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Mission: CHARIS (Greek for God's Grace) operates in complete obedience to God, giving Him His rightful place in determining the path and goals of His ministry that He has, by grace, allowed us to perform. Thus, CHARIS, primarily focuses on the unseen spiritual needs in Haiti, and secondarily on the seen physical needs, always remembering that our success is completely dependent on God's will and never ours.

Results: CURRENT MISSION PROJECTS: Bible Study/Evangelization to Vodou Priests/Camps •A pioneer ministry that touches the heart of Haiti's true spiritual/physical/emotional/financial problems.​ Ecole Christian Communautaire de Macary (The Community Christian School of Macary) •Provide free education for all 700 children in the 12 mile radius of the school through funding staff salaries. •Build 3 multi-purpose buildings that would: seat 1,000 children/people, used as a school Monday-Friday and a church on Sunday. Ecole Bon Berger de Marigot (Bon Berger Christian School of Marigot) •Provide uniforms and general school supplies for each student. •Provide free education for 88 students (including 17 orphans that come to our porch daily) through funding staff salaries. Mobile Clinic / Porch Clinic •Establish a porch clinic/mobile clinic to serve the mountain communities by hosting medical professionals/teams throughout the year. Family Prayer Sponsorships •No strings attached, except your heart strings!

Programs: Free education initiative program: our free education initiative program was continued this year, providing free education to now 1,050 students for the 2014-2015 school year, by supporting the directors and teachers at the following schools, in the following villages: macary, haiti - ecole communautaire de macary; marigot, haiti - ecole bon berger de marigot; and in peredo, haiti - little rabbits christian preschool.

on the ground evangelism program: we started regular group bible studies in peredo (charistan's camp) and marigot (house church), as well as, individual bible studies with 20+ hougans and mambos. 100s of haitian creole new testaments have been distributed to adults and school aged children in the villages around us. Every student in our schools and every person in our house church now has a bible. 100s of haitian creole tracks have been passed out in new villages by our short-term mission teams. 18 audio bibles in haitian creole were passed out to blind haitians, illiterate vodou priests, directors of the schools (to be used in the classroom), etc. We hosted 2 pastoral training seminars with 58 pastors-giving 18 of the pastor's we work directly with either a french study bible and/or french bible commentaries. A film projector was donated this year, which has allowed us to incorporate 2 christian films in creole, (magdala and the story of jesus for children) into our ministry.

building project: we have completed 2 of the three new buildings being built for our village in macary. These buildings will make it possible for 1,000 students to attend school in a comfortable, spacious setting. Finished the foundation and bathrooms for the third and final building. Our goal is to complete the 3rd building by january 2015, as well as, build 3 small offices for our directors by january 2016. The completed buildings are being used weekly for school (primary only), church services on sunday and thursday and clinic/meeting space for when our short-term mission teams come in.

feeding program: beans and rice meals were donated and distributed to our schools in macary (ecole communautaire de macary), marigot (ecole bon berger de marigot), peredo (little rabbits preschool) and dupont (ecole communautaire de dupont), as well as, shared with an orphanage in port au prince (new life orphanage). Mobile dental/medical clinics: in january and march, (with medical and dental professionals who came on our short-term mission trips), we held dental clinics/medical clinics everywhere we went (literally - in villages,. . At the hotel, in former vodou camps. . . . Everywhere. We. Went! ). We pulled 100s of teeth. (one village said that it had been 45 years since anyone had brought help to them like we did! 45 years! ! ! ), gave out over the counter medicine and provided relief to many people who were suffering. We were able to provide eye glasses, hearing aids, tooth brushes and tooth paste, etc. ,

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ashley189

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing non-profit! Giant, loving hearts out to help all.

Kelley13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chairs is an incredible non-profit. They truly embody what it means to serve. They focus on helping people by building relationships, coming along side those in the communities, working to help them create self-sufficient prospering community.

Phil27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible ministry lead by some incredible people!

Jacqueline40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity ran founded by even more amazing people!! The work that they do for the people of Haiti is truly incredible. The love and compassion that they show for them is beyond astonishing. I am so grateful that I was able to be apart of a fundraiser for them!

Robin134

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Malcom and Joy are touching lives in Haiti and really making a difference in so many ways but especially bringing God to the lost. Their love for the Haitians show every day in every way! Please keep them in your prayers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Life changing amazing people who bring hope to lives in Haiti!

Nicole174

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Malcolm and Joy are passionate and dedicated to the work God has sent them to do in Haiti. I always appreciate hearing a word from Malcolm when he visits my home church. It's also great to see how many lives this ministry is touching not only in Haiti, but also those who have gone to volunteer for this organization.

