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.
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.
Staff in Haiti
Haiti Operations Manager
Thonny is highly trained in managing sports ministry and servant leadership programs. He is passionate about reaching entire communities for Christ through sports and shares our vision of empowering young people to become leaders in their neighborhoods. Thonny lives in Fonds-Parisien with his wife and two children.
Transportation and Logistics
Herold joined PLH in 2017 as a driver. He now manages our vehicles and transportation as well as other logistical matters. Herold is our main driver for mission experience teams and everyone loves getting to know him during their stay. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his wife and three children.
Gerald teaches English classes two afternoons a week in Camp Marie. The people there are excited for a chance to study English in their community. He has completed 3 years at an interpretation institute in Port-au-Prince and is now studying linguistics at university in Port-au-Prince.
Camp Marie Operations Manager
Benedic lives in Camp Marie with his wife and two children. He is an artist, musician, teacher, coach, and church leader. Benedic joined Project Living Hope as a soccer coach but quickly took on a variety of responsibilities. At the end of 2018, Benedic became the first full-time PLH employee as our Camp Marie Operations Manager.
Montrouis Soccer Program Coordinator and Coach
Wilson lives in Pierre Payen and coordinates our Montrouis soccer program. In addition to coaching for Project Living Hope, Wilson teaches PE and works with a local professional soccer team. He has one son.
Camp Marie Soccer Program Coordinator
Guy Henry Destine lives in Camp Marie with his wife, Jesula, and two sons and is expecting his first daughter in February. Guy works as the Camp Marie Soccer Program Coordinator and coaches for our various programs and leagues. Guy also works as a tap tap driver and is one of our drivers when we have visiting mission experience teams.
Leon Baptiste lives in Camp Marie with his wife, Sainthama. They have seven kids and nine grandkids. Leon works in agriculture and has various other skills and training. He works as the land manager for PLH and has been a huge player in the road project, volunteering countless hours to his community.
Camp Marie Soccer Coach
Pierre-Claude Jean Louis lives in Camp Marie where he teaches English, French, and artisan skills. He has two sons and one daughter. Pierre-Claude assists with our soccer programs and coaches in our leagues.
Montrouis Soccer Coach
Rosemond Francois lives in Montrouis with his wife and three kids. He teaches job skills in food service as well as working with the PLH soccer program in Montrouis and with a local professional soccer team.