Decades ago, I met a young lady who seemed destined to have everything many people cherish yet never get. Examples:
As a college quarterback at the state university, her father Eagle Day became a household word, idolized by many fans. Eventually, he spent fourteen years as an outstanding professional, both in the U.S. and Canada.
Her mother gained renown as a twirling teacher, ultimately gaining recognition in the national twirling hall of fame.
Her twin brother emerged as a leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
The young lady, Diana, became a majorette at her parents’ alma mater, Ole Miss, known formally as the University of Mississippi. She transitioned into TV broadcasting. While still very young, she became President of a global telecommunications company.
Moving to Nashville, TN she married, gave birth to a beautiful daughter, and formed friendships with big names in the country music business–with several of them living in her neighborhood.
Sounds like a formula for just coasting, doesn’t it? Affluence, influence, and surrounded by whatever she might want to purchase. Why not simply remain satisfied with the good hand life had dealt her?
DIANA’S AWAKENING TO A WORLD OF NEED
Yet Diana Lynn Day-Cartee chose not to coast. She started noticing that many people around the world lacked not only her luxuries–they lacked the essentials of nutrition, health care, shelter, education, freedom to worship, safe drinking water, and supportive families. So she chose a cause. She became immeasurably generous with children in the remote village of Neply. Neply is part of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Illiteracy, unemployment, and hopeless living conditions abound. Diana chose to attack those problems.
Let’s hear her own words, as she talks bout “My Life Speaks,” the organization that coordinates her service there. The group’s motto reflects its purpose:
“Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.”
HER SERVICE THROUGH “MY LIFE SPEAKS”
“At My Life Speaks, I develop new business relationships or partnerships with Churches, businesses and individuals. Through the work we are able to feed and educate the children of Neply, Haiti. Understand that in Haiti it is a dream for a child to afford an education . An education and God is their only hope for a brighter future. You can walk around our village and tiny children don’t play dolls, they play school!”
Moving beyond education: “Haiti is a place where child slavery is legal! Ages 4-16. We provide a safe place for them to come and be kids, play games and laugh. And of course provide them with food.”
HAITI MADE A DIFFERENCE IN DIANA
For her, has this been a draining, depressing mision? Not at all: “When God took me to Haiti, I had no idea what I was in for. But, these precious people have taught me and given me so much joy. More than I could ever deserve. Remember how your toddler was so overjoyed when you would come back to pick them up at preschool? That is what the people of all ages are like when I go to Haiti. They are genuinely glad to see you every time.”
She observed: “I am not making a difference, they are making me different!”
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DIANA’S CAUSE
How impressive, how compelling! To learn more about this humanitarian mission Diana has embraced, visit the “My Life Speaks” site:
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