Hope for the Future in Haiti and the Pacific Northwest

The accomplishments of our EAPE mission workers are so numerous that the space in a single newsletter will not allow me to report on them all, so let me tell you about just two of them.

Children's Academy First Buidling February 2023

The first building of the Children’s Academy, dedicated on February 24, 2023. The goal of Haiti Partner’s school program is to provide life-long learning and community transformation.

Haiti Partners, the ministry EAPE started and continues to support in Haiti, has launched a new program: The Children’s Academy. On February 24th a new building was dedicated and is now being used for a pre-school that serves 75 children. These are children who have had no preparation for first grade and would likely fail without this pre-school experience. The teachers have been carefully selected and have received extensive specialized training.

Initially Haiti Partners is funding this program, but over the next five years it will be nurtured to self-sufficiency. A bakery is being created with a grant from the Pan American Development Foundation that not only will create jobs for some of the Academy’s neighbors, but will gradually assume responsibility for sustaining the Academy. John Engle, Kent Annan, Kerline Janvier and Alex Myril, who worked together to lead in the development of this program, deserve a lot of credit and EAPE is grateful to God for their leadership.

Art therapy at REACH Camp

Art therapy at REACH Camp. REACH Camp provides a safe and loving environment for children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDs.

Out of the many other programs that EAPE supports, I think the ministry of REACH deserves some special attention. This is a year round outreach to children and teenagers in the Pacific Northwest who have AIDS or have tested HIV positive. This ministry went through a traumatic transition because of the death of its Executive Director, Michael Fischer, due to cancer. In spite of this great loss the REACH team pulled together and actually expanded the program. One of their activities is a summer camp program and this year the camp attendance grew by 50%! Michael’s legacy continues through the highly enriched spiritual emphasis REACH now has. One mother reported: “My HIV positive son connected with an HIV positive young adult at this year’s summer camp – that was the predominant takeaway. My son felt normal and felt he had future.”

The Bible verse that became the theme for this year’s camp is Jeremiah 29:11 –The power of this verse reverberated throughout all of REACH’s programs.

As EAPE reaches both children and adults around the world through 300 full-time workers we depend on your prayers and faithful support. Your

Happy Birthday Tony!

How do we capture on paper the vast array of marvels the Lord has done through Tony Campolo across the years? How can we get our minds around all the goodness that has happened in and through the millions of people who have heard Tony speak or read something he wrote and been inspired to act? How can we measure all the ways local communities have been changed by the many thousands of people empowered by a ministry Tony has started? And what of the spiritual force beyond measure that has been unleashed in the world by the thousands of saints who led or taught in one of those ministries?

Tony Campolo St Barnabas Health System

Last year, Tony received St. Barnabas Health System’s prestigious Hance Award, which is presented annually “to a national figure that has had a significant impact on the lives of Americans.” Previous recipients of the Hance Award include former President Gerald R. Ford, Fred Rogers and Rev. Robert Schuller, among others.

Before I lapse into images of counting the grains of sand on all the world’s beaches or dropping overused words like “awesome,” let’s just admit it: we cannot get into our heads all the good that has happened on his planet because the Lord touched the heart of Tony Campolo and called him into Godly service. You see, this month we will celebrate Tony’s birthday and the folks in the office thought it would be a great idea to present some of Tony’s ministry in an article to share with you. Thanks a lot, office staff. You have sent me out to do the impossible.

When the office staff gave me my “Mission Impossible,” I wrote a draft in which I said, tongue in cheek, that while I thought it inappropriate to state his age, you could figure it out by taking the age Jack Benny used to claim for himself and doubling it. But when I showed that draft to the office staff, none of them had ever heard of Jack Benny and had no idea what I was talking about. They are too young. They suggested that I advise readers to “Google” Jack Benny to find out. Or I could just tell you he claimed to be forever 39. Jack Benny was a great influence on Johnny Carson. I was afraid to ask if they remembered Johnny Carson. Anyway, Tony’s influence has spanned more generations than I want to think about.

Perhaps a few experiences I have had will offer brief glimpses into Tony’s legacy. In recent months I have attended two annual conferences conducted under the umbrella of Tony’s work. At the first we offer management and fiscal training for our many ministries around the world. We want to give them every chance to survive and thrive and we believe sound organizational and management principles are a must. One evening I looked around the room and realized that people had come from every continent to be present. More recently I was at a conference we sponsor for cutting edge leaders who are communicating the message of Jesus Christ to the 21st Century world. Looking around the room I was in awe. Here are the people, mostly young, whom God has called to be the vanguard of world evangelism and social ministries for future generations. Wow!

