Lebanon Aglow’s local chapter president, Robin Hardin, will be traveling again to Port Au Prince, Haiti from July 7-17, where she will be ministering at their “Love One Another Embassy” training center and children’s orphanages in the capitol city.
Hardin will also be presenting another financial gift, as she did in 2012, on behalf of Lebanon Aglow to help purchase more food for their orphanage which was damaged by the 2010 earthquake.
“The number of orphans in Haiti greatly increased after that terrible devastation. While I was visiting there, one little boy was brought in who lost one of his arms when his house fell on him and also killed both of his parents,” Hardin said. “The orphanage provides a safe place for the children; they are taught English; they learn a performing art and/or a trade; and they are also taught how to play an musical instrument, when one is available.
“In order to stay at the facility they are required to help cook, clean and serve the missionaries who visit. They also place a great importance on cleanliness and their motto is, ‘If you have only one shirt, you wash it at night and wear it clean the next day.’
Hardin said their founder, Pastor Jean Claude Sylvain, has planted 12 churches throughout Haiti, and each church has a school.
“He is responsible for the support of over 2,000 men, women and children. He is a strong believer that they should all learn to have a successful career and become financially independent,” Hardin said. “One of his favorite sayings is, ‘It is better to teach people how to fish than just to give them a fish.’”
According to Hardin, their churches are pastored by the orphans who have graduated and been trained in the ministry.
“They can continue to live at the orphanage into their adulthood as long as they contribute by working and continuing their education. Some of them have grown up, married, have children, and teach and train the next generation of orphans that continue to come for a second chance in life,” Hardin said. “Many of the graduates receive sponsorship from individuals enabling them to attend a university in their county or in the United States. Some who have earned a medical or legal degree have returned to help their own people.”
Anyone interested in being a part of this humanitarian effort for the children’s orphanage is encouraged to send a donation of any amount to help purchase 100 pound bags of beans for $80 each and/or 100 pound bags of rice for $60.
Cash, checks or money orders (marked “FOR HAITI”) made out to “Love One Another Embassy International” can be mailed to 1960 S.E. Tater Peeler Road, Lebanon, TN 37090.
For more information about Hardin’s mission trip, visit lebanonaglow.com.