Update: When this first broke there was misspelling of the pastor’s name, Jean Sanvil, who helped the Americans pick out ‘orphans’ now in Haitian custody.
Pastor Jean Sainvil (aka Keyser Söze)….. found this video of the good pastor on blackamerica.com this morning, Monday, Feb. 8th – Tom Joyner’s show.
[Originally this was thrown together when the story was “breaking news.” ]
This pastor apparently left Haiti some years ago & is now an American citizen. He is now in Norcross, Georgia – which is a suburb of Atlanta.
NORCROSS, Ga. — A Gwinnett County pastor is defending the 10 missionaries who were detained on human trafficking charges in Haiti.
Pastor Jean Sainvil claimed Tuesday that he was the one who gave the missionaries permission to move 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic.
Guess what his little organization is called? That’s right: New Life Children’s Refuge.
Sainvil said the goal of his organization, New Life Children’s Refuge, was to move the orphans to a nicer orphanage in the Dominican Republic, which had a soccer field, classrooms and a swimming pool.
One of the more ‘interesting’ things the good pastor relates is that the group will help parents get passports to see their children in the Dominican Republic, but yet – the ‘missionaries’ didn’t need paperwork so these children could cross the DR border. The good pastor also reports having phone numbers for each child in which to contact the parents. Really – too poor to care for their kids properly, but having enough money to have a phone – whether a land line or cell? And that would’ve been before the earthquake, correct?
Finally – this was from Morning Edition (NPR), Feb. 1st:
Drew Ham, pastor at Central Valley says this (about 2:40) “We were hoping to help Haitian children who may be the victims of the slave trader, to help rescue them out of that scenario and to give them some hope and a future.”
The phrasing changes constantly …. doing God’s work saving orphans. Now we find they’re not orphans. Then attempting to help the poorest of the poor . . . . . and suddenly the phrase “victims of the slave trade” arises. Say what you will – their motives are entirely too suspect to me.
(written Feb 2, 2010)