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Diligent John Vital

I am Diligent John Vital, born on the 27th of March, 1960. I am a Haitian and I have been living and teaching in the town of Jacmel, Haiti, for sometime. Jacmel is located in the southeastern part of Haiti. I speak French and Creole fluently, and am hoping to be as fluent in English someday. I am a licensed pastor and teacher as well. I like to help children, particularly the orphans. I am now working at the orphanage being founded by Mr. Vance Simms. Thank you.

Margaret Laurore

My name is Margaret Laurore, the wife of Pastor Diligent. I was born on December 5, 1961. I got married December 26, 1992; following my marriage, I left my family and went to live with my husband. Shortly thereafter, I became pregnant and now we have five children. Because of the hardships we have to live through everyday, I have gone through many trials bringing up my children. However, God was always there to protect and help me and my family, as it says in Psalms 34:8, "Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." My experiences have caused me to have a deeper love for people. Now I have the opportunity to work at the orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti founded by Mr. Vance Simms. Thank you.

From left to right: Diligent John Vital, Margaret Laurore and Andre Belanston.

Andre Belanston

My name is Andre Belanston and I was born in Haiti, which automatically makes me a Haitian. I am thirty nine years old. While I was a kid, my mother and father passed away, I then became an orphan. I then stayed in an orphanage for sometime before I met an American family who brought me to Wisconsin for school. I lived in Wisconsin for about twenty nine years before coming back to Haiti three years ago. It has been a dream of mine to someday open an orphanage so to give back what has been given to me. Though I have not been able to do so, my dream somehow came true after meeting Vance Simms, an American citizen, who came to Haiti and started an orphanage of which I have been placed as the director. Vance, I thank God for enabling you to accomplish this dream of yours while making mine come true. We love you for having a reaching-out-kind-of heart and appreciate you for being a man of courage.

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