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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up to be a child sponsor.
To donate to the SHEEP ministry, click here.