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March 7, 2016

Walls going up on orphanage.New Joy House Orphanage Update

Many of our faithful ministry partners are eager to know how the construction is going with our New Joy House Orphanage. Get the latest update and photos of the amazing progress by checking out the feature article in our March Reformation Hope Report. Want to help us raise the roof on a new home for our Haitian children? Click here or follow the links in the March Report.

 

October 14, 2015

Girl at clinic.An Update from the Field

Our executive director recently returned from a two week trip to Haiti. He had some interesting experiences up close with the forces in conflict near Port-au-Prince and also saw many wonderful things which the Lord is doing through your partnership with Reformation Hope for the transformation of Haiti. Read the details in our October issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

June 4, 2015

Construction Starting on Our New Orphanage

We are starting the construction of our new orphanage in La Plaine, Haiti. Get more of the details and find out how to invest in this growing project by checking out our June issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

March 19, 2015

Ministering to the Women of Haiti

We encourage you to read our latest Ref Hope Report focused upon the unique opportunities and urgent needs specific to Haitian women. For far too long, this area of mission ministry has been neglected and Reformation Hope has a vision to do much more.

 

January 21, 2015

Multiplying Ministry Through People

With our January issue of the Reformation Hope E-Report we introduce you to some of the people who have been impacted by, and who partner with, our ministries in Haiti.

December 5, 2014

Christmas Blessings and Thank You from Reformation Hope

We give thanks to God for Jesus and for His glorious good news and also thank each and every one of you for your faithfulness in supporting this missional ministry. As you consider your year-end charitable giving, we encourage you to join with us once again and become a part of the orphanage project for our Haitian children. Read our latest news and updates in our December Ref Hope Report.

 

Orphanage plan for green space.October 27, 2014

November is Orphan Focus Month

Reformation Hope has two key objectives during the month of November. The first is to raise the necessary funds to build our new orphanage for the children in La Plaine, Haiti. And the second objective is to find sponsors for all of our 63 children. Read about it and more in the Ref Hope Report.

 

September 10, 2014

Building Haiti's Future

Watch this short video about our orphanage building project.

Building Haiti's Future -- Reformation Hope.

 

July 24, 2014

Fourth Anniversary Celebration

One Block at a Time CampaignThe anniversary celebration of the rebuilding of our compound, dedication of our new medical clinic and the beginning of our One Block at a Time campaign to build a new orphanage for our children. Click here to read the July Ref Hope Report.

 

Sign painter.June 23, 2014

June Has Been a Busy Month

It has been a time of tremendous blessings from God and filled with promise for new sources of Gospel outreach to the people of Marin and all of Haiti. Click here to read about some of the exciting things that the Lord is doing.

 

May 22, 2014

New Medical Clinic Reaching the Community

Our new medical clinic began reaching the La Plaine community with the love of Jesus early in May. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Diego, CA, sent a medical team to our mission in Haiti and, although not officially open for regular practice as of yet, we decided to put the new facility to use. Click here to see photos of the event and to read more.

Hope for HaitiDecember 3, 2013

Just Released! Get the Inside Story About Pastor Paul and Reformation Hope!

Read more about this new book in our special bulletin. pdf | html

Click here to order book on Amazon. All royalties will be donated to Reformation Hope.

 

 

November 12, 2013

Help Us Save the Orphanage and Church in Haiti!

A judge's recent ruling threatens the existence of our orphanage and church in LaPlaine, Haiti. Find out how you can partner with us to permanently secure our place of safety, stability and nurture for our orphans and for our large church congregation. Read more in the November Ref Hope Report.

 

October 19, 2013

The Lord Works in Mighty and Wondrous Ways

God continues to work through the people of Haiti and through RHI's many partners. Find out where the Lord is taking our mission ministry this fall by reading our October Ref Hope Report.

 

June 20, 2013

Third Annual Earthquake Recovery Dedication Anniversary Is June 30th!

This month our Haitian partners at Souls Winning Ministries and the Presbyterian Church of Haiti will host the third community-wide celebration marking the anniversary of the dedication of the rebuilt compound following the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake. Click here to learn about the celebration plans and other news in the June Ref Hope Report.

 

May 6, 2013

Medical Clinic Building Nears Completion

Amazing progress has been made on the medical clinic building construction since our April Ref Hope Report. The walls and the roof are now completed and work has begun on the exterior coating prior to the finish painting. Click here to read the May issue of Ref Hope Report.

