Manis Dilus founded Lemuel in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, in 1996. Three years later, the ministry expanded to Manis’s hometown of the Plateau, a very rural community in Haiti’s northwestern peninsula. In 2005, Manis moved back to the Plateau to head up the work there. Populated almost entirely by one family, controlled by voodooism, and essentially cut off from most outside influence, the Plateau community was almost impenetrable to any staff Lemuel had previously sent. Manis, however, was family, and therefore was deemed by the rest of the Lemuel staff as the only one who could make an impact on the Plateau.
Judy was born in Haiti to missionary parents. In 1994, her family moved from a rural town into Port-au-Prince. In 1998 she began working for Lemuel leading kids’ club and translating sponsorship letters. After graduating from high school, Judy moved to the United States to attend college.
Manis and Judy were married in her family’s hometown of Lancaster, PA in 2006. Ten days later, they arrived on the Plateau, praying that God would use them as a light in that community. In 2009, Manis and Judy became the blessed parents of Anya Helen Dilus (aka Ani).
Krischelle Frost was introduced to Lemuel in 2004 when she was invited to help out with kid’s camp in Port-au-Prince. She then did an internship with Lemuel for six months in 2005 in order to fulfill a requirement for her college degree. Five years later, she returned to the Plateau to fill a short-term need for an English teacher, and then stayed on in the finance office as Lemuel’s bookkeeper. In the fall of 2014, she accepted the role of general secretary. One of her favorite things about Lemuel is its heart to address the needs of a person holisitically—both physical and spiritual—without undermining their dignity or creating a culture of dependency and attitude of entitlement.
In order to serve with Lemuel, Krischelle is on staff with Extreme Response International. Her home base is in Pennsylvania, USA.
Emmanuel Junior Almaïs
Almaïs became involved with Lemuel through activities in its early days in Port-au-Prince. In 2008, he gave a year of his time to serve with Lemuel on the Plateau, after which he went back to Port-au-Prince to finish his university studies. In 2014, he returned to work for Lemuel on the Plateau. He became the school director in September 2015. He also voluntarily runs Lemuel’s weekly kid’s club, and is a valued participant in many Lemuel and church activities.
Director of Pedagogy
Osselet has been working in Lemuel’s school in varying capacities since 2011. In 2015, he assumed the role of school director. In this position, he is responsible for maintaining curriculum standards, assisting the teachers with lesson plans and teaching methods, and ensuring government requirements.
The school staff invests their time and energy in educating the next generation. On the Plateau, this includes striving to raise the level of education in the countryside to an equivalent of schools in the city. This is no small task! In addition to the school director, director of pedagogy, and receptionist, there are three kindergarten teachers and six elementary grade teachers.
Director of Development
Williamso grew up on the Plateau, and he often participated in Lemuel’s community development projects. Being a particularly bright student, Williamso received assistance from Lemuel to complete his secondary schooling. In 2011, he worked as a teacher in Lemuel’s school, after which Lemuel sponsored him to complete his university studies in Port-au-Prince. He returned to work on the Plateau in 2015, and became the director of development in 2016.
Lenique has been a part of Lemuel’s staff since 2011. His first job with Lemuel was as school administrator. In 2014, he assumed his current position. As administrator, he is responsible to assist the Director of Development by overseeing the functioning of the development office and the execution of the department’s work in the community.
The development staff works hard in a variety of areas, including construction work, maintenance, tree planting and watering, and serving as drivers for the various vehicles. They may be a bit behind the scenes, but much of what you see on the Lemuel campus and in the community is a result of their efforts.
Rick Bucklew has been a friend of Lemuel for several years. During his frequent trips to the Plateau, he serves as a “Jack of all trades,” helping with construction, projects, and the multitudinous vehicle and general maintenance needs. As Lemuel’s water solutions coordinator, he is responsible from the US side for research and evaluation of potential water solutions, as well as for related communications. He currently resides in Wisconsin.
Jenny was first introduced to Lemuel way back in 1996, when it was first getting started in Port-au-Prince. Eventually, she became involved with a ministry called the House of Hope in the Northern town of La Pointe. A few years ago, God began to make it clear to Jenny‘s heart that is was time to pass the leadership of the House of Hope to the Haitian staff. She did so, and she currently lives in Canada, where she continues to serve the House of Hope in the area of Donor Relations and Development.
Jenny also graciously volunteers her time to Lemuel. Primarily, she coordinates details of the grade sponsorship program, keeping track of donations, communicating with sponsors, and making sure information stays updated. She also periodically does mailings for Lemuel to the States and Canada. If you are a sponsor or a donor, you may receive a hand-written note from Jenny!