For the past three summers, a group of bikers have been seen heading out of Rockford, Michigan. They’re on a 6 day, 316 mile bike ride down to Harrod, Ohio. But this is much more than a long bike ride. This ride is called the H.I.S.Home 300. H.I.S. Home for Children is an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti that was founded and is operated by Hal and Chris Nungester of Harrod, Ohio. The bike ride raises funds for HIS Home. The route from Michigan is one of three groups that all meet in Ohio- the other two from Illinois have been doing this for six years! This year, they raised over $65,000!
The passion to participate in the bike ride came from Geoff and Judy VanBerkel, residents of Rockford, Michigan. They had decided to adopt from Haiti before the earthquake struck in 2010. Once it did, their adoption process was sped up and within a few weeks, the VanBerkels were picking up their new Haitian daughters who had just survived the disaster. Since they couldn’t adopt all the kids at the orphanage from which their daughters lived, their return to Rockford encouraged the VanBerkels to organize a 300-mile Michigan route bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the orphanage.
H.I.S. Home for Children was started in 1999 as a non-denominational, Christian organization based in Port au Prince, Haiti with a focus of rescuing children from physical and spiritual poverty. Over the last then years, H.I.S. Home has develop its program providing shelter, medical care, proper nutrition, and education for the children, as well as introducing them to the love of Jesus. However, the founders and workers of H.I.S. Home strongly believe that the needs of all children are best met in the care of a loving family! They have facilitated the adoptions of over 250 children to families in the US, Canada, and France.
H.I.S. Home ER (Earthquake Relief), created in 2010, focuses on young ladies who have been rescued from dangerous tent cities in Pot au Prince. These ladies receive shelter, physical and emotional healing, and are enrolled in Haitian Christian School to receive vocational training and build life skills.
It’s so encouraging to see others with similar passions, using their skills and adoption experience to help other children. Way to go, Geoff!!!!