Pasco church helps orphanage in Haiti as Hurricane Matthew batters island

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The pastor of a Pasco County church has been in close contact with an orphanage in Haiti, that the church sponsors, as Hurricane Matthew batters the Caribbean.

North Pointe Church helps an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, as well as one in the Dominican Republic. Several years ago, church members formed a special bond with Pastor Lucien Almanord, who runs the Haiti orphanage.

Pastor Steve Wells is concerned about the well-being of the orphanage and the kids.

“We’ve been praying like crazy for them,” Wells said. “Praying God would sustain them. And, when we saw this storm approaching, we were like ‘Oh My Goodness!’”

News Channel 8 managed to get a call through and spoke to Pastor Lucien, as he’s called, as the eye of Hurricane Matthew, a category 4, was directly over Haiti.

“The children are okay,” Pastor Lucien said. “We just get them the shelter in the orphanage—safe.  We cannot get out because of the flooding—all kinds of stuff.”

He said winds were strong and the rain was pouring down.

Even though the children of his orphanage lived through a devastating earthquake in 2010, and now this major hurricane, they’ve remained upbeat and resilient, knowing God and those at North Pointe Church are on their side.

“It’s a beautiful thing when it mobilizes God’s people to be the hands and feet of God,” Wells said.

People willing to send money to the orphanage can text the dollar amount, followed by a space, then the word HELP to 813-501-6554. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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