally given to the nation of Israel, the promise applied to Sunshine Power and her family.
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