Meet Ann Hume

Meet Ann Hume

My name is Ann (“Annie”) Hume and I am president of God’s Children Haiti. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The population is over 8 million, yet it is only the size of Maryland. The average life span for women is age 56 and men age 52. Eighty percent are unemployed and most live in abject poverty.

In 1996, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I made a promise to God that if He allowed me to live, I would work for Him. My three sons were 9, 12, and 17 and I wanted to be here with them while they grew up. I went through aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Now I am doing great and even have two grandchildren, but I never forgot my promise.

In May of 1995, I flew to China for my first mission trip and smuggled in 88 pounds of Bibles. China is where I learned how to really pray and pray openly with others. It was very scary knowing it was all illegal and to learn how those poor Christians really have to sacrifice their lives for Christ, just like in Biblical times.

In 1996, I went to Haiti on my first medical mission trip. I have to admit I was terrified of so many poor people and all of the UN and armed forces. My intentions were never to return to that scary and dangerous country again and instead travel to a different country each year.

Then after my breast cancer, my friend who is a Pediatrician invited me once again to visit Haiti. I reluctantly said yes knowing I had made that promise and now I was healed. We visited a different part of Haiti and I fell in love with the country and the people. I have been going to the same area for over 10 years now and I love it. It is like visiting your cottage or cabin, returning to a place that feels like you belong there and like your second home. Often I miss Haiti so much and pray for more finances to help and accomplish so much more.

In 2003, a dentist and I were briefly kidnapped as we were leaving the airport in Port-au-Prince. Mike and I were in the backseat of the Ford Ranger and his wife and my former partner were in the front. Two young men with pistols dragged my partner and his wife out of the truck and drove off with the dentist and I trapped in the back seat. About 100 yards later a third young man with a pistol jumped in. I knew what was going to happen; they were taking us hostage where boys would be in one hut and girls in the other with only one little bag of water per day. We would sit there and wait and pray that someone would send ransom money. They don’t let Americans go. I started yelling to let us go and was shaking the seat. We were all panicky. Finally, Mike the dentist yelled at me to “SHUTUP”. I took his hand and said the Lord’s Prayer out loud and such total peace came in the truck. They stopped along a side road and let us out. Mike had $3,000 in his wallet to start a dental clinic. They took everything we had including our passports, money, and our truck. However, being let go was one of many miracles that have happened since I began mission work.

Over the past 10 years, our mission has helped many disabled Haitians receive medical treatment. Kesmy, who lost his arms in a fire, received two prosthetic arms in Michigan. Pony who lost his leg at age 14 received a prosthetic leg. Both received their prosthetics from Wright and Filippis, Inc., in Michigan, at no charge. Elias had one of the worst herniated lumbar discs the neurosurgeon had ever seen, but had surgery in Michigan and is now back in Haiti and doing fine. Many others I have obtained medical visas for and have come to our home for medical care. All treatments and recoveries were miracles from God.

The very poorest village I have been to is Kesmy’s village of LaGrange north of St. Marc. They literally do live in thatch huts without clean water to bathe or drink. It is very common to go to bed hungry.

Our goal and dream is to get irrigation there so they can grow rice all year long not just in the rainy season. They also need a medical clinic and an addition to their church.
The needs of Haiti are relentless. We must never give up. God tells us in Matthew 28:19 and 20 to make disciples of all nations. He also tells us in Matthew 21:22 “If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Although sometimes I feel like giving up, it is just too hard for me, and I never will. God is so good and I want to work for Him and help the poorest of the poor. We cannot do this mission without your prayers and financial support.

Serving Him with gladness,

Ann Hume, President