For Generations, outside governments and thousands of organizations have tried and failed to heal the nation of Haiti. There is urgency because what happens with this current generation where 65% of Haitians are under age 25 is critical.
Haiti Teen Challenge is working to repair the mistakes of the past, confronting the fatherlessness in Haiti and creating leaders that rely on Christ to renew their families, communities and nation. Our leadership, local and U.S partners, and our staff have formed a strong team is committed to bring restoration to Haiti through Haitians.
Our call is to mentor and spur growth in young men and women through transformation in their relationship with God, restoration in their valued purpose, commitment to service to others and integrity in their lives. HTC students are equipped and mobilized to serve.
The Haiti Teen Challenge organization is committed to strong governance, accountability, good stewardship, collective prayer and hard work while in pursuit of our mission to "build godly leaders of intergrity, so that they are empowered to rebuild their nation."
Dear Friends and Partners,
THANKS TO YOU many young men and women were transformed, equipped and are now engaging in service all over the nation of Haiti this past year. The Gospel has been preached and hundreds have made commitments to walk with Christ. On behalf of them, thank you for saving their lives. You have given them purpose, strengthened their dignity and secured their eternity.
Throughout the year there have been many life-changing events at Haiti Teen Challenge. However, there are two that occurred on November 25th that stand out the most and remind me of how vital the ministry of HTC is.
The first was the wedding of Patrick Alphonse who graduated in our first class. He was a young man who was under the influence of drugs when he came into HTC. He met Christ there, completed the 18-month program and received a scholarship for Diesel mechanics. He then completed three years of vocational training to become a certified mechanic and was hired by a well-known dealership. In his community he brought witness to his transformed life by leading a small group Bible study through his local church and after working and saving for two years, he married his longtime sweetheart on November 25th.
But also, November 25th was a day of another kind of story. I wish it had a different outcome. Makentoch was the brother of one of our graduates and on the same day as Patrick’s wedding he was shot three times by a gang. During that same weekend 11 others were killed in our students’ communities. In fact, over seventy percent of our students have lost a friend or family member to gang violence.
What happened to Makentoch is a daily occurrence in Haiti. This Christmas many moms in our targeted communities are filled with sorrow, they are saddened and hopeless, but it is now evident that transforming young men and women with the gospel, equipping and training them with skills and a trade is empowering them to provide for themselves and their families. They are also providing witness with their testimonies of a different way to live and they are sharing the gospel of peace and love as they solve daily problems and serve others.
Today as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ and enter a brand new year, Patrick’s parents are rejoicing because their son is a leader and giver to his community and an asset to the kingdom of God. Every day, your SUPPORT makes stories like Patrick’s POSSIBLE, and helps to stop stories like Makentoch.
Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation to help HTC finish the year strong? We simply cannot do it without you.
Dr. Julio Volcy
Haiti Teen Challenge Executive Director
"Building godly leaders of integrity,
so Haitians are empowered to rebuild their nation."