Oh Happy Day! 50/20 Celebration at Terre Noire
Last Sunday, May 29 was a joyous day at Terre Noire. A special “50/20 Celebration” took place, honoring Leon’s 50 years in ministry and the 20 th anniversary of the Terre Noire church. A packed house was in attendance, and the event featured songs, music, words of thanksgiving, and praise for God’s goodness. Several honorary plaques and gifts were presented to Leon, Jacky, and Pastor Luc.
Pastor Luc reflects, “The 50/20 Celebration was about gratefulness! It was the expression of our gratitude to the Lord God who has been so very good to us in every way over the years, particularly the last 20 years as a church, despite all the challenges and trials our nation has faced. It was also an awesome opportunity to honor an honorable servant of God, Pastor Leon Dorleans, who has devoted most of his life to the cause of the Gospel of Christ, impacting so many lives and inspiring so many of us to follow his path. It was definitely a day we will want to remember for many other years to come!”
Special thanks to photographer Kévin Geffrard from Actu-Chretien for capturing these great
images of the celebration.
Meet Mackenzie – Student Sponsor
Meet Mackenzie. She is 12 years old and attends 6th grade in Jacksonville, FL. She is a straight A student, loves animals, and was the first girl to make her local baseball team. She is also a proud HOM student sponsor.
For her most recent birthday, Mackenzie raised money from her family and friends with the goal of resuming sponsorship of Franz Olizia, a first grader at our Repatriote school. This is the third year that Mackenzie has put her birthday money
How was Mackenzie inspired to sponsor? Her dad Sean participated in an HOM medical mission trip in 2018, which he describes as “life-changing.” Once home, he shared the impact of this trip with his family. Mackenzie, just 9 at the time, had a birthday coming up and realized, I can help people, and it changes their world.
This year, Mackenzie raised and donated $256, which wasn’t quite enough to sponsor Franz for a full year. An anonymous donor learned of Mackenzie’s generous effort and donated the balance needed. Mackenzie recently received an updated picture of Franz and is delighted to learn he continues to do well in school.
Mackenzie told me, “Some people aren’t as lucky, and the kids in Haiti need the money more than I do. We can all pitch in a little or a lot…we just need a little love from our heart to get started.”
Isaiah 11:6 tells us, “And a little child will lead them.” Thank you Mackenzie for leading by example and sharing the love in your heart with Franz and with HOM!
Progress on the Espwa Campus
Good things are happening on our new Espwa Campus! Our busy construction team has drilled the campus water well as well as built a gatekeeper’s cottage, a generator/clean water building, and a concrete pad to be used for vocational training activities.
The Espwa Campus will be home to economic empowerment and job training initiatives. It will serve as a vocational center for on-site training, small business incubation, and other business development activities. It will also feature a Bible College.
Little by little, the Espwa Campus is taking shape!
10/28 Update on Haiti
Since Monday, there has been a nationwide strike protesting the shortage of fuel and insecure conditions. As a result, our health clinic and most of our schools have been closed as it is very difficult to move around due to the shutdown of public transportation. However, the Repatriote primary school has been able to remain open all week since the majority of students and faculty live within walking distance.
Madame Jacky reports that “economic and social activities resumed timidly today Thursday” and our other schools resumed classes, with about 55% of students in attendance. We are grateful that our Haitian colleagues are all safe and ask for your continued prayers for the people of Haiti during this very challenging period.
Executive Director Gary Fulton is Retiring
After three years of dedicated service as Haiti Outreach Ministries’ first Executive Director, Gary Fulton will be leaving his position as of November 30. Gary joined HOM after a distinguished career of service, including roles in pastoral leadership and health care administration. During his tenure at HOM, Gary has strengthened operational infrastructure, expanded and developed new partnerships, and overseen the successful launch of new HOM initiatives in economic development and health care. The Board of Directors is deeply grateful for Gary’s leadership and service to the people of Haiti.
While Gary looks forward to retirement and more time with his family, he will continue to remain an important part of HOM, serving the ministry as a volunteer.
The Board of Directors has unanimously approved Caroline Chambre Hammock as HOM’s new Executive Director, effective January 1. Caroline is no stranger to HOM, as she has served the ministry since 2018 in a variety of roles, including grant writing, communications, special projects, and most recently as Associate Director.
