One has no choice in who they will be born to or in what country they will be born in. I’m blessed to have been born to an amazing Christian couple, Larry and Pat Badon. I’m blessed to have been born in the United States of America. My dad is a Baptist Pastor and I’m proud of his Christ like example to me. My mother is the most compassionate prayer warrior of a women I know. My name is Darrin Badon, I’m 47 years old. I’m married to my wife Julie whose father was a pastor who served with his family in Lima, Peru for 12 years. We have three children Rebecca, Sarah and Nathan. The example my parents gave me was used by the Holy Spirit to draw me to a saving relationship with Jesus at an early age. Through my parents, in-laws, missionary friends, and the LSU-BSU I learned a lot about missions and had the opportunity to serve in small ways in Mexico, Russia, and in Louisiana. Those were good times but God had a special calling for me that He revealed to me at age 39. I took my first mission trip to Haiti in September, 2010 looking for a way to help after the devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people. Just a couple of days into the trip, I was captivated. This trip was a paradigm shift for me as I came to grips with third world poverty and the immense complexities of caring for abandoned children. The Lord quickly and firmly placed a passion in my heart for this place. Now, eight years later, that passion remains resolute for this beautiful country and its amazing people. I’ve had the privilege to love on hundreds of orphan children, to build a school, to participate in VBS, and to share my faith in the mountains. Three years ago my passion for Haiti was united with other Louisiana folks that were passionate about Haiti through the local Church. We formed Louisiana Reach Haiti (LRH), a 501.c.3, non-profit organization focused on partnering with the Haitian church to restore families and transform lives through the love of Jesus Christ. Louisiana Reach Haiti is about meeting the needs of children. The spiritual, physical needs of love, water, food, shelter, health, and education. We have been blessed to have a great partnership with Pastor Odvald Louis in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti and the Baptist Church he leads.
I have made numerous trips back to Haiti since 2010 to minister to orphan children and do service projects and lead teams. Zoar Baptist Church started their partnership with LRH in 2017 by prayer, by giving, and by going. One of our primary goals in the vision we have for Haiti is to build a Children’s Transition Village. The purpose of this village is to care for the orphan children in Haiti that the state places with us. In Haiti 80% of the orphans are economic orphans and have families. They have been separated often because the parents have no job and believe they can’t meet the basic needs of their children. So therefore, they give them over to institutional care. We never want a family to have to make the gut-wrenching decision to give their child away because they believe there is no other way to care for that child. This deeply burdens our hearts as we know that’s not God’s plan for the family. This is common in Haiti where the unemployment rate is 70%. We are striving to reunite as many of the 80% orphans with their families as possible. We will also care for those children that are the 20%, the traditional orphan with no family. We hope one day we have to close the doors of the children’s village and use the buildings for a different purpose because there are no more orphans in Haiti. In all we do we want to honor the Lord and seek His face. We want to love on the orphans and defend the oppressed.