W MI student devotes senior project to family in need

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Shari Farrell remembers the day she met her son at an orphanage in Haiti.

“He was just being a little boy, having a ton of fun, throwing rocks. I thought this is just like my kids at home,” she said. “I fell in love with him and that was the first connection we had.”

The mother of four began the adoption process for her son, John Walton, in 2012. Since then, she has traveled back to Haiti with family and friends every summer.

“I love when I can share my experiences and my passion with people in that setting because I can tell people here all about it but you don’t really know till you experience when you’re there,” said Farrell.

Wellspring High School student Morgan Sullivan, who met Farrell at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, was on one of those trips, which led her on a journey of her own. 

Every year, Wellspring High School seniors complete a project that means a lot to them or has something to do with their future. Sullivan began thinking about that project during her freshman year, and her mission trip to Haiti helped her decide what her project would be about.

“You just got there and it was happiness the entire time. I loved the environment,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan wanted to channel that happiness back to the woman who helped bring her to Haiti, so she began writing letters asking for people to help Farrell and her son, who have medical expenses for the treatment of visual impairments and a club foot John Walton had been dealing with since birth.

On Thursday, Sullivan’s project came to an end when she traveled to NorthPointe Christian High School to give Farrell $1,042 to go towards those expenses.

While dealing with medical issues is challenging for any family, Sullivan’s letter writing campaign is helping everything make a little more sense for now.

“It’s a God thing and it’s a God story, and God’s story is our story,” she said.

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