“The center played a big role in leading me to Christ,” says Viateur. “During the meetings for caregivers, they preached to us and told us about God’s love for us and our families. I was also amazed at the gifts the sponsors send to our children. It was so hard for me to understand how someone can love a child they don’t know or see. It really challenged me.”
Viateur joined the choir at the church and became involved in community outreach and mentorship with other men at the church. But Viateur also had to deal with the pain he had caused his wife and children.
“I regret the pain I caused my wife and children. The only time I realized I was a bad husband and father was after I had embraced salvation,” says Viateur. “Now, I’m a changed father and husband from the time I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. There is peace in my home. My wife and children are happy about my transformation. [My faith in Jesus] made me better.”
Through the support and counseling he received at the center alongside his father, Claude has also found forgiveness and peace. Following his father’s lead, he joined the teen choir at the church, and he says that he and his father enjoy singing and praying together.
The last person Viateur needed to seek forgiveness from was his wife, Josiane. But little did he know that all along, she prayed for him. For his heart. And for their family.
“The day my husband got saved, it was hard to believe it,” says Josiane. “It was a miraculous act to witness. During prayers and fasting sessions at church, God would tell me of how He would wipe away all my tears and save my husband. It felt impossible, but God is faithful.”