Ben’s Creek on a Mission

James, 1:27
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, 
is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction

Repost of original post on February 15, 2018 in the Archives.

Ben’s Creek Nursery has been on a mission – literally! For the past three years, Ben’s Creek’s owner/manager, Robert Neville, and his family, Treva, Jill, Jessica, and Jack, have gone to Haiti on mission trips during the Christmas holidays.

The locus of their efforts has been an orphanage in the village of Minoterie, which was actually built on land reclaimed from a garbage dump. Among other projects, the Nevilles have worked these last three years on upgrading and refurbishing the orphanage itself, and adding a basketball court and storage building.

The Orphanage – December, 2015
Basketball Court & Storage Building – In Process
The Orphanage with Basketball Court – December 2018

In addition to these building projects, a good bit of Ben’s Creek Nursery’s expertise went with the Nevilles to Haiti in the form of various landscaping projects. Here are Robert & Jack planting various trees around the compound. In all, almost 90 fruit or nut bearing trees were installed around the orphanage grounds!

There were also numerous landscaping and grounds projects in and around the compound.

But that’s not all; the Neville family also engaged in various ministries in the local community as well, delivering care packages to widows in the village, holding bible studies with the Recovering Prostitute ministry, and assisting in medical clinics and Vacation Bible Schools for the local kids.

The numerous landscaping and grounds projects and outreach to the local community were important, of course, but by far the most fulfilling part of the mission trips was the interaction with the Haitian people in general and the orphans in particular. Herewith a roundup of the many beautiful people the Neville family has gotten to know these last few years.

Robert Neville with Mackenson Donatien, Haiti Supervisor of Landscaping

All in all, this is one of the most satisfying and effective ministries around. The sponsoring organization for these trips is Real Love Ministries International, aka Real Love Haiti, If you would like to participate in a mission trip like this, you can obtain information from RLMI here. If you would like to support the orphanage with an online donation you can do so here; be sure and select ‘Real Love Orphanage’ as the designee. Online donations are handled by Crosslink Church, and you can rest assured that 100% of your donation will be distributed to RLMI.

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