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  • I Have Found My People

    “We are longing for purpose and destiny to be revealed to us, but God desires to connect us through relationships with His people. There we will find His purposes for our lives!" - Heidi ReisznerIn short, what Heidi Reiszner was saying, she later shared, “Find your people. Find your purpose.” Becoming an official part of the Coreluv family in October of 2016, as a student in Coreluv’s School of Missions (SOM) program, I can confidently say, “I have found my peo...  Read More...

  • Meet one of our children, Wilson!

    Our mission is to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to orphans around the world by providing their six basic needs. Coreluv is honored to respond to the James 1:27 mandate to Defend the Orphan. In April 2015, Pastor Johnny, our Myan Children’s Village Orphanage Director, was contacted by a member of his home church in Port au Prince about an infant named Wilson who was in desperate need of a home.  Wilson’s mother was not willing to care for him.   Read More...

  • To Set a Nation Free

    “But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile river.” - Exodus 2:3 The scripture above describes what a desperate mother did to save her son, Moses, from certain death. Exodus 1 ends with a decree from Pharaoh commanding that every newborn Hebrew boy is thrown into the Nile.   Read More...

  • Worship is fuel for missions

    “Worship is fuel for missions.”  This was a quote used at a mission's conference I attended recently in Tyler, Texas. You may or may not be familiar with the organization YWAM (Youth With A Mission.)  YWAM began 60 years ago when a man by the name of Loren Cunningham had a personal encounter with God. He'd been praying about what God was asking of him.   Read More...

  • Jakinda Smiles, a beautiful story of God's love

    “Do you know the name of an orphan?” We have seen that once you know the name, you can’t help but take action.  Each one of our children has a name, and their own special story! It is our privilege to introduce you to the children for whom we have the honor of caring. In October of 2015, a little girl was found by police wandering the streets of St.   Read More...

  • I can't believe this is actually my life!

    I am actually a full-time missionary. I can't believe this is actually my life! My childhood dreams are coming true!   Read More...

  • Reminded of my call, to live for His cause.

    There is no question God has called me to the ministry, and I am thankful to be the sixth generation of my family to be doing so. Coming from a rich heritage of living for Christ, I knew this was the path my life was headed down, but I didn't know how God would choose to use me.It was on my first mission trip, at thirteen years old, where God spoke to me about missions. He gave me the dream that missions could be His direction for me in this pursuit of ministry.   Read More...

  • Say Hello to Papa Rubens: Faithful Follower and Father

    If you have been on a mission trip with Coreluv to Haiti, you have had the great privilege of meeting Rubens. We first met Rubens at the airport in 2013 while traveling back and forth with our mission teams. He began faithfully helping us as each of our teams would exit the airport.   Read More...

  • Meet one of our children, Olivier!

    Coreluv is blessed to defend the children God has entrusted to us! Each child in our care has a name and story that we are excited to share with YOU!In August of 2015, we received a call from IBESR (Social Services) about a young boy named Olivier who was in desperate need of a home. Olivier was abandoned by his family at the hospital in St. Marc, at the age of 10 because of his family’s inability to provide him with proper care.   Read More...

  • More Than A Gatekeeper!

    Woven throughout Coreluv's journey in Haiti, there have been distinct people that God has divinely knit us together with along the way. These specific people have made forever impressions upon our hearts. Bernard was one of those people!   Read More...

  • The New Retirement

    I’ve been told there is no word for retirement in the Bible. No one ever said, “I’m done. I’m going to take it easy and relax in the “big chair.” Not a chance.   Read More...

  • God Defends the Orphan! So can YOU

    A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families...(Psalm 68:5,6)Have you ever wondered what God looked like?  Who exactly is He? I am sure, because of the smallness of our human brains, we would not be able to contain a complete description of God's attributes even if we were told.   Read More...

  • I asked God for Adventure

    I’ll start with the beginning of my journey away from life as I know it. I was living in Birmingham, Alabama with two of my dearest friends, working in a hospital, and loving my job. I went on my fifth trip to Haiti in March 2013 with my church and found myself laying under the stars one night talking to God.I asked Him for adventure and for more of Him. Two months later, adventure came in the form of leaving my full-time job (which I loved), to go work at JH Ranch.   Read More...

  • Setting Goals in 2017

    "Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more." His master said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much."  ~ Matthew 25:22-23Have you ever read the parable of the talents and wondered if you were a good steward of the gifts God has placed inside of you? Not what he placed inside of your husband or wife, not what he placed inside of your children, but what God has uniquely ...  Read More...

  • All In

    I was introduced to Coreluv International at the Converge Conference in Austin, TX where I reconnected with Mike Reiszner and Brent Call. After this event, I began following Coreluv on Facebook to learn more about their cause. During this time, a transition was taking place at the Church of Westover Hills. Our senior pastor invited me to carry the banner of missions for the church.   Read More...

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

    "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~ Helen KellerNo matter how much talent we may possess, we are always going to be better when we are working with a team. Team work makes the dream work. It really, really does!   Read More...

  • As a Church Family We Provided 2000 Meals for Orphans in Haiti

    I am Tim McKenzie, the youth pastor at New Life Church in Houston. My church recently partnered with Coreluv to help with Defend the Orphan Month 2016. We had a vision to help some hungry orphans in Haiti, and the church listened. We wanted to show that a small church of 60 can still make a big impact, and today we are proud to say we did! I presented this crazy idea on October 30th of how I wanted us as a church family to pray for Coreluv everyday at noon.   Read More...

  • Remember Barbette? The Voodoo witch doctor who gave her life to Christ earlier this year? Read about what she's up to today!

    December is here and soon we will gather with our loved ones to celebrate Christ, the true miracle of Christmas. When I reflect upon such a great miracle, I can't help but to reflect also upon the miracles that have occurred within Coreluv in 2016.  As I look back over the numerous things God has done through our ministry this year, one particular miracle stands out tremendously!   Read More...

  • Use Your Gifts! A Lemonade Stand for Orphans

    Our first trip with Coreluv was in December, 2013 and we wanted to do a project while in Haiti. We contacted the Coreluv team to ask what needed to be done and what we should bring. After receiving a reply, a friend, Terri Rice, suggested we do a lemonade/hot chocolate stand to allow friends and family to be part of our journey.The stand was a success and we used the funds to purchase supplies and diapers. Every year, we have continued to do a lemonade stand to support Coreluv.   Read More...

  • It's the most wonderful time of the year!

    It's the Holiday season!  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years,    ...I LOVE them ALL!!!  It's time to gather together with family and friends dearest to you.   Read More...

  • A Prized Posession

    I’ve taken five trips to Haiti and love that each time I go, I get to develop deeper relationships with the children and get to know them more. On my trip during spring break, we were preparing a Bible lesson when God put a dream in my heart. I love that each mission team that comes to Haiti is able to share God’s word with the children in Coreluv’s care.   Read More...

  • A Call to Manhood

    "At the heart of the modern crisis of manhood is the extension of adolescence, a boyhood that is stretching on for a longer and longer period of time.” -The Art of ManlinessIn every boy’s heart is a desire to someday grow up and become a man.  In its essence, manhood can be scary because of the unfamiliarity of responsibility, the expectation to provide and the sadness of leaving behind juvenile glee.  Yet, manhood calls them all.   Read More...

  • Beauty in the Brokenness

    I was introduced to Coreluv through my line of work as a graphic designer and marketing professional. Several years ago I helped A21, a human trafficking organization, with the branding and design work for their non-profit. Coreluv was seeking to redesign their website and branding, and learned of my company through A21. Mike Reiszner shared the vision and purpose of Coreluv and introduced the possibility of us working together in the area of design and marketing. While hearing the vis...  Read More...

  • Hurricane Matthew, Miracles, & Majestic Provision!

    Three weeks ago, I attended a prayer meeting that ignited FAITH within my heart to believe God for something BIG. You see, I had a heavy heart because a category 4 hurricane was heading straight towards our Coreluv orphanage off the coast of Haiti.  The storm's name was Matthew and I shuddered at the thought of him striking our family.  As I sat burdened during the prayer meeting that morning, God began breathing His FAITH inside of me to run speedily into the ARMS of the one...  Read More...

  • These kids don’t have mums

    If you have been in Texas during the fall, odds are you know the overwhelming ordeal that is, Texas high school homecoming. The tradition is that the boy would buy or make his date a mum, and the girl would make or buy her date a garter and they would exchange these prior to homecoming day. A homecoming mum is an arrangement of ribbons, artificial flowers, and often stuffed animals or trinkets that relate to the wearer’s interests and extracurricular activities. The girl will wear the...  Read More...