 

March 26, 2013

Laying the cornerstone of the new clinic.Medical Clinic Cornerstone Laying Celebration

Haitian staff, church members of Souls Winning Ministries, orphanage children, and RHI officers and consultants gathered in La Plaine, Haiti on Friday, March 22nd for a late afternoon, cornerstone-laying service for our new medical clinic — Clinique Medicale De Le Reforme. Read the April 2013 Ref Hope Report to learn more.

March 7, 2013

Medical Clinic Construction Update

The wall around our new compound has been completed. The next phase of construction has now begun — the digging of the foundation for the clinic building. Our Haitian partners are eagerly preparing for the day of celebration on March 22nd when the cornerstone will be laid. Read the March 2013 Ref Hope Report to learn more.

February 12, 2013

Medical Clinic Compound Wall Nearly Complete

Much progress is being made in moving forward with the medical clinic. The new compound wall is nearly complete and should be ready for paint and the addition of a new metal gate soon. Read the February 2013 Ref Hope Report to learn more.

 

January 23, 2013

A New Year Full of Promises and Blessings for Haiti

On behalf of everyone at Reformation Hope, thank you for your faithful support of this kingdom ministry throughout 2012! We have much to be very thankful for to God and to you. Click here to read about some of the big things God accomplished in 2012 using your prayers, partner giving, and passion for the people of the West Indies.

 

December 26, 2012

Year-end Giving Wish List

Many of you have been asking for some specific needs our Haitian brothers and sisters have during this Christmas season and time of year-end giving. Click here to see our most urgent requests.

 

December 14, 2012

Sowing Fruitful Seeds for Five Years and Counting!

This year God has blessed Reformation Hope's kingdom efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in amazing ways. We want to thank all of you for partnering with us. This issue of the Ref Hope Report gives many encouraging reports about what the Lord has been doing. Click here to read the December issue of Ref Hope Report.

 

November 2, 2012

Recent Women's Conference Blessed Despite Opposition

Team members labored in La Plaine in October teaching Haitian women about biblical family relationships. Read about the challenges facing educating a culture which permits the abuse of women by their husbands, and join us as we labor alongside them in prayer. Click here to read the full story in the November issue of Ref Hope Report.

 

October 6, 2012

Boy Scout Uniform Project Marches Forward

Stuart Michelson and his Boy Scouts of America team have developed a wonderful expansion of our Boy Scout exchange effort which involves providing complete uniforms for our Haitian Scouts. The program is designed to connect Boy Scouts, Scout Leaders, Scout parents, and anyone interested in assisting Haitian scouting with a means to meet the urgent need for uniforms. Learn how to get involved at haiti.troop8880.org.

 

August 9, 2012

Reformation Hope Expands Gospel Ministry to Jacmel!

One of the most well-known and historic coastal cities in Haiti is now part of Reformation Hope's church network. Learn more about the newest addition to the Reformation Hope family by reading the August 2012 Ref Hope Report.

 

July 2, 2012

WorshipThe Lord Blesses and His Name Is Blessed in Haiti

In open-field evangelistic services leading up to the anniversary of the rebuilding of the RHI compound, 36 professions of faith in Christ were made! Also read about the new kitchen and dining hall and more in the July issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

June 28, 2012

Here is a wonderful video slide show of a recent missions trip to Haiti, created by Kyra Spivey.

 

 

 

 

May 1, 2012

New Frontier of Medical Ministry Launched!
$750,000 Partnership Announced!

Reformation Hope is delighted to announce that the Invisible Hand Foundation has dramatically increased its partnership with RHI to the tune of $750,000 over the next 18–24 months! The funds are being provided in order to launch a permanent medical clinic designed to serve the communities of La Plaine and Marin, Haiti. Click here to read the full story.

 

March 9, 2012

Teaming Up, Kingdom Style

What does God's kingdom look like when people ignore the man-made boundaries and focus on getting "Kingdom done"? Check out this month's issue of the Ref Hope E-report and see for yourself. And, while you are enjoying the story, prayerfully consider how Jesus will use you to further our mission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

 

February 6, 2012

Pastor Training, Women's Seminar and the 2012 Objectives

Click here to read more in the February Ref Hope Report.

 

January 10, 2012

A Look Back and a Look Forward

God accomplished many things with Reformation Hope and through you, our partners in 2011. With your help, and God's blessing, we will continue to accomplish many more. We have five top priority initiatives and projects for 2012, one being the agriculture project for feeding our orphans. Click here to read more in the Ref Hope Report.

