Farewell And Good luck Emilee

We thought it would be great to give you an update each week on Emilee, our intern in Haiti! Emilee is starting to teach the children English and is loving every minute of it!

Yesterday after class, they went on a hike to enjoy the gorgeous weather and appreciate all creatures that God has given us!

She will be starting to teach Family Planning classes very soon!

Here is what Emilee has to say about her journey, “I am so excited to be helping with the new hospital, working mostly with women’s healthcare. I majored in college in community health education and spent my internship in Kenya, working in maternal healthcare. It will be great to use these skills that I’ve gained implanting this program in Haiti.”

If you would like to support, her or the work of Love Him Love Them clink the link below



And we’re back in 5,4,3,2….

SO many things are happening and we know you haven’t seen a NEW post in awhile, but we can’t wait to share ALL the EXCITING news! We are about to launch a new jewelry line called Beauty for Ashes, give you updates on just how close the OUTSIDE of the hospital is to being done and what is going on with the vocational school and transition home. You also will want to be on the look out for our 2019 Tour dates introducing our all girls choir. So stay tuned in to our blog and social media platforms to see all the EXCITING NEWS! Any questions, please do not hesitate to email Lisa Welshman at llafleur@lovehimlovethem.org


We thought you might like to See some of the things we have been doing on our 2018 Tour! Please enjoy!!!!


Our First Performance, Missing Sonsay~  Opening Night

getting welcomedHabersham Middle School gave us a HUGE Welcome!

Churches being kind The churches have all rolled out the Red Carpet for us


We even got to meet JJ Hairston Girls loving JJ


Prayed for some major healing to happen Praying over the sick  Praying for Hurrican FlorencePryaing with Habersham Schools   helping others Praying with friends

Visited a lot of fun places in Alabama, North and South Carolina!!!!

Having fun    Tour Picture  Bowling with Zackary

We would like to say MESI to all of you who have loved us, supported us and

have come to see us! God Bless each of you!

Join us at the 2nd Annual Love Him Love Them Golf Tournament

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Love Him Love Them Announces its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

When: October 20, 2018

Where: Hartwell Golf Course, 755 Golf Course Road, Hartwell, GA 30643

Time: Noon Start

Costs: $100 per person, $400 per team

2 mulligan max $40.00

Why: To Raise Funds for our Hospital

Schedule of Events

11:00 – 11:30 Registration & Refreshments

Noon – Shotgun Start

5:30 pm Silent Auction Sign up

5:45 pm – Dinner

6:30 pm – Children’s choir perform

7:00 pm – Awards, Door Prizes & Silent Auction Results


1ST Place – $800 

2nd Place – $600

3rd Place- $400

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Don’t Miss Us We Are Only Here for 40 more days!

Our children are here and want to see YOU!!!!

Come pray with them!

Come hear them speak English!

Come see how much they have grown!

Come visit and give them hugs!

Come worship with them!

We invite you to go on our website (www.lovehimlovethem.org) and see when and where they will be in YOUR area!!

Or contact Lisa M. LaFleur at 508-410-9318 or email her at llafleur@lovehimlovethem.org

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The choir had the opportunity to surprise Kirk Franklin on September 2, 2018 in Greenville, South Carolina. Once again they were privilege to “rock” for Jesus on stage with him! Needless to say he was happy to see his favorite choir…..


Meet our Treasurer/Secretary/Choir Mom: Mommy Macarena!

Do you know Mommy Macarena? She is a woman who can do just about everything! She is our Treasurer, Secretary, Choir Mom, and MORE! You can learn about her role at Love Him Love Them below!


Tell us about yourself! Are you married? Do you have children?

I am married to Mr. Troy! We just had a wedding anniversary! 21 years! We have 4 children: Cameron, Dima, Cyle, and Carrie. Cameron is 19 and is about to finish his sophomore year at college! Dima is 19 also. We adopted him from Ukraine in 2014. That one is a big story in itself! Cyle is 15 and a sophomore in high school. He is an incredibly talented keyboard player and has found very recently a renewed, overwhelming love for Jesus! Carrie is 11 and she is our only girl. She is a princess and has her daddy wrapped around his finger!!!


When did you begin a relationship with Jesus?

My relationship with Jesus (on my part) started in July 2008, but He has been working  in my life way back as far as I can remember! He brought me out of a horrible situation back in 1996. If I sit down and meditate about it, I can see His finger prints all over my life!! Even though I was raised without any religion I can see His providence through all of my life.


What do you do for/with Love Him Love Them?

My official title is “Treasurer/Secretary”, but I have been called Mommy Linda’s right hand too! Lol. I do anything and everything that is necessary!! From preparing everything for the choir to arrive to finding clothes, uniforms, and daily-living items for them.

