Partner Ministries in Haiti
Philip Peters, born and raised in Indiana, left the country for the first time at the age of 17. He didn’t realize that years later the 501c3 Hope Restored/ Restore Haiti would be the result. That mission trip is where he first encountered a Haitian man named Jean Gerald Lafleur. The two kept in touch for 7 years before finally reuniting in Haiti in 2005. After that reunion, Philip and a group of his friends, all young adults at the time, began taking yearly trips to Haiti, doing what they could to help the community, and Restore Haiti was born.
In 2010, just 4 days prior to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, Tobymac hosted a benefit concert that helped fund the official incorporation of the organization. Since then, people from all over the world have joined together to bring aid to this community and sponsor the children who live there by building homes and providing funding to support the areas of education, nutrition, and basic medical care.
Currently, Philip lives in Franklin, TN and is employed as a management associate at True Artist Management, where he serves the musical artists Tobymac, Mandisa, Capital Kings. In addition to his love for the music industry, Philip also has a heart for ministry, recently spending four years serving as the youth pastor for his local church, New River Fellowship, which was founded by a Christian musician and his wife, Michael W. and Debbie Smith. He also frequently leads worship at his home church as well as at special events and during visits to church groups.
In recent years, Philip has been blessed to be able to share his story in front of many churches and groups from coast to coast. His goal is to spread a message of purpose, dreams, and how God could use a young man to impact the nations, with reliance on his life verse, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, as the key to seeing God do mighty things through a willing life.
Pastor Lafleur is the founder of Restoration Ministries. Born in Haiti, God called him as a young man to return to his homeland and help to bring restoration to a country which has been all but destroyed by famine, deforestation, natural disaster, and government corruption.
While overseeing the ministry in Jacmel, Pastor Lafleur also ministers as a guest speaker at churches and conferences throughout the Caribbean Islands as well as in the U.S. When not traveling for ministry, Pastor Lafleur, along with his wife Elsa and two young boys, makes his home in the Caribbean Island of Antigua.
Fedony Charles was born into a Christian home in Jeremie, South-West, Haiti. He was baptized at the age of 12 while attending Grace Tabernacle Church, where he was involved in different youth activities and developed as a musician, writer and poet. After starting his primary school studies, financials issues forced him to drop out for five years before finishing high school in the capital of Port-au-Prince in 1998.
He was married to Marie Laure in 2000, and in 2003 they moved to Jacmel. Their daughter Mickhela Nepthtalie was born that same year, followed by son Eliezer Freud two years later. Also in 2003, Fedony divinely ran into his childhood friend and now Apostle, Jean Gerald Lafleur, who had just established Restoration Ministries in the community of Morne Oge. Since then, Fedony has wholeheartedly embraced the vision of Restoration Ministries and serves as Coordinator for the Sponsorship Program, which provides for over 450 children, as well as General Manager for the Restoration Centre located in downtown Jacmel.