Jeremy and Katie Beehn first visited Haiti on a short term mission trip with their church in 2012, and very quickly knew that God had a plan for the future in this place. As a deep love grew for the country and her people, they continued to return several times a year, often bringing one or two of their six children with them. In 2014, after a season of fasting and praying, the Lord confirmed a call to move into full time service in the Gressier area. During this season of preparation, God was sweet to tend to the hearts of the six children--Jared, Julie, Lizzy, Sam, Leah and Elena. On September 8, 2016, the family of 8 (along with two fur babies) arrived on a one-way plane ticket with a lot of dreams, and a lot to learn!
In following the call into full time missions, Jeremy left behind 19 years of finance and sales experience at Procter and Gamble. He firmly believes that the years he spent in corporate America prepared him for his purpose on the international mission field. Putting his passion for sustainable business and job creation into practice, he has partnered with several organizations to help bring jobs and keep jobs in Haiti, including OneEgg and Taino Aqua Ferme. He has assisted in launching a Haitian coffee export business, JoyHouse Coffee, as well as partnering with local families to begin home-based businesses.
As a registered nurse, Katie has enjoyed using her medical knowledge to care for the infirm in our community and sharing the Gospel to those who are hurting. She has a special interest in tackling the widespread issue of malnutrition, and is making plans for a community-based nutrition program. Additionally, Katie is serving as the Awana Missionary for Haiti, and is dedicated to training up local leaders in children's ministry so that all Haitian children will know, love and serve Jesus Christ.
8The six Beehn kids--Jared (age 18), Julie (age 16), Lizzy (age 14), Sam (age 13), Leah (age 11), and Elena (age 9)--have all embraced their lives in Haiti. They attend a home school co-op in the neighboring town of Leogane, with other missionary kids and Haitian friends, and have each seized opportunities to serve in the community. While they miss their family, friends, and Chick-fil-a, all of them agree that life in Haiti is really pretty awesome and that God has been abundantly faithful!