Stories of impact

Part Of Our Hearts Are In Haiti

Little did I know when my son joined a new baseball team, it would be the beginning of a journey in my life as well. Michelle Cherikos’ son was also on the team. I was so intrigued listening to her stories about her amazing mission trips with Give Hope and the...

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I Fell in Love the Moment I Met Her

From the moment my dad and stepmom, David and Lisa Satterfield, got back from their first trip to Haiti a few years ago, I wanted to go as well. Listening to them talk about the three children they sponsor, Sandley, Togo, and Roudeline, and...

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Real Connections – John Marlowe

  I met Jameson in January 2011 on my first trip when I was a PA student. My memories of that trip are hazy. It was overwhelming in many ways—my first time to a developing country, my first mission trip, still a student doing medical work, seeing all these sweet...

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A Picture’s Impact – Will Caldwell, Medical Director

I returned from Haiti two days ago, having spent time with Roger and Angela visiting four orphanages cared for by ESMI and Give Hope Global. We went ahead of a very capable team currently in country. A subset of that team is focusing on the medical issues...

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October 2016 Team Update

The Give Hope advance team (Angela Quinn, Dr Will Caldwell and Roger Braswell) arrived at Cambry on Thursday afternoon and witnessed the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew first hand. We remain stunned by what we witnessed. Dozens of beautiful trees down all across...

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Letter from Roger Braswell

Dear friends, Many of you know that my family and I have been working in SW Haiti since January of 2011.  During that time we have formed a 501(c)3 charity called Give Hope Global and partnered with a Haitian based ministry called El Shaddai Ministries Int’l (ESMI,...

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Hurricane Aftermath

This is an update on events of Friday and Saturday.. ▪ Global Orphan Project (GOP) delivered additional food to Les Cayes by truck and plane to provision the orphanages at Cambry, Casamajor and LeHatte. ▪ Cleanup has begun at Cambry. The damage there is significant...

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My Life Changed in Haiti

Having been in the Navy, I’ve had a fair amount of travel outside the U.S. I’ve seen a wide range of poverty and oppression in most places I’ve been, but never the kind I saw in Haiti. The first 90 minutes of driving from the airport in Port-au-Prince was like being...

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A Better Me – Rachelle Settle

I just returned from a week in Haiti. Still trying to process all that happened in that short amount of time. I am 41 years old and over the years, I have experienced every emotion humanly possible from joy to grief, love to anger, pride to shame. However, I can...

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Women’s Workshop – Rachelle Settle

January 2014 Rewind nine years. I was a new mom for the second time except this time I had decided to stay at home after the birth of my daughter. I was struggling with the loss of one identity and trying to figure out how to manage the new one. A dear friend of mine...

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The Give Hope Cup- Roger Braswell

  January 2014 Our 31 person Give Hope team just returned from a great week in Haiti. I am bursting to tell the story below…. Coach Mike Czarnecki makes a living coaching youth soccer in Charlotte and volunteers for the January trip to Cambry, his first trip...

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October 2013 Mission

Four weeks ago our Give Hope October ’13 team returned from Haiti after an amazing week of serving in Cambry. Eighteen of us lived and worked together and came back changed by the experience. I thought I should provide an update on our progress for all of you who...

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Little did I know when my son joined a new baseball team, it would be the beginning of a journey in my life as well. Michelle Cherikos’ son was also on the team. I was so intrigued listening to her stories about her amazing mission trips with Give Hope and the precious children she loves at the orphanages. In May of this year, Michelle asked our team to help with care packages for the children who did not have sponsors. I asked for three names so my own kids could write the letters and help pick out fun treats. When the bags were turned in, I felt good for the “act of kindness,” checked it off my “to do” list, and moved on to the next item on my agenda. Fast forward to October 7th. After much consideration, I was boarding the plane with my son Griffin, Michelle and her son Xander, and the rest of the Give Hope team to go to Haiti. A mission trip had always been on my bucket list, but it never seemed to be an “ideal” time to go. God knew it was my time. The experience was beyond what I had imagined. Words cannot express how excited Griffin was every morning to run down the hill to see these sweet children before school. What precious gifts from God – children so happy with so little. Each day changed me just a little bit more. Mid-week we went to Darivarger to deliver backpacks to the children. As soon as we pulled in the gates, the children rushed to see us, hugging us all regardless of whether we’d just met or not. A tall skinny boy suddenly walked over to Griffin and me. He pulled a photo out of his pocket. This was the child, Olenson, we had sent a care package to months before, and he still had our family picture. He had kept that picture with him all these months! What little we had done meant the world to him. We all three hugged and at that moment Griffin began to sob happy tears. That was our moment, our connection, the reason we were on this trip. Life for both of us changed forever. Part of our hearts are in Haiti. As soon as we returned, we began to sponsor Olenson. He will always be part of our family now! That moment, that connection was a true gift from God.

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