Meet our Summer Interns

Over the years, the Lord has blessed Child Hope with many amazing summer interns who pour their energy and love into the children of Port-au-Prince. This year is no exception. We have six amazing interns to introduce to you. We are grateful for their service and the way the Lord is guiding them and enlarging their heart as they experience the needs and opportunities in Haiti. Please pray for these wonderful young people as they seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

AllieAllie Chandler visited Child Hope last summer with Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. She learned more about the ministry from Joy Bohlinger when she babysat the Bohlinger’s children. Allie is responsible for processing and managing inventory and donations. She is also a VBS leader, Saturday Team Coordinator, facilities tour guide, feeding program helper, girls home mentor. Allie’s ministry goals are:

◊ To grow in relationship with the older girls and to encourage them in their relationships with Jesus
◊ To be available to serve the long-term missionary staff
◊ To serve God and bring Him honor in Haiti


KatherineKatherine Gavin found Child Hope online while she was searching for opportunities in Haiti. After serving as an intern with another nonprofit in the mountains of Haiti last summer, she knew she wanted to continue working in Haiti. Katherine is serving as an administrative assistant to the Transition Program Manager and assisting with the bakery. Her ministry goals are to:
◊ Support the Transition Program, help the program staff, and encourage the kids who participate
◊ Be there for the kids, especially the ones with fewer friends and show them that they are loved
◊ Grow in understanding my potential role with nonprofits


Laura HSLaura Fosnaugh is a missionary kid who grew up in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. When her family spent a year in Port-au-Prince, she met Bill and Sue and helped teach English at MDL school. In the first week she was back in America after her family left Haiti, she felt called to return. Laura is serving as night guesthouse manager, feeding program assistant, transition house assistance, garden assistance, and VBS leader. Her goals for her time at Child Hope are:
◊ To have a focused ministry where God leads her to a small number of people to grow deeper
◊ To actively abide in God and find rest in Him
◊ To know God more and understand His character more


MaryMary Dyer recently graduated from college and felt led to serve in ministry a year abroad before going on to the next season of life. She found Child Hope online while researching opportunities. Mary will be providing graphics art design and instruction and general assistance in the transition program. Her ministry goals are to:
◊ Support the transition program by teaching students graphic design so that they can continue to use and develop these skills
◊ Mentor some of the older girls
◊ Develop a stronger relationship with the Lord and share experiences from Haiti and things that I have learned back in the states


ShelbyShelby Busey was led to participate with her home church in California when they came on a ministry trip. She found Child Hope to be the kind of ministry that she had only dreamed about finding. The Lord has now led her back two more times to serve at Child Hope. Shelby will be using her photography skills to support the ministry, working with the baking program at the transition program, and filling in as guest house manager on Sundays. Shelby’s ministry goals are:
◊ To create an environment where the kids are excited to come to class and learn and are motivated to make a solid foundation for their future
◊ To learn how to communicate and encourage others with God’s wisdom


WillieWillie Pate was introduced to Child Hope when he came with  the Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara youth group trip last summer. After that experience, the Lord gave him a desire to return to invest more in the lives of the children he met. He is focusing on helping as the garden manager at the Transition Program, helping with VBS,  and teaching Bible and mentoring the boys. Willie’s goals are:
◊ To grow and invest more in the older boys
◊ To cultivate a dedicated prayer life and learn how to pray in an environment without distractions
◊ To support the long-term missionaries as much as possible