I’ve traveled to Haiti and supported GVCM for many years. It’s been exciting to see this ministry’s growth and success in changing the future of Haiti. The leadership is prayerful, selfless and driven. This ministry has changed and improved countless lives in Haiti and America, including mine. I strongly encourage support of GVCM and travel to Haiti and allow GVCM to change your life too.
I have had the great privilege of getting to know the people of Haiti, more specifically the people of GVCM over the the last 3 years. I am proud to say that the people of GVCM have become family. It has been a blessing and an honor to serve alongside GVCM on several different levels. GVCM welcomes and loves everyone with open arms and a serving heart.
The heart of GVCM is truly to serve. With 58 churches, 17 schools and All God's Children Orphanage, GVCM is truly bringing the hope and light of Christ into the darkest depths of Haiti. I have had the opportunity to see with my own two eyes the great impact that GVCM is making, not just on each of the communities that they have churches and schools located in, but truly the entire country of Haiti. It seems as if every Haitian I've ever talked to outside of GVCM, whether in the airport or a surrounding community, knows of the kind heart that Pastor Yves so fully and so willingly loves others with. I've never met a GVCM Pastor who has ever not prayed over myself and the people I am with. I've never encountered a GVCM Staff Member who has ever hesitated to serve and assist however they may be able to. When I travel to Haiti, I have the opportunity to stay at All God's Children Orphanage and the children will change your life. I have developed deep relationships with many of the children in the orphanage who have rocked my world and changed my way of thinking and loving. I couldn't be more thankful for the work that God is doing through Pastor Yves, the Staff, Pastors, Children and Ministry of GVCM. Mesi Jezi!
GVCM is an amazing organization that impacts many lives in Haiti. They are resourceful with the resources they have and work extremely hard to meet the needs of as many people as possible. They support many communities develop by helping to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of the people they serve. While staying at GVCM, the staff is extremely hospitable and willing to help in any way they can, if you have a question or need something all you have to do is ask and they will do whatever they can to help your stay go smoothly. They value each and every one of the children in their care at all God’s Children Orphanage and do all they can to help each child reach their fullest potential. I am so thankful for all that GVCM does in Haiti and I am so thankful that I have gotten to play a small part in serving with them.
I have been visiting GVCM for almost a year. I have made five trips to the orphanage because my first trip opened my eyes to not only the needs of the children there but to how even the smallest work of kindness can go a very long way, both materially and especially emotionally or spiritually. The orphanage has always been so welcoming and thankful for anything I’ve done and has taught me so much about human connection. Their staff give their whole lives to care for the children and the families around them. It’s inspired me to do the same.
I recently traveled to GVCM in Dec 2018 with other volunteers from my home church. From the moment we arrived to the airport to the moment we left GVCM was there to welcome us and assist us the whole way through. Entering GVCM was like entering a safe haven in the middle of Haiti. They provide a safe space for the volunteers and orphans to walk hand in hand and connect with one another. Even more they provide a life for the orphans that guarantee them protection, food, shelter, community, education, a clinic and a church. GVCM is more than an organization, it’s a big family with the Lord as their foundation. The amount of love I received during my one week visit was inspiring. To say a visit to GVCM is life changing is an understatement. It’s been over a month and my heart is still full. GVCM has encouraged me to live a life that gives more for the Lord and for others. I encourage everyone to step out in faith and visit GVCM at least once in their life. What you end up receiving is far more than you could ever give back.
GVCM is an absolutely wonderful organization that does such amazing work in the lives of Haitian communities. I led a team of young adults to Haiti in December of 2018, and was welcomed immensely by the staff there. We were able to work alongside Paster Yves and many others that work at the GVCM orphanage and school to distribute shoes to the kids in the surrounding areas. This organization goes above and beyond for their visitors, but their compassion and love for the people of Haiti is what sets them apart. This organization is God-honoring, and aims to share the gospel and the love of Christ with the people of Haiti in any way they can. I would recommend GVCM to anyone who is looking for an organization in Haiti to work alongside with!
The GVCM organization has truly blessed many, many lives with very little funding. With over 130 children, ~58 churches, ~17 schools and a large sustained farm this operation is extremely busy. Every visit I have made has been truly an awesome experience. The staff does all that they can to in sure a good experience for visitors.
I have been part of this ministry since it began in 2000. I have traveled throughout the country doing medical clinics, training pastors, preaching and visiting churches. GVCM has always taken care of me and my teams. There have been some challenges and hardships along the way but the people of GVCM have always been there and helped us through.
