Matthew & Kenedi Cross

Missionaries in Haiti with Loving the Least of These Ministries International

Matthew and Kenedi Cross are from Northeast Ohio and have been married since June 2021. Kenedi moved to Haiti in July 2018 and spent her first 4 years there as a teacher. Matthew moved in August 2021 and spent his first year as a teacher. Both Matt and Kenedi are passionate about making disciples, especially of young people. They are now moving into full-time ministry with Loving the Least of These Ministries International (LTLTMI), caring for and discipling 14 children in an orphanage, working with a free school for children at risk of being sent to live on the streets, ministering to the youth in Haiti’s only juvenile prison, and doing necessary administrative work for LTLTMI.

Ministry Need: $6,300 monthly for 2022

How do I contribute?

  • You can make a one-time donation.
  • Kindly also consider any amount as a monthly donation.
  • Simply go to DONATE, and choose Matt & Kenedi from the list of “Global Missionaries”

Location:

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Main Activities:

  • Caring for and discipling 14 orphans in a group home called the House of Hope
  • Meeting with SWAG School staff to discuss teaching strategies and assessing the students’ learning abilities
  • Visiting and bringing the Gospel, food, and supplies to the youth at Haiti’s only juvenile prison
  • As Communications Coordinator, Kenedi is also responsible for communicating with supporters of Loving the Least of These, both in person and through flyers, documents, social media, etc.
  • As Administrative Assistant, Matthew is also responsible for payroll, and keeping track of use of funds in Haiti and sending receipts to the ministry’s treasurer.
  • Matthew also continues to teach 2nd, 5th, and 7th grade to 3 boys with learning disabilities 3 days a week at RÈV Home, a group-home for orphaned or abandoned youth

Purpose:

To educate and disciple young people in Haiti so that they are equipped to make wise decisions throughout their lives, ultimately bettering their families, community, and nation, all for the glory of God.

Interesting Facts:

  • Most of Haiti runs on Haitian Time, with a common phrase being “map vini.” Its literal translation is “I’m coming,” but its meaning is, “I’ll be there sometime.”
  • Haiti only has one juvenile prison, and they do not have enough uniforms for the children and often run out of food, toilet paper, and other necessities for the inmates.
  • The current Creole translation of the Bible is not the best translation, but 2 more are in the works!

Challenges:

  • Haiti has more kidnappings per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Gangs control much of the nation, including about half of the capital city of Port-au-Prince, making safe travel difficult for everyone.
  • Often, parents who can’t provide for their families send  their children to live and work on the streets, washing cars or directing traffic for tips. These children are vulnerable to gangs who will “take them in” and pay them to commit crimes.
  • The president was assassinated in July 2021, and since then, there is no real government in place.

Dreams:

  • To see the House of Hope children learning well and loving the Lord
  • To see the oldest House of Hope children transition out to life on their own well
  • To see children off the streets, out of gangs, into school and church, and just being kids
  • For Matt specifically: To see his students learning and comprehending well, overcoming their disabilities by the grace of God, and to see the hunger for God that is in them grow.

Needs:

Funding for Matthew and Kenedi to cover ministry needs, housing, medical insurance, safety measures, etc., so that they are able to do the work God has called them to do.

Prayer Requests:

  • Wisdom to guide, teach, and disciple the children we minister to
  • Wisdom in decision making as Haiti’s political climate continues to heat up
  • Protection
  • Boldness to share the Word of God
  • Peace personally (deliverance from anxiety and PTSD that have come from life in Haiti)
  • Peace in Haiti (gang leaders, corrupt police officers, and corrupt government officials to come to Christ)