Minnesota church members commit to three years of mission work in Haiti
David and Charlene May, members of the Eagan Church of Christ in Minnesota, will move to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in January to begin a three-year stint as Bible teachers and overseers of a guest house for short-term workers and mission interns.
The house is a ministry of the Estes Church of Christ in Henderson, Tenn., and is in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Santo, near the Sonlight Children’s Home and Nutrition Center. In addition to their work at the guest house, the Mays will assist the director of the children’s home, Roberta Edwards, who provides a home school for the children living there. The Estes church has distributed more than $1.5 million in aid to the region since the Jan. 12, 2010, Haiti earthquake.
(I visited the home shortly after the earthquake and spent a couple of nights in the guest house, which had several cracks in the walls. See my 2010 story about the quake and my personal column about sleeping in a tent on the home’s property and in the guest house.)
The Mays also will serve as Haiti childcare facilitators for Orphan’s Lifeline International, a nonprofit supported by Churches of Christ. The couple will help oversee two orphanages supported by the nonprofit in Port de Paix and Cap Haitien. David May will teach, preach and help mentor Haitian evangelists.
Here’s some more information about the couple from a news release provided by Orphan’s Lifeline:
After retiring from a long career in Public Administration and Social Work in St. Paul, MN, specializing in programs for abused and neglected children, David and Charlene became actively involved in Haiti missions. …
David and Charlene have lived in Eagan, Minnesota and have been members of the Eagan Church of Christ for several years. While there David helped launch the St. Paul Urban Ministry, an outreach to Hmong youth. He is the author of three books, “Peace on Earth; A Call to Arms,” “Out of the Pews and Into the Streets” and “Prostitutes, Tax Collectors, and You.”
David May’s website is www.outofthepews.com.
FeedbackI am blessed to be able to say David is my younger brother. He and Charlene are great people with great hearts. They are passionate about serving The Lord through helping the poor and preaching the gospel to them.Cecil May Jr.November, 8 2012All of us at Orphan’s Lifeline International are thrilled and proud to have Dave and Charlene representing our orphan outreach in Haiti. We anticipate helping many needy children in Haiti through Dave’s leadership and spiritually directed skills.Larry BertramNovember, 8 2012How beautiful. This is something wonderful � serving God through serving the needy. Giving God time is the most beautiful thing a human being can do. We need God. We must be ready to commit as Dave & Charlene. Thank you Lifeline of Hope. Greetings from the orphanage, Manos de Amor, Bucerias Nayarit, Mexico.Veronica Gomez GarciaNovember, 8 2012Eric. I enjoyed your article about your experience during the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake that you mention in the above article. Thanks for all you do for Christ “around the world.”Larry BertramNovember, 8 2012David and Charlene are godly examples to so many. They have given so much of their time and efforts in God’s service. What a wonderful example they are for the rest of us retired people. God bless them with the good health and strength they need to serve in Haiti! I love you.
Gwen May CokerGwen May CokerNovember, 8 2012