Children tug at Passion Rescue Mission members' hearts – News-Press

Pastor Genese (Gene) Vertus, CEO and founder of Passion Rescue Mission, is leading a nine-member contingent that will deliver aid to Haiti villagers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. They will be there until Thursday. 
Passion Rescue Mission was founded in 2009 by Genese Vertus and a group of friends who felt the call to serve others, and live out the credo “to the world I may be only one, but to one, I may be the whole world.” The small non-profit based in Fort Myers runs a tuition-free school for grades kindergarten-6 in Francois and leads a handful of educational and spiritual-based mission trips per year, and provides several free medical clinics through International Medical Relief. They also partner with two Haitian orphanages to share food for the students, school supplies, clothing and access to physicians and nurses.
Vertus and photographer Derek Shane McClelland of Atlanta were first responders when an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew hit six weeks ago. Joining them on the trip are Jen Reyes of Cape Coral, Ron Alce, Edward Saint-Jean and Joubert Clermont of Fort Myers, Nicole Tirado of Fort Lauderdale and Neena Kinsey of Atlanta.
Vertus gives a first-hand account of the group’s fourth day in Haiti:
Day 4 was another amazing and fulfilling day.
We spent our day volunteering at an orphanage that we partner with in Fermat, Haiti.
Due to the devastation from Hurricane Matthew, we spent the day helping Brother Paul and his kids paint individual rooms and repair collapsed walls.
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Passion Rescue Mission also handed out clothes, toiletries, and diapers that had been collected from Pasadena, Coral Park and Coral Cove elementary schools in Broward County as well as Renaissance Charter at Central Palm in West Palm Beach, Kids Playhouse Learning Center in Miami-Dade County, and Dunbar Middle School here.
Clothes were given to orphans ranging from ages 1-18. Diapers and wipes were given to the madams in charge of the infant room.
After spending several hours supporting the orphanage, we finally made our way to the infant room where the missionaries were greeted with open arms and smiles. Immediately, we sensed babies who wanted to be held and loved. They clinged to us and would not let go when it was time for us to depart.
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Baby Judy, who is no more than 2 years old, stole everyone’s heart with her charismatic personality and smile.
It was a heartfelt moment that made us realize how a small act of kindness can truly go a long way as long as it comes from the heart!
It is all about finding your purpose, serving with a passion and loving unconditionally.
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For those who want to donate to help the people of Haiti, go to http://passionrescuemission.org/
For those who want to watch videos, they can be seen on Passion Rescue Mission’s Facebook Page.


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