2016 Annual Report
Children of the Promise
A Note from the Director
In 2016, we witnessed the great love and power of our God through the ministry of Children of the Promise. We saw Him bring healing to the bodies of helpless little ones. We saw restoration to families broken by the weight of poverty. We saw orphans united with forever families, becoming orphans no more. We saw hope come to places where it had no business. We saw God move through people: Haitian, American, Canadian, rich, poor, young and old. We saw God move through many of you, our supporters!
In Acts, we read about the days following Jesus death, resurrection and ascension. There was a group of men and women who had witnessed Christ’s life on earth. They had seen the wonders and heard His words. Once Jesus was gone, they waited expectantly. They’d gotten used to seeing Him move in mighty and wonderful ways. They expected Him to move. Soon, they realized that if they asked and believed, He would move through them. So they went out, healing and restoring in His name.
Thousands of years later, we remain the same body of believers awaiting His return. Yet, God desires to use us in this time of waiting to bring restoration and healing to a world He so loves. Let these pages serve as a testimony of God’s continued presence and power. As you read the accounts of how God has moved through COTP, we want to invite you to stand with us in awe of the power of our Heavenly Father.
We want to thank you for partnering with us in this work. This ministry would not be the same without you and the role you have played! We believe that each individual that encounters COTP arrives with vast potential and purpose.
Looking ahead to 2017, we expect God to move. We ask specifically for Him to move in the country of Haiti. We ask Him to restore families, to heal the sick, to relieve poverty, and to use each of us to bring glory to His name. We ask for him to do the amazing and the impossible through each of us. We ask him to do things we do not expect and can not explain.
We want you to know how grateful we are for your prayers, encouragement and support. It is an honor and a blessing to serve with you in this Kingdom work!
A healthy Christian home and family for every Haitian child.
Our Christ-centered mission is to provide excellent physical, spiritual, emotional, educational and economic care for at-risk children and families in Haiti, empowering the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Joy: Joy springs from the love and hope we find in Christ. Joy sustains and encourages our work.
Family: God desires for every child to develop within a loving, Christ-centered family.
Health: COTP views spiritual, physical, emotional and economic well-being intertwined to form a person’s complete health.
Value: COTP cares for all people as image-bearers of God their Creator.
Stewardship: Serving God well with our finances means proper money management and reliance on God to supply our needs.
Relationship: Building community with governing bodies, local churches, neighbors, coworkers and other organizations is core to carrying out God’s mission.
Discipleship: Equipping and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential.
Welcome to Haiti!
These are their stories…
“These kids are family; it is my responsibility to take care of them. I love them, and I want the best for them.”
Enabling the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
We believe God desires for every child to develop within a loving, Christ-centered family.
“ I cannot tell you, as an adoptive mom, how hard it is to know that your child is growing up without you being able to see all of their great milestones and without knowing if they are having their needs met. However, this time was different…”
Seeing Blessing Through a New Model
“This is what we were here for. This is what we had prayed for.”
A Year of Goodbyes
Equipping and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential.
New Ventures with Lagossette Christian School
Bernice Huinink-Buiter, LCS Committee Member
Lagossette Christian School (LCS), a primary school that serves 275 students from preschool to Grade 6, has blessed the small rural communities since 1999. On January 1, 2017, Lagossette Christian School transitioned from being a part of Manna Global Ministries (MGM) to joining COTP, a huge step of faith for both organizations.
Living out the mission of providing excellent physical, spiritual, emotional, educational and economic care for children and families in Haiti, we at COTP are excited and awed by God bringing us to this blessing, and challenge, of leading a school.
The Principal of the school, Mr. Duchange St. Amour shares that LCS teaches students much more than to read and to write. When speaking of his vision for the school and passion for the students he says,
LCS equips students to become leaders for Christ and to go out and help Haiti. Students are taught to help themselves as they grow and mature.
Families who apply to enroll their children pay a yearly tuition fee, which is subsidized by donations. These donations help to fund the general operational budget as well as school uniforms, a daily hot lunch and school supplies for the students.
We pray that LCS will continue to grow into providing a prayerful, flourishing, safe Christian educational experience that instills in our students a life-long love for Christ, a passion for learning to become Christ-centered leaders who will be agents of change in Haiti.
Serving God well with our finances means proper money management and reliance on God to supply our needs.
Child sponsorship is an opportunity for you to take one step further into relationship with COTP.
At first glance, our sponsorship program may look the same as other sponsorship programs; supporters are paired with one of the children in our care and send in a $35/month donation. So, what makes COTP’s sponsorship program unique?
Our sponsorship program goes beyond simply the financial support of the basic needs of the child. Sponsors help provide a healthy spiritual and emotional environment for the child through contributing towards the excellent Foster or Rehabilitative Care the child is receiving at COTP.
Every other month, the donor receives a photo and written report on the child they support through sponsorship and their development/progress. These updates are written by the caregiver giving direct care to the child. Again, it goes beyond just that. We also ask sponsors to keep their sponsored child lifted up regularly in prayer before our heavenly Father, as well as advocate to find adoptive parents for this child if they are in the Foster Care Program. Sponsors are a huge blessing through their support both financially and relationally!
Join our story by donating today!
Board of Directors
Port au Prince, Haiti