In the mid 1990’s, God gave Pere a vision to take care of children in need as his heart was tugged each time he saw the children begging in town. Sharing this calling with others, he realized that Brother Philippe and Milo Jean had the same passion to assist youth in need. God provided partners along the way and in 1996, land was purchased in Poteau. A boys' home was constructed and the first 30 boys moved in on March 31, 1997. A girls' home was constructed later and 20 girls moved in during February 1999.
CFNE has been home to more than 70 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 to live in a pleasant and safe Christian environment. The youth leave the home at age 20 and we continue to provide assistance with education through secondary school and university. Our youth have graduated from university with medical, diplomacy, law, agronomy and education degrees.
The children’s home is blessed with Robinson as the director and a dedicated team of house parents and staff, each with a passion 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 safe haven for vulnerable women.
Seven young women were in the intial group of residents. Robinson, Director of the Children's Home, and his wife Elda, and sons live in the duplex adjoining the House of Hope. They serve as mentors to these young women.
There are 2 opportunities for sponsoring a child: