Janeen Aspden serves with One Mission Society in Haiti as the in-country administrator for Starfish Kids, a child sponsorship ministry that shares the Gospel with children in schools where Starfish Kids has a presence. In this position, she assists the office staff in Haiti, communicates with the program coordinator in the U.S., and helps increase communication between students and sponsors. She also works closely with Grace en Sion Church and School.
Born and raised in North East, Pennsylvania, Janeen and her family were involved in church there. She spent a lot of time in Sunday school, children’s church, and women’s groups with her mom. When she was in high school, Janeen started teaching Sunday school and children’s church. She has always enjoyed serving in different ministries but never felt like she was exactly where God wanted her to be.
In February 2014, Janeen traveled with members of Grace Church to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, on a short-term mission trip. They spent nine days on the OMS campus, learning about their ministries and working with Grace Church’s partner church, Grace en Sion, as well as the Grace en Sion School, which is a Starfish Kids sponsored school. On that trip, she spent an afternoon in the Starfish Kids office, organizing paper work. Her heart broke, seeing all those names and faces of children who were waiting for a sponsor to help them go to school. With an overwhelming desire to stay in Haiti, she finally knew what direction God wanted her to take in life.
One year later, she quit her job in the customer service department of a bank to spend 10 weeks in Haiti, working with Starfish Kids. As she formed relationships with students, teachers, and pastors in the sponsored schools, she witnessed God’s powerful work through the Starfish Kids program to transform not only the children’s lives, but the lives of their families. God used this trip to confirm this is where he wants her to serve during the next season of her life.