Charna was just 3 years old when she arrived at Togetherness in Christ (TIC), a Christian home supported by Cross International that provides orphaned and vulnerable children with shelter, food, clothing, medical care and a quality, Bible-based education.
She was brought to the home by her mother, who was too poor to care for her after her father passed away. Many children, like Charna, arrive at TIC abandoned, sick and malnourished, often straight from the streets. But under the care of the loving staff, they are nurtured back to physical and emotional health.
“These kids now have integrity and they know the Lord,” said ministry founder Gladys Mecklembourg. “We are making kingdom kids.”
TIC is a holistic ministry on Haiti’s western coast that works tirelessly to meet the unique and widespread needs of the children in their care. The 93-acre compound includes a Christian school, on-site clinic and separate dormitories for their 70 resident boys and girls.
The love they receive is evident. According to the now 8-year-old Charna, TIC is a wonderful place to grow up: “I have a bed to sleep in and toys to play with. The food is always very good. There’s bread, rice, beans, sauce and meat. I always get enough to eat.”
Because Charna has no siblings of her own, the time spent with the other children is very valuable to her. This fellowship is fostered through daily devotions and Bible lessons.
“The goal of this ministry is to raise a new generation of Haitians,” said Gladys. “When they leave, these children have a vision for their country.”
That’s why Cross has been a long-time partner of TIC. For the past 20 years, Gladys and her staff have been providing children in desperate need with a safe home and opportunities for a brighter future that they would otherwise never receive. But more than that, they are investing in the lives of “the least of these”, and in turn, raising Christian leaders who will one day be powerful agents of change in Haiti.