This past month Haiti Teen Challenge welcomed our second class of 12 young women. These young women came from the streets. Abused and filled with despair no longer, they are being immersed in God's forgiveness, grace and mercy, growing to understand their purpose and value, and gaining life skills and an education that will transform their lives.
Dropping off his daughter one father proclaimed that God had answered his prayer. He knew that his daughter was prostituting herself and no matter how hard he beat her, again and again she returned to the streets. He said that her life had been save for he was convinced that without Haiti Teen Challenge he would eventually have killed her.
The ninth class of young men graduated from Haiti Teen Challenge. On graduation day M. Hillaire Jackson, Commander of the Haitian Police challenged the graduates to use their gifts to be all that God created them to be, to show others the love of Christ, and to serve their communities.
M. Hillaire Jackson said, "The vision of HTC is to produce leaders of integrity and that means that you must be lights, a blessing for Haiti. God is looking for champions and you must stay righteous in the most difficult situations, to have the same life in private as you have in public. Your goal must be to honor God's word, to be trustworthy, and to leave a legacy by transferring your knowledge to others."
To become fully equipped leaders the next step for these HTC graduates is to complete their education. They have received a mentor for guidance and accountability, and scholarships to achieve certification in a trade or to obtain a degree that helps to meet the needs in their nation.
Haitian helping Haitians. Since the direct hit of Hurricane Matthew on southern and western edge of the nation Haiti Teen Challenge has been packing and distributing food and water, cleaning up debris, and repairing homes. Over 650,000 meals have been provided for those in need and over 50,000 families have been helped.
When a team of Haiti Teen Challenge students and members from the Haiti Teen Challenge Rendez Vous Christ Church traveled to the devastated area of Port Salut they were the hands and feet of Christ. As they walked though the neighborhoods passing out food and water, they witnessed about Christ to those who were affected by the Hurricane, and as they reconstructed a roof on a house, which belonged to a family of seven, they wrote on every piece of wood a scripture verse that would bless the home.
For the next year Haiti Teen Challenge will continue to send teams to serve the hurricane victims, and with partnerships will focus on rebuilding the community of Coteaux. In this community 85-90% of all the buildings were damaged or destroyed, and all agriculture, including the livestock, were wiped out. Part of HTC's plan is to put a roof on two churches and a school and help 40 families repair or build their homes.
Your support is what is making this possible. We are deeply humbled by your sacrifice so that young men and women can be transformed by the power of Christ, equipped to lead and mobilized to serve. Thank you
School is starting in Haiti and I am pursuing my dream to become a chef and attending Culinary School! This past summer I have enjoyed serving and sharpening my skills as I prepared the food for the children's Sports camp in Bolosse and for the VBS programs in several communities. This is only because of what God has done in my life, without him I would be in prison or dead.
My name is Innocent Jean Rodrigue Junior. I grew up with my day and stepmother in a community where most of the people were living a bad life. My parents worked hard so that they could give me a good education and a better life, but I made many bad decisions and never listened to them. I smoked, drank alcohol, did drugs, raped girls and stole things.
Everyone in my community knew that I was doing bad stuff and they called me crazy. Because of my choices to take all kind of drugs, I would overdose and passed out. I lost my self respect and the respect of others around me. My friends avoided me and my family turned their backs on me.
One day a good friend, a graduate of Haiti Teen Challenge, came to me and told me about the HTC program. He believed that I could change, but I thought he was joking, because my life was too far gone. He persisted and talked to my parents, my family, and my girlfriend. He asked them to encourage me to go HTC. With their encouragement I finally decided to go with him to fill the application at HTC.
I was accepted into the program. When I got there it wasn't easy to handle. I was always mad because I didn't want anyone to approach me, I was hard. The staff talked to me about my attitude; they told me they would like to help me discover a new way to live by following the word of God. With their help I choose to follow Christ as my Lord and Savior. Galatians 6:17 says,
"From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus."
Thank you for giving me the change to discover a new life, a new hope and now the opportunity to attend culinary school.