Caroline is a nonprofit leader with extensive domestic and international nonprofit experience. Prior to joining HOM, she worked at the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte, serving as the Executive Director of Moore Place, a program for homeless adults. Caroline has also worked for the Peace Corps and the UN’s World Food Programme. She has a heart for servant leadership that brings together people from different cultures and backgrounds to serve God and each other.
HOM has come a long way from its roots some 30 years ago. Gary has carried us to a new level of involvement and ministry in Haiti, and Caroline will take us even further in our goal of sharing God’s love and the Good News of Christ through service and partnerships that assist the people of Haiti. We look forward to great things in following God’s plan for our organization.
Chair, HOM Board of Directors
A New School Year Begins
It is with great pleasure to announce that the 2021-2022 school year has started within the Haiti Outreach Ministries schools in Port Au Prince. School began this morning (9/21/21) with great attendance. Please view the photos below to see the excited children and teachers.
Students Successfully Complete Masonry Class
This week we are celebrating the first class of masonry graduates from our partnership with Extollo International. All 15 enrollees successfully graduated from this Level 1 Masonry class which took place on the Barye Fe campus from Aug 23 to Sept 3. The students benefitted from desk-based instruction and practical hands-on work. This training class – and others we hope to develop in the future – have enormous potential to help our Haitian friends by giving them valuable skills and experience. This, in turn, will impact many lives and improve Haiti. On Tuesday, the group had the opportunity to visit Extollo’s training center in Bercy for graduation and to see what other opportunities are available for them in the future. Thank you for your partnership, Extollo, and congratulations to this amazing class!
New Classroom at Barye Fe Nears Completion
Here are a few of the photos of the new building at Barye Fe high school. The students and the building should be ready for classes September 6.
Thank You Note From Chrisna Saint-Louis
“This school has fortified me.”
~ Chrisna Saint-Louis, age 12
Chrisna Saint-Louis has attended HOM schools since the age of 3. In June, as she graduated from Terre Noire primary school, she sent a beautiful thank you letter to School Superintendent Jacky Dorleans, saying how proud and happy she was for the opportunities the school has provided to her. Chrisna will be a new 7th grader at Barye Fe secondary school this year.
Our schools will get back to the business of fortifying students like Chrisna next Monday, Sept. 6. The administration is hard at work getting ready to welcome over 1,900 students across the four campuses. As Madame Jacky shared in a recent message,
“Students really need to be back to their oasis, to their safe place where they can continue to be loved, taught, fed, and play with their mates. They are having a very tough and sad time now.”
We are grateful to all of you who make it possible for HOM and MICECC to provide this needed oasis to our students. As Haiti continues to struggle with earthquake recovery and sociopolitical uncertainty, your prayers, support, and gifts are cherished.
We do still have a need both for student sponsors and for essential school supplies. You can change a life like Chrisna’s by visiting our student sponsorship portal here. Donations for essential school supplies can be made here – please indicate school supplies in the notes section.
PS: As this email was going to press, Jacky shared the great news that 100% of 9th graders – all 58 students – passed their national exams taken in July. Jacky writes, “Praise be to God! Thanks to their sponsors and to HOM/MICECC.”
8/17/21 UPDATE – Now Accepting Earthquake Relief Donations
HOM is now accepting financial contributions for earthquake relief in Haiti. We are working with our partner staff at Mission Communautaire de l’Eglise Chrétienne des Cités (MICECC) to provide food and medical supplies. Our MICECC medical staff in Haiti is interested in making a trip in September to provide much needed care. Longer term, we are exploring the possibility of rebuilding homes and drilling a well to provide clean drinking water to the community. All this is possible through the relationship our Terre Noire church has with the church community located in Cavaillon, near the earthquake’s epicenter. We will be working through that relationship to provide assistance.
Financial contributions will help us to meet needs in the earthquake-ravaged area as transportation and safety considerations allow.
To make an online donation, please click here
Mailed donations may be sent to HOM, P.O. Box 71042, Durham NC 27722. Please indicate “Earthquake Relief” on your check.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Haiti.