Many who have visited Imagine Missions Orphanage have grown to know and love our translator-turned-pastor and good friend, Louinerge! Louinerge actually grew up in our very orphanage. Now, he is an integral member of the staff and Imagine Missions family and serves as pastor at the church on the Imagine grounds.
Louinerge has had quite the journey to where he is today, and he serves as an amazing role model for all of our children. Melissa and both the American and Haitian Board members have spent a lot of time in the past few months discussing what success looks like for the children of Imagine Missions... Without a doubt, Louinerge is an excellent example of what we want for all of our children when they are no longer under our care and thriving as adults. We sat down with Louinerge and chatted about his life so far. Here are his interesting and inspiring responses:
Q: How old were you when you first came to the orphanage and what do you remember about that time?
A: I came to the orphanage when I was 8 years old. I came the same year as Jocelyn and Wilfina. My mom had already passed away and my Pastor (Luke) brought me down from Cap Haiten, about 4-5 hrs away. There were only 4 buildings on site; the lower level of the depot, the lower level of the school, the church, and the clinic. I did not want to come to the orphanage b/c I didn't know anyone! I was a very scared little boy. I remember one boy talked to me when I first got to the orphanage and his name was Wesley. Wesley is my best friend and he also runs a small orphanage close by. I still see him occasionally.
Q: How did your pastor know about the orphanage when you lived so far away?
A: My Pastor was friends with John Hawthorne. (John and his father George were the original founder of the orphanage, John was the director until Melissa took over in 2010.)
Q: When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a translator and a backhoe operator. I thought perhaps I could combine the two and do both things, perhaps working with an American construction crew or the likes thereof. I learned English by studying it a lot and speaking with anyone that could speak English. (Louinerge didn't finish secondary school, he made it through 9th grade but didn't have the opportunity to continue. He taught himself English through practice.)
Q: What do you like about being a pastor?
A: I really like evangelism and like being in God's image. I want to go to ministerial school for training. There is a school (in Haiti) that is for four years.
Q: What does success mean to you?
A: Having a good job, a beautiful family, and working hard for my family. I long to have more children but first I want to get a car. I am trying to save some money for it!