About the Haiti Ministry
Welcome to the Haiti Ministry of Mariners Church. We’re excited to share with you all that’s happening in our ministry and in Haiti through our church partner, Communauté de Gloire.
It’s been six years since the tragic earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and its surroundings on January 10, 2010. Since then, teams of Americans from Mariners have been joining with pastors Joseph and Samuel Metelus and the members of their congregations to provide disaster relief and reconstruction aid to the Church of God by Faith (Port-au-Prince) and Communauté de Gloire (Torbek) communities.
In that time, pastors Joseph and Samuel have taken in 52+ children orphaned in the quake, and together, we have built the Glory Glory Center in Torbek, Haiti, which now serves as home to these children. Thanks to the generosity of the Mariners congregation, and the hard work and dedication of our Haitian friends in-country, the Glory Glory Center now boasts four dorms, a kitchen, and a chicken coop (fondly referred to as the Taj Macoop), as well as a medical clinic, generator house, and soon-to-be build dining patio (funded by our ministry partner and non-profit, Evolution Haiti).
Now that disaster relief and reconstruction are complete, our ministry is excited to walk alongside Pastor Samuel as he begins to realize the vision God has given him for a new Haiti — a Haiti transformed by its own empowered youth. As you click through this website, we encourage you to think about how you may want to join and/or support Pastor Samuel and his team as they embark upon a myriad of community development initiatives aimed at changing lives in Torbek and beyond.
Pastor Samuel’s Vision for the Future
When Pastor Samuel accepted God’s call to raise 52 (now 54) children after the quake, it was part of an even larger, God-inspired vision to influence the only generation that Samuel believes can change Haiti…its youth. Recognizing that true change can only come from within, Pastor Samuel is committed to creating opportunities for Haiti’s young people to learn and to grow to become effective agents of change. His goal is to empower Haiti’s youth with the ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems, to convince them to remain in Haiti rather than join the Diaspora, and to encourage them to commit to making a difference—economically, socially, spiritually, politically—in their own homes, churches, communities, and—ultimately—their country.