The Emmanuel Orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti began when Pastor Honore Guerriere and his wife Mona agreed to take in a group of orphaned children whose caregivers were leaving the country. For over ten years, this group lived in an abandoned nightclub in downtown Jeremie and prayed that God would deliver them from their difficult conditions. Many people came to visit the children, including teams from Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN who were in Jeremie in partnership with the Lundy Orphanage nearby. In July 2013, one such group visited Emmanuel and learned while they were there that the Haitian government had given the group 30 days to vacate the premises. With nowhere to go, the children would be left in the streets with no one to care for them.
Upon returning to the United States, the $50,000 to build the orphanage was raised by Mt. Carmel Church in Cross Plains, TN in just two days, and the new orphanage was built on land that had been given to Pastor Honore. God not only provided a new home for these children, but also monthly sponsors who would cover their monthly expenses for food, water, school tuition, uniforms and medical care. The first team from Mt. Carmel was sent to the Emmanuel Orphanage in February 2014. In the fall of 2014, once again God provided, and a new church building was built at the orphanage to reach the Chateau area for Christ. Mt. Carmel currently sends four teams a year (VBS, medical, birthday and Christmas celebrations) and 127Worldwide sends two teams a year to continue the relationship with the wonderful “gwoup” at Emmanuel and watch God work in the lives of the children and those who go to visit them.