Rick & Cindy Zimmerman
Twelve years ago, I Cindy, was invited to go to Haiti by a local physician who was heading up a short-term medical mission team. I am embarrassed to say, the first time he invited me, I said, “NO”. I was not interested in traveling to a third world country or stay in a tent, without the conveniences we enjoy here in this country. I never camped a day in my life and had no intention of doing it. But God had another plan. The next year he asked me again and I had the same reaction, only this time he ran it by my husband, and my husband said, “I think you should go.” As I searched the Word of God, to find reasons not to go, my Bible readings all pointed to the fact that I needed to go. It was a huge faith builder for me. I had to totally rely on God for the finances, for strength to overcome my fears and insecurities. But Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” kept coming back to me over and over again. So I went. It changed my life forever. No longer was it about me but about serving God and serving a people that I fell in love with. As time went on, I began leading teams to Haiti and eventually, after another faith building set of circumstances was led to the mountain village of Charrier. It was here that I found my passion.
We’ve brought teams to Charrier for 6 years. We built a mission house on the property of the Estimé family who have partnered with us to serve the community of Charrier as well as visiting foreigners. We work together to build relationships and as much as we minister to the Haitians, this family ministers to team members. This has been a journey for us as a couple. For many years, I, Cindy have traveled to Haiti mostly by myself, leaving Rick here in the United States to keep the home fires burning. It was basically my (Cindy’s thing) Recently Rick has received a passion for Haiti too, and we are traveling more and more together as a couple to work side by side in Haiti. We are 58 years old and feel God is leading us to travel more frequently to Haiti, leading teams and spending time working in the Children’s Home in Charrier. We desire to be the liaison between the Haitian community where we serve and our supporters in the United States. God has blessed us richly. Never in our wildest dreams have we ever thought our lives would take such a path as this but it has truly been an adventure of a lifetime. We love serving the people of Haiti and hope to continue as long a God allows us.
Zacharie & Stevie Estime
Zacharie & Stevie met when Stevie went to Haiti for a one week trip in 2011. They became friends, but never thought they’d meet again. However, after college graduation, Stevie returned to Haiti for a 4 month trip to teach english to the children in Charrier. Zacharie was her translator over that time. Soon into the trip, Stevie & Zacharie were drawn together by their passion for children’s ministry. Both had lost their fathers at young ages. So in their different countries yet similar family situations, they both witnessed firsthand, the struggles of a single parent home and the challenges it can cause. Their hearts go out to the many children in Haiti who grow up in like scenarios whether with one parent or without any.
Zacharie is the Haitian director of New Life Mission – Haiti, Inc. as well the project coordinator for New Life Children’s Home. He also assists Cindy in leading teams who come to Haiti. He and Stevie are back and forth from Haiti at this time but plan to be in Haiti full time by 2018 to be directors of New Life Children’s Home.
The Estime Family
The Estime Family is vital to making our teams experience the true Haitian culture. Our mission house is built on “Manman” Estime’s land. She, her daughters, and granddaughters are in charge of the authentic & delicious meals. They spend hours in preparation for each team; cleaning, going to market, and making sure everything is ready for our arrival. The boys of the family help with translating, organizing building projects, and helping out in any way our team members need. They are instrumental in every aspect of our mission. This family opens up their home and their hearts to every single person who walks through their gate.