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  • What's In Your Hand?

    During my first trip to Haiti, I experienced the Lord in a way that I never had before. I received a clear calling from him to Defend the Orphan through furnishing and decorating the rooms at the Coreluv Children’s Village | Myan. I connected with some of the kids in amazing ways and when I felt that connection, I knew where my heart was and I knew I needed to help these kids.When I got back from my first trip to Haiti, I worked on getting a team together to help me raise money for the orphanage...  Read More...

  • Pursuit of the Presence of God

    We often talk about how Haiti is a “thin place.” This is a concept laid out in the Celtic church. It is a place where heaven is so close to earth that our connection with heaven seems tangible. It's rare that someone is on a trip and doesn't hear from God.   Read More...

  • God Still Works Miracles: History of May Match

    Over the six short years of Coreluv's existence, one thing we KNOW: God still works MIRACLES! In fact, Coreluv's journey has seemed liked one big miracle after another! That's exactly how we feel!   Read More...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...