‘One Gift, One Child’ mission declared a success

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‘One Gift, One Child’ mission declared a success

Pierre and Natalie Charlotin have made the trip to Haiti before, but never with 1,500 toys in tow.

The Charlotins started their mission “One Gift, One Child” five years ago and have since donated hundreds of toys and shoes to children in Haiti, Pierre’s original country. This year, however, with the help of Schreiner University faculty, staff and students and community help, “One Gift, One Child” has grown by leaps and bounds.

“We’re permantently moving back to Haiti in a year and a half, and this is a great way to build connection and offer children hope,” Natalie Charlotin said.

The Charlotins started the mission work after noticing how little people in Haiti had—especially the children.

“One gift, one child is about salvation and hope,” Pierre Charlotin said. “This toy will eventually wear out, but our hope in Christ is forever.”

Jeffery Hensel and Katie Dorsey, both freshmen at Schreiner, donated a total of 60 toys and raised money to benefit people of Haiti.

“This hit close to home,” Hensel said. “What we have in our lives would be bountiful to the people of Haiti.”

Dorsey, who is majoring in Ministry and Religion, said the mission work captured a lot of peoples’ attention on campus, and she has learned a lot about Haiti and hopes to visit next summer.

“This has required a lot of faith,” she said. “We don’t know these people, but God is expanding our faith and horizons through this project.”

The Rev. Gini Norris-Lane, Schreiner University minister, said she hopes to take a mission trip to Haiti next year, but was so proud and excited to be a part of “One Gift, One Child.”

“We’ll keep praying and going in faith,” she said. “We don’t have to go to Haiti to make things happen.”

The Charlotins will leave for Haiti Dec. 19 and return Jan. 1, 2013.

For more information, visit www.schreiner.edu or email vanorrislane@schreiner.edu.