Grateful Starfish Student

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.

Tags: starfish kids, sponsorship, child sponsors, sfk, haiti,

Bondye ap Tande Lapriye, God Hears Prayers

January 31 2017

This 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.

Through 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:

“By God’s grace, One Mission Society unites, inspires, and equips Christians to make disciples of Jesus Christ, multiplying dynamic communities of believers around the world.”

“Bondye ap tande lapriye, Chak maten, midi, ni aswe, Bondye ap reponn lapriye” translated from 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.

Would you join us in praying for the SHEEP ministry?

  • Pray for the Haitian children attending College Mixte Evangelique de Gressier, that they will understand and desire to know Jesus personally.
  • Pray for the children to be witnesses to their families and communities.
  • Pray for each child’s physical and emotional health.
  • Pray for wisdom and guidance for the teachers and staff.
  • Pray for more sponsors.

If 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.

Please contact our office at sheep@onemissionsociety.org or call 317.888.3333 for more information or to start your sponsorship.

To see the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, compassion, compassion ministry, haiti, southern haiti, school, kids,

Full Hearts, Full Bellies

January 17 2017

Many 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.

For 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.

Jesus 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 25:37-40.

Your 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.

Please pray with us for God’s provision of food for the hungry in Haiti.

Tags: haiti, sheep ministry, child sponsorship, feeding program, compassion ministry,

Birthday Bash for Kids

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 sheep@onemissionsociety.org or give here.

Cary is pictured in the pink shirt.

Tags: haiti, child sponsorship, help kids, heart for missions,

​A Day in the Life of a SHEEP Student

January 4 2017

When 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.

Sherri Goodman from Vanlue, Ohio, shares her personal experience of meeting these students.

I 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 physical needs.

How 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 sheep@onemissionsociety.org for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.

To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.

Tags: child sponsorship, ministry to kids, haiti, sheep,

Mother - Son Connection in Haiti

February 20 2015

It 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 mother, Mary.

When 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.

As 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 assistance.

Psalm 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 sponsorship.

By Angela Chandler, OMS Communications

Would you like to know more about OMS' Starfish Kids ministry? Email us at info@onemissionsociety.org to learn more.

Tags: ministry to kids, starfish kids, haiti, education, sponsorship