Marcus10

Board Member

Rating: 5

Charis 4 Haiti is an amazing ministry and they are truly serving Haiti unlike most NGO's. They are the real deal!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Malcolm, Joy, and their kids are the most dedicated family on the planet. They are tireless, patient, genuine, and work to make lasting change in the lives of the people of Haiti. I have worked with them personally and have seen firsthand how they sacrifice their lives to bring the gospel.

I love Charis because I know every penny is going to the people of Haiti that need spiritual and humanitarian help the most!

Janelle F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A blessed group of gifted people who donate their lives to helping others.

3 Kyle38

Board Member

Rating: 5

Charis (aka the Henderson family) are truly committed to continuing the work of Jesus Christ and his ministry by providing for the physical needs (medical, dental, sustenance, etc.), educational needs and most importantly, introducing the unreached people of Haiti to the saving message of the Christian gospel. If you want your charitable giving to achieve the maximal effect - to do the most good for the most people - this is the organization you should consider donating to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you are moved by the material and spiritual poverty found in the island nation of Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, consider financially supporting Charis. The primary mission of Charis is to spread the Good News to those in rural Haiti who have never heard it, and turn hearts towards a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Charis missionaries also understand that education and adequate health care are pillars that predispose individuals to live a fulfilling life. Thus, Charis has started elementary schools that are free to the families (unlike other primary schools), provides health care and is developing initiatives that could impact the economics of the areas inhabitants.

Your financial donation goes a long way; funds are wisely utilized and people's lives are directly impacted for the better. Look hard at their website! You'll be inspired.

3 Reece R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience in Haiti participating in daily activities and experiences each day for about three weeks. I never would have thought a year or tow ago that I'd love and strive to do ministry. Thank you for everything you've done for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My recent experience with Charis was life changing. I was especially moved by the commitment, dedication and integrity demonstrated by Malcolm and Joy - the leaders and founders of this organization. I watched them selflessly and tirelessly move daily to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the many widows, orphans and poor in the nation of Haiti. Their commitment to truth and bringing the light of God's Word and His saving grace to many who have lost hope was rewarding to witness and an honor to be a part of. I look forward to a continued and ongoing involvement with this ministry.

4 Kyle30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of serving with Charis for their college summer internship during June and July. Joy and Malcolm are two people that have imprinted Jesus's battle cry to their hearts and minds. They serve with obedience and love in every single capacity of their ministry. They do the work of about a hundred missionaries with just a handful of people. To be considered a 'great non profit', although very honorable in its nature, would be a far understatement. This ministry, and the Henderson family are breathing life changing kingdom work to the landscape of Haiti. I am a proud friend and brother in Christ - much love and respect!

3 Evan9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I travelled to Haiti with my wife in June 2015 to help provide medical care, distribute aid, and worship with the people of Haiti! We had a wonderful time and witnessed first hand the impact Charis is having in the lives of the people of Haiti for God's kingdom. They are truly Christ-centered and have a clear evangelism focus.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Charis is an organization that is on fire for the Lord and His work here on Earth! They are very in-tune with what God wants to do through them and they are led by the Spirit, not by their own will. As a volunteer helping with their newsletters, I feel like they update their support force very well with what they are doing in Haiti. It brings me much joy being apart of their background support group - it's like we're all in this together!

3 Lindsey31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not enough people in this world to give their time and lives like the people of Charis. They are definitely angels on earth!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned with CHARIS this past summer and it was incredible and life-changing. The days in Haiti are long and hard, but the people of CHARIS are truly acting as God's vessels to share His love and grace with all the people of Haiti, especially those involved with Vodou.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Charis leadership and adaptability was evident from even before the trip to Haiti, what with the multiple supportive and detailed pre-trip instructive emails and availability for questions. On the ground, a good variety of experiences were offered and you felt you were being competently and safely ushered through each environment. The feedback, responsiveness, and sense of togetherness was inclusive to all the personalities in our group. The Christian faith was expressed and embraced openly and warmly with many opportunities to live it out in practical ways to the Haitian people. I would recommend this nonprofit as a very reasonable means cost-wise, and as an emboldening, eye-opening, inspiring way to light a fire in your heart about sharing who Jesus is and how He offers eternal life.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As one who is involved in the movement away from good deeds that scratch the surface, to involvement that solves problems, I was glad to see Charis pushing in the right direction and that it's interested in not causing unnecessary interference with local culture.