“If your life is limited to serving only your family, you lose the path (essence) of your mission”
– Patrick Villier, 1963-2016
Patrick Villier founded the National Council of Spiritual Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH), an umbrella organization of more than 8,000 Protestant, mostly poor, churches in Haiti. CONASPEH runs a K-13 school, a nursing school, a seminary, and a vocational school. It also supports other schools run by member churches.
Beginning in 2005, after a visit by member Judy Sherman to Haiti, First Churches forged a partnership with CONASPEH. Our church has provided medical equipment, school supplies, and earthquake relief to CONASPEH. Rev. Villier has preached at First Churches, and he and his wife Francoise visited us in September 2016. A few months later, he died unexpectedly of a stroke.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Rev. Villier believed strongly that the solution to Haiti’s challenges is education. We at First Churches have an opportunity to be part of that solution and to do something profoundly concrete to demonstrate our love of God and neighbor through our annual Haiti Scholarship Fund Drive.
The cost for a student to attend the K-13 school at CONASPEH for a year is $118. Last year we raised $4130 for scholarships, enough to pay for 35 children to attend school for one year. We hope to raise the same amount this year.
You have an opportunity to make a huge difference in the life of a child. God has richly blessed us. Let us share that blessing. Please give generously.
– Pauline Bassett, Outward Ministries’ Haiti Scholarship Fund Coordinator