 

December 1, 2011

A One-hundred-fold Labor of Love

Our latest newsletter has a story of one woman's gift of love, 100 beautiful dresses for our Haitian orphan girls. Click here to read about it and more in the Ref Hope Report.

 

November 1, 2011

Three Holiday Ministry Opportunities

Here is the first opportunity. Our second micro-finance candidate, Osseille Joseph, has been approved to begin seeking funding for his start-up business in Lathan, Haiti. Osseille’s business will provide work for four additional Haitians desperately in need of self-supporting incomes. Learn more about his business and the other two ministry opportunities in the November issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

October 19, 2011

Ministry Receives Offer of Handicapped Accessible Van Donation

The offer began as a divine appointment arranged between Pastor Alan and President Dresdner of HDS VANS & MOBILITY on a flight to Indiana. Read about this and more in the October issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

October 10, 2011

Our First Successful Micro-enterprise, in Partnership with Zafèn.

Kay Zouk-Zouk is a beverage business located in Lathan, Haiti recently received financing to fund its expansion. Mr. Dieuli Peterson Brun, the owner, will to purchase new equipment and supplies to respond to the rapidly increasing demand for its services. The loan requested from Zafèn will allow the enterprise to grow. Learn more.

 

September 12, 2011

Tent City in HaitiCamp H.A.I.T.I. Destroyed

David Youssi was surprised to see his tent shredded and thrown across acres of open field and his campsite destroyed when he arrived at camp Monday evening of September 5th. A tornado slammed through the Woodstock and Canton, Georgia area mere hours before he arrived. David plans to continue camping until Christmas in order to get the word out about Camp H.A.I.T.I. and to raise enough money to procure materials to install at least one of four irrigation projects the non-profit is committed to building. Youssi will launch his first project in partnership with Reformation Hope near our La Plaine ministry center. To donate or for more information about Camp H.A.I.T.I. go to www.irrigationwithoutborders.org

 

September 1, 2011

From the September Ref Hope Report:
Double Your Dollars Matching Grant Challenge Exceeds Goals

What a time for thanksgiving to God for His abundant provision! And what a time to thank all of you who responded to generously during our recent Double Your Dollars Matching Grant. This and lots more news available in the September issue of Ref Hope Report.

 

August 23, 2011

Double Your Dollars Matching Grant Increased!

We have just learned from the leadership team of Christ Covenant Woodstock that they are adding to their Double Your Dollars Matching Grant Challenge by another $2,000! This means that we now have until the end of August — less than 10 days — to claim another $2,000.00 in doubled partner investments in Reformation Hope. To make a kingdom investment in RHI and have it doubled by our generous donor organization, click on the donate button on this page.

 

August 18, 2011

Two Video Slideshows From a Recent Visit to Haiti

Reformation Hope is featured in two new, stunning video slideshows by Kyra Spivey, North Carolina. She created these videos with imagery from her recent mission trip to Haiti. Click the following links to view. Video 1 | Video 2

 

August 5, 2011

Matching Challenge Grant

Reformation Hope is engaged in a double your dollars fundraising race through the end of August. Our challenge is simple — for every dollar we raise up to $5,000, each dollar is doubled. Read more to learn how you can double your donation dollars and other news in the August Ref Hope Report.

 

North American Haiti Partnership Conference a Big Success

June 5, 2011

On May 13th and 14th, the NAHP held its annual conference in Marietta, Georgia at Hope Presbyterian Church, bringing together individuals and organizations from various denominations who are committed to serving the people of Haiti. Read about this and more in the June issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

Updates on the Restaurant and Micro-finance in the May Ref Hope Report

May 12, 2011

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. Read about this and more in the May issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

Irrigation Without Borders

April 26, 2011

One of our partners, Irrigation Without Borders, explains how the use of irrigation can dramatically impact both food production as well as provide a revenue stream for third world countries, laying a cultural foundation of sustainability, commerce and hope.

 

Follow the Pacific Crossroads Micro-finance Team in Haiti

March 27, 2011

Pacific Crossroads Micro Finance TeamFollow the trip of the Pacific Crossroads micro-finance team in their blog, Helpings of Hope.

Here is an excerpt from the blog. "We have been incredibly busy since we landed (three hours delayed of course.) For those of us on the last trip, it was so great to be back at the compound and see all the kids. It was amazing to see how much they have grown since August! We also had the chance to start our interviews… it was so exciting to hear their ideas."

 

A Terrific Opportunity to Expand Our Compound in La Plaine, Haiti!

