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Introducing our new Executive Director, Trey Starnes

The Board of Directors would like to introduce Trey Starnes.

Happy New Year! January has made its appearance once again, filled with promises of new beginnings, joy, hope, and anticipation for better days. As the New Year’s Eve ball drops, many around the world participate in the tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions; we set target goals for the coming year. One of our ongoing goals for the Board of Directors at GLA is to continue to provide proper leadership, vision, and oversight to ensure all the children who call GLA home receive the best care possible. We are dedicated to transparency and ensuring all donations are spent responsibly. We are so grateful for your continued partnership with us and we praise God for His continued provision for GLA. Last August, the Board of Directors introduced Stephen Higgins as our new Executive Director. Board members spent months in the rigorous search and interview process. We believed that Stephen was the best choice to fill this executive leadership role. Our choice was based on many conversations, interviews, and background checks. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent to the board of directors and the senior leadership staff on the ground in Haiti that Stephen was not well-suited for the position for which he was hired. Once again, GLA found itself in a difficult position, requiring leadership. God was not surprised by these developments. He was one step ahead of us, bringing clarification and a specific calling to one of our board members to step into the role of Executive Director starting on November 1st. Our God is so good to know our needs and prepares a path before we even ask!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 13:15

The Board of Directors would like to publicly welcome Trey Starnes, as our new Executive Director for GLA. Trey had been earnestly praying and seeking God’s will about this position over the past 9 months. When the time came to ask Stephen to leave, Trey knew he was called to step down from the Board and into this new role. The Board’s vote was unanimous after a two-step interview process and reference check. Trey has 13 years of ministry experience. For the last 8 years, he served at NewLife Church outside of Charlotte, NC; first as Student Pastor and then taking on the role of Missions and Outreach Pastor. NewLife has been involved in Haiti missions since 2016 and began a partnership with GLA in 2018. Trey led several mission trips down to GLA, bringing skilled construction teams to help with ongoing projects. His heart and passion are for the people of Haiti, bringing vision and leadership to our GLA team, and caring for the most vulnerable. The Board of Directors is so grateful for his commitment to this new role and we look forward to what 2022 has in store. Please continue to lift Trey and the entire GLA team in prayer as we faithfully look to God for His plan and provision in this next year.

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