Summer, Rachel, Jon, Shannon and Christian Haslett.
I'm Elena, Director of NDLL Venezuela. I have a heart for children and urban missions; I graduated in Social Communication and was born to be light and salt. I have know about Niños de la Luz since I was a teenager, and was invited to join this team formally in March 2011, a month after this invitation I took the responsibility and commitment to serve God within NDLL with my gifts and talents. I think it's what brings the ministry in my life that I can give, every day I have the joy of seeing all kinds of God's miracles, from the radical change in the life of a child for eternity to witnessing the miracle of Gods provision within the ministry. It is my privilege to serve God in conjunction with this team! So, I thank the Lord.
We are a family surrendered to the will of God, dedicated to his service, where and how he wishes. We have one goal while we are alive, comply with the desires that are in the heart of God for our lives. In the last 10 years we have been deeply linked in continuous service to the Lord in the Ministry NDLL through several stages, big brothers, house parents, missionaries in the Dominican Republic and now coordinators of the property in Venezuela. However, I can not put aside the fact that my life is the fruit of this ministry. When God called the Haslett family to work with street children, I belonged to a group of about 25 boys who roamed the streets of the city of Caracas, without a helping hand or safe place to go. Today I thank God for the faithful obedience of this beautiful family. Through the years they have been, my mentors, parents and great friends. At this stage of my life with my family, we have a goal in the Ministry, in addition to helping children in their socio-emotional development. Our greatest commitment and mission is to help in developing their personal character. We want them to know Christ deeply and that their principles and values are focused on Him and in His Word. So that and most importantly, when they grow to be men they can succeed in the face of evil and in a world overwhelmed and lacking in values. Our hope is that they can make a difference: standing firm and be true men of God who can build strong families that will not be swept away by a corrupt society have lost there way. Finally, our greatest desire is that when we wake up in the new Jerusalem, these guys will be there as well.
Freddy Charris - Vice President
Norma and William Chaparro - Treasurer and Vocal
We have known the Ministry of NDLL since 2005. We started sponsoring a child, but our motivation was God in our hearts to serve as advocates for homeless children. NDLL represents for us an opportunity for us to serve God in helping the poorest planting in them the love of Jesus.
We are from Mexico City. We arrived here at the ministry NDLL by way of a call from God to expand His kingdom in the Dominican Republic. Our roles in Niños de la Luz, Dominican Republic are as house parents and in administration. For our family it has been a privilege and an honor to be part of the lives of each one of the boys, while at the same time they have been a great blessing to our lives. Our main intention is to see the love of Jesus in every one of them. We recognize that it is not always easy, but we have a great conviction that God is using our lives to give love and a home environment. Our responsibility is all inclusive with the boys, not only because we live with them, but even some other areas we cover include general operation of the ranch administratively. In short it is a pleasure to be part of this great team and a pleasure to know that everything we do. We do it with the love and passion for our Lord.
Tío (Big Brother)
I began volunteering two years ago with NDLL, after a friend told me about the ministry and I went for a visit. I saw the wonderful work that God was doing in the lives of these young boys and saw their hearts willing to serve God. This impacted me in a big way and now I'm working full time as a big brother. I love my job as a servant for God. I love spending time with the children: playing, getting to knowing them more every day, being part of a family and especially witnessing the love of the Lord in the lives of these young people. They once were in this world without home or families, abused and exploited by society. Also, being a part of the NDLL family has been a great blessing that the Lord has used in my life to shape my character. I thank God and NDLL for opening this door to me.
U.S. Administrative Assistant
I have spent five months in the Dominican Republic doing construction for two summers. I grew to love and grow side by side with the boys and all the staff that I lived with in the D.R. All that I learned there came back with me to the U.S., creating a long-term effect in my life that was more than just an experience. I’m excited about the opportunity for involvement in NDLL as the U.S. administrator and to be able keep you all informed on what God is doing in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the United States.
Steve SalaNorman HapkeJon Haslett
Vice President and U.S. Chairman of the Board
I met Jon and Shannon several years ago while responding to God’s prompting to reach out to children at risk. As the years went by I stayed involved with the ministry in a variety of ways from fundraising to assisting with their construction projects and a multitude of tasks. My family has also been involved in many ways from moral support to hands on participation at their facilities in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Niños De La Luz is committed to changing lives and shining the love of God on all they come in contact with; that is why we as a family are so committed to this ministry and why I accepted the position of Vice President and Chairman of the Board. God has done great things in the lives of those involved in this ministry and I thank Him that He has called me to be a part of it. If you have any questions or feel God is calling you to be involved in some way, send me an email.