The School on the Mountain
Twelve years ago, Pastor Predestin founded My Father’s House Orphanage with the goal of caring for the homeless children of Haiti. Since then it has served hundreds of children—introducing them to Jesus while meeting their physical needs for food, shelter, and an education. The law in Haiti, however, dictates that children must leave homes like these by the age of eighteen. Over the years, God has provided Pastor Predestin with resources that have allowed him to help older children learn a skilled trade that enables them to make a livable wage once they are on their own. But space at the orphanage is limited, and the need for a separate facility was desperately needed.
From Cosmetology to Electrical Engineering
In 2015, God began opening doors for the purchase of land on Black Mountain, near the city of Port-au-Prince, where a vocational school was constructed to provide a way for the older orphans to continue their education and prepare for life on their own. The facility will open its doors to the public for the 2020 school year in October, equipping between 250 and 300 students to work in fields ranging from cosmetology to technology and electrical engineering. The vocational school facility also serves as an elementary school for over 200 children, as well as a church building on Sundays, while employing four administrators and twenty-five teachers.
Going Bigger, Safer, and Efficient
Since it is difficult to transport students back and forth from the orphanage to the vocational school, the most effective way to resolve the issue is construction of a dormitory and cafeteria on site. This would enable students to learn both safely and efficiently. When completed, the dormitory will house one hundred students, and the cafeteria will seat around seventy-five. Pastor Predestin is excited to begin the building process as soon as the necessary funds are raised, and is looking forward to seeing God continue to provide, as He has faithfully done in the past.
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.2 Corinthians 9:8
A Real Difference in Haiti
Sometimes it feels like the needs in Haiti are overwhelming. From violence, to food shortages, and from vast nationwide unemployment to threats of societal breakdown, the news feels heavy. But, take heart, believer, that there is a remnant of faithful followers of Jesus in Haiti, like Pastor Predestin and those with whom he works. God has not forgotten His church and He is continuing to save people and transform lives there. This vocational school seeks to change the future of Haiti one teenager at a time. By supporting this project, you can make a real difference there.
First and foremost, Pastor Predestin’s goal continues to be meeting physical needs and building relationships in order to open doors of opportunity to share the message of Christ. Please pray for God to provide the necessary funds to begin construction of the dormitory and cafeteria soon, for the health and safety of those teaching and studying, and for opportunities to share the message of Christ at the vocational school—that His name would be glorified.