A recent mission team from Heiskell School, who were on-hand for the restaurant’s grand opening.
Restaurant in Croix-de-Bouquets Celebrates Grand Opening!
Our American-style restaurant project in the nearby city of Croix-de-Bouquets celebrated its grand opening on Friday, May 6th! And even more good news is that we were able to employ more Haitians than originally planned. Thanks to your support, we now operate a viable business with limited competition in a very favorable location, employing 24 Haitians connected with our ministry! The restaurant is named simply American Style Chicken, and features various U.S. inspired cuisine, with fried chicken as its signature dish. American Style Chicken offers sit-down, take-out and event catering. There is even talk of a delivery service!
Send a Letter or a Small Care Package to Your Sponsored Orphan!
As part of our June trip to Haiti, the RHI staff would love to take with them your letters or small packages for your sponsored children. As the Haitian mail service remains out of commission and other forms of shipping are unreliable, this is an opportunity to communicate with your child. If you would like to send something along with our team, please email Director Hawley at: email@example.com.
Micro-finance Dream Now Becoming a Reality
During a March trip, our micro-finance team from Pacific Crossroads Church in Santa Monica, California, along with Pastor Paul, met with the Director of Zafèn. Zafèn enables investors to support sustainable, economic development projects in Haiti by funding enterprises of all sizes, creating jobs for those living in some of the poorest conditions in the world.
Our goal was to see if Reformation Hope could partner with Zafèn. By God’s grace we are indeed now partnering with them for the benefit of our young men in the Timothy Leadership Project, who are also pursuing micro-finance. We are using the Zafèn organization and website to facilitate the initial aspects of their future businesses. As of this month of May, we are starting the application process for micro-finance development for the following four young men from PastorJean’s leadership team:
- Nawens Narcisse
- Brum Dieuny Peterson
- Herby Sidney
- Osseille Joseph
Our micro-finance team will return to Haiti for follow-up in June. In the meantime, our four small business candidates will be interviewed and receive some training through Zafèn’s organization. More details on the progress of this exciting program are coming soon.
Three Young People Accomplish Amazing Things for Reformation Hope Orphans
We give thanks to God and are truly amazed and touched by the selfless labors of Maryn and Dylan who dedicated their birthday celebrations to work of RHI. Instead of asking for presents this year, Maryn and Dylan asked their birthday party attenders to bring a gift for the orphans in Haiti. Together, this brother and sister team managed to raise just under $600 for the support of our Haitian children!
Also, Kaitlyn, a Girl Scout from New Jersey, completed her Gold Award Project this month dedicated to collecting band instruments for our children. We are so excited that she accumulated 54 instruments which will enable Pastor Paul to start a band program at our school in La Plaine! Many thanks to you also, Kaitlyn, for a service project so well done and so appropriate to the needs of our children.
Reformation Hope and Eglise Presbyterian D’Haiti to Celebrate Anniversary of New Church Dedication
RHI board chairman Alan Lutz and director of development Martin Hawley will be joining Pastor Paul and the staff in La Plaine, Haiti for a celebration in June of the one year anniversary of the dedication of the new church and school at our compound. God did such amazing things in 2010 after the devastating earthquake and we hope to honor Him and celebrate the ministry’s rapid recovery and expanded outreach since June of last year.