While the Choir is here I drive the van with all the boys (band members) and pull a trailer with all the costumes, instruments, and product table items that we set up and sell at every presentation. I also bathe, discipline, clean up after, and LOVE the choir children! In a few words: being a mom to them!!


What is it like being on tour with the choir children?

LOL from crazy busy, unbelievable roller coaster, unexpected circumstances, tiresome, to INCREDIBLY JOYFUL, amazingly rewarding, and indescribable blessing!! I am honored that God saw me fit for the task!!

Where was your favorite place to hear the children sing during the tour? Where was your favorite place to visit (just to sightsee, do something fun, etc.)?

Every one of the concerts is a unique experience, honestly.

To me it’s like every time they are singing feels like it is our first concert. But if I have to pick one, it would be our last concert of the 2017 tour at the Mercedes Benz stadium! I love that the kids can sing the same whether it’s a concert where they are singing for a handful of people or if they are singing to 10,000!!! And even though they only sang the national anthem on that day, I can’t help but wonder how many lives were changed because of their unspoken testimony of courage, perseverance, and determination. They are a living example of what someone who believes and holds on to Christ looks like, even when living and coming out of the darkest circumstances. I know God used them on that day!!!

I have seen the excitement on their faces when we have gone to new special places like the beach or the zoo, and on our last tour we even visited a trampoline park!!! That was quite a fun experience!!!

What is the hardest part about being on tour with the choir?

I miss my family, my husband, and my children! Also, pulling the trailer!! I am not an experienced trailer driver. I can drive forward all day long, but I am always concerned about getting to a concert where I won’t be able to pull straight through!! LOL.

What have you learned about God by serving Him in such an incredible way?!

I have learned to depend on Him, to wait on Him, to search for Him in a deeper level for a stronger intimate relationship. I have learned that He can use even the hardest circumstances for His purpose, to become something He can use to reach others and for His glory. GOD IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN JUST ADD TO YOUR CHECKLIST OR TO YOUR LIFE, GOD IS SOMEONE YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO!!

God gave us His son and the Holy Spirit!! And with them we have all we need!! And He equips and enable us to do all He call us to do!! I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength!! GOD USES THE NORMAL EVERYDAY PERSON TO DO HIS WORK AND TO DECLARE HIS GOOD NEWS AND WORD, all we need to do is be obedient to His gentle call and have a willing heart. If God can use a girl like me…He can use anyone for His glory! GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK!

What does your devotion to Love Him Love Them and the children of Haiti/Ukraine teach you about Jesus?

What a better way to fulfill one of Jesus’ spoken biggest commands “You should love your neighbor as yourself.”

After traveling to Haiti through a LHLT mission trip, what would you say to anybody thinking about going on a mission trip or serving?

During my first visit to Haiti and Ukraine, my heart changed!! I would love for everyone that reads this to go to Haiti and eventually to Ukraine with LoveHimLoveThem. Go, just go!!! Wherever God send you!! Be prepared!! If you really listen to God and His calling, your life is about to change forever!!! God is Good!!!

OK, lastly – some fun information about you! What is your favorite Bible verse? What is your favorite worship song? Anything else we should know about you?

My favorite must-go-to-every-time verse is absolutely Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”

My favorite bible book is Ruth. I love love one of the newest Casting Crowns songs, “Oh My Soul”. My favorite color is BROWN!! Lol…Mommy Linda thinks that is soooo boring.

I dream in English and I immediately translate to the Spanish language!!! I sometimes wake up translating my own dreams!!! LOL.

I am VERY BLESSED!! I have a wonderful husband, children, parents, siblings, and friends!


Wow! Thank you Mommy Macarena for sharing your testimony, wisdom, and experience with us! We are so grateful for all you do for Love Him Love Them and God’s children!

Birthday Spotlight: Maiko

April 7th is Maiko’s 15th birthday! We love him dearly and are so excited to celebrate another year of his life. Just look at his smile and handsome face! Get to know the birthday boy better below.



What do you want to be when you grow up? An Engineer, I want to build a hotel in the United States.

What is your favorite thing about touring in America? Soccer

Where is your favorite place to go in America? Alabama because there is good food.

Why do you love Jesus? Because He helps me.

What is your favorite song to sing? “I Pray for You”

What is one thing you love to do? Play soccer and watch movies.

What are you most thankful for? Jesus helping me

Maiko wants thank his sponsors and let them know he prays for them!

Mission Trip Testimony: Teachers Trip

Every year Love Him Love Them sends a team of American teachers to Galette Chambon in Haiti. Our team spends time working with the Haitian teachers and teaches them how to teach! We equip the Haitian teachers with tools, skills, and techniques so they can educate and care for the students at Galette Chambon in the best way possible!

