It didn’t come as much of a surprise to me when my algorithm put this article near the top. The Elliotts, a pretty normal suburban family, decided several months ago to up and move to Haiti for a year.  I wrote about their decision and reflected a bit on what it means to say “yes” to God.

The article went live, and wow!  It struck a nerve.

I got quite a bit of feedback from people who were tremendously encouraged, some who were deeply convicted and others who wanted to know how they could get more involved.

The Elliotts a few weeks ago (photo taken from their blog,

As suburban Americans, I think we’re all desperate to find significance in our daily lives.  So when we see people who have truly stepped out in faith, it hits us right between the eyes.

Today, the Elliotts have been living in Haiti for a little over two months.  They are having a fantastic (if somewhat challenging) experience.  Climbing mountains, leading teams, catching giant moths, watching as Sitota continues to live into his nickname, “The Tornado”…  It’s been wild.

You can read all about it on their blog,

For now though, take a look back at this article, “The Path of Yes,” and ask yourself… Am I willing to say “yes” to God?

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Shelli said... 


    February 10th, 2011 at 5:27 pm  

    Glad to be number eight! We are really hoping you can squeeze in a trip down here this spring!!!

  2. Amy said... 


    February 11th, 2011 at 12:51 am  

    love this =)

  3. Steve B said... 


    February 11th, 2011 at 3:55 pm  

    It’s been a privilege to live life with the Elliott’s. We miss them dearly but have learned much through them and continue to do so.

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