Whitney has been a supporter of New Life for Haiti since her first trip in 2009. She remembers signing up for this “Come and See” trip with her brother-in-law Neil Schori, not knowing what to expect: “I was young and had free time. I thought it would be a good thing to do- to see more of the world.”
Little did she know that God would use this trip to open her heart to loving this small Caribbean nation. When she went to Haiti, she remembers being “seized by the power of the great affection” that hasn’t let her go since- this stirring compassion for the names and faces that she’s grown to love in Haiti to be moved to action. For Whitney, “helping people in Haiti” is more than just helping the general poor. She thinks of her friends that she has laughed and hugged with and has grown to love. How could she abandon her friends?
Sometimes, we may be overwhelmed by the great need in Haiti and we become scared to do anything. “Don’t let the fear of not doing enough keep you from doing anything at all,” Whitney says. “Do the things that you CAN do [i.e. child sponsorships, donations, trips] and don’t fixate on the things you can’t do. Allow the Lord to work through what you give.” We couldn’t agree more!
Thank you, Whitney for your heart for Haiti! Thank you for accepting the invitation to partake in the work that the Lord is doing through New Life for Haiti. We are honored to have you on our team of supporters.
Volunteer Spotlight: Pete Nowka!
Pete has been involved with New Life for Haiti for over three years as he traveled to Haiti on our annual medical clinics and child sponsorship trips. As he helped care for hundreds of patients and meeting hundreds of children in our child sponsorship program, he began to fall in love with Haiti and her “amazingly wonderful people”. The Haitian people live in such extreme poverty with a country that is incredibly broken. Yet, this has not broken the Haitian spirit! As Pete has seen firsthand, you cannot help but become connected with such genuine, joyful people.
In his experience, Pete found that serving in Haiti has been one of the most authentic ways he has extended himself. Joining with New Life for Haiti’s mission and becoming the hands and feet of Jesus, Pete found a transformative change in his heart as he served these deserving people. He proudly states that going to and serving in Haiti is an experience that “will change you in a beautiful, meaningful, soul-filling, rich way. Trust me.” We couldn’t have agreed more!
Thank you, Pete for your time, sacrifice, and care for the people of Haiti. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Volunteer Spotlight: Cleone Symons!
Cleone has been involved with New Life for Haiti since 2016 after hearing about New Life for Haiti through her church, Crosswinds Church. After Nigel, her husband, and Pastor Ken came back from the Child Sponsorship Trip in 2016, Cleone couldn’t wait to board the next flight to Haiti! Going to Haiti sparked so much joy for Nigel and Cleone as they have loyally invested in New Life for Haiti’s projects and child sponsorships over the years.
As they have poured their time and resources into New Life for Haiti, Cleone has great confidence knowing that their money is going to make a difference in the lives of the children she has met. She remembers her latest trip to Haiti in January and how there was a HUGE difference in the children that she met just a year ago. “Their sores were gone, the whites in their eyes were not yellow anymore, and these kids just looked happy!” Through New Life for Haiti caring for these forgotten children with the love of Jesus Christ, these kids’ lives were transformed for the better!
When asked what should we tell someone thinking about becoming involved with New Life for Haiti, she states, “Why haven’t you started a long time ago?!” She continues that “your life will be changed when you get involved working with the children and working with New Life for Haiti. Your money [and time] goes a long way.”
We thank you, Cleone, for your advocacy and heart for Haiti! Your passion and sacrifice have not gone unnoticed, and we are incredibly thankful for you and Nigel!
Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa Austin!
Lisa has been involved with New Life for Haiti for six years as she has served on our annual medical mission teams and sponsors a student through our child sponsorship program. When asked why she chose to support New Life for Haiti, Lisa says that “I love that this is a volunteer program and that Fran Leeman, the founder, chose to make a difference in one focused area of Haiti.”
It is through this focus on the Grand Anse River valley that we have been able to make such a great impact with meaningful relationships in the communities of southern Haiti. One of the greatest impacts NLH has made is our annual medical clinic team, which Lisa has been member of. She loves that we are able to “bring God’s healing ministry to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.” We know that hundreds of patients have experienced the love of God through her tender heart and infectious passion as she has worked on our medical clinic teams for years.
Lisa summed up her feelings about serving with New Life for Haiti best: “What a blessing it is to be a blessing to others. New Life for Haiti allows you to make a difference in the lives of others and in doing so, you change your own life…forever.”
We are incredibly thankful for Lisa and the blessing that she has been to so many in Haiti. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Lisa!
Volunteer Spotlight: Barb Mowery!
Barb has been involved with New Life for Haiti for about a year, and- like many of you- has felt heartbroken for the people of Haiti. As Barb heard more at Crossroads Church about the poverty in Haiti and how New Life for Haiti was making a difference in the Grand Anse River valley, she could only feel compelled to help as best as she could. Barb has since sponsored two children through our child sponsorship program, donated to our Village of Hope projects, and signed up for our upcoming Child Sponsorship Trip in June.
For Barb, she loves that New Life for Haiti is a Christian organization that has leaders filled with integrity and deep love for the Haitian people. She loves that we have purposefully decided to commit themselves to this impoverished country without ever giving up when the going gets tough: “For me, knowing that New Life for Haiti gives most of its funds to the ministry and that their leaders are incredibly passionate and dedicated to their work makes me want to continue supporting New Life for Haiti!”
Thank you, Barb for your involvement and care for the work New Life for Haiti is doing! We are inspired by your passion and love for Haiti, and we hope that more will join our cause and become involved just like you have.
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