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Ministry Highlight: Pillowcase Dresses

Pillowcase dresses

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:15-17)

Orchard Hill Church tries to enact a wholistic approach to ministry through the leadership of JeanJean and Kristie Mompremier, our local Haitian partners. When Kristie asked for new dresses for young girls in their community, the creative minds at Orchard set out to sew pillowcase dresses.

These dresses provide much-needed clothing for the girls, but Orchard hopes they also add one more layer of protection in their everyday life.

“By providing a new dress, you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny.” Dress a Girl Around the World continues by explaining, “Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing a new dress presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators.”

“It is life-changing,” shared Deb Lindaman who has traveled to Haiti 12 times. She had the opportunity to fit girls in the dresses on a recent trip, and she said it was so fun to experience the excitement with the girls and their families.

The people of Orchard Hill Church are called to serve like Jesus, by caring for the whole person – mind, body, and soul.

Join us in this effort to clothe and protect the lovely girls in Haiti by ironing, cutting, sewing, offering new pillowcases, or donating $5 to pay for a dress. Orchard also scheduled three sewing events. To sign up or receive more information, stop by the Event Desk or contact Kara Vander Wiel (karav@cfu.net).

Ministry Highlight: Fill the Bus

Fill the Bus

JeanJean and Kristie Mompremier opened a Christ-centered university in Haiti one year ago. Now the university needs supplies to equip the school and a vehicle to transport students. How could they get everything from the U.S. to Haiti?

Last week, a 66-passenger bus packed with more than 350 items – tables, chairs, computers, printers, lab equipment, and other supplies – left Orchard Hill Church for Miami, Fla. where it will loaded into a shipping container bound for Haiti.

How did this happen?

Orchard Hill partners with the Mompremiers of United Christians International (UCI) in a wholistic ministry to empower Haitian people, hoping that someday Haiti will become a country that provides for the needs of others.

With this vision, Orchard Hill is proud to serve the Mompremiers and the local Haitian leaders who came to the people of Orchard with this specific need.

“No doubt, it was a team effort,” said Pat Oehler who travels to Haiti with Orchard.

Dennis and Bonnie Pruckler spearheaded the bus packing. If you know the miracle-working Prucklers, you might smile when you hear that Bonnie commented, “Dennis is an excellent packer and knows how to use space well.”

The Orchard Hill Church Mission Strategy Team stewards a budget ensuring funds are available when a need like this arises from a partner. As a result, the people of Orchard support a generation of Haitian students positioned to bring the hope of Christ to a nation.

Be a part of this great work of the Church! If you would like to pay for a chair ($40), a table ($85), or a computer ($135) so OHC can meet the goal of paying for 200 chairs, 30 tables,  and 25 computers, please make checks payable to Orchard Hill Church with “Haiti bus” written in the memo line or visit the Event Center during the month of October.

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