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Founders: Mike and Mandy Reiszner

Mike and Mandy Reiszner, the founders of Coreluv International, have dedicated their lives to ministry. After completing their Bible school training, while still in their early twenties, they served as missionaries with an inner-city ministry in Houston’s Fourth Ward. There, they were able to minister to some of the poorest people in the city.  For 10 years after, Mike and Mandy served as youth pastors discipling young men and women to pursue a personal and meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Mike and Mandy built a youth ministry that was exciting and relevant, while always staying true to biblical principles.

In 2009, God began stirring in Mike and Mandy’s heart a deep compassion for orphans and that is when Coreluv International was born. Almost immediately, Mike and Mandy began scheduling Christian concerts to raise money for an orphanage in Africa. It was a surprise to many of their friends when in 2011, Mike walked away from the American ministry ideal (a secure position in a vibrant and growing church) in order to follow God’s inner stirring to defend the orphan on a full-time basis.

Since June 2011, Coreluv International has grown from an idea to a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides life-saving care to orphans in Haiti. Mike and Mandy are living their dream with their three children, John-Michael, Bethany, Christian, and will soon be adding Mylove, a Haitian orphan they are in the process of adopting.

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US TEAM

Jennifer Houghton, Operations Co-Director | Marketing Department Director

As of February 2016, Jennifer had never read or even heard James 1:27. After realizing that caring for orphans and widows is what God accepts as true, pure religion, she learned what it means to not only love Jesus but live Jesus. Three months after reading that particular scripture, Jennifer joined Coreluv International in helping Defend the Orphan. She has a passion for bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to every orphan in every country that Coreluv works with. The Lord has ordered her steps to be a part of Coreluv International, where she along with her 14 year old daughter, Ashlee are honored to be a part of the mission to see the orphan crisis changed from 153,000,000 to zero. 

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John and Tracy Rizzo, Operations Co-Director | Fundraising & Donor Development Directors

John and Tracy’s eyes were opened to the cause of the orphan, in 2010. They took their first trip to Haiti in July 2011 and knew God was calling them to orphan care in a greater way. Since then, John and Tracy have obeyed James 1:27 by leading trips, raising awareness, and serving as directors of the missions and orphan ministry program in their home church in New York for three years. In 2013, God orchestrated a meeting with John and Mike Reiszner, founder of Coreluv on the rooftop of an orphanage they both worked within Port-au-Prince. Since that meeting, God has opened the door for John, Tracy and their family to move to Texas in August of 2016, and join the Coreluv team.

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Michael and Valina Perry, Program Development Directors | Honduras Directors

Michael and Valina met in Conroe, Texas. Two months after getting married, they answered the Lord's call, sold their belongings, and moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in June 2013 to serve as Directors of Casa de Ester - a rescue home for teenage girls who are victims of abuse and exploitation. They faced many challenges and trials in their first few years in Honduras, but they remained faithful to God’s calling and continued to advance the ministry. In February 2015, their daughter, Avayla, was born in Honduras. In May 2015, the Perrys assumed full leadership and responsibility for Casa de Ester as an independent ministry. After developing a Honduran team of leaders and staff, the Lord called the Perrys back to the US to help expand the structure and support for Casa de Ester starting in 2017. During this transition, the Lord led Coreluv and the Perrys to unite, bringing Casa de Ester into the Orphan Care Partner Program and the Perrys as Coreluv missionaries. The Perrys have a heart for sharing the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to the orphaned, oppressed and lost through raising up disciples and developing ministry programs.

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Chris and Misty Brown, School of Missions Directors

It was after their first trip to Haiti with Coreluv, in March 2013, that Chris and Misty began championing the cause of Coreluv. They are committed to empowering and training missionaries who will be sent around the world to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and to rescue and defend the orphan.  “We believe if we are created in the image of God then our capacity to love is as infinite as His; therefore, our heart must be fixed on the very things that impassion His.”

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Michael Crisp, Events Director

Michael took his first trip to Haiti in January of 2014 and joined the Coreluv team the following August. He carries a true passion and burden for the orphan and loves to share God’s heart for the orphan wherever he goes. “I see every event as an opportunity to bring greater awareness to the orphan crisis - to speak for those who may never be heard.”

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Troy and Nicole Bender, Trips and Programs Directors

Troy and Nicole have lead short term mission teams to 17 different countries. This passion to mobilize others “To Go” and a heart for the orphan lead them to take their first trip with Coreluv in January 2015. On that trip, they knew God had given them a desire to serve by introducing the church to orphan care. Troy and Nicole now serve the Coreluv organization as Directors of Trips and Programs. “We are very excited to activate people to go and be awakened to God’s purpose for their life while connecting to the heart of defending the orphan."

