A few highlights of 2022:
As a ministry, El Ayudante was able to touch our communities in such a vast array of ways. Each project completed is more than a number - it’s a family that was told about Jesus AND helped physically at the same time!
- 62 families now have a latrine that didn’t before
- 58 families have water storage tanks that didn’t before
- 142 attendees of pastors and leaders came to trainings this year
- 40 days of VBS in the public schools
- 170+ kids had the benefits of scholarships - including devotional time, homework help, and material supplies they needed
- Over 14,000 appointments were done in the clinic
- 145 families now have clean water in their homes via filters
The mission statement of Casa de Esperanza Ministries, Inc., states that we have three branches of ministry work in Honduras: dental/medical/optical brigades, construction services, and the operation of transition/educational homes and scholarship programs for disadvantaged youth.
In 2010 Hands for Haiti, a non-profit organization, was organized to serve the poor in the mountainous area of Haiti. They provide service-based missions through healthcare, nutrition, agriculture, education, and faith-building. In 2016, H4H opened their first health clinic high in the mountains and today have eradicated cholera. The agricultural farm program teaches them farming techniques, how to work together, and how to start their own farms. H4H is in the process of getting funds to build a school for the children in the mountains who have no opportunities for education so the children don’t have to go down to the villages to work.
Working through all these programs teaches the Haitians to become more self sufficient and are given care they deserve. For more information on H4H, go to handsforhaiti.org.
First Presbyterian Church has formed a partnership with Koinonia Ministries in Orange Walk, Belize. Koinonia Ministries trains & equips children to proclaim the love of God to new generations in their level of understanding through the teaching of God’s Word. Our first adult mission trip to Belize was in November 2020, and our first youth mission trip was in the summer of 2021.
First Presbyterian Church supports the clean water for Honduras program of the Rotary Club of Grand Haven. The Rotary Club and dedicated volunteers have installed thousands of water filters and have constructed small and large water systems bringing clean water to families in Honduras.
We are called to celebrate God's grace as a Christ-centered community of acceptance, growing in faith and living as Christ's hands to serve.
Bob and Kristi Rice
“Our time in Rwanda proved formative for both us. We were inspired by their faith and resilience … God touched our hearts, giving us a connection and love for our African brothers and sisters.”
Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez
Cathy and Juan focus their vision on people whose dreams have been denied.