About Us

Actions Guided By Ideas

What we do is guided by what we believe. HOLD the Children's Mission Statement and Philosophy of Ministry determines its course of action.

Mission Statement

HOLD exists to glorify God by advocating for the needy and empowering them via truth and compassionate care.

Philosophy of Ministry

HOLD the Children is a child advocacy program founded in 2000 to help poor children in developing countries acquire an education and to provide compassionate care for abandoned or abused children. HOLD follows the 'two hands' ministry model of Jesus Christ.

With one hand Jesus called people, saying "Come follow me" (Mark 1:17). This is the hand of truth. HOLD encourages people to find forgiveness and healing, hope and restoration, truth and guidance for life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. With the other hand Jesus reached out to touch and help those in need (Mark 1:41). This is the hand of compassion. HOLD helps the needy via responsible, compassionate care.

The application of this care is guided by local churches and community leaders. The goal of HOLD is to empower people to help themselves and to help others for the glory of God.

What We Do

HOLD the Children (Htc) cares about children. Too often children suffer due to poverty, political instability, disease, abandonment, exploitation and other injustices. Htc helps children find hope to rise above their difficult circumstances. Mission Discovery's short term mission teams go to these children and give God's love in action guided by the truth of God's Word (see 1 John 3:16-18). It is our privilege to serve God and man in this Kingdom way.

HOLD the Children--Port de Paix, Haiti

Mission Discovery's HOLD the Children program has ministered in Haiti since its founding in 2000. Htc partners with New Mission Haitian Baptist Association (NMHBA) to operate eight schools and numerous churches in Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitian and the Port-de-Paix areas. NHMBA and Mission Discovery are recognized by Haiti's Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministries of Education and Health and reports yearly on the progress of Htc/NMHBA operated schools.

Mission Discovery partners with the New Mission Haitian Baptist Association (NMHBA) in Port de Paix, Haiti to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to extend a hand of compassion to the needy. This work is focused primarily in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, the central coast city of Gonaïves, the northwestern caost area of Cap Haitian, and in the north coast city of Port-de-Paix and surrounding communities. The partnership currently works with over 50 churches and 8schools, and affects approximately 30,000 people.

HOLD the Children, along with New Mission Haitian Baptist Association joined efforts to construct a home for abandoned or abused kids in the moutain village of Lavaud, Haiti.  The HOLD the Children Home, operated and funded by Htc and NMHBA is capable of housing 64 children.  HOLD is committed to providing compassionate care for the residents of the Home as well as preparing them for life after the leave the Orphanage.  Expansion of the Home is ongoing as it moves toward helping the residents to opportunity for a bright future.  Sponsorship of residents help[s provide support for the operations of the Home.

HOLD the Children and NHMBA have joined efforts to strengthen local churches and help families and children at risk. The partnership works to achieve these goals by providing leadership training, Bible schools, and holistic care for local churches. The partnership has also developed school programs in the local churches to serve the community.

HOLD the Children child sponsorship program helps to provide the necessary aid so that these schools can better serve their communities. There has been a tremendous response by the communities. We have seen great progress in the schools and the children who attend.

Finally, recognizing the need for safe housing for Haiti's orphans and restavèks (child slaves), HOLD the Children, along with New Mission Haitian Baptist Association joined efforts to construct a home for abandoned or abused kids in the moutain village of Lavaud, Haiti. Mission Discovery mission teams and local contractors helped complete construction of a 2-story 64 bed facility. The Home opened for residents in January 2010 and expansion continues that enhances opportunites for the residents. The HOLD the Children Home, is committed to providing support and compassionate care for the residents as well as preparing these children for life after the leave the Orphanage. Sponsorship of residents helps provide support for the operations of the Home.

HOLD the Children--Cap Haitian, Haiti

HOLD the Children began partnership with United Alliance Church in 2009 to bring support to the Christian Alliance School (CAS) in Limonade.  More than 150 students are getting an education because of the Htc Sponsorship Program.  Under the direction and leadership of Pastor Aleonce Bazile, CAS continues to bring education to children that would otherwise be deprived from going to school.  Htc, through the contributions of supporters, helped construct a second story classrooms on the exiting church building.

