Scott and Darlene Schmeckpepper

Contemplative Activists in Haiti

“I have had the privilege of knowing Scott and Darlene for over 20 years. Scott has been active in evangelism and as a pastor for young people and adults for years. Darlene has been facilitating a prayer ministering for as many years on Catalina Island. I highly recommend their work amongst the orphans of Haiti, and hope you have an opportunity to meet them and to assist them in whatever way possible!”    – Jeff Pratt

Vision – United Hearts Haiti has been ministering in Montrouis, Haiti, since 2011. Our mission is to assist existing Haitian run orphanages improve their standard of living by developing sponsorship programs to assist in providing food, medical care, clean water and an education for the orphans in their care. We have a Family Sponsorship Program that provides assistance to families with one parent absent or unable to work so as to encourage these parents to keep their children, rather than abandon them to an orphanage. Our Tools for the Trade program assists these parents in using their skills and abilities or learn a new skill and provide the tools to earn a living so as not to become dependent on our assistance.

Darlene came across her first orphanage in May of 2010 just months after the earthquake. She had been working with YWAM Port au Prince to help with the relief effort. It was her last weekend there and she went for a ride to Montrouis to see more of Haiti. They stopped at this little orphanage to deliver some supplies. The Lord removed a piece of her heart and planted it there. Upon returning to the US, she began working with some of the local YWAMers to send financial assistance to the orphanage for immediate needs, and eight months later she returned herself. Since then Darlene has been traveling to Montrouis, Haiti, 5 times a year, to work along side the Pastor & his wife in helping make a better life for these children. She developed a sponsorship program to bring in financial assistance and has helped in the development of their living environment. Scott is administrative pastor of Avalon Community Church on Catalina Island, CA, but still manages to accompany Darlene on at least 3 trips a year. We regularly take teams to minister to the children and do work projects as needed.

We have been working in partnership with another missionary who has been living and ministering in Haiti for over 35 years. He has been ministering to two other orphanages in neighboring towns of Pierre Peyen and Piarte as well. He is retiring soon so we will be taking over some of his ministry work with these other orphanages. We are developing a sponsorship program to assist one of these orphanages and we have taken on his food delivery program. We will be delivering food boxes every other month to all three orphanages.

We welcome your prayers, donations and financial support as you partner with us to help not only keep these children fed and cared for, but educated as well. We choose to train up the next generation of Haitians that will help change their country for the better. For more information on how you can be involved go to

Prayer needs:

  • Pray we are able to solve the water shortage problem on the property
  • Pray for the financial ability to pay our workers a proper wage
  • Pray for a school building as the children are learning in a “brush arbor” building now.
  • Pray for someone with website design experience to help create a better web page.


Catalina Island, California, USA

For the past 17 years we’ve been in pursuit of a distinct spirituality that will make Jesus clearly visible to the world.