Do you want to make a difference in Haiti? Do you want to help Haitian teachers educate the next generation of world changers? Maybe you’re interested in a mission trip, but have a few doubts or questions. A few of our past-trip attendees took the time to answer some of those questions you might have. Check out their testimonies and thoughts below to see if God is calling you to serve with us!


What made you want to go on a mission trip to Haiti?

Jenna – I knew that I was meant to do mission work back in 2005 when I went on a mission trip to Nicaragua with my brother. He became a full-time missionary there and I had to go back home to take care of my son. I went back to Nicaragua in 2007. I got married that same year.  I was so busy working and having more children that I lost the missionary part of myself. In November 2016, I visited my brother’s family in Nicaragua. I remembered that God had wanted me to do mission work. I felt so alive helping others in the mission field that I began to pursue other opportunities for missions. I talked to Ginger, our youth director at church. She said that the kids have always wanted to go on a mission trip so we began praying about it. Information about your mission had been shared through Heather Hawkins and Doug Vermilya at school, which prompted the teens to want to go to Haiti. The more Ginger looked into it, going on a mission trip with Love Him Love Them seemed like the right thing to do. I am all for going where I feel God wants me to go so I was really excited about going to Haiti!

Gabe – My uncle was a missionary.

Ginger – I personally had previously gone to Nicaragua where my older son was serving as a long term missionary, so I had experienced missions and had a desire for our youth to have that experience. As a group we had been praying for direction for our youth group. We had several members who had learned about Love Him Love Them through Doug Vermillia and Heather Hawkins at North Habersham Middle School. My twins had been able to see the kids sing in the summer of 2016 with Doug and fell in love with the kids. When we started planning for the summer of 2017 we were pleased to learn that the June trip was the week we had available to go and felt this was the confirmation we needed.

Hannah – I had always wanted to go on a mission trip and this one was because my mom, brother and sister were going. I never expected I would enjoy it so much.

Sarah – My brother and sister-in- law were missionaries and they loved it and I wanted to try.


How did you experience and see God move during your time in Haiti?

Jenna – I felt like we were meant to be there the entire time. I saw people come together in love for Christ to help others – strangers and group members working towards common goals to make life better for others. I saw a little girl, Grae, bring Haitians and Americans together in worship to our mighty KIng. I saw hearts softened and loving a people so completely different than themselves but brothers and sisters in Christ. I was truly blessed to be a part of this mission trip.

Gabe – To gain an even deeper belief of Christ in my everyday.

Ginger – From the time we committed to go we saw God move in miraculous ways. From the little details to the financial support God kept affirming to me that this was his desire for our little group from Harvest. When we got to Haiti it was so easy to see God’s hand at work from the immediate bonding of our mission team to witnessing the love shared between the Americans and Haitians when we could not even communicate with words.

Hannah – When we came around the corner at Cha Cha Mountain and got to the church, you could already hear singing. At the church they were all up and singing away and dancing with so much joy and they didn’t stop. You could feel their love for God. I imagine that is what it will be like in heaven.

Sarah – How far people came on Sunday to be in church, many walked for hours just to be there!


What do you think made the greatest impact on the people you served?

Jenna – I pray that my presence made an impact. I hope that my willingness to help, my attempts at communication, and longing to understand life in Haiti impacted someone in a positive way. I hope that some teachers and kids gained an understanding of what reading to others can be like.

Gabe – The pair of underwear I gave to a child.

Ginger – The joy I saw on the faces of the ladies when we shared sewing supplies, the excitement of the young ladies who practiced their skills by doing our nails, the laughter of the kids who sat in our circle and played Ms. Mary Mac, their faces all showed me that just spending time with them was all they wanted.

Hannah – Even though I wasn’t teaching. It was cool to see how excited all the Haitian teachers were after graduation. They were so excited to use what they learned and saying thank you to us.

Sarah – The kids had fun, we painted nails and danced together.

Andrew – I was on the CPR team and they had never heard of saving someone’s life with CPR so they were overwhelmed with knowing they actually could.


What was the best part of your trip? What was the worst part of your trip?

Jenna – The best part of my trip was singing to Jesus with all of our companions and sharing what God has given me with others. The worst part of my trip was leaving. I could honestly stay in the mission field if I did not have a family to take care of waiting on me in Georgia. I feel most alive and in my comfort zone when I am on a mission trip. I know that I am doing exactly what my Father wants me to do the whole time.

Gabe – The best part was my time there and the worst part was leaving.

