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Friday
Dec192014

LETTER FROM BILL CODY

It has been my special honor to chair the Okipe co-op leadership team these past three and a half years.  I am so proud of what we have accomplished together in our efforts to "put wind in Mme. Soliette's sails".  As I review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) we agreed to serve together upon, I see that although we didn't find some of the smaller planned details of operation as functional as we might have imagined, we did an outstanding job honoring the spirit and values of the agreement.  One look at the faces and daily lives of the children of the orphanage we know as the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave will tell us this clearly.  
 
As many of you will remember, I volunteered to lead the co-op effort as the chairperson, in keeping with the MOU, for a term of two years.  We decided together at the two year mark that it would be best for the co-op if I carried on in this role for an additional  two year term.  It has always been my intention to pass the baton one day to another committed person so that our co-op could grow in strength and long term sustainability upon the diversity of the leadership multiple stakeholders can bring over time.  It is with tremendous confidence I have nominated Craig Janofski to become our next co-op chairperson.  It has been an absolute pleasure to be in a close working relationship with he and Renee this past year.  It is with a happy heart that I report his confirmation was accomplished by unanimous support of the leadership team.  Craig's term will officially begin as mine ends on December 31st, 2014.
 
Mme. Soliette, the children and our Okipe co-op will always have a special place in my family's heart.  My family and I will remain personally financially committed to Join the Village.  I will be transitioning from the leadership team to the advisory team.  In this capacity, I will continue to volunteer my time by keeping a close and supportive collegiate coaching relationship with Craig & Renee.  I will also help out on the Join the Village Task Force by continuing to help identify, recruit and support select major donors.
 
I look forward to continuing my service, along side each of you, with the leadership of our new chairperson!
 
 
Sincerely,
DEFEND A CHILD | DEVELOP A LEADER | DELIVER A NATION

 

Friday
Dec192014

LETTER FROM BILL CODY

It has been my special honor to chair the Okipe co-op leadership team these past three and a half years.  I am so proud of what we have accomplished together in our efforts to "put wind in Mme. Soliette's sails".  As I review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) we agreed to serve together upon, I see that although we didn't find some of the smaller planned details of operation as functional as we might have imagined, we did an outstanding job honoring the spirit and values of the agreement.  One look at the faces and daily lives of the children of the orphanage we know as the Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave will tell us this clearly.  
 
As many of you will remember, I volunteered to lead the co-op effort as the chairperson, in keeping with the MOU, for a term of two years.  We decided together at the two year mark that it would be best for the co-op if I carried on in this role for an additional  two year term.  It has always been my intention to pass the baton one day to another committed person so that our co-op could grow in strength and long term sustainability upon the diversity of the leadership multiple stakeholders can bring over time.  It is with tremendous confidence I have nominated Craig Janofski to become our next co-op chairperson.  It has been an absolute pleasure to be in a close working relationship with he and Renee this past year.  It is with a happy heart that I report his confirmation was accomplished by unanimous support of the leadership team.  Craig's term will officially begin as mine ends on December 31st, 2014.
 
Mme. Soliette, the children and our Okipe co-op will always have a special place in my family's heart.  My family and I will remain personally financially committed to Join the Village.  I will be transitioning from the leadership team to the advisory team.  In this capacity, I will continue to volunteer my time by keeping a close and supportive collegiate coaching relationship with Craig & Renee.  I will also help out on the Join the Village Task Force by continuing to help identify, recruit and support select major donors.
 
I look forward to continuing my service, along side each of you, with the leadership of our new chairperson!
 
 
Sincerely,
DEFEND A CHILD | DEVELOP A LEADER | DELIVER A NATION

 

Friday
Oct102014

Orphan Sunday

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
On Orphan Sunday, we stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response. From many sources, one voice. Each November, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan. (James 1:27) http://orphansunday.org/about/

So, if you and your church or organization has not already found their partnership for orphan care, please consider partnering with us November 2nd for Orphan Sunday! We are in need of 10 churches willing to help find us 20 individuals/families who can commit to making a $10 minimum monthly pledge. That’s only $0.33 cents a day! If we find these 10 churches, our monthly operational budget for the orphanage will be met completely!  

So here’s the plan, by accepting this challenge you are agreeing to tell the Okipe story in your church and find 20 new people to Join the Village. We have put together the following resources for you. Our hope is that you can set-up a table and make an announcement during one of your services. 

1. Join the Village Introduction Video

Perhaps, you can play the “Join the Village” introduction video to help introduce the children’s village. You can find this 2 minute video on the right side of the webpage or by using this direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ec9NmDzr8 After that share for just a few moments about the need and plan to help! 

2. Resource Kit

A resource kit can also be purchased at:  http://www.zazzle.com/OkipeHaiti

The kit contains the following:

1 – Join the Village Poster

Designed to draw attention to your table or booth.

25 – Join the Village Flyers

The flyers can be placed on the Okipe table or in an information card rack. They share the story of Okipe and the history of Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave.

100 – Join the Village Donor Cards

These cards are intended to be given to those who have made a commitment to Join the Village by making a financial commitment. They can be used as a bookmark or placed on the refrigerator or anywhere to serve as reminder to pray and support the village. The backs of these cards also have the instructions on how and where to give.

3. Pledge Form

In addition to the video and resource kit you can download a pledge form here. Your church should use this form to collect some basic information from those who are making a pledge to Join the Village. After donors add their name to the form they should receive a Donor Card from the resource kit. They then will need to follow through by making their donations either online or by mail. After your church or organization has collected 20 pledges or more, the pledge form should be scanned and emailed back to Okipe at crjfamily@gmail.com. We will be happy to follow-up with those who have made pledges and get them added to our communications directly!

Also, you can be sure that 100% of you donation is going directly to the staff and children of The Jesus Home for Children of La Gonave, Haiti. Okipe is run completely on a volunteer basis so that we can maintain integrity when we say that 100% of donations make it to Mme. Soliette and her children.

Please fee to contact us with any questions you might have. On behalf of the children, thank-you so much for your support!