  • God never meant for us to do life ALONE.

    Only weak people think they are strong enough to do ministry alone. -Tim DelinaWhat a powerful statement!  It's so true!God never meant for us to do life ALONE.But for whatever reason, being relational can be a struggle for many.   Read More...

  • I Fell in Love with the Children

    I chose to go to Haiti because my good friend, Mary Claire Gaddy, had gone on a couple trips with Coreluv and I was beyond interested to see what it was all about.My biggest apprehension beforehand was catching some sort of disease and not having the right medical care to deal with the problem, but honestly that thought didn’t even cross my mind once I was there.I was so excited to land in Haiti. I remember a Haitian woman sitting next to me on the plane and only speaking creole. Ever...  Read More...

  • Welcome Home

    “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved” - Mother TeresaFamily is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and yet it is easily taken for granted when we fail to appreciate the magnitude of the blessing it really is. To be part of a family is to feel at ease, and to experience peace simply because we belong. There is no greater feeling than knowing you are loved, no greater endearment than to truly be at home.But, what about the hundred and fif...  Read More...

  • Every Kid Deserves Better

    4 years ago I (Cristy) was part of a bible study and at the end the teacher asked what do you think God is calling you to do?This was difficult for me because I felt God saying I needed to go on a mission trip. I had always wanted to but never pursued it, so I said, “let’s go God.” After speaking with my church leadership at Stonebridge Church, they helped me find an organization.God worked in perfect harmony as I have always loved kids. Through relationships at Stonebridge, I ...  Read More...

  • God is for Us!

    So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. (1 Sam. 17:50 New Living Translation)The underdogs. I've rooted for them for years.   Read More...

  • Love in a Relentless Manner

    The month of July was a pivotal moment in my life. I learned what it meant to truly love in a relentless manner, how to die to myself, what I am supposed to do in life, and the name of an orphan. The funny thing is, I never planned on learning any of these things. In fact, I never planned on going to Haiti.In the winter of 2015 I was at church and Coreluv had come to speak about what it means to defend the orphan.   Read More...

  • TOO SMALL or MORE THAN ENOUGH?

    Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.  The Jewish Passover Festival was near.  When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.   Read More...

  • Where did you see Jesus Today?

    Where did you see Jesus today?Before we introduce our mission teams to any of the children or staff in Myan, we walk up a hill that overlooks our property, which we’ve called “prayer hill.” On the hill, we share the vision and story of Coreluv, as team members gaze upon God’s work. We offer each team member the opportunity to pray over the things seen and unseen.As we led a recent team up the hill, the scenery of the Myan Health Center, Myan School, and Myan Children&rsqu...  Read More...

  • Hope Arising!

    Aren’t you glad that the hope of God is still arising over people today?  A hope that appears out of the darkness and seems to ascend even against all odds?!  Allow me to share with you one of the beautiful stories of hope occurring within the community of Myan, Haiti,  a village that has experienced its share of hopelessness in the past, but today, a NEW DAWN is RISING!!! Meet Oxillin and his family!   Read More...

  • Life is not about me, but about being a servant

    In June of 2016, I had the opportunity to spend almost a month in Haiti as a Coreluv intern.Throughout my time in Haiti God altered my life in ways that I never expected.As June was approaching, I had several emotions regarding living in a house full of people I did not know, for almost a month, in another country. I had only been to Haiti once before for eight days in July of 2015, and fell completely in love.When emotions and nerves would begin to rise, the Lord would quickly remind me of the ...  Read More...

  • The Picture I Never Took

    After several trips to Haiti, I have an album full of pictures, yet there’s an image so ingrained in my mind that never made the album. It’s a picture I didn’t take, a moment with such great impact that my heart beat a rhythm of compassion never felt before. As paintbrushes worked diligently up the hill to prepare Pastor Nathan’s transition home in Passe Renne, a small group of Coreluv mission trippers led a Bible lesson to the village children under a tent.   Read More...

  • Coming Down the Mountain

    On almost every trip I have made to Haiti with Coreluv, I have climbed the mountain in front of the guest house. Actually, for me, the trip down the mountain is more difficult than the climb. When I’m climbing, I can look up and see the top, the goal, the pinnacle.   Read More...

  • NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO PROBLEM!

    Sending children back to school in America has its financial challenges, but we parents make it happen one way or another.  What about the children in a third world country like Haiti who have no one to foot their bill? Over 50 percent of primary aged children in Haiti do not attend school for this reason.   Read More...

  • One Thing

       Every night in Haiti on the balcony of the Coreluv guesthouse our staff will lead each visiting team in a nightly devotion. It is a time intended for everyone to be able to unplug from the activities of the day to reflect upon Jesus. We almost always pose this question, "Where did you see Jesus today?" This is a loaded question asked to a bunch of privileged Americans (myself included) who have just had their hearts ripped out by what they saw in the course of their time with us.   Read More...

  • Double Rainbows

    It wasn't long ago that I was driving home from work when I saw this double rainbow. It was so brilliant that people (myself included) were pulling over to take photos of it. We all know that God placed the rainbow as a sign to remember His promise to not flood the earth again.   Read More...

  • What I Discovered On My Last Visit to Maissade Might Surprise You...

    This past week I had the pleasure of traveling with my dad to Maissade to see for myself the children we began providing for in July of this year. I had seen in pictures and heard from Pastor CJ, a Haitian Coreluv representative to Maissade, how the children had been doing since my first visit, but I had yet to see with my own eyes. Upon entry the kids were excited to see us, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear them actually remember me by name.   Read More...

  • Speak to the Well

    “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” Isaiah 44:3 I sat there, sweating, dirty, tired and frustrated. It had been a pretty hot day for Haiti, and on top of that we had been working pretty hard. We were having some issues with the pump in our well which required us to pull 155 feet of PVC pipe full of water out of the ground.   Read More...

  • God as a Father

    My first trip to Haiti was incredible and was so much more than I was expecting. Having been on missions trips before, I was expecting some general things: I was expecting that devotional time would be powerful, that the children would be amazing, and that I would cry a lot. What I didn’t expect, however, was that God would show me a fundamental part of his character.   Read More...

  • Hineni

    Does Jesus still stir individuals to action? Does He still call people to risk their security, to cast away their comfort, and to live a radical life? Has our God slipped away to a passive observer who allows Christians to live as they please with no purpose, or have we pushed aside God for a life that we choose?   Read More...

  • One is a Crisis

    “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone!” Mark 16:15, NLT This scripture is something I’ve heard a thousand times and something I have always held as a value; however, it is something I’m unsure if I’ve ever understood until now. Right now I’m visiting Texas for a short furlough from work in Haiti. I was able to see my family and loved ones for two weeks, and after that I had the pleasure of traveling with Mike and Mandy Reiszner to Guatemala.   Read More...

  • Behind the Mountains, There are Mountains

    Across the street from the Coreluv guesthouse in Gonaives is a mountain. It’s not the tallest of mountains and I don’t know the name of the mountain. In the daylight one can see small homes scattered across it.   Read More...

  • Cross the Street

    It amazes me to think that a little less than three years ago Coreluv was merely a dream existing in the hearts of both my husband and I. We never would have imagined that our dream from God to care for orphans would be unfolding as beautifully as it is. We remind ourselves often that we are only little pieces to God’s extraordinary kingdom puzzle!   Read More...

  • Live Life Wrecked

    Before I take anyone to Haiti, I give them this warning: Your life will be wrecked. Someone inevitably asks me what that means. I tell them something happens to you when you physically become the hands and feet of Jesus to the least of these.   Read More...

  • What's in Your Hand

    My husband Mike has shared the title of this blog many times since we started Coreluv. It's something God impressed on his heart from the passage in 2 Kings 4:1-7. It's the story of the widow at Zarephath, who had nothing left to give except the small amount that was in her possession, or as Mike and I like to say, "the small amount that was in her hand." When I ponder what it is that I have in my hand, I try to think of giftings, talents, or skills that God has created in me.If I'm completely h...  Read More...

  • Why?

    As I sat here pondering about what to write about, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Actually it was more like a punch of empathy and compassion to the gut. A punch that sparks such emotion you literally feel like buckling over onto the floor only to cry out, “WHY?” WHY are there so many orphans, so much poverty, so few resources, so many deaths?   Read More...

