When former youth pastor Alex Banks came to Parkminster, the church started a missional relationship with Alex's parents, missionaries in Croix de Bouqets, Haiti.

Tim and Toby Banks founded  the H.O.P.E Center (Haiti Orphanage that Protects and Educates) in 2006, and their facility was severely affected by the devastating earthquake of 2009. A team from Parkminster continued to travel to Haiti annually in the aftermath of the earthquake to assist with rebuilding projects.

In the final months of 2012, the Banks were tragically evicted from the new orphanage with the promise that the 20 girls they had been ministering to would be returned to them once they found a new home that could pass inspection. This has proven to be untrue, and nearly three years later, the Banks' are still separated from their adopted daughters due to a corrupt Haitian legal system. Tim and Toby returned to the states in the aftermath of this heartbreak, but have expressed a deep desire to return if this season of injustice ever passes.

Parkminster has continued to send a team to Haiti each year for a week-long service project. We covet your prayers for Tim and Toby and their girls.

Contact Jeff Willit at jwillit@rochester.rr.com for more information about upcoming service trips.