BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY
Our vision is to help Haitian people learn trades and skills which will stimulate and encourage progress. Every year we gather to hear about needs, desires, and requests of the local villagers and leaders of the surrounding areas. After all, they know best what kind of support would help them move toward self-sufficiency. As their neighbors, we also know best which of them are the top workers and honest leaders and can be entrusted with our assistance. That is why when we eventually come to the US to address our International Partners with the plea for help we know that whatever funds will be accumulated would work in key areas of our ministry and with the worthiest of our people. Our needs are generic for any developing country. It’s food and clean water, education needs, building tools and materials, seeds and farming equipment. But in addition to that we make sure that those reached immediately with help will be those with the greatest needs, for we know that:
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me"
PASTOR JEPHTHE LUCIEN
On November 18th, I celebrated 17 years of ministry in Haiti. This is the day that I returned to Haiti after my studies in the United States in 1996. We had prayed that God would glorify himself through using us as an instrument to transform lives in Haiti. Looking back, God has answered every prayer that we asked from that November day long ago.
C'est lui qui change les temps et les circonstances, qui renverse et qui établit les rois, qui donne la sagesse aux sages et la science à ceux qui ont de l'intelligence.
He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
JBM Board Chair Frank Davies was born in 1961 and raised in Skokie, Illinois. He graduated from Oakton Community College with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood, and also holds Bachelors degrees in Business Management and Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. He worked as a teacher and manager of Child Care from 1982-1992. In 1992, he started ownership of the Lindenhurst Early Childhood Center which continues today. He has been married to his wife Anita since 1987 and lives in Prospect Heights with their three children. He served on the District 23 School Improvement Committee from 2001-2014 and has been involved in Character Counts Association since 2002. He has run The 100% Foundation since 2004. In 2007 he began attending Willow Creek Community Church since 2007. There he has helped operate the Willow Creek Gifts-In-Kind Program which has sent 54 containers and over 800,000 lbs. of community development material to 14 countries as of October 2017. He has been involved with Bright Hope International since 2008 and has helped operate the Connect The Dots Foundation since 2010.
I was raised in a Christian family and came to know the Lord at an early age. My faith deepened through the influence of youth group leaders when I was in junior high, and then further in college. My undergraduate degree was in French, with a minor in Speech Pathology. I then received Ph.D.’s, first in Linguistics, then in Computer Science, at the University of Illinois. Later, I got an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. It was at TEDS that I first met Pastor Jephthe Lucien; we had a couple of classes together, and he did his internship at the church I was attending. When he returned to Haiti, the church began sending teams to Pignon for short-term missions trips. I first went in 2009, and have been going ever since. While I have been involved in various projects on those trips, my passion is for education, and that is my area of focus on the JBM board. What inspires me is seeing lives radically transformed for Jesus Christ; through JBM I have seen that, both in the lives of those serving and those being served.
Sarah Mitial holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters in Human Resources Development Northeastern Illinois University. “Serving the Lord in whatever capacity he calls me to serve” is something Sarah has always been passionate about. She is the 8th child of Pastor Sidoine and Athenienne Lucien, founder of JBM. She has always been involved in church ministry in some way. In the past, Sarah has served as a Sunday school teacher, worship leader, children and youth ministry leader for many years at her local church. Over the past 10 years she been more involved in women’s ministry.
In her free-time, she also serves as JBM US Board member. She helps coordinate activities between the US supporters and the team in Haiti. Since joining the board, she has planned and organized the ministry’s US annual fundraising banquet and continue in this role.
Kim Priore holds a Bachelors Degree in Religion from Wellesley College and a Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Early in her career she worked as a writer and production assistant for WCVB-TV, Boston’s local ABC affiliate. From 2000-2001 she served as Communications Director for Sojourners Magazine in Washington, DC, helping the organization become more of a national voice during a time of increased focus on the role of faith-based organizations in alleviating poverty. During her time at Harvard, she worked as Research Assistant to Dr. Rachel McCleary, providing KIM PRIOREhe book Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939 (Oxford University Press 2009). She has also worked as a Speaker Placement Specialist for Carat Brand Experience and a Staff Consultant for Dynamic Solution Associates. She is currently the Development and Communications Officer for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, a nonprofit organization in Waltham, Massachusetts providing safety and support to survivors of domestic abuse, and empowering community members to promote healthy relationships. She has been involved with JBM since she first traveled to Haiti in 2005.
CHERYL D. CORNELIUS
Rev. Cornelius serves as Chief Operating Officer for Wings Associates, LLC in Chicago. As the COO, Rev. Cornelius works with high net worth families and assists them with their business activities while overseeing the day to day operations of the company. Rev. Cornelius is currently developing a bridge building reconciliation program called FAR. Currently Rev. Cornelius is Co-Pastoring the Church of Gary Covenant Church in Gary, Indiana with her husband Robert L. Cornelius, Sr.