The Simone Orphanage is a short walk from Citi Lumiere, the compound in Les Cayes which is the home base for our HarvestCall ministries in that part of Haiti. Simone Orphanage is home to approximately 30 orphaned young girls. The residents receive an education and instruction in God’s Word.
Some former residents now attend college, and some have developed professional skills and are now providing for a family while contributing to society with their God-given talents.
Some years ago a Francesville missionary family in Haiti established a relationship with the Simone Orphanage. Soon after, the Francesville church became involved and was blessed to provide organized work project support to the orphanage. They continue to participate in work teams periodically as the need arises. In 2006, the orphanage received the support of the World Relief organization, and today the Francesville congregation sends work teams and shares costs 50/50 with HarvestCall.
This ministry support model has many positive attributes such as encouraging missionary family support, the local church has a vested and personal involvement, and HarvestCall is able to share the planning, support and work team responsibilities with the local church.
Nurturing God’s children
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” Luke 4:18 The arch over the gate at Simone Orphanage translated to English reads “Home of the Children of Providence”. Providence is very evident as we continue to observe the daily routines and actions of Gerta and Michaelle, two single Christian women who founded the orphanage.
The orphans’ daily routine includes prayer time twice a day, using “Daily Bread” for their devotions for the older girls and “25 Bible Stories” for the younger girls, both having been translated into Creole. Praising God through song is a norm and when they sing for visitors, the tears flow and past school year the orphanage began using the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) Ministries Curriculum. ACE is taught in the English language thus teaching the children English. Spiritual lessons and biblical guidance are an essential part of the ACE curriculum. Teaching the girls social skills is also part of the curriculum. The girls being cared for range from 3 months old to 20 years old. It is a joy to watch the older girls help care for the younger ones.
Work in progress
HarvestCall work teams have been involved in rewiring the orphanage, installing new fans and light fixtures, painting, installing new playground equipment, funding a new kitchen, new roofing, and Children from Simone Orphanage gather for prayer time & devotions pouring concrete for an assembly area. A second story with restrooms has been added. Currently a second facility is being built in the area. The two locations will give Gerta and Michaelle the ability to separate the older girls from the younger girls to give each group of girls the opportunity to grow and develop with children their own age. They are share cropping with a farmer on the site and intend to have chickens, goats, and other animals for the girls to take care of.
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
Posted on Saturday Jul 15
by Site Admin