March 25, 2011

The owner of the property located directly behind our current compound has offered Reformation Hope the opportunity to buy the land. This purchase would effectively double the size of our ministry compound. The lot includes some mature fruit trees and garden plot. Read more about it in this special e-bulletin.

 

A Hymn for Haiti

March 25, 2011

This song, A Hymn for Haiti, was written to raise awareness of the horrible situation that continues to plague the people of Haiti, especially the little children. Lyrics and video by Kurt Ogden. Music and performance by Charles Lutz.

 

Celebrating God’s Mercy and Provision at the Anniversary of the Quake

January 19, 2011

Pastor Hawley traveled to Haiti and participated in the worship and observance of the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake. Read about this and more in the January issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

A Christmas Thank You


December 8, 2010

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and your partnership with Reformation Hope throughout 2010. With your help, RHI responded quickly to the devastation of the January 12th earthquake and continues working alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters, bringing recovery and renewed hope. Your efforts have empowered the completion of many milestones this year:

  • Drilling a safe well on the compound for fresh water
  • Restoring our orphanage compound wall
  • Rebuilding the education building
  • Constructing a new 2,000-person capacity church
  • Sustaining a weekly Lord’s Day food-evangelism program
  • Construction of pews and benches
  • Building of shower and restrooms facility
  • Acquisition and delivery of tractors and other farm equipment
  • Reopening of primary school classes
  • Construction of dining pavilion and playground
  • Providing new bunk beds and mattresses for our orphans
  • Erecting a permanent 8,000 gallon water storage tower

Reflecting upon all that God has accomplished this year, we are so very grateful that you have been a part of His amazing grace and blessing for the children of Haiti. May you all have a very blessed Christmas with your family and friends in celebration of Christ, and may the Lord continue to use you for His glory in Haiti and throughout His world.

 

Christmas Note from Pastor Jean Paul

Peace on earth, joy to the world, life spread over the dried bone, the lost mankind is found in Jesus. To us a son is born. In His name , Merry Christmas to you. It is not looking good in Haiti right now, it looks like ...the sun is leaving and the darkness is coming, but our faith is unshakable in our Lord, because He is Light and Life. This Christmas season, we ask you please not to only think about giving to Haiti but to also pray for Haiti, because we feel that the enemy is about to receive the last blow in his face, he lost Haiti for good. We are praying that the Lord sends in the Marines to fix this situation once and for all and stability can last in this place. We thank you for everything you have done for us and with us in Haiti, We thank you for your love, Jesus is in control and He will give us joy this Christmas as He did in the past. We love you and we thank you. Merry Christmas to you all. In Him. Jean Paul.

 

Seeds of Hope

Seeds of Hope is the MTW Children's VBS Video project for 2010-11. The focus this year is on Haiti. This video is available on DVD from mtw.org for your church to use during VBS, in Sunday School, or any other format.

Seeds of Hope from Go Global on Vimeo.

 

Thank You for Supporting MTW's Work

Since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, churches throughout the PCA and beyond have given to MTW to provide relief and assist in the rebuilding. This video contains some highlights of part of that work in an effort to thank those who have been a part. This video was shown at the PCA Global Missions Conference on November 7, 2010.

Haiti - Thank You for Supporting MTW's Work from Go Global on Vimeo.

 

Responding to the Cholera Crisis

November 17, 2010

Hands under clean running water.

The cholera outbreak in Haiti has claimed 1,110 lives so far, the health ministry reported on Wednesday (11/17/2010). Another 18,382 people have been hospitalized with the disease. Civil unrest has turned violent against relief agencies and missionaries in the northern city of Cape Haitian. Pastor Paul reports that cases of the disease are beginning to appear in communities surrounding Port-au-Prince, including La Plaine, where our compound is located.

Reformation Hope, working with the assistance of Mission to the World (MTW) is responding decisively to this crisis through the immediate construction of a permanent water tower with a capacity of 6,000 to 8,000 gallons. Treated water from our compound’s main well will be stored in the tower and made available daily to everyone in our community in need of safe water. As cholera is primarily water-borne, we believe that providing safe water will stem the tide of the disease in the neighborhoods near our ministry. We give thanks to God for MTW’s willingness to work with us so quickly in addressing this severe threat to Haitian health.

 

Ref Hope Featured Partner Exhibit at Global Missions Conference

November 6, 2010

The RHI team, featuring our Haitian Director, Rev. Jean Paul, is in Chattanooga this weekend for the tri-annual Mission to the World Global Missions Conference. Come by our booth and get the latest news on our ministry to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We look forward to seeing you! Scenes below are from the conference.

