“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Haiti, despite all of its beauty and potential, is a hard place. Daily life can be unforgiving for most. It is a country of contrast that grabs your heart and creates in you a passion for the nation. Each year, our team recommits to the hope and potential we see in each child, to the growth and leadership in ourselves and our Haitian colleagues, and to the vision for a thriving Haiti. Even though the world gave us an extremely challenging 2020, we are once again dedicated to the work before us. In 2021, we will hold steady, persevere, and go deeper in our mission to care for the most vulnerable in our communities.
In 2020, your support provided exceptional care and support for over 138 amazing children and young adults, giving each the opportunity to reach their God-given potential. With your support, our Circle of Care team of Child and Family Advocates went deeper in addressing each child’s spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational care through individual assessments and planning. We grew in the areas of Family Preservation by adding a second daycare and supporting several new families. We are now serving 22 children through this effort. Another year has also marked individual growth in each of those we serve. Through the year, the boys and girls continued to progress academically, build much-needed life skills, plan for their academic or professional future, and grow in their personal walks with Christ. Sixteen additional young adults left our Children’s Villages to pursue greater personal independence and community interdependence through our Transitional Care Program. We were able to grow our Community Based Residential Care by recruiting and training two additional families to host children in their home. We were also blessed to see our Haitian staff embrace new levels of leadership within the organization.
This life-changing and life-building work is the fruit of thousands of like-minded Believers coming together, praying together, and going together to be the hands and feet of Jesus. What an incredible God we serve! We hope to see you involved in 2021! We are looking forward to another impactful year.
Andrea P McGinniss
Vice Chair: Mark Stuart
Treasurer: Dean Cline
Secretary: Greg Rosinski
Member: Will McGinniss
Advisor: Braden Jones
Advisor: Gabe Howard
Advisor: Bart Schad
Advisor: Kerry Hasenbalg
- Preserving Family: Advocating to keep families together by providing support for those who are experiencing hardship and are at risk for child abandonment.
- Providing Family: Providing family through our staff and caregivers for those children who have lost or have limited connection to their biological family.
- Restoring Survivors: Establishing a safe and stable living environment to survivors who have been rescued from the human trafficking industry.
- Experiencing Missions: Creating job opportunities for Haitians through IKONDO; by changing the traditional approach to missions and hosting outside job creation initiatives, we can share a new vision for Haiti.