Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
It is with grateful heart that I give God thanks for you. Your support of God’s children in Haiti has been life-giving. We have been God’s vessels bringing love, kindness and justice to the children belonging to the HMP effort since 2006.
In 2004, I traveled to Haiti for the first time to meet with the local leaders to discuss their vision for how they wanted to address the problem relating to the many children who were either homeless or on the brink of homelessness. I believed then as I believe now that the vision has to come from Haiti. When the vision comes from Haiti, there is a sense of ownership.
After I met with the local leaders, I went to a nearby church to meet many of the children who were living in the worst conditions at the time. After meeting with this group of children and youth, the community leaders took me to the Azile Communale. The Azile is a place that was built where the poorest of the poor, especially the elderly, would have a roof over their heads. It was there I felt God’s call to devote my time and resources to render back to God the gifts that God had bestowed on me.
In 2005, HMP was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not long after, I traveled to Haiti to register HMP in the Department of Social Affairs. In October 2006, we started feeding the first group of children and youth. Then, we incorporated the education program. In 2009, we opened the SAES Home providing housing to children who desperately needed shelter. Then after the earthquake, we built the water treatment center providing clean drinking water to the program and the immediate neighborhood. We just completed building the Vocational School, “Sophie’s House.” Through the Vocational School, young people from the program and the community will hone much-needed skills to prepare them for employment.
After working in Haiti for the past 10 years, I know God has a plan for Haiti. My prayer remains that the leadership in Haiti will embrace God’s vision for all Haitians and implement God’s vision with purpose. My heart is full of gratitude to all who have given their time, talent and resources to support this project over the years. I give God thanks for all the churches, schools and organizations who have partnered with us. I believe this is what it means to respond to Micah’s challenge when he begs the question, “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
On behalf of the children of Mirebalais and the entire HMP organization, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support. We are making a difference. Thank you and God bless you!