Friends of Messef is a group of people who care about the children at Messef orphanage. We come from many countries, backgrounds and beliefs. We work together surprisingly well because we put the children's welfare first.
Just some of our visitors and collaborators from around the world and how we help
Friends of Messef has evolved as one arm of MESREDEN, a Dominican Evangelical Ministry based on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, not far from the tourist towns of Cabarete and Sosua, at:
Iglesia La Senda Antigua, Calle Principal, Villa Progreso, Veragua, Espaillat, Dominican Republic.
The Ministry is involved with several other projects in the DR, but the Friends of Messef concentrate on helping these children in Haiti. If you donate by PayPal, you may see the name MESREDEN on the form, but all funds go to Messef.
Pastor Quirico Diaz, Juan Gomez (Danilo) and Linda Stapleton de Martinez
The members of the ministry give their time and labour free of charge but rely on donations to cover the cost of materials, supplies, transport and subsistence. Other tradesmen volunteer their time and labour, as needed.
But Simon answered and said to Him "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." Luke 5:5
This Ministry made helping the orphanage one of its priorities in 2007 when Pastor Quirico Diaz (pictured), from Jehovah Jireh (God Provides) church in Cabarete, visited the orphanage for the first time. His strongest memories are of buckets of effluent and a sea of children with innumerable needs.
God put the following verse on his heart and he has since, with the help of God, the Ministry team members and Friends of Messef, tried to be the Raven.
"And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook." 1 Kings 17:6
Rene Anderson, a local Christian businessman, met Pastor Altesse in the Puerto Plata area of the DR and he introduced members of our ministry, and a number of other supporters over the years, to Pastor Altesse.
Now the following verse comes to mind: "But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31.
Let's help Messef rise up on eagles' wings!
Pastor Altesse Augustin (Director), Linda Stapleton de Martinez (FOM Coordinator) and Rene Anderson (original contact)