Serving one another in love...
In the mid-1990s, God gave Pere a vision to take care of children in need as his heart was saddened each time he saw children begging in town. Sharing this calling with others, he realized that Brother Philippe and Milo Jean had the same passion for assisting youth in need. God provided partners along the way, and in 1996, land was purchased at Poteau. A boys' home was constructed, and the first 30 boys moved in on March 31, 1997. A girls' home was constructed in February 1999, and 20 young girls moved in immediately.
CFNE has been home to more than 75 youth for quite a few years now. Each one has an opportunity for spiritual discipleship and training, to attend school, enjoy nutritious meals, participate in vocational training, and live in a pleasant and safe Christian environment. Youth graduate from the children's home at age 20, and we continue to assist with education through secondary school, vocational training, and university. Several children's home youth have graduated from vocational school with diplomas in sewing, cosmetology, plumbing, electrical, welding, carpentry, and mechanics. Others have graduated from university with education, medical, diplomacy, law, agronomy, accounting, business administration, and seminary theology degrees. It's our goal to promote and provide educational opportunities to all youth living in the children's home.
Jonas Vertus came to live at the children's home when he was 7-years old. In 2021 he graduated from Emmaus University with a seminary degree and assumed the role of children's home director. Jonas brings a unique understanding to this role from his experience growing up in the children's home. He leads a dedicated team of house parents and staff, each passionate to nurture these youth with the Lord's love.
Funding is primarily received through six sponsorships per youth at $25/month. Sponsors are encouraged to visit and communicate with their youth via letters and cards. The children are eager to receive these notes and visits and also pray for their sponsors on a regular basis.
The House of Hope was completed in September 2014. It shelters young women graduating from the Children's Home who don't have a good alternative place to live. This home serves a great need, providing a haven for vulnerable women while they complete their education. Currently, ten young women live at the House of Hope, led by Martina, a children's home graduate.
The Victory House was renovated and expanded in 2020. It provides housing for young men 18 years-old and up. Victory House provides a safe, comfortable place for young men who lack family support as they transition to independent living while completing their education. Currently, five young men call Victory House home.
There are 2 opportunities for sponsoring a child:
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