Ginger – Our trip down Cha Cha Mountain was the best part. During that time, I realized what it felt like to truly and completely trust God. Our truck broke down, the interpreters had left on the first truck. We were there without an interpreter, no means of transportation. We chose to start to walking down the mountain and there was no panic, no fear, no frustration only fully trusting God! There were two moments that totally broke my heart on this trip. 1) The moment I learned that these precious young ladies have to leave the orphanage at 18 and have nowhere to go. 2) Through an interpreter I asked a very little girl in one orphanage what she would like to play and she responded “baby dolls”. I said “run get it and we will play”. Then she responded “I don’t have one.”

Hannah – When we had to walk down Cha Cha Mountain because the truck broke down. It was fun and a great experience. When we finally got in a car to ride back we couldn’t stop singing praises. The worst part was when we learned we were going to walk down I was really nervous.

Sarah – The team I went with and singing together with them was the best part. The worst part was when Linda almost left me! (At Galette Chambon the students were painting our nails when it was time to go and I was trying to ask them to stop and they didn’t understand they just smiled at me and kept working.)

Andrew – The best part was making life-long friends with others on the trip. The worst was seeing how extreme some of the people’s situations were.


What was your greatest takeaway?

Jenna – Jesus loves us all! He longs to be my best friend and the most important person in my life. He loves the Haitian people too! He longs to hold them in His loving arms!

Gabe – Probably realizing how blessed I am.

Ginger – In America we get too wrapped up in our daily lives and we often miss God’s hand at work in our lives. My week in Haiti showed me I need to change my vision. Yes, it is easy to see and feel God’s presence when you are on a mission trip in a country that has so many needs with 20 other people who are all there because they love the Lord. But my takeaway from Haiti is I can see and feel God’s presence in everything I do if I
change my vision from “my life” vision to “God’s ” vision.

Hannah – We take for granted what we have, when there are so many people who have so little. And yet the things we focus on in America leave us empty. It’s a hole only God can satisfy.

Sarah – To enjoy what I have.

Andrew – Be grateful for the many blessings that come your way.


What would you tell someone considering going on a mission trip?

Jenna – I would tell someone considering going on a mission trip to pray about it, ask God for a great big sign if he wants you to go. Then, when you have confirmation, put your whole heart into the trip. Serve those put in front of you with all of your ability, loving them every step of the way, and you will be blessed beyond belief! Going on a mission trip opens your mind and heart to the possibilities that God has for your life and serving others is the best way to serve Him!

Gabe – That it was amazing.

Ginger – Stop waiting and go, God will bless you beyond anything you can imagine!

Hannah – Absolutely Go! It’s an experience you will never forget and you will see God move in ways you never thought were possible.

Sarah – Go and try it, find the best place for you to fit.

Andrew – Go! Go! Go!


How did serving in Haiti change your relationship with Jesus?

Jenna – Singing to Jesus, sharing life experiences with others, seeking ways to serve others, and seeking an understanding of what my life is meant to be in Christ opened my eyes to what Jesus wants in my life! I came back from Haiti knowing that I am supposed to be singing for Christ, a stronger confirmation that I am meant to be doing mission work, and the knowledge that I am gifted with the ability to learn new languages, if I will put in the effort to do it. I began to seek God’s will in my life in a more trusting, believing way.

Gabe – It definitely made it stronger.

Ginger – I have learned to use my “God” vision more frequently in my life!
Hannah – Sometimes to experience God differently you have to go out of your comfort zone and that’s exactly what my trip to Haiti did. I got to experience a different depth in my relationship.

Sarah – It opened my eyes to things God does.

Andrew – It rekindled a fire for Jesus that really lost it’s strength in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Now that you’ve heard their testimonies, what are you waiting for?! Click here to sign up for our Teachers Trip TODAY! Our 2018 trip is June 13th – June 20th and we can’t wait to have you serve with us!

Thank you Jenna, Gabe, Ginger, Hannah, Sarah and Andrew for taking the time to answer these questions! We are so grateful you served the people of Haiti with us!

Do you have more questions? Email them to missiontrips@lovehimlovethem.org

Birthday Spotlight: Ibendo

On March 18th Ibendo turns 15 years old! Read his interview below to get to know the birthday boy a little better!


What was your favorite thing that happened when you were 14? Going to the beach and going to Epidor.

What are you most excited about turning 15? Getting to play more soccer.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An Engineer, I want to build houses for other people to live in.

What is your favorite thing about touring in America? Eating, praying for people, changing the lives of people.

Where is your favorite place to go in America? Georgia because I liked Mr. Doug’s school and playing soccer with them.

Why do you love Jesus? He helps me with anything I ask him to help with.

What is your favorite song to sing? Every Praise.

What is one thing you love to do? Play soccer.

If you could help anyone, how would you help them? Give them a house and food.

What are you most thankful for? I pray that God will provide me some people who will take me to America to stay.

Happy Birthday, Ibendo! We love you so much!