GVCM has made a difference in 1000’s of lives- Haitians and the volunteers that visit Haiti. Pastor Yves is a man of integrity who has sacraficed much to help is fellow Haitians. I have traveled to Haiti for many years and have seen so many improvements it is hard to even name all the good that has been accomplished!
Thousands of kids attend schools sponsored by GVCM, a farm is producing food, wells have been dug in many communities, a clinic has recently built and every year multiple remote villages receive medical attention, over 100 kids are growing up in a safe home receiving education and food and love, a library was established, a radio station promotes Christian living, homes have been built for widows, preachers are trained and churches are growing...the list goes on and on.
If you want an experience and opportunity that will change your life and improve the situation for those in Haiti, volunteer for a trip to GVCM and serve with other like minded people or be blessed by giving funds to help the Gospel be lived out in action!
Global Vision Citadelle Ministries has been a huge blessing to our church family. We have brought over 100 people over several trips to serve the people of Haiti alongside GVCM. We have seen God move in many ways in the lives of our team and the communities we have visited. The orphanage is an amazing place to identify and visit the children you can sponsor. That's right, you can visit the child you sponsor. There are several churches and schools within the GVCM network that you can serve in many ways as well. Pastor Yves is a man of integrity and his staff is a great team to work with.
Pastor Matthew Misiano
Care and Missions Pastor
Over the years I have helped dozens of orphanages from Cameroon to Calcutta, where in the 1970s I once volunteered in Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying Destitute. I know the difference between service and disservice. But whether Christian or non-Christian when the leader ( in this case GVCM’s head pastor) and volunteers live far better than the orphans they come to serve, then ask yourself, who is the orphanage really for? And when the GVCM’s Haitian accountant drives a nice Montero 4x4, but asks for sponsors at the orphanage’s online site, as does the pastor’s brother-in-law, then what is going on? These are just two examples. And while the pastor and (spoiled) American volunteers live with air-con, screens on the windows of their nice rooms, and eat meat everyday, the 130 Haitian orphans live without all of these. So then what is it all about? Is this a model to follow or to oppose?
I voluntarily came to GVCM towards the end of February 2017 and seeded a nice nursery of 3000 Hawaiian papayas in grow bags at their 40 acre farm. One papaya in the area costs over 125 Haitian gourdes, or about $2. And the kids at GVCM rarely eat any fruit. Soon I began some investigations into disparities and irregularities I was witnessing.
The end of my time at GVCM suddenly happened March 5th, 2017, ironically about one hour after the head pastor gave his sermon. A US woman volunteer said something to the head pastor about certain things I mentioned, though I know not what. And once before she lied to me, so who knows what she said?
Suddenly, much to my surprise, the head pastor approached me seething in anger. He told me to leave immediately. Going then to pack my things he followed me to my room. But within a few seconds he violently attacked from behind and pushed me very hard sending me stumbling forward. Then he threatened to call the police and have me thrown in jail. “For what,"I asked? On my way up the stairs to my room he grabbed me from behind again almost making us fall. Again he threatened to have me thrown in jail. He refused to let me get my things and told me to leave without them. Of course I refused. Finally he and the woman, who precipitated all this, got my stuff and took it down for me to pack. “This is how you treat someone, who has just spent some days seeding 3000 Hawaiian papayas,” I ask the head pastor? “I don’t care about those papayas,” he barked back. Then when leaving I was refused exit by the orphanage’s 24 hour guard armed with a stubby 19 guage shot gun. Only when the head pastor gave him permission to open the huge steel gate could I leave.
The Friday night before the head pastor slept in Port-au-Prince’s 5 star Marriott Hotel, which overlooks one of the world’s worst slums. When departing I wished him, ”Enjoy the view!” And the night before he and his brother and two other pastor-d-zastors paid another hotel $320. I refused and slept outside, which they didn’t like. But while they spent over $500 for two short nights, yet the orphans have no fans and screens on their windows to keep out the hoards of mosquitos. I guess the head pastor feels he is entitled and learned all this from his father, who also runs an orphanage in Haiti. But one can one expect from an orphanage named after Haiti’s horrendous Citadel, whose 19th century builder, Haiti’s king Henri Christophe, murdered thousands?
So now I know that the man Ron, whose post GVCM people try to disparage, is correct.
