Menelas (Repatriote) is an area outside Port-au-Prince. When the Dominican Republic began to expel Haitian refugees in 2004 it was set aside as a place where they could find affordable land for homes.
The Menelas campus was completely destroyed in the earthquake. The church, school, and campus wall were wiped out. Construction began shortly after the earthquake and thanks to generous donations of labor and funds, the Menelas church building was completed in 2014. The campus now includes the church, school and recreation field, and a clean water system that serves the community. Future plans include additional classrooms and a medical clinic.
Despite the challenges presented by the devastating earthquake, the church continued to grow and worship the Lord. During construction, the congregation worshipped under a tent under the leadership of Ally Honore. On January 12, 2014, the new church building was rededicated. Worship services are held on Sunday mornings and evenings, with Bible studies and evening prayer services held during the week. The average attendance for Menelas is currently around 600. Pastor Leon Dorleons will serve as lead pastor and mentor to Pastor Jean Charles Pierre for the next 3 years. Pastor Pierre previously served as associate pastor in the Cité Soleil church.
The school currently has 278 students and the first two buildings are in place. The next phase of the school project is under construction with the third building fifty percent complete. Jacky Dorleans serves as Principal of the Menelas school.
Meet Pastor Leon Dorleans,
Founder of MICECC and Senior Pastor of Menelas Church
Meet Pastor Jean Charles Pierre,
Assistant Pastor of Menelas Church