January 30, 2018 by Richard Rohde
January is a time to reflect on what God has accomplished throughout the past year.  More than 2,500 children in Haiti are in school because people care.  Without sponsors help, these 2,500 kids would follow the path of illiteracy, common to nearly half of Haiti’s population.  Construction began on transitional housing at the HOLD Orphanage, where young adults will be prepared for life on the outside when they leave the Home.
December 30, 2017 by Courtney Rivera
December is here and Christmas has already come and gone!  Several of our HOLD schools have planned festive Christmas celebrations for their students.  Thank you for contributing to make these celebrations possible!  The small Christmas party at their schools is more special than you know.  Many of these children do not have much to celebrate at home, and Christmas is not necessarily any different than any other day of the year. 
November 27, 2017 by Richard Rohde
Much of what we see happening around the world looks like defeat for God’s people.  Senseless killings and incredible destruction occur with greater frequency.  Christians are attacked, tortured and even killed for their beliefs.  The opioid epidemic takes thousands of lives every day; many of whom are Christians.  Whole cities of people are chased from their homes by terrorists.  Thousands of children die every day from hunger and preventable disease.  Has God lost control?
October 25, 2017 by Richard Rohde
Scripture says, “As a person thinks in their heart, so they are” Proverbs 23:7.  Where do our thoughts come from and how do they get into one’s heart?  For most of us, thoughts are developed from our relationships, education, and our experiences.  We learn and grow from those who influence us in our formative years.  We consider the family to be a primary influence of teaching right and wrong.  If family members are absent, who will kids learn from?  The education system challenges kids to learn and develop life skills.  What if the inability to pay tuition prevents children from attending
October 6, 2017 by Courtney Rivera
Please pray for the kids at the HOLD the Children Home.  Today, seven of the children were taken to the hospital with cholera like illnesses. Four of them have been admitted.  As you might expect, hospital fees are expensive and unexpected. Medicines at the Home are in very short supply.  Your contributions can help pay for hospital care and provide desperately needed medicines for the HOLD Home children.  Any amount you are able to contribute is a great help.
October 5, 2017 by Richard Rohde
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left a trail of devastation and catastrophic destruction in their wake.  Heartache and tragedy have touched millions of people that were in the path of these powerful storms.  Lives were lost, homes destroyed, businesses have been demolished and entire islands appear to be completely gone.  How does one recover from so much destruction?  When all is lost, where do we find comfort?  Where do we turn when our world is upside down?
September 12, 2017 by Richard Rohde
The ten HOLD Home residents pictured here are now attending Beraca High School this year.  While this is an exciting change for each of them, it does come at an additional financial cost.  The tuition, transportation to and from school, uniforms, books and supplies, and lunch will cost $150 a month per child.  That is a total of $1,500 per month.  This need is much greater than our resources.  Please talk to friends, family, and church groups to ask for their help.  We desperately want these kids to be in school this year, but we need your help to make this possible.  Thank you for your con
August 29, 2017 by Courtney Rivera
During the month of June, I had the privilege of leading a couple of Mission Discovery’s Jamaica mission trips.  As we approached Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf on work day one, the excitement was building inside me to see my friend Lorenzo.
June 7, 2017 by Richard Rohde
Jimmy Rivera was leading a Spring Break mission trip at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf back in March.  There are forty resident students and fifteen staff at this HOLD the Children sponsored school.  Mary Ricketts is the HR manager and primary caregiver to the students.  She humbly went to Jimmy and said; “the shelves of rice and beans are bare.  We have no more food for the kids.  Can you help?”