Dome Building

 

Read the latest news in the November Ref Hope Report

November 1, 2010

The Lord has again blessed the hands of his servants. In October, the pavilion was completed and a sturdy swingset was built for the orphans. Now the children's bunk beds are being constructed. Read about this and more in the November issue of the Ref Hope Report.

 

October 2010 Mission Trip Report

October 30, 2010

A short-term mission team from Village Seven Presbyterian Church from Colorado Springs, Colorado completed a dining pavilion for our orphans in La Plaine, Haiti. They also constructed a playground with swings. A big "thanks" to Village Seven from RHI!

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Village Seven Mission Team Orphans love the new swingset.

 

September 2010 Mission Trips Report and New Priorities for RHI

There's so much to report for September. Tractors cleared customs and were delivered to our compound in La Plaine as well as several mission trips were successfully completed. Plus, the next priorities have been outlined—an irrigation pump for the farm and a pavilion for the children to take their meals. Read about it in the October issue of the Ref Hope Report and in Rev. Hawley's travelogue of his latest trip.

 

Mission to the World Video Series

Reformation Hope and Mission to the World are partnering together with a church in La Plaine, Haiti to rebuild. See installments one through four of how this story is unfolding on our video page.

 

Check Us Out on The Aquila Report

August 7, 2010

The Aquila Report article by Terry Hintz, recounts how lives are being transformed in Haiti. Click here to read the full article.

 

Follow-up News Story by Columnist Bob Braun of the New Jersey Star-Ledger

July 25, 2010

"Some believe what happened at the Reformation Hope orphanage Jan. 12 was a miracle. And some now regard what has happened to the place since that awful day as a second act of divine intervention." Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, journalist Bob Braun returns to the story of the miracle at the RHI orphanage to report on the amazing events that have transpired in such a short time. Photographer Aristide Economopoulos provides beautiful photographs of the orphans and new church. Read more here.

Three Haitian Orphans

Harvest of Hope Stalled by $16,000 in Red Tape!

July 23, 2010

There are times when just a few dollars make a huge difference. RHI needs immediate investment from our partners to overcome a hurdle facing our Harvest of Hope agriculture project. Click here to read more.

 

Parading and Proclaiming Christ in Haiti

Scenes from the church dedicationJuly 6, 2010

On Sunday, June 27, Reformation Hope staff joined Pastor Jean Paul and the Souls Winning ministry team for the dedication celebration of our new church and school buildings. This milestone event began with a parade featuring the boy and girl scouts, a marching band, local police, many Haitian pastors and church leaders, church members, neighbors, and even the local congressman and congresswoman for La Plaine. The celebration march ended at the new church entrance for a ribbon cutting and official opening remarks.

Read more about this exciting event in our enewsletter, the Ref Hope Report.

 

Ref Hope Report: Quake-orphaned Children Added to Our RHI Family

June 11, 2010

Three Orphaned Children from Haiti EarthquakeIn the quake’s aftermath, many additional Haitian children were left without parents. Reformation Hope in Haiti has taken on seven more children, orphaned directly by the quake. Pictured here are three of the newest children; Soraya, Camelot, and Ronaldinho Louis.

Click here to read their story and the rest of the news from Haiti, including the partnership gift from Mission to the World, dedication plans for the new church and school, the Harvest of Hope agriculture equipment in route to Haiti, and funding for a computer lab.

 

New Milestone Reached on Building Project

April 5, 2010

We are excited to announce that our project partners have raised $80,000 of the $144,000 needed for the rebuilding of the school and the construction of the new church. Thanks to many of you, we are well past the halfway mark. Yet much remains incomplete. Our desire is to raise the remaining $64,000 before the full rainy season hits in Haiti.

 

Thanks Heiskell School!

April 2, 2010

We'd like to offer a big "thank you" to the students, faculty and parents of the Heiskell School in Atlanta, Georgia for raising almost $15,000 to help with the rebuilding in Haiti.

 

Update on Harvest of Hope Agriculture Project

March 13, 2010

Exciting new development on the Haiti agriculture project. Click here for the lastest update and how you can help.

 

John 7:37 Represented Through Our Well Water Project


John 7:37 on the wall.

Well pump.

