The orphanage was started with Ray and Bonnie VanSlyke in 2006. It has been a huge challenge as they battle with the culture, spiritual forces of wickedness, wicked people, and sickness. We know the Lord brought them to us to start the ministry at which they worked at faithfully until 2018. God had a plan in place as change came. While the years passed, two different couples were being trained for leading the orphanage.
Mark and Kristine Bender were coming to Haiti working with a ministry involved with providing clean water in remote areas. In the meantime, they were staying at the compound and working with the kids alongside the VanSlykes. As they got to know the kids, a burden developed to help the kids become strong Christians and launch into life as productive Christian citizens. The VanSlykes also involved Feugens and Youseline, a Haitian couple, with helping at the orphanage. They were learning the way to handle the finances, the kids, and leadership.
This change-over occurred at the end of 2018. It has not been without its struggles as the kids have had to adjust to new leadership. But God has been faithful and we are making progress. One of the key areas of work has been in education. Kristine felt a huge need to improve the schooling for the kids and the need to give the kids a route to finding a trade and path to get there. We invested in the ABEKA education program provided by video. This has been an excellent way to bring high quality education to the kids, along with Biblical training that is involved with each class. It is an expensive program, but we have seen God supply the need.
Our First Child was Ricardo!
The next step as the kids finish high school is to move some of them into higher education and some of them into training into some kind of trades. We have several who are beginning to enter trade schools, and still take some education classes.
The ones with better scholastic abilities are working hard to finish high school, and should be finished in the next several years. Your prayers and support are desperately needed. Nothing happens in Haiti without a cost and a battle. Our desire has always been to see these kids stay in Haiti, have solid Christian families, and be solid Christians.