April 6, 2017 by Richard Rohde
The forty-five kids at the HOLD the Children Home are growing up very fast; eight of them are now 13 or older!  We don’t know how long they will stay with us at the Home, but whenever they leave, we want them to be prepared to succeed.  Life is hard for everyone in Haiti.  We want to provide our kids with the tools necessary to succeed when they leave.  The construction of the transitional homes will enable the children to learn how to live in a family setting and teach them a skill or trade to help support them when they leave the Home.  Speaking English is a big advantage in Haiti.  Our J
March 23, 2017 by Richard Rohde
On November 10th last year, our team of 25 people was ready to depart on our annual trip to visit the Christian Alliance School in Cap Haitien, Haiti.  In just two days we would be with our Haitian friends.  Then word came that serious flooding was occurring in Cap and the forecast was for torrential rain to continue for several more days.  The roads in Cap were impassible and the airline cancelled flights.  We had to postpone our trip.  Pastor Bazile, our host in Cap Haitien, had arrived several days earlier and was now in the middle of a serious disaster.  Homes and possessions were washi
February 28, 2017 by Richard Rohde
I am writing this update from the Habitation Hatt Hotel in Port au Prince, Haiti.  We are preparing to leave on the eight hours bus ride to Port de Paix, which is where much of the HOLD the Children work is located.  From inside the walls of this hotel, all appears tranquil and content.  The cloudless sky is as blue as the eye can imagine.  The beauty of Haiti is hiding the reality of the world outside.  This will change when we join the chaos on the outside.  Enormous congestion and terrible roads make the 120 mile journey to Port de Paix an endurance test.  Though I’ve made this trip doze
January 24, 2017 by Richard Rohde
Another year has passed and there is still so much to do.  Why is it that the days and months move by so fast?  I’m guessing others feel like me, like we have not accomplished everything we set out to do in 2016.  The things that remain undone from last year do not fairly measure success or failure.  We learn from the past and look to the New Year with new objectives and goals.  Scripture tells us to “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”
December 20, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
Greetings all, We are just a little over 3 months away from the trip dates for the annual visit to the HOLD the Children Home in Haiti. The trip will commence in Port au Prince, Haiti on Sunday, April 2, 2017.  We will then depart for Port de Paix on Monday, April 3, 2017.  Return flights from Port au Prince can be scheduled for anytime AFTER 2:00pm on Saturday, April 8.  The cost of the trip is $1,175.  This includes the registration fee.  Airfare to and from Port au Prince is not included.
December 1, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
Just a few weeks ago we had a team of 24 set and ready for their annual trip to visit our HOLD school in Cap Haitien, Haiti.  Pastor Aleonce Bazile, the administrator of the school and host for our team, arrived in Cap several days earlier to prepare for our visit.  We were told there had been several days of heavy rain and much more rain was still to come.  Concerned for the safety of our team, we inquired about the seriousness of the conditions in Cap.  We were told that Pastor Bazile had just rescued a mother and baby from the floodwaters in Limonade, where our HOLD School is located.  T
November 9, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
I (Rich) recently visited the HOLD Orphanage in Haiti for some administrative updates and to inspect the progress on the HOLD Transitional Home.  Several of our residents were reunited with family.  This allowed new children to be accepted into the Orphanage.  We are now entrusted with forty-five children who have been rescued from the streets of Haiti and abusive circumstances. The children always enjoy visitors, especially when they bring fun things to do.  They spent an afternoon coloring and just hanging out with us.
October 26, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
Christmas for children living in extreme poverty is typically just another day of struggling to survive.  Expectations are low and there isn't much celebration going on.  However, you can help provide a special Christmas Celebration for your sponsor child’s school.  This gives the children something to look forward to as Christmas approaches.  Contributions for “Christmas Celebration” can be made through November 20.  When donating online here, be sure to include your child’s tracking number in the comments box.
September 13, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
*This article was written by Kellie Doyle, HOLD Sponsor and Supporter. “I love to travel and our 20 year wedding anniversary was coming up.  For our 10 year anniversary we took a trip and learned to scuba dive.  My husband is creative, knows me so well, and is great at surprises.  So I waited with great expectation to see what he had planned for our 20th.
August 18, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
We’re gathering items for a shipment to our orphanage down in Haiti and we need your donations!  You can see, PDF attached below, that specific items and sizes are needed.  Please notice we request new or GENTLY used clothing items.  Donations, if you are not in the Johnstown, PA area, can be mailed to: Richard Rohde
261 Penn Avenue
Hollsopple, PA 15935 Donations must be received BEFORE September 4, so please act quickly! Thank you for your time and any donation you can make; we appreciate all you do to make the ministry of HOLD the Children possible. 
August 17, 2016 by Courtney Rivera
Located in the mountains on the North Coast of Haiti, HOLD the Children Orphanage is home for 43 abandoned or orphaned children.  The children range in age from 5 to 15 years.  Many of the older children will leave the home in just a few short years.  Life outside the orphanage is very difficult.  We want to provide our kids with an opportunity to succeed when they go out into the world.  This includes them learning to speak and read English, understanding how to use a computer to expand their world and equipping them with a vocational skill that will help th