May 10 2018
In a country where attending school can be difficult and expensive, Starfish Kids is helping Haitian families by providing tuition assistance and books for sponsored students. Even with the sponsorships, we sometimes see students leaving schools for various reasons, often involving the family moving due to illness or for job opportunities. We don’t always know why a student leaves, sometimes mid-year, which can be a challenge. But this makes graduation stories even more inspiring. We see incredible stories of perseverance through some of our sponsored students.
In June 2017, Luvenson Lorvince graduated from secondary school after 11 years of sponsorship through the Starfish Kids program.
Luvenson grew up in a single-parent home. Luvenson’s mother was responsible for raising Luvenson, along with five of his siblings and two of his sister’s children. She worked hard, selling bread and roasted peanuts to provide food for her household, but it wasn’t enough to send her children to school.
Through his local church, Luvenson was accepted into the Starfish Kids program and was matched with a sponsor. Luvenson says that, after God, his Starfish Kids sponsorship has been the most important thing in his life. It provided him with an education he would not otherwise have.
He graduated with the highest grades in his community. His dream is to attend university to become a civil engineer and help improve his country. He wants to give back and help provide opportunities in the same way they were provided for him. Luvenson believes that without education, there can be no progress for his country.
He is thankful for his sponsor through Starfish Kids and prays that God will continue to bless all sponsors abundantly so more children in Haiti can be helped.
Our prayer at Starfish Kids is for God to reach students like Luevnson and their families through school sponsorships. The gift of sponsorship truly is changing lives in Haiti one student at a time.
January 31 2017
month, you have read stories and seen photos of the exciting things God is
doing through the ministry of SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education
Program), One Mission Society’s child sponsorship program which provides tuition,
books, and supplies to school-aged children in southern Haiti.
this compassion ministry, coordinated by Men for Missions and run by the OMS-related
Emmaus Fellowship of Churches in Haiti, we desire to make disciples of Jesus
Christ, equipping and inspiring them to share their faith with family and
friends, multiplying dynamic communities of believers, which is right in line
with the OMS mission statement:
grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make
disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around
“Bondye ap tande
lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye”
Haitian Creole to English means, “God hears prayers—morning, noon and night. God
answers prayer.” This simple children’s prayer is a good reminder to us that God
indeed hears and answers our prayers.
you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?
for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that
they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
for each child’s physical and emotional health.
for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
for more sponsors.
you have not yet responded financially … remember that by committing to two
years of sponsorship, you will get the first year free, with the challenge grant
made available through a generous donor.
contact our office at
email@example.com or call 317.888.3333
for more information or to start your sponsorship.
see the SHEEP ministry,
January 17 2017
people who have participated on a Men for Missions short-term team to
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, have visited the children at the One Mission
Society-related Christian school, College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, and
witnessed the poverty-stricken area. In an effort to alleviate the children’s
hunger, One Mission Society created a feeding program through the SHEEP
ministry in the school to supply one hot meal during each school day. Before these
meals were being provided, some of the students were having trouble focusing on
learning due to hunger. This school meal may be the only nutrition the student receives
for the day.
just 49 cents a day, a Haitian child can be fed at school each day. College Mixte
Evangelique has just over 200 students. It costs approximately $100 per day to
feed everyone in the school, which equals about $3,000 for six weeks.
shares, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry
and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?...“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of
the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ Matthew
generosity can greatly impact a Haitian child and the community. Would you help
us share God’s love to the unreached in Haiti? To give a gift of any amount to
the SHEEP feeding program, send your gift along with your next OMS gift, send
to One Mission Society * PO Box 1648 * Monument, CO 80132, or give online,
using project #408188.
pray with us for God’s provision of food for the hungry in Haiti.
January 10 2017
Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Cake, balloons, presents,
friends, and family gathered together to celebrate you! Yet, Cary Boster from
Raleigh, North Carolina, felt the Lord leading her in a different direction.
Here’s her story:
I have been working with OMS missionaries Bill Evans, Dick McLeish
and Jenna Guerrier, serving with Men for Missions, for many years, and in February
2016, I was blessed with the opportunity to go with Jenna on my first mission
trip to Haiti. After going on this trip, my eyes were really opened on how
truly blessed I am.
