“If your life is limited to serving only your family, you lose the path (essence) of your mission”
– Patrick Villier, 1963-2016
I am but one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.
In 1968, Patrick Villier, founded CONASPEH, the National Council of Spiritual Churches of Haiti, an umbrella organization of over 8,000 Protestant, mostly poor, churches in Haiti. It runs a K-13 school, a nursing school, a seminary and a vocational school and supports other schools run by its member churches.
Beginning in 2005, following a visit by member Judy Sherman to Haiti, First Churches forged a partnership with CONASPEH. Over the years, 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.
Rev. Villier’s wife, Francoise, principal of the primary and secondary school at CONASPEH has said, “CONASPEH is not a building but a philosophy, a vision made tangible, working to empower Haitians and change lives from the ground up through education, skills training, and the sharing of a liberating vision for Haiti centering on equality and justice…We must never stop working for that vision. It will take a lot of work, but we will move forward because that is our service to each other and to God.”
We at First Churches continue to support the work of CONASPEH to make its vision become reality and to be of service to each other and to God. Through our annual Haiti Scholarship Fund Drive, First Churches, by the grace of God, does something to help the people of Haiti move forward.
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.
We each 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.
– Judy Sherman, David Entin, Pauline Bassett,
Outward Ministries’ Haiti Scholarship Fund Coordinators