HOLD the Children--Port au Prince, Haiti

HOLD the Children began the support of Jean Renaud Mahotiere School in 2014.  The school is located in the tent city of Capva, just outside the community of Citi Solei.  Citi Solei is the poorest area in all Port au Prince. Mission Discovery teams have been serving in Capva for two years.  Through HOLD the Children sponsors and gifts from Mission Discovery supporters, a new school building will be constructed.  

HOLD the Children Jamaica

HOLD the Children and Mission Discovery short term mission teams have served the poor and needy of Jamaica since 1991. Mission Discovery's primary ministry objectives are Blossom Gardens Children Home, Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, and Victory Christian Fellowship Church and Supreme Basic School.

Blossom Gardens Children Home is located in Montego Bay. Blossom Gardens Children's Home cares for approximately 65 children ages 1 day to 7 years old. Children are placed in the home by the Police, Social Workers, or Family Court due to abandonment, abuse, or other circumstances harmful to the child. Mission Discovery mission teams love to visit Blossom Gardens to hold babies and help however needed.

Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf (JCSD) is located in the mountains just west of Montego Bay. JCSD is reaching a special group of children who would otherwise be left to suffer because of their handicap. With tender care the staff at JCSD loves these special children back to health, teaches them how to communicate, and tells them how much God loves them. This unique school cares for 45 special needs children. Mission Discovery has been sending teams to minister at JCSD for more than 10 years and has developed a special relationship with the staff, children, and community. HOLD the Children supports the school via child sponsorships, special gifts, and counsel.

Victory Christian Fellowship Church and Supreme Basic School is located about 10 miles east of Montego Bay in the community of Lilliput. Mission Discovery mission teams have been working for moew than 10 years to build this church, school and parsonage. Many of the families in rural Jamaica are extremely poor. It is difficult for families to send their children to school because of the expense. HOLD the Children supports this school of 75 children via child sponsorships, special gifts, and counsel.

HOLD the Children Guatemala

Kairos Christian School, located just outside the beautiful city of Antigua, in Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala, was started by Mayra Garcia and her husband Vinicio.  Mission Discovery began taking work teams to Kairos in 2010 and HOLD the Children supporting the school through child sponsorship program in 2012.  Kairos provides an education for children that would otherwis be deprived from attending school.  Many of these children are required to work help to support their familes.

 

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Mission Statement

ECFA is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public's trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.

ECFA Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in

His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences.

General Information

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) was founded in 1979. It is comprised of almost 1,000 charitable, religious, missionary, social, and educational tax exempt nonprofit [501(c)(3)] organizations.

In the 1970s, there was growing public and political concern over an increase of questionable fund raising practices in the nonprofit sector. In addition, donors and governmental agencies expressed concern over the management of their donations to achieve publicly stated objectives as presented in fund raising appeals. Donors had nowhere to turn to obtain an objective assessment of the financial integrity of Christian organizations desiring their support.

In the late 1970s, Senator Mark Hatfield addressed a group of key Christian leaders and challenged them to police their own mission agencies as a "Christian Better Business Bureau" or face the potential of government intervention. Consequently, ECFA was formed, standards were established, and a chartering process was initiated for applicant ministries.

ECFA's purpose is to help Christ-centered evangelical nonprofit organizations earn the public's trust through their ethical practices and financial accountability.

In 1989, ECFA began an on-site field review program to further enhance its accreditation certification of member organizations. Member organizations are randomly selected for on-site visits by an ECFA representative to verify the information submitted on the annual membership review form; to confirm compliance with the ECFA membership standards; to identify areas of possible noncompliance; and to give support to the member organizations in moving toward full compliance with the ECFA standards.

Through its publications and services, ECFA informs its members of current administrative, financial, fund raising, legislative, postal, and promotional matters of common concern.

The reaction of the public to the establishment of ECFA has been gratifying. The fact that ECFA requires full financial disclosure satisfies many donors because they know that financial information is available when and if they want it.? It also causes the member organizations to take more care in the expenditure of its funds, and the records which it keeps. The ECFA seal is tangible evidence to donors that ECFA member organizations adhere to the highest standards of financial integrity and Christian ethics.

What We Believe - Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.