February 20, 2010

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (John 7:37, ESV)

Jesus is the living water, if anyone drinks from His water, not only will he never be thirsty again, but he will never die. Praise to Jesus our King forever. Greetings my friends, I am blessed to be able to write to you today to send you some pictures. I also want to report to you that our water distribution is one of the most efficient ways of spreading the good name of our King, Jesus Christ. We now serve an average of 4,000 people per day with our good, plentiful water, We were blessed by Water Mission, an American agency working in Haiti, who help provide treated water. They came and inspected our well and they gave us a chlorinator and a pool to treat our water. By the grace of the Lord, we are now able to give drinkable water to more than 4000 poor people a day and we are talking about people that only Jesus can give free water to! Please see our system of water treatment in the pictures I have included.

May the Lord bless all of you for help us bring lasting hope to Haiti.

Pastor Jean Paul
Reformation Hope in Haiti

P.S. We use John 7:37 on the wall near the water so that everyone receiving the gift of our water would also encounter the Gospel.

 

"God's Amazing Deliverance"

Jean Paul recounts how a late dinner saved the orphans during the earthquake.

Two-minute video available in Quicktime Movie format: Small | Medium | Large

 

Restoring Hope to Haiti

Click here for more details and photos from our trip.

David W., Alan Lutz, and I just returned from a short visit to our orphanage in Haiti. While the devastation and despair was as real as anything we have seen on the nightly news and on the Internet, the rebirth of hope among our orphans and staff gave testimony to the work of God and to the encouragement and support that our Reformation Hope partners have provided since the earthquake. Thanks to your giving, we have already rebuilt the wall, which is required by the Haitian government to operate an orphanage. And, thanks to you, the men, women and children connected with our compound now have free, safe and abundant water from our new 270 foot-deep well!

The two challenges lying before us now are:

  1. Rebuilding the school with earthquake-friendly construction ($125,000)
  2. Beginning our 70-acre agriculture project ($50,000)

We hope that you will continue to partner with us in restoring real hope to our Haitian brothers and sisters.

Sincerely,
Rev. Martin Hawley

 

Atlanta Private School Seeking to Raise $50,000 for Reformation Hope in Haiti!

The Heiskell School in Atlanta, Georgia is also raising support for our orphans in Haiti! There are three fundraising projects scheduled:

1) Seeds of Hope for Haiti — Children may write a business plan and the school will provide them with a loan of $10 as “seed money” for their business.

One seven-year-old daughter sold hot chocolate and received $142 in donations. They are believing that each child will be this successful!

2) Casual for a Cause — children and teachers may make a donation for the opportunity to dress casually for school.

3) Treasures of Hope for Haiti — A flea market on February 20 from 9–2 p.m. at the Heiskell School.

Some ways you can help are; volunteering your time, contributing items to sell, and publicizing the event. Click here for more information about how you can get involved in this fundraiser.

 

Recent Photos of the Orphanage

Recent photos showing the collapsed building and wall. Click to enlarge.

Collapsed Compound Wall
Workers Clearing Debris of Building
Children on Flattened School Building
Marines in the Area

 

Support for Our Haitian Orphans Pouring In From All Over the Americas!

Relief Supply Drive

Joe Wright inside the shipping container on the first day of his relief drive for Haiti.

January 31, 2010

We have been overwhelmed with excitement and joy from all those of you who have sent donations, offered support, and organized collections of relief supplies for our children in Haiti! Help has been sent from places like Washington State, Toronto, Trinidad and Tobago.

We have been especially encouraged by Joe Wright, a real estate man in New Jersey, who has single-handedly organized a shipping container and food/water drive in Hamilton. Joe is the proud father of nine children. Yet he tells us that all he can think about when he looks at his children is the orphans in Haiti who are starving and in need of water and shelter. Our thanks to you, Joe, and to all the others who are making a real difference for the people of Haiti.

Location for Relief Supply Drive:

691 Route 130
Hamilton, New Jersey
(Across from the shopping mall and Harry's Army Navy)

 

Reconstruction Begins in Haiti!

January 27, 2010

Today Jean Paul reported that his building contractor, Jean Raphael Ceon, has begun removing debris from our orphanage/school/church compound. Also, thanks to your generous gifts over the past few days since the earthquake, we were able to make it possible for Jean Paul to begin rebuilding the wall around our orphanage compound.

The Haitian government requires us to maintain a wall in order to keep our license to operate an orphanage. Also, the U.S. Marines have offered to use our compound as a distribution site for emergency supplies should we rebuild our wall.

Most importantly perhaps at this crucial time, rebuilding the wall will give concrete, tangible hope to our Haitian family—hope that we indeed stand with them and will partner with them to move then forward toward a brighter future.