Thanks to your generous, prayerful support, Tony’s ministry has borne fruit in so many marvelous ways…beyond what our mind can grasp. Perhaps this would be a good month to send an extra Happy Birthday to Tony by making an extra gift in his name to support his ministry through EAPE.

God at Work in Buffalo, New York and Cape Town, South Africa

Peace of the CityOur new year begins with hope and prayers. We know we have to do more because of conversations such as the one below, between a very sad child and a staff worker who serves with Peace of the City, our EAPE affiliate in Buffalo, N.Y.

“How was your day, Andre?” asked Michael, one of our young workers.

“Bad,” replied the fourteen-year-old boy.

“Why?” asked our mission worker.

“Because this is the only place with people who want me,” the boy answered.

Making children and teenagers feel wanted and loved is what all our EAPE urban staff workers endeavor to do. We want kids to know that no matter how they are made to feel at home or on the streets, God loves them.

Diann Takens-Cerbone, the Executive Director of Peace of the City (POTC), told another story that one of her staffers related to her.

Peace of the CityThe police officer firmly questioned POTC staffer Megan, “What are you doing at this house?”

“I’m picking up one of ‘our’ kids.”

The officer didn’t believe her. “You do not want to be here, not in front of this house.” Apparently “this house” was a busy drug dealing location; the officer assumed Megan was there for drugs.

Megan showed him some POTC literature and stated, “Actually officer, that is exactly why this IS the home for us to be at—there are children inside and I’m here to get them.”

Surprised, his head snapped back. He paused, and then stated simply, “You’re right Ma’am—you’re doing good work.”

If you knew how many kids are being touched by Peace of the City with its extremely limited resources, you’d want EAPE to pour more help into this ministry – and we will do it if you’ll help us. So please do!

There is an array of reports that I receive each week that tells of the many ways that EAPE ministries, like POTC, are changing lives in places far and near. From South Africa, Wendy Ryan, who heads up Evangeline Ministries, another of our affiliated ministries, explains how her program has given hope for a better life to scores of women, in addition to introducing them to the good news about Jesus. Wendy tells about a woman, named Pluna, who lives in Masiphomelele, a slum area on the outskirts of Cape Town. This area was intended for 3,000 people, but now has more than 35,000 people squeezed into it.

Pluna was not only incredibly poor, she was also the victim of physical abuse. We can happily report that she will graduate from Wendy’s computer and sewing classes in July. Already she is making clothes that are being sold in the city market and earning enough money, not only for food and housing, but also to pay for her children to go to school. Pluna is constantly thanking God for how this EAPE affiliate has given her hope for the future and a better life for her family.

I can’t think of a better way to bless needy people than to support programs like Peace of the City or Evangeline Ministries – so please give as much as you can!


EAPE’s 2012-2023 Ministry Goals-How You Can Make a Difference!

If you’re like me you remember the first time you heard Tony Campolo preach the  Gospel. For me it was ten years ago at the Tabernacle in Ocean City, New Jersey. I’ll never forget Tony’s passionate declaration of the Good News and how it motivated me to work for social justice. Two years later I started working with Tony and EAPE and the rest, as they say, is history.

With prophetic zeal, renowned humor and unforgettable stories, Tony has devoted his life to proclaiming the whole Gospel and inspiring and challenging Christians to follow Jesus by loving and serving the poor and oppressed.

Under Tony’s visionary and entrepreneurial leadership, for more than 40 years EAPE has created, nurtured and supported innovative ministries for “at-risk” children, youth and their families in inner cities throughout North America and in the developing world.

Since Tony founded EAPE in 1970, thousands of folks like you have volunteered their time and talents, remembered Tony and our urban missionaries in their prayers, and invested in our ministry with their financial gifts.

Last year, your support strengthened and sustained ministries in Atlanta, Georgia and Buffalo, New York; in Camden, New Jersey and Oakland, California; in Houston, Texas and Tacoma, Washington; in Babati, Tanzania and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In these cities and elsewhere, our missionaries embodied the whole Gospel by working for the educational, social and spiritual wellbeing of the children, youth and families they served in Jesus’ name.