I had a big birthday party planned for my 40th in October 2016;
but after my trip, I realized that the kids in Haiti could benefit from
me not having a
party, and instead, donating the money from a party and gifts to them directly.
I had family and friends donate to the SHEEP ministry through One Mission Society. The
kids in Haiti have really touched my heart, and I cannot wait to go back.
We praise the Lord for Cary’s heart to help the children in Haiti.
Not only is Cary a child sponsor for SHEEP, she was obedient to the Lord’s calling to
additionally assist in raising money for the school. Would you pray about
becoming a child sponsor? Inquire now to learn more about the Challenge Grant,
which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year. Contact our
office at firstname.lastname@example.org or give here.
Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.
January 4 2017
we think about a flock, we envision a large group. The OMS-sponsored school in
Gressier, Haiti, has a flock of students. Yet, our Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, knows
and loves each one individually. SHEEP (Southern Haiti Evangelism and Education
Program), an ministry of One Mission Society and coordinated by Men for
Missions, recognizes that every child deserves the opportunity to hear the Good
News of Jesus, to receive an education, and to feel loved.
Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these
had the privilege of visiting the school in Gressier, Haiti, where I first learned
of the SHEEP ministry. I was so moved, I immediately knew I wanted to be
involved in this ministry.
We were greeted by Madame
Charlotte, who lovingly runs the school. As we approached the classrooms,
we heard the children’s voices ringing out as they started each morning with
songs of praise and reciting Scripture. We had the opportunity to sit in on a
classroom where we observed dedicated teachers instructing students.
In months to come, some of
those students may not be able to return to their classroom. Their tuition
is paid monthly, so if they do not have the money the next month, they do not
get to attend school, sometimes missing many months at a time. If they don’t
attend school, they may not eat, as the school has a meal program that provides
the children with the certainty of at least one meal a day.
When the children had their
break (recess), we were able to interact with them and they totally stole my
heart. There was hugging, hand holding, sitting on laps, trying their best
to teach us games and songs, laughter, and just happy children having fun in a
safe, caring environment.
SHEEP provides a stable
opportunity for these children to be able to attend school on a consistent
basis, providing them with nourishment for their spiritual, intellectual, and
about you? Is the Lord leading you to
respond to a specific child in need? Inquire now to learn more about the
Challenge Grant which gives two years of sponsorship for the price of one year.
Email Jackie at email@example.com
for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.
To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.
February 20 2015
seems to be that mothers and their sons have a particularly remarkable
relationship. Biblically speaking, there are some great examples of the
mother/son connection. Hannah prayed long and hard for a child, and the Lord
blessed her with a son named Samuel. The Word says that Hannah promised to
offer Samuel to the Lord so that he could serve him as long as he lived. In the
New Testament, Eunice, the mother of Timothy, passed along her faith to her
son. And, of course, Jesus had a distinctive and close relationship with his
I met Widline and her son Junior in Haiti, it was evident that they have a
unique rapport too. Junior was timid and shy to meet me and to be interviewed,
but his mom gave him the reassurance and encouragement to answer my questions
to the best of his ability. Widline told me of how God provides for her family
of six children, two of those being boys. Although Widline fell sick when she
was a teenager and almost died, she was healed after much suffering, yet she
was not able to graduate from school.
a result of Widline’s inability to finish school, she puts a lot of value on
seeing Junior complete his education. This courageous mom passes
on her love for God’s Word to her son as well. Junior is a Starfish Kid, and the
prompting he receives from his mom to learn about the Bible is evident as he
shares with me that his favorite biblical story is when Jesus calls the little
children to follow him. Junior’s life is not only being transformed at home,
through the love and support of his mom, but also at school, where as a SFK, he
is seeing the value of following Christ and sponsorship. He hopes to help other
children some day, just as through the program he and his family are getting
91:1 is a verse Widline put to memory. It says, “He who dwells in the
shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” As she
passes on the importance of relying on God in all things to Junior, I suspect
he will indeed help others as he is able. Do you see the correlation between
that mother/son relationship? That same pattern of cohesiveness can easily
overflow into the connection between sponsors and their SFK child or children.
With the same spirit of love, compassion, and generosity, children’s lives can
be affected by God’s people passing along the transformational power of
By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications
Would you like to know more about OMS' Starfish Kids ministry? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.