Guesly was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and when he was eight years old his whole family immigrated to the United States in hope of a better future. Even as a child, he dreamed of one day becoming a doctor so that he could answer God's calling to serve in the mission field. He attended medical school in Kansas City, Missouri and completed his residency in Jefferson City, Missouri. He now practices family medicine in Stayton, Oregon. Guesly has led a number of medical mission trips to Haiti and other countries, but he had a growing desire to do more than solely medical work. He founded Project Living Hope in order to have a greater impact on the young people of Haiti. Our emphasis on soccer stems from his longtime passion for the game.
Tyler has been pastoring in the Northwest for the past 16 years, the last 11 at Foothills Church in Stayton, Oregon. His heart for God’s work outside of the US has taken him to Central America, Southeast Asia and Mexico. The past few years God has been stirring in his heart a passion for the people in Haiti. Tyler and his wife are in the process of adopting a young boy from Haiti to add to their three biological children. He's been to Haiti twice and is excited to be working with PLH to bring the gospel to Haiti while meeting the tangible needs of the people.
Sarah first traveled to Haiti in 2009 on her honeymoon, just after she married Ben Comstock. Both Sarah and Ben knew they wanted to work in short-term missions in Haiti. Only 6 months after they were married, Ben and Sarah adopted their son Droiy from Haiti. That was in 2010, right after the earthquake in Haiti. A couple years later, they moved to Sublimity, Oregon, where Ben is an elementary school teacher. Sarah is a biology professor at Corban University in Salem. Sarah leads a team of her pre-medical students from Corban to work alongside medical providers in Haiti every spring. The Comstocks hope to return to Haiti regularly, as a family, to work in a humanitarian capacity. In the past year, Ben and Sarah adopted four more children domestically.
Pierre was born in Haiti and moved to the U.S. when he was fourteen years old. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Human Biology and a master's degree in Business Administration. Pierre now works with Great Plains Labs. After having been away for 19 years, his first trip back to Haiti was immediately after the devastating earthquake in 2010. As one of the sons of the country, his return was very painful. It was hard for him to see the conditions, misery and pain of his people. His roots run deep in the Haitian community so he is glad that Project Living Hope is giving him the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for his people. He, his wife and two children live in Lenexa, Kansas.
Sara first traveled to Haiti in 2001 to serve at Haitian Christian Mission. She loved it there and so went on to spend about two years living in Port-au-Prince working with a child sponsorship program and teaching English in a translation school. She met her husband, Guesly in Haiti when he came with a medical team. Due to their shared passion for the people of Haiti, they knew their future would hold a lot more time serving together in Haiti. They have been living in Stayton, Oregon for eleven years. Sara homeschools their three children who they have taken to Haiti three times so far.
Jerry has been to Haiti five times now, initially a couple times with his wife Dr. Claire King on medical missions with Dr. Dessieux. There he saw the physical devastation caused by the earthquake as well as the spiritual and social conditions that limit the opportunities for Haitians. He has a heart to help the people of Haiti find Jesus and have the resources not only to survive but to thrive on their own. Jerry is an engineer specializing in electronic, electrical, and mechanical systems. He is also a builder with experience in residential and commercial construction and project management.
Collin is the Executive Director of Capital FC Timbers, a nonprofit youth soccer club in Salem, Oregon. Collin met Guesly through soccer and has been to Haiti twice to conduct training for Haitian soccer coaches. He is passionate about making an impact in people's lives through sports and believes in the power of sports to reach communities with the hope of the gospel. Collin lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife and four children.