Our Latest Love
Meet two of the Haitians that LoveBig have supported since 2015. Dieufanel and Miradieu finally made their way into America in June and we have loved every minute that they have been here so far. They are currently taking English classes and a job class and are working on obtaining their work visas. When asked what their favorite thing about being in America was, Miradieu answered “everything. I am thankful for my family that God gave me here in the U.S. everyday”. Dieufanel answered “I feel happy, I feel safe. I’m happy for my family in the U.S. I want to work to send money to my family in Haiti”
by: Jared Baker
Around this time last year, Angela talked with me about something she was considering. She’s had a lot of adversity thrown at her in her adult life. Circumstances that by themselves would shake any Christian’s faith. But because of her faith she came through each of them stronger. She told me she was thinking about writing a book about her experiences, with the hope being that it could help someone dealing with a tragedy and struggling in their faith. So through last spring and summer, she wrote, rewrote, and ended up with what I thought was an excellent book about her trials, struggling with, and ultimately strengthening her faith. Unfortunately, before it could be printed, there was another chapter that needed to be written. If you or someone you know is going through extremely difficult times, or if you’re just interested in seeing how one person can have so many hard things come their way and get through them stronger than before, please read this book. All proceeds from its sale go to the loveBig organization that feeds and educates children in Haiti. I know I’m biased, but it’s a very good read. Angela, I’m so very proud of you. You’re pretty amazing.
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loveBig celebrates Grand Opening by: Katie Powel
This isn’t just any second-hand store. The loveBig Closet at 700 West Broadway street in Lawrenceburg, KY officially opened on Saturday, but unlike most stores, they do not make a profit. The loveBig Closet is part of the nonprofit ministry, loveBig, and was started as a way to raise support for their mission work in Haiti. “Just trying to make a difference,” said Melody Bird, one of the staff member at loveBig Closet.
Their shop is a cute, little place that sells gently used clothing at steal prices. The shop is neat and clean and offers a good selection includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as shoes, purses and accessories. If you want a deal, this is the place to get it; women’s jeans are a steal at $2 a pair, and coats are $4. All clothing sold at the loveBig Closet is donated, and they only take gently used items. The place is reminiscent of a small-town boutique but with amazing prices and an important cause, it is hard to beat.
The proceeds from the store go to support the mission’s two schools and two feeding center in Haiti. They hope to empower families to maintain their family units and to break the cycle of poverty. loveBig accomplishes this by providing food and education to the Haitian peopl, loveBig also partner with Christian Covenant Home Orphange to help support and educated the orpahns of Haiti. loveBig’s vision at the orphange is to help prepare these children for the hope of future jobs trade school or university.
loveBig is a faith-based organization, and as such their mission is to, “Evangelize. Educate. Empower. In Christ and through Christ.” Throughout their website and Facebook page, they emphasize the importance of loving God and loving your neighbor according to Matthew 22:37-39.
The mission, as a whole, began with the vision of two women, Angela Logdon and Tiffany Evans. They took their first mission trip to Haiti in 2015, and since then they felt that God was calling them to continue serving the Haitian people. After prayer and several return trips to Haiti, the women felt called to assist with Pastor Supreme’s feeding program in Mina, Haiti.
With the founding of loveBig, their hope was to provide funds and support for Pator Supreme’s feeding program as well as to support a school in Mina .The village of Mina, has approximately 150 children who do not have a consistent source of food. The feeding program seeks to provide that food for these children, and the school seeks to provide them with an education. There are approximately 260 children currently enrolled at the Mina school.
The ministry also supports a school in feeding center in Puerta Prince, Haiti, and there are currently around 60 children enrolled in that school.
For those interested in supporting this ministry, you can donate to the organization, buy clothing from the loveBig Closet, or donate clothing and accessories to be sold at the closet. Either way, you are helping to keep this ministry running, and you might just get a new outfit in the process.
loveBig is excited to announce that we are partnering with our dear friend Junior Charles and 360 Project to support a second school and feeding center in Haiti!
Junior Charles started the Eglise Baptiste Point de La Vie church on the first Sunday of January of 2017 in Meilleur, Haiti. In 2018, he and the church opened the Institution Mixte Bread of Life school to support the families of the church and the community. Jerry Gifford and Life Point Church partnered with Junior to support the church and school. Once the school was established, Jerry & Life Point Church started 360 Project to financially support the school. The school started with 34 students and over the years they have grown to 68 students. Six months after the school started they expanded the school to offer a feeding program for the students as well. Due to many recent factors 360 Project reached out to loveBig and asked us to partner with them to support this amazing ministry. After many months of prayer the loveBig board feel that God is leading us to expand our ministry and combine our two ministries into one. loveBig will begin supporting both ministries on August 1, 2022.
loveBig has a long and blessed relationship with Junior Charles. Angela and I met Junior on first our mission trip to Haiti. Junior was our faithful guide, interpretor, liaison and answered our thousand questions. When we decided to return just two short months later Junior again was our guide and liaison. Angela and I quickly established a friendship with Junior and He has been a major support to us and the loveBig ministry in Haiti. We have been had the blessing of meeting his beautiful wife and children and worshipping with them in his church during our many trips to Haiti.
We are so excited to work directly with Junior Charles and pray that God will use this ministry to bless the people in the community and that many will come to know the Lord through this school and feeding center.
Sweet time of fellowship at Eglise Baptiste Point de La Vie
Junior Charles visit to Kentucky
Students at Istitution Mixte Bread of Life
Mina Feeding Center
Christians learn from early childhood, what a joy it is to give. Many of us get a warm feeling inside when we do something nice for someone, and giving to others is truly always rewarding. During a recent mission trip, I received a true blessing by observing an example of Mark 12: 41-44 played out before my eyes, as I watched the children of Mina, who have so little, freely and generously share almost all they had with others. I watched hungry children eat only a small portion of their bowl of rice, and then place the remaining rice in worn containers to take home to share with others in their family. Watching these children who possess little by United States standards, share almost ½ of their most precious resource; food, with others, revealed something profound to me. The children may have little in terms of worldly possessions, but they possess a Christ like heart that most from more fortunate circumstances could only hope to possess.
On another occasion, during snack time at the Orphanage at Croix du Bouquets, Haiti, a mission worker had two bags of goldfish crackers to share with two boys. After she gave the bags crackers to the kids, there was a quick discussion between the two boys, and one boy quickly took off out of the church. As the mission worker looked through the door to see where the boy had gone, she observed the boy giving his bag of crackers to a less fortunate boy from the village, who although had parents, had little to eat. As sad as it was to observe, it was such a blessing to see children who have so little to spare, to share freely and generously, almost all they possess, with others.
These actions remind me of The Widow’s Offering, Mark 12: 41-44, 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” During my mission trip, I was humbled to realize that no matter how generously I gave of my time, talent or resources that my sacrifice could never compare to the children’s giving. I found it profound that I had gone to Haiti to teach the children about Christ, and set an example of generosity and sharing, but I was the one who was taught a lesson in generosity and was truly blessed.
By Todd Ewing