ABOUT ACTS 29 MISSIONS
the vision started in 2000
Acts 29 has been touching the nation of Haiti. During our first 8 years in Haiti, we focused on building a church in Titanyen. The very first year, we witnessed the church grow from 63 people to over 600. It was exciting to be able to help put into place a Praise and Worship team that I thought was the best in Haiti. We were able to begin outreach from there to Minotree, Sourcematlas, Simonnette and St Gerard.
In 2007 we began a new work
And the work began in Packing and Ti-Plas. In Packing, we would have a hundred women come together to worship God. It started under a tree, but quickly outgrew the area causing us to build simple structures of plastic tarps and tree branches. We were always blessed with a great shady place in Ti-Place. Many of the mature trees would help shield us from the sun and rain. The property was actually on Voodoo land and there would always be witchcraft things in the trees and ground. A couple months after, the voodoo land-owner accepted Christ and the church was born.
Everything changed in 2008
When the nation of Haiti was struck with 4 hurricanes, we realized that a new need became present. After seeing the devastation in the city of Cabaret, we began following the destruction up the river valley to an area called section 4. It is a very difficult area to reach due to the damage from the floods. Since we began the work in Section 4, we quickly called that home. Acts 29 now ministers in 17 villages from the coast to the end of the road in the mountains above Cabaret. We are able to reach entire age groups in each village by Kids Clubs, Youth Ministry, Women's Ministry, Widows Care Packages, Saturday School and Food assistance.
giving Education 2011-2016
We acquired property back in the mountains of a village called Ropissa. This will help us stay more localized to the villages that are difficult to reach. Because education is so lacking in that area, we have raised over $500,000 from dear friends, churches and organizations and built a large school to help the children of Ropissa. This area will also be used as a Missions Training Center that will teach Haitians how to reach their own people. We also expect to use it to help Americans experience the missions life and reach other nations through Haiti.
Our efforts in Haiti are supported by a gifted group of individuals, without whom this important work would not get completed.
Don is the president of Acts 29 Ministries, a pastor, a missionary, an author, the husband to his wife Sandra and father to his son Michael and daughter Laura. His family has served overseas together and separate, following the call of God on their lives since 1994.
In 2000 he moved his family to Haiti to focus on the church, both physically and spiritually. Don and Sandee, along with the staff of Acts 29 Missions are dedicated to seeing God change the nation of Haiti one person at a time.
JEAN BENARD PHILIPPE GEORGES
DIRECTOR of operations
Jean Bernard first began working with us in 2007. It was amazing to see how he had such a gift to minister to children. In many of our meetings we would have adults in one area and children in another. After 2 years JB's leadership abilities began to show how he could direct many of our ministries while being able to bring others on staff to help accomplish all we do.
Through his help, we have been able to ensure that we do things properly through the local government and with the elders of each village. Jean Bernard is our Haitian Director and has been instrumental in taking Acts 29 to the next level.
Chelor Exil has a tremendous gift to reach children and youth. He has a great ability to go into a village and begin assembling groups of people for our ministry outreach. These abilities has resulted in the forming of several impactful ministry groups such as our Discipleship teams. Chelor is in charge of all our youth activities.
Whether the event is in our school or in a village, Chelor has the gift to make it relevant to the youth. Through his language education, he has also been instrumental in translating for American teams. Chelor has a heart after God and desires to see his nation changed.
Henryclaude has become a valuable asset to all out outreaches in the villages. He was instrumental in seeing the bathrooms built in the city of Cabaret to help stop the spread of Cholera. He is also one of our leaders for our youth.
Upon recently graduating, we are proud to now have him as the Principal of our school. Henryclaude oversees hundreds of students, their activities and all extracurricular activities at College of Acts 29.
He is also oversight of food preparation for our school lunch program.
JEAN MAXIME DESir
tech director / dj
Maxime Desir has a great talent for music and youth. We use his DJ talents to gather the youth for our Youth Ministry. Maxime has a great heart to reach children and youth in the villages around us. Once he sets up his computer and sound system, we will have hundreds of people gathering around to see and hear all that is happening.
As well, he is in change of all our Widows Care Programs. From planning, purchasing and distribution of supplies for widows, he makes every outreach successful. Maxime is an awesome and much needed part of our ministries.
Mark Smith has been a great leader for Living Word Church in Dayton for many years. After much prayer, God directed us to bring Mark in as a full-time board member.
Mark's skills in financial ministry help him to oversee all our official papers here in the United States. Basically he makes sure that we can continue financially before we begin new projects! Mark is married and has two daughters.
Randy Thome has been instrumental in helping to build the school in Ropissa, Haiti. He is married and has two sons that serve our country overseas. Randy has a passion for wrestling, and has helped his local school become state champions in wrestling for three years.
Randy works for Frito-Lay Corporation and continues to be a huge part of our children's success in education and spirituality.
Todd has a great love for his family, ministry and missions. He serves God alongside his wife, two daughters and their families. He started Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his local high school and takes many of the athletes into the missions field.
Todd works in the church furniture and commercial flooring business and is a great asset to Acts 29 Missions
Since Joe's first trip to Haiti in 2006, he has been instrumental in the progress of Acts 29 Missions. He is married to his wife Lorna who visits Haiti regularly as well.
With many of our projects in a 3rd world environment needing design and building expertise, Joe is able to oversee and make these happen.
Sandee and Don work together as a team. While many are in Haiti, Sandee is keeping track of things from the States.
Her background in business working for Fortune 500 companies makes her one of the most needed on our team as she handles correspondence and administration. Sandee "holds down the fort" for us remotely.
design / trip Leader
Speaking creole, taking the UTV past the limits to get to new remote villages, and helping out when he can are all still priorities for Michael's "Second Home."
Michael and his wife do what they can for Acts 29 Missions from their home in Texas. They are prayerful for the next steps in regards to missions in the upcoming couple of years.