Thriving Christ-centered communities throughout Haiti
We desire to see the poorest of the poor in Haiti, transformed through the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, thriving in vibrant Christian communities.
Mercy International is a 501(c)3 Christian non-profit founded by Dr. John Leininger, a retired optometrist. After visiting Haiti for the first time in 1974 and witnessing the spiritual and physical needs that existed there, Dr. John felt led to get involved. He eventually started a small ministry and took medical mission teams to remote areas and aided those who would never receive care otherwise. Since then, he has returned to Haiti over 100 times and has served the people there in various ways for over 40 years.
Over time, Mercy International expanded its ministry and God has blessed its continued efforts in Haiti in such incredible ways. The main focus has always been to rebuild the impoverished nation of Haiti and spread the Gospel to its inhabitants. This is done through education, medical care, church support, housing projects, and feeding families.
After the devastating earthquake in 2010, Dr. John witnessed the desperate need for a safe place for those suffering hopelessly in the tent cities of Port au Prince. In response to this need and with generous donations, Mercy International was able to build a small village nestled in the hills of Gressier, Haiti. This village is called Merci de Dieu (“Thanks to God”) and is home to 63 families whom had faced deplorable conditions in the tent cities. Now they have a house to call home, a church to worship, a clinic to go to when sick, and food and education when sponsored. The village is overseen by the village pastor as well as the indigenous village committee. And by the grace of God, Mercy International is now beginning a second village, called Deye Mon which means “beyond the mountain”.