ABOUT EMMAUS HOUSE
BEHIND THE MISSION OF EMMAUS HOUSE
In Haiti, children who grow up in orphanages and child servanthood systems are often forgotten once they age out at age 18. When released, these youth often lack the education, life skills, and emotional maturity to live a functional life of independence. As a result, many orphaned youth are left to the streets and turn to crime or prostitution to alleviate their poverty. This leads to a higher society crime rate, breaks down the family system, and contributes further to the orphan crisis.
OUR MISSION IS TO TRANSITION ORPHANED
YOUTH INTO INDEPENDENT LIVING IN HAITI
We want to see orphaned youth find restored hope and be empowered to create a more stable future for Haiti.
We believe that orphaned haitian youth can heal, grow, and thrive in christian familial settings. We believe these young people have the potential to create generational change in their communities.
There is one God, creator and sustainer of all things. God reveals Godself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternally One in every way. We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, and it is our final authority for all matters of belief and life. We believe in salvation from sins through death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe in the abundant life both now and eternally through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All Emmaus House staff and board members uphold these beliefs and we instruct our youth in the ways of godly living.
In Luke 24 there is a story about two men who traveled the road to Emmaus shortly after Jesus’ death on the cross. Feeling as though all hope had been lost, they mourned the loss of their Savior. As they walked, Jesus met them on the road. Although they didn’t recognize who He was, Jesus journeyed alongside of them. Arriving at Emmaus they broke bread together and the men’s eyes were opened. Jesus was alive and with them, and their hope in life was fully restored.
We chose the name Emmaus House because just like the two men in the Bible, we want our youth to journey alongside Jesus in order to find true hope. Yes, they all have endured tragedy and live in a country where so many odds are against them, but with Jesus all things are possible. They are not alone. He is always with them. We want Emmaus House to be a place where Haitian youth can come to have their eyes opened to Christ and their hope in life restored.