Haiti – Orphanage

The challenges and commitment it takes to have a well run orphanage in Haiti are great! Ray and Bonnie VanSlyke are doing a great job. The cultural differences are a challenge. Cleanliness, consistent discipline, spiritual development and a proper diet are important as these children develop.

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Ray & Bonnie VanSlyke

The work of training staff has been difficult. We have seen several younger people take responsibility along with the VanSlykes to understand how to love and discipline the children. Please pray for them to continue to grow in leadership and understanding. Eight of our kids are teenagers now and it is our concern that they continue on in life with skills they have learned at the orphanage. We look for all opportunities for them to have work and gain skills. Their future is in Gods hands but we want to do our part to prepare them for life in Haiti.

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Ricardo at 6 months

Our first child was Ricardo!

Ricardo now

A birthday is a big deal, everyone celebrates!

Cooking breakfast


These are the older kids at the orphanage school. There 27 kids of the 31
in school. We are so pleased that Kristine Bender has taken a huge interest
and responsibility to bring in the ABEKA school curriculum. This provides
them with clear Bible teaching, Godly examples and stories, and a superb
education. This is done daily by video.
This is not without cost as this program is quite expensive but we feel it is
worth the investment as we have seen great Godliness come out of some
of the students' lives.
The next step is to launch these older kids toward adulthood.
We are working on 2 places on the compound where these kids will learn to
take care of themselves, learning what it means to handle money,
cleanliness, cooking, and a job within the Haitian context.