A Gift That Lasts More Than a Lifetime

A Gift That Lasts More Than a Lifetime

Robert and Mozelle Chason

When remembering his parents Robert and Mozelle Chason, their son Steve speaks fondly of the godly example they set for him: "They were very giving, selfless, spirit-filled people."

A talented writer, Mozelle authored the book When Sweat Turns to Tears, the story of one woman's courage during the Great Depression and war years in the Mississippi Delta. Born in Humphreys County, Mississippi, in 1933, Mozelle was the third of fifteen children born to parents who were sharecroppers. Robert was a Nazarene pastor , and Steve notes, "He was the quintessential dad, pastor, friend. He was a shining example for me as a dad and as a Christian."

The Chasons had a passion for helping people in Haiti that developed when Robert went there on a Work and Witness trip. After this trip, Robert and Mozelle began to give regularly through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) to help those in that country. Throughout the rest of their lives they continued to have a heart for how the Lord was moving among the people of Haiti.

Married for fifty-seven years, Robert and Mozelle passed away just a few months apart in April and August of 2014, respectively. Because of the generosity that they had modeled their whole lives, Steve, who received their house, donated the proceeds from the sale of the property to NCM in order to build a well in Haiti and establish a child sponsorship endowment.

Steve said that, "The donation came directly as a result of talking with mom and dad before they passed."

The portion of the donation left over after the well was built went to a fund an NCM child sponsorship endowment through the Church of the Nazarene Foundation.

"The money will now continue to help kids in Haiti for a long time," commented Steve.

*An NCM child sponsorship endowment can be established with a one-time donation of $8,000 or more. This amount will fund a sponsorship throughout the life of the child, and, after the child ages out of the program, the dollars are used to sponsor other children.