We have now received donations and offers of other assistance from places as diverse as Washington State, Toronto, Canada, and Trinidad! Please continue to support our work in Haiti and tell others. Send them to our website: www.reformationhope.org!

 

A Call to Rebuild From Pastor Jean Paul

January 21, 2010

He is Jesus, our Creator, our King, our God. We are blessed to be called His servants. Greetings to you. I am going to try to be as fast as I can, for they don't give us much time even if we want to pay for it.

Before we begin, I would like to state that it is not safe to use the road from the Dominican Republic to enter Port au Prince, for all the prisons are broken and all the kidnappers and the bad people are back on the street. The U.S. Marines are in Haiti, but they are in Port au Prince, so there is not much security on that road. Therefore, please wait until I believe it is ok, because we have to be prudent.

I believe that it is getting better regarding death, for today is the second day yet without corpses to recover. it is now a total of 231 deaths and 6 missings regarding our congregation.

Now is the most urgent need for our people. We need funds to feed people for at least 15 days and we are talking about a lot of people. This is our need now starting Friday. The Marines are going to secure the banks and we can receive wire transfer. We need: $5,000 for food, $2,000 for medicine, and because our dump truck has no tires, we need $2,000 to remove the debris from the church construction to make the lot ready again for construction. We now have more people than we can ever know what to do with. God was using this situation to bring more than 1,500 new souls to Him, among them 23 voodoo priests. We would like to be a real center for life, where any one can come and find life. All the denominations are getting ready to start building because, life must go one. We already worked last night on a different plan of construction with metal top that will be lighter, for Haiti only constructs for big winds and flood but did not foresee earthquake. Now we want to built an earthquake-resistant building. Please continue to ask for donations for there are not many church buildings that are standing and we trust God to be one of the first rebuilt, and He is going to use the RHI to do it. We thank you for all the prayers and all the love for us. What a blessing to be Christ servants. Brothers and sisters, let's do it for our King.

In Him,
Pastor Jean Paul

 

The Need Is Greater Than You Would Ever Think

January 20, 2010

Jesus is our King! He is God that ordered the storm to silent, the sea and the wind. He can do it again. Today, more building came down. We are fine, thanks to the Lord, but there is a lot of panic. The need is greater than you would ever think but God is the greatest. Blessings to you.

In Him,
Pastor Jean Paul

 

Hope Amidst Hardship

January 19, 2010

Just got off the phone with Jean Paul! He is doing well but very tired. He said that it was a good day today because he didn't have to bury anyone. Every day prior they had to deal with corpses. There are still 6 missing, 231 dead from within the congregation.

The congregation held a great service on Sunday under the sun from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. And Jean told me that he would like to rebuild the education building as soon as possible.

The things most needed right now are these:

  • Emergency Food
  • Blankets
  • Drinkable Water
  • Cooking Supplies
  • Plastic Sheeting for Shelter

Jean also reported news of much praise to God. Twenty-two Voodoo priests in the area of our mission have come to Christ since the earthquake!!!!

In the meantime, Jean asks that we pray for him and for the ministry team around him, that they will have much strength to comfort and to encourage those who have suffered loss of family or of home, and in many cases, loss of hope since the earthquake.

Also pray that the relief organization LeSea, which has a Feed the Hungry division, will follow through on its promise to set up a distribution site at our ministry compound for food, water and medical supplies.

Praise the Lord for all the He has done and is doing in Haiti!

In Christ,
Rev. Martin Hawley

 

January 15, 2010

Veteran Star-Ledger columnist Bob Braun and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Matt Rainey are in Haiti covering the aftermath of the disaster. Two articles about Jean Paul and Reformation Hope are below.

Late supper spares 56 children at Haiti orphanage from church collapse

Haiti orphanage pastor with N.J. ties endures with hope amid earthquake destruction.

I Am Alive

January 16, 2010

I shall not die, I shall live to declare the works and the wonders of my God. Greetings to you all the saints and servants of the living God. I am writing to you to let you know that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The One that knows how to save perfectly saved us from that big quake. All of our 56 children were there at the orphanage and 11 of our employees, but God gave us life because He wants us to continue to worship Him.

Up to now, we sent 229 bodies of our church members to the mass grave and we are still looking for more bodies. We have six missing members, including the daughter of the president of our deacon board. 74 percent of the churches in Haiti are destroyed, our church is completely destroyed but tomorrow, we will be under the sun giving adoration to our God Almighty. Most of the denomination say that they are going to start cleaning and rebuilding asap. We would like to do the same. Please, we call on every church, everyone to help us. We need funds to by medicine and food to feed so many people we have in our court. We are still looking for dead bodies, we just load them into the garbage truck and look for more. God is with you. A reporter from the New York Times let me use his laptop. Pray for us. We love you all. Do everything you can to help us recover from this so we can bring back hope to the people of God. We love you all.

