The dream began in 1987, with a desire in the hearts of Dick and Dixie Montgomery to share the love of Christ by taking their family to work with children in a poor country. In 1989, with eight kids, they pulled up their roots in Duvall, Washington, cried some tears and set their faces toward a new vision. Believing that God had called them to work in an orphanage in rural Dessalines, Haiti, they built a house and moved into the orphanage and into the hearts of the Haitian people.
It was during this time that they met Louinet Gilles, a young man of 19, and encouraged and supported him through Bible college. Louinet became a pastor and began a church, which continues to grow and now includes a sister church and two primary schools, serving the poorest of the poor in the hills and mountains outside of Dessalines. After two years of working with the orphanage, the Montgomery’s came home on furlough bringing with them an addition to their family, a little Haitian baby. The country and government of Haiti were again in chaos, and so after much prayer they decided to settle in Monroe, Washington, and continued to adopt kids.