At GVCM, we believe that serious allegations deserve a thoughtful response. This particular reviewer alleges that GVCM takes better care of its staff and guests than the children in its care, that our executive director/ head pastor lives large, and that we kicked out the reviewer for no stated reason. We will respond to each of these allegations in individual comments (due to word count restrictions). In general, the reviewer assumes that all people who serve the poor must live in poverty comparable to the people they serve. By extension, this would imply that everyone who serves the homeless in the U.S. should also give up their homes. We think this approach is a bad way to encourage people with talent and treasure to share their resources with the poor. Furthermore, our organization did ask the reviewer to leave, because of his malicious behavior, and because our responsibility to the people we serve is greater than the fear of offending someone who may leave an unpleasant review.
First, our Haitian staff is paid the prevailing market wage for the services they perform. Just like anywhere else in the world, pay is commensurate with an employee’s level of responsibility and skills. We know that a job advertisement for an accountant that says the accountant would be “required to live in desperate poverty as a condition of employment” would not result in us getting a quality accountant who would faithfully manage the funds people entrust to us. We’re proud to provide our staff with quality jobs in a country that has chronic unemployment. As far as visitors, they all pay for the amenities they receive as well as simultaneously donating to help us provide for the people we serve. In the winter, many of our North American visitors are coming from places that are 50+ degrees colder than Haiti. If we didn’t provide air-conditioning, many would experience heat related illnesses and few would return to help us support our ministry.
Second, our executive director’s annual income is about 20% less than the national average for non-profit executive directors – this is about the same as a McDonalds manager, except with fewer benefits. In exchange for this salary, he typically works about 60-80 hours a week and is separated from his wife and sons in the U.S. for most of the year. His wife also works a separate job full-time to help them provide for their family and future. How our director chooses to spend his money is up to him, but a large portion of it ends up finding its way back to Haiti to care for the people has dedicated his entire life to serving. This is a labor of love for our director, as anyone who has spent time with him can attest.
Finally, we are not in the habit of kicking out guests for no reason. We did ask this reviewer to depart early, because he was taking young men from the community out drinking and using the opportunity to denigrate GVCM. He was spreading unfounded rumors to staff, visitors, and the community, that GVCM was engaged in criminal activity. His beliefs may have been sincere, and made sense in the context of his other conspiratorial beliefs about Christianity and the United States. Regardless of his motives, GVCM works very hard to build trust with the people we serve and we could not continue to host someone who was viciously spreading lies about our organization. Our director made the decision that the reviewer had to leave. That confrontation was conducted in a professional way which we submit that the reviewer has misrepresented in his own interest. We have three corroborating accounts for why we asked this reviewer to leave, which we would share with anyone who has serious concerns.
Pastor Yves is a blessing to the people and children of Haiti. You can support this ministry with confidence. He does so much with so little.
I have been leading mission teams to Haiti through GVCM.org for 13 years. This organization is doing amazing things including running an orphanage with 130+ children. GVCM has planted and partnered with Churches throughout Haiti that provide schooling to over 6,500 children. If you are looking to donate or go to Haiti, this organization is highly recommended!
Ron has no idea what he is talking about. I see how the money is used and it is used to feed the children, educate them, drilling water wells for a community to be self-sufficient, and helping the community around them by giving them food. I have been there a few times the past couple of years.
It was an awesome experience. The radio station Ron talks about is a volunteer ran and spreads the word of god to a community full of despair. Pastor Yves should be praised for his good work and should never be ridiculed by people like Ron that doesn't have any idea what he is talking about.
Ron doesn't know what he is talking about. I have been to Haiti and seen the work this group does, first hand. They build churches and schools, help people with work. They also are drilling water wells and doing a lot of other good work.
This 'Charity' does nothing more than take advantage of a desperate situation in order to create positions of power for people who do absolutely nothing to deserve it. These people receive donations meant to assist the people of Haiti and divert them into book stores, radio stations and housing that divide communities and spread sudo science. badly needed resources are squandered on indoctrinating desperate people.
GVCM is a Haitian-led ministry that makes no apologies about the fact that we believe in the teachings of Christ. We empower Haitian pastors to teach Haitian congregations about the value of hard work, faith, and love. We also provide free or low cost medical treatment to no fewer than 20,000 patients and education to 6,000 children each year. We have a free library, but no book stores; we partner with a radio station, but spend less than 1% of our resources on it. Our highest paid staff member could have made the same annual income as a McDonald's manager and done so without having to live in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. I'm sorry that Ron seems to oppose all religious charities; Christian charities have done a lot of good in Haiti, and we are proud to be numbered among them.
Review from Guidestar