News

September 12, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
Summer is coming to a close!  Students are returning to class and our schools are full of life and laughter once again.  Teachers enjoyed some time off and are returning refreshed and ready to give their all as they educate the precious children of Haiti, Jamaica, and Guatemala.
August 7, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf is a residential learning facility that caters to the needs of hearing impaired children.
July 24, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
Summer is upon us!  And many of our HOLD schools have started their summer break.  At our Onaville School in Port au Prince, Haiti a graduation service was held for the younger students for their completion of Kindergarten, moving up to first grade.  The children looked precious dressed in their matching coral dresses for the girls and coral shirts and ties for the boys.  At our Capva School, also in Port au Prince, classes have wrapped up and a wonderful summer V
June 1, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as I have recently become the new Director of Mission Discovery’s HOLD the Children division.  I’ve been on staff with Mission Discovery for four and a half years.  I went to the HOLD Home orphanage for the first time in 2014 and my life was forever changed.  The children in the Home and in the surrounding HOLD schools made a lasting impression.  Little did I know what God had in store! 
May 8, 2018
Don Schreier founded HOLD the Children 18 years ago as a means of providing school supplies and paying teachers in a small country school in the community of Lavaud, Haiti. From that humble beginning, HOLD grew to six schools with over 750 children. In 2008, I was given the challenge to grow the HOLD program to include more kids that needed to be in school. Because of God’s faithfulness and the compassion and generosity of sponsors, we were able to grow the HOLD program to include twelve schools in three countries with more than 2500 students.
April 4, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
We recently returned from visiting our HOLD Home Orphanage in Port de Paix, Haiti.  We took a wonderful team of 15, from Bethany Church in Oklahoma, to spend time with the children and work on a few projects around the facility.  They started a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the building and they spent most days playing with and entertaining the sweet kids in the Home.
March 29, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
When donating online, you will select your child’s school from the dropdown menu that says “Select Campaign.” If you sponsor a child in Haiti: For tracking numbers HA-001, HA-002, HA-003, HA-004, HA-005, HA-006 you will select “HOLD - Port de Paix” as your campaign. For tracking numbers HA-101 you will select “HOLD – CAS, Cap Haitien” as your campaign. For tracking numbers HA-201 you will select “HOLD – Capva” as your campaign. For tracking numbers HA-202 you will select “HOLD – Onaville” as your campaign.
March 13, 2018
Thousands of children have been given an opportunity to attend school in countries where illiteracy is acceptable.  Many of those students have become teachers and school administrators who are now able to provide for their families.  Over the past eight years, nearly one hundred orphaned and abandoned children have been rescued from lives of neglect, abuse, and exploitation.  They are given food, clothing, love and a safe place to rest their heads.  Hundreds of skilled construction workers have been provided jobs that help buy food for their families.  Countless numbers of lost souls have
March 5, 2018 by Courtney Rivera
I recently returned from Cap Haitien, Haiti where we had a team of 25 HOLD supporters serving at the Christian Alliance School of Limonade.  The school teaches preschool through 6th grade and has 300 students enrolled.  It was a wonderful week spent with the students and staff of the school. We painted, took pictures of each student, facilitated a brief Children’s Bible School, and played with the kids all afternoon.
January 30, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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