Pastor Yves Innocent Louis
Pastor of the orphanage, school, and church in
north of Port au Prince, Pastor Yves Innocent Louis (Pastor Yves) moved
to the city when a young man, met his wife (Anna Rose) and married in
1984. He has seven biological children- many of whom are involved in his ministry in some way. He has been at his current location in Port au Prince since
1994 when he purchased land on faith. God had given him a vision of
having a church, school and orphanage to serve the community where he
lived. He first built the church and then shortly after he opened the
orphanage and now has a school as well with a daily attendance of about 300-400 though enrollment is greater than that.
Port au Prince
The orphanage is currently only a home for girls (though as of Jan 2013 there were four boys- brothers of some of the girls to keep the siblings
together) but when it first opened it was for both girls and boys. He
started with 40 children and has had about that number ever since. That
is, until October 2011 when he got the "new" girls (and us) from
Carrefour. In Jan. 2012 there were 84 children at the orphanage, 3 full
time "servants" to help with care of the orphans and a groundskeeper.
There are also two women who come at night to sleep with the children
in case they need a mother figure or assistance at night. These women also help get the
girls ready for school in the morning before they leave for their own homes/families. Currently many of the former Son of God girls have been reunited with family so the orphanage has about 60 children on the roster.
Pastor Yves' children are very involved in the ministry- it is truly a
family affair. His daughters Michelle and Fabiola are involved as
Director of the Orphanage and School respectively. His son Lens is the
principal of the school and has also been doing great "team building
activities" with the orphans to build and maintain healthy interpersonal
relationships. He is never satisfied with "good enough" and has been
working all these years at improving the facilities for the church,
school and orphanage- always building something or changing things. He
was building a professional school (to teach cooking, baking, sewing,
flower arranging, etc..) but has now decided to use that building to
house the orphans so they can spread out a bit. We are still getting to know Pastor Yves and hear
his heart, but he seems to be a good, honest man who loves children and
loves the Lord. We look forward to many years partnering with him and
his facility in Port au Prince.