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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Man’s Haitian mission comes to an end

  • Wilbert Born spent 12 years working with a mission in Haiti through Grace Bible Church. He visited the country 12 times and helped build an orphanage for about 30 orphans with the goal of raising them to be positive influences in their communities.
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  • Wilbert Born spent 12 years working with a mission in Haiti through Grace Bible Church. He visited the country 12 times and helped build an orphanage for about 30 orphans with the goal of raising them to be positive influences in their communities.
    Now, age and health have caught up with him, and he will no longer be able to be as involved as he once was. But Born said it won't stop him from doing one more act of service for the people of Haiti.
    On Wednesday, Born and his son took a pickup truck and trailer full of bikes, sewing machines, toys and other items to be shipped to Haiti.
    “They just don't have that stuff over there,” Born said. “As a Christian, you're supposed to help people.”
    Born has been shipping similar items to Haiti for several years. He said he started with the idea that Haitian kids needed bikes and scouted landfills and junkyards for discarded bike parts. He then assembled working bicycles out of the parts.
    Born has also collected foot-powered sewing machines. Because electricity isn't as reliable or available as it is in the United States, he said people need the foot-operated machines instead of electric ones.
    This year's donation included 15 bikes, two sewing machines, a toy horse and wagon, a safe, tools, dishes and stuffed animals.
    Born said he only wishes he could do more.
    “I feel poorly I can't do it anymore,” Born said. “I've enjoyed it immensely, and I'm sorry I can't go back.”
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.
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