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Local couple fundraises for permanent mission in Haiti

5:59 PM, Aug 4, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR - Knoxville) A fundraiser at Calvary Chapel Knoxville on Sunday helped raise funds for an East Tennessee non-profit that works to build new roofs on homes in Haiti.

Housetops 4 Haiti was founded by Lance and Ronda Halseth in 2012 as a way to help Haitians in need.

On Sunday, the organization held a lunch fundraiser at Calvary Chapel, sponsored by Moe's, to raise money and awareness about the group's efforts.

The Halseths are planning to leave East Tennessee and move to Les Cayes, Haiti in October in order to coordinate work for the Housetops 4 Haiti mission.

Lance said their work in Haiti will help more people than just those in need of a new roof.

"We hire all local Haitians to do the work. We pour into their economy by buying all our materials at the local hardware store.That's really what it's about, helping the Haitians right where they're at, giving them a job, employing them so then they can support their families," Lance said.

He said their work in Haiti is totally funded by the generosity of people.

Mark Kirk, the Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Knoxville said the work of these homegrown missionaries will help locals in Haiti on multiple levels.

"The mission is to go administer to their physical needs by putting roofs on the housetops but also to administer to their spiritual needs," Pastor Kirk said.

Click here for more information about Housetops 4 Haiti and how you can get involved.

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