Dan and Rita Noel – Haiti
Please come alongside us as we serve and mentor in Haiti.
We have been working in Gressier, Haiti for 5 years, living here full-time for the last 3 years. God has blessed us with the opportunity to serve with Respire Haiti, a Christian organization that is based here in Gressier. (www.respirehaiti.org)
Haiti was actually not even on our radar when we felt God calling us out of our comfortable Colorado lifestyle in 2010 – the year Haiti had its devastating earthquake. What began as a short-term mission trip with our Ft Collins church in March 2011, turned into a full-time calling with Respire Haiti in this Haitian community. In August 2011, Rita began handling student sponsorships for a small Christian school of around 40 students. That school has now grown to 500 students, and sponsorship has grown into mentoring and training a wonderful staff of 35 Haitian teachers and administrators. To keep up with the growth of the school, Dan is continuing to oversee the building of classrooms, including a much-needed building for our Special Needs students. Over the last few years, Respire has built a medical clinic, as well as, a Recovery House for our students that need surgery. A one-year sabbatical from Colorado has now turned into 3 years, and Dan continues with building and maintenance, and more importantly mentoring and training a group of Haitian workers that are now a tightly knit construction crew.
We have watched in awe as God has poured out blessings on this Haitian community and Respire Haiti, and we are grateful and humbled to be a part of it all.