  • My Eyes Were Opened

    Before we arrived in Haiti I was very nervous that I would get sick, either from bad water or because I’m pregnant.  I also feared that I would hold our group back by being nervous to do anything.  I didn’t want to get in the way of our mission.  During the week my fears subsided as God took care of all of my worries and since the best part of the trip was snuggling up with sweet children, I was perfect for the job. When we showed up to the Gonaives orphanage, we were immediately ...  Read More...

  • Joy

    The most surprising aspect of Haiti is the overwhelming feeling of joy in multiple facets. Although the orphaned children literally have nothing, they nevertheless possess immense amounts of joy. Their faces beam with smiles from cheek to cheek.  Being fed is their first priority, but a close second is just to be held by a stranger, which releases fountains of joy. Moreover, there is an abundance of joy in the guesthouse where we are staying.   Read More...

  • Unsung Heroes

    I looked up the definition of an unsung hero the other day and here are some things that popped up: Someone who is not famous or acclaimed Someone whose value is not acknowledged Someone who is uncelebrated Immediately I thought of missionaries. Ha! Before you think I’m about to toot my own horn or the horn of my husband, hang tight and let me offer you great assurance that I am not…BUT I’d LOVE for you to keep reading!   Read More...

  • A Broken Heart

    When the plane got closer and closer to the ground I was a little overwhelmed. From the very beginning the poverty was evident. Seeing homes made out of sheets of metal and scraps was so sad to me, and then the craziness of the airport made me nervous!   Read More...

  • On That Day, Everybody Ate

    After packing up our family and journeying to Haiti for a good portion of the summer, I was privileged to take away beautiful pieces of tapestry in the form of everyday life that molded and changed the very moral fiber of our souls. There are so many things I can recall and write about; truly I can pinch myself with the reality check that we actually DID what we as a family have dreamed and talked about for years! As a mother and a wife, there aren’t many moments GREATER than serving the Lord to...  Read More...

  • A Place for Me

    “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved” -Mother Teresa Family is one of the most beautiful things in the world, and yet it is easily taken for granted when we fail to appreciate the magnitude of the blessing it really is. To be part of a family is to feel at ease, and to experience peace simply because we belong. There is no greater feeling than knowing you are loved, no greater endearment than to truly be at home.   Read More...

  • The Moment that Changed my Life

    It was the third day of my initial trip and we had been to a few orphanages, but this day we went to Jubilee to assist with a feeding program. I was excited and nervous at the same time because I had seen the video from the time Mike went to Haiti. In the video I saw the worst devastation I had ever seen in my life.   Read More...

  • Miracle Month

    May has ushered in a plethora of things such as new life and the blooming of beautiful flowers. Along with the refreshing occurrences of spring, God has also brought forth a season of breathtaking miracles for our ministry. With each new day it seems like we are constantly rejoicing and utterly captivated with the thought of, “How Big is Our God!” To give you an idea of His amazing hand of provision for the poor and orphaned children in Haiti, and the incredible things that have recently taken s...  Read More...

  • You Make Beautiful Things Out of the Dust

    I have recently fallen in love with this song by Gungor. Its compassionate lyrics and simple melody stir my senses to recognize beauty in the things and people around me. We should take time each day to IDENTIFY GOD in our surroundings — not only in the beautiful things, but in the less attractive things as well.   Read More...

  • The Beautiful Letdown

    There are so many aspects of my life that have changed since our decision to ‘defend the orphan’ full-time in June of 2011. The excitement I've felt by witnessing the hand of the Lord open doors and move mountains for us has far outweighed my fear of failing. I cannot imagine the disappointment Peter would have experienced had he never allowed himself to be stretched beyond his human ability into the realm of the miraculous by stepping out of the boat.   Read More...

  • Experiencing God

    My husband, 18-year-old daughter and I all went to Haiti on Spring Break last March. We prayed about it prior to making the decision. Dan, my husband, said that if it was God’s will for us to go He would provide the means.   Read More...

  • Really?

    Tonight we gathered with our team here in Gonaives, Haiti on top of a balcony overlooking the mountains. Each of us was asked to reflect and share some ways this trip has made a personal impact on us so far. Immediately I knew I needed to share what God spoke to me on day one.   Read More...

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