This year we have ambitious ministry goals and we need your help to achieve them. Enclosed you will find a list of our Core Ministries we’re investing in this year, and brief descriptions of what you will accomplish with your support.

It’s my hope that you’ll keep this flier and prayerfully consider how you will partner with us in ministry this year. Hang it on your fridge; use it as a bookmark; pin it to the bulletin board at your church or office; distribute copies to your family and friends. We’re trusting God to meet our financial needs this year and we’re counting on you – with your prayers and financial support – to join us in the important work God has given us.

God at Work in Haiti – Children’s Academy & Chickens

I want to give you the good news about one of our Core Ministries—Haiti Partners. They recently received a $250,000 loan to start a poultry business. And I believe it is in act of God’s intervention that they were recently blessed to have a German  missionary, who has expertise in the poultry business, “just happen” to join Haiti Partners at precisely the time they needed help in making sure this new enterprise becomes efficient and profitable.

This new project will not only create desperately needed jobs for Haitians. It will also provide income for several of the schools that Haiti Partners is developing and supporting. The goal is to make each of these affiliated schools self-supporting. And there is little doubt in my mind that Haiti Partners will succeed.

One of these new ministries in education will be constructed in the mountains just four miles south of Port-au-Prince on 2.8 acres of land. There will be eight classroom buildings, administrative offices, a library and a computer lab as well as a kitchen and dining area.

The Children’s Academy will be consistent with the ideals to which Haiti Partners is committed – Spiritual and moral growth, civic responsibility and empowerment, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurship, artistic creativity and individual expression, fluency in Haitian-Creole, French and English, technological fluency, especially with computers. I can think of no better way to share God’s love in a tangible way with God’s children in Haiti at this time than this.

Given the way God is at work in Haiti Partners bringing together free enterprise and education, it is not at all surprising that their work has been featured on TV by the Discovery Channel and Fox Business News. Your gifts to EAPE are being multiplied a hundred fold around the world. This is one story of how it’s happening.

Our Core Ministries like Haiti Partners, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Urban Promise, Mission Year and numerous others that you have helped EAPE to start and sustain are deserving of your ongoing sacrificial support. We need some extra help right now – so give all you can. Thank you!

God at Work in Trenton, NJ & Oakland, CA

I want you to know about two very special Christian leaders who were nurtured into full-time ministry, partly because of your support of what we do.

First, there’s Carl Clark, who, from the time he was six years old, was involved with Urban Promise –the EAPE affiliate that we initiated and continue to support in Camden, N.J. Carl was an enthusiastic participant in our summer long camping programs, Bible studies, gospel choir, and was tutored in our after school programs. As a teenager Carl became a “street leader” with Urban Promise.

After graduating from The College of New Jersey, and beginning a successful career in the banking industry, Carl returned to serve with Urban Promise and is the executive director of their newest outreach mission in Trenton, N.J. Starting this past summer Carl, along with five teenager recruits, involved 65 children in daily programs that led in the fall to year around activities that include cultural enrichment programs, spiritual nurturing and after school learning  activities. His work is impacting children in some of the neediest neighborhoods in America.

EAPE’s newest supported ministry is Urban Mentors Network, in Oakland, CA, led by Jaime Taylor. More than a decade ago Jaime traveled to Oakland to serve with one of the teams of Mission Year – still another program started by EAPE. After her term of service ended Jaime stayed in Oakland and continued to lead a Bible study program that eventually gave birth to our new affiliate the Urban Mentors Network. That ministry now has 25 volunteer workers, each of whom tutors and serves as a spiritual mentor to 5 teenagers. Along with the 5 girls in Jaime’s own group, that’s an outreach to 130 teenagers weekly!

In addition to her Urban Mentors Network Jaime also serves as the city director for 50 college-aged Mission Year workers who are serving in both Oakland and Sacramento, California.

Carl and Jaime are just two of the scores of young men and women who have come through EAPE’s programs, and have gone on to serve in leadership roles in ministries across North America and in several foreign countries. Your prayers and financial investments in EAPE have enabled us to challenge and support young mission workers who today are serving Christ in both our own affiliated programs and in a host of other ministries.

Only eternity will reveal how many lives have been changed as you have partnered with us in what EAPE is doing. So please keep on praying, and keep on giving. Help us to keep the momentum going.

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