In His work,
Pastor Jean Paul

 

Our Brother is Alive and Well As Are All of the Orphans!!!

January 14, 2010

I have just spoken with Jean Paul via a satellite phone. This rare opportunity to call was offered to him by some journalists who are using his rental home as a place to regroup between story gathering. His rental home survived the devastation — the only home apparently in his neighborhood — praise the Lord.

The sad news is that the church has lost already some 211 members including many children, and Jean expects that the death toll will rise in the days ahead.

The new education building is destroyed, but if I understood correctly the old house on the compound remains completely intact. There is rubble everywhere. Jean says that only one in every four houses remains standing in the surrounding neighborhoods.

We give all thanks and praise and glory to God for delivering Jean Paul, his staff, and the orphans, and for the opportunity this disaster provides for Jean to faithfully declare the good news of Jesus Christ to so many who are hurting.

Our board is working on our emergency relief and response for the people of Haiti. In the meantime, please pray for Jean's ministry and strength. And for all the families we love who have suffered losses and will face a long and grueling time of recovery. Jean will get back to us soon with more details as to needs and those matters of greatest urgency.

May the Lord bless all of you and continue to use you as Christ's family in building His kingdom and restoring hope to the people of Haiti!

In Christ,
Rev. Martin Hawley

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

January 12, 2010

Many of you already know about the massive earthquake which hit Port-au-Prince Haiti on January 12, around 5 p.m. Reports are still sketchy although it is expected that there is massive structural damage in the capitol and the communities nearby. I am trying to reach Jean Paul via cell phone but am having no success in getting through. As massive as the damage is, it is likely that most if not all electrical power is out, aside from portable generators. Likely cell phone towers have also been affected.

Our ministry possesses its own generator and can run for some time as a source of power. The main concern beyond loss of life for our own people on the ground, will be two specific things:

1) Availability of safe and accessible food and water.
2) Potential threat to personal safety and property due to looting, rioting, and other civil unrest brought about by the devastation.

Our prayer must be to the Lord Most High, who is sovereign over all things and works all things together (even horrendous tragedies) for our good and His glory, that He will once again protect our brothers and sisters and provide for them during this time. Also, that we will be able to respond to this crisis as a ministry team, once we know the extent of the disaster and how it has affected our people.

Let me assure you that we will keep trying to connect with Jean Paul. In the meantime, the very best thing that all of you can do is:

1) To pray frequently and fervently for the mercies of God in Christ for our orphans, our minister Jean Paul, the entire ministry team laboring with him, and all our fellow believers in Christ in Haiti.
2) Consider making a special gift during the next seven days specifically for relieving the suffering among the Haitians and within the neighborhood where we serve. We do not know the extent of our own Souls Winning losses, but we would be wise to anticipate this need for emergency assistance and be prepared to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters as soon as possible.

May the Lord bless all of you and may He use you mightily as prayer warriors in the days ahead. Let's remember how mightily the Lord delivered our brothers and sisters during the massive hurricanes and flooding in 2008. Let us remember the Lord's amazing provision He has repeatedly made for this ministry in the past. And let us ever and always glorify and thank Him for His goodness — even as we beseech Him for immediate and powerful intervention in the present.

In Christ,
Rev. Martin Hawley

 

Haiti Project Update:
Covenant Christian School is now open!

December 1, 2009

Dear Partners in the Reformation of Haiti,



During our September trip, the Lord blessed our mission in Haiti through you and your prayers by providing for the grand opening of our new school! We have been praying, planning, and preparing for this marvelous event for several years. And now by God's grace our orphan children, and other children in the surrounding neighborhoods, have the priceless benefit of a quality Christ-centered education!

As you enjoy our photos from the grand opening ceremony, we ask you to consider year-end giving at this time for such a crucial ministry. We continue to need about $15,000 in order to provide secure windows and doors for the first floor. Also, as we finalize our project budgets for 2010, our emphasis will be to finish the second floor of the school building and provide a permanent roof.

The Lord has already done so many amazing things in building His kingdom through your support. We are expectant and excited to see what He will do in the year ahead as we partner together for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the giving or real hope to our brothers and sisters in Haiti!

In Christ,
Rev. Martin Hawley