The 2012 Women in the Church (WIC) Love Offering will be directed toward a Mission to the World (MTW) project to build a children’s home in Haiti. The Love Gift rotates annually between the 10 PCA committees and agencies.
“Women in the Church began loving and supporting our denomination in 1973,” says Jane Patete, leader of the WIC ministry, “and we have contributed over $3 million.”
This year WIC will be working with Esaie and Natacha Etienne, MTW missionaries in Haiti. The Etiennes minister in Gonaïves, which is about 125 miles north of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Their goal is to start a home for children in crisis, whether from poverty, natural disaster, or a broken family. Children at the home will experience life in a Christian family, develop Christian character, as well as a strong work ethic. They’ll also receive a quality education from the on-site school. The home will be modeled after Eagle Ranch, a renowned Christian-based home in Gainesville, Ga. The Etiennes will work closely with Eagle Ranch and MTW on the Haiti home’s development.
“The project of a children’s home is dear to my heart because I can see how much difference we can make both in the lives of children in Gonaïves and in the orphanage culture in Haiti,” says Esaie Etienne.
Mr. Etienne and his team are in the early stages of development with the project, seeking funding, a viable location, and people to help staff the home. The WIC Love Gift will be a vital boost to this important project for Haiti.
For more information about this year’s Love Gift and how your church can get involved, visit pcacep.org or www.mtw.org. Click here to watch the project video.