A pastor’s web search brings about a partnership and new Hope to Haiti.

By August 28, 2006

Haiti (MNN)–Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic and is thought to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

According to USAID statistics, there are roughly 1.2 million orphans or abandoned children. Add to that an AIDS crisis and the ravages can be plainly seen in this small country of eight million.

There are many who are trying to make a difference and bring the hope of Christ to this struggling nation, but it’s just that, without enough funds–a struggle.

Pastor Willio is the founder of the “Orphanage on the Rock”. He also pastors the 150-member “Church on the Rock” and runs a 160-student school.

One desperate day last February, with 17 rescued children and no food, Willio typed the word ‘hope’ into a search engine. Hopegivers International’s website appeared and what he saw seemed too good to be true.

After initially contacting Hopegivers, the real work of relationship and trust-building began. Hopegivers began assisting Pastor Willio with grants of emergency aid.

More talks led to an assessment trip which spread the vision for what could be. In fact, Hopegivers-sponsored mission team just wrapped up its inaugural trip (August 6-11) to Northeast Haiti.

The team brought much needed aid and supplies in the form of medicine, shoes, sports equipment, books and toys to 17 children living in Pastor Willio Joseph’s orphanage.

Hopegivers Executive Director Michael Glenn says they’re hoping to grow the partnership into their first ever Haiti-sponsored Home.

With the Hopegivers-model of childcare and education, they can expose the kids to the love of Christ, and help produce future leaders.

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