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David and Pam Wong, Trips and Programs Department

David and Pam Wong's call to missions began thirty years ago while students at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, saying “yes” to a life of service together. Through the years, they have worked with local missions through their local church, state missions through the Rio Grande River Ministry, as well as international missions through the International Mission Board and International Commission. Meeting needs while sharing Christ has always been part of their core belief in ministry. Now they are honored to be serving in orphan care and to be working alongside the Coreluv team.

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Helen Daniel, Finance Department

Helen first began defending the orphan by coordinating fundraisers for her church in the Spring of 2013. As her heart continued to expand for the orphan so did her role within the Coreluv team. She took her first trip to Haiti the following September and since then, she has used her gifts to organize and establish structure Coreluv to prepare it to go to the next level. “I like being able to pair financial planning and structure with the vision of Coreluv.”

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HAITI TEAM

Ashlynn Minshew, Child Development Director

In 2013 Ashlynn went on her first mission trip with Coreluv International to Haiti. It was then that God opened her eyes and heart to the orphan crisis and planted the seed that would soon grow. Ashlynn fell in love with the children and people of Haiti and knew she would one day call this home. After serving with Coreluv stateside and completing the School of Missions Program, she moved to Haiti in January of 2016. Ashlynn's desire is that each child knows God our Father and has the love and security every child deserves within the Coreluv family. "The answer to my 'why' is simple: so that the fatherless may personally know the Father."

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Mark and Avry St. Peter

In May of 2013, Avry went on her first Coreluv trip, and the Lord opened her eyes to the orphan crisis. The next trip was June of 2014 with her husband, Mark, and their oldest son Jace. The Lord confirmed James 1:27 on their hearts and they began to organize teams and lead trips from their hometown in Hays, Kansas. In 2015, God blessed them with a unique opportunity for their family to spend Christmas in Haiti together. During that trip, God began asking for more from the St. Peter's. They fell in love with the culture, the children, the staff, and the people. They always talked about moving to Haiti someday but weren't sure if it was the right path for their children. After a summer 2016 trip where Avry and her three boys spent a month in Haiti, the first question the boys asked their Dad when they returned home was, "When are we moving to Haiti?" It was then they realized that God had been preparing their children's hearts all along. Soon after, the St. Peter's answers God's call to the mission field, moved to Texas in June 2017 and began serving on staff in preparation to Move to Haiti in 2018.

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Tori Beckham, Medical Coordinator

Tori’s parents set an excellent example for her in taking her family on mission trips throughout her childhood. Tori took her first trip to Haiti in March of 2010, two months after the earthquake. On this trip, she quickly felt a calling for missions being a more expanded part of her life. After praying through what step to take next, the Lord allowed her to connect with Dorothy Pearce, the Founder of Faith, Hope, Love, Infant Rescue. Soon after connecting with Dorothy, she found herself living at Faith, Hope, Love while Dorothy was in the States on furlough. During this time, God awakened her heart for the cause of the orphan. In time, Coreluv took in the children from Dorothy’s and through this relationship Tori came to know the Coreluv team. Stateside, Tori works in a hospital and pediatric clinic as an occupational therapist. With this skill sets coupled with her heart to Defend the Orphan, Tori is now part of the Coreluv team in the role of Medical Coordinator.

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HONDURAS TEAM

Richard and Johana, Coreluv Casa de Ester Operations Directors 

Johana started working at Casa de Ester in May 2012 as an administrative assistant and a communications liaison between the English and Spanish speaking staff. Having just graduated from high school and with a similar background to that of the girls, God called her to Casa de Ester where she could serve and grow in the Lord. Richard joined the Casa de Ester team in February 2013. With experience from a small business venture and working in a cafeteria, his desire to serve God daily was greater than pursuing a secular business-oriented career. Richard started out helping in the kitchen, shopping for groceries, and driving the girls to and from school. In both cases, the leadership saw great potential in them, poured into their development, and gave them the opportunity to grow in their positions. Today, they are currently running daily operations of Casa de Ester and all residential programs, overseeing and co-laboring with an amazing staff. Through their service to the Lord, Richard and Johana came to know each other better, fell in love, are currently engaged, and will continue to be directing Casa de Ester as a married couple.

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INDIA TEAM

Hena Bethan Nvmi, India Feeding Center Director 

Hena was welcomed to the Coreluv family through our partnering with her feeding programs, in December of 2016. As director of the India feeding centers, Hena ensures that over 250 children considered “untouchables” and orphaned children in the villages of Motumala, Kothapatnam, and Padarthi, India are receiving a life sustaining meal every day. In her act to defend the orphan in India, Hena enhances the children’s education by teaching them English. Hena shares the heart of Coreluv to see orphans around the world know Jesus through meeting their six basic needs.  

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