Expertise: Holistic Child Development, Church Partnerships, Cross-Cultural Ministry
Edouard Lassegue is a Haitian native whose heart for the church and his home country is evident in his background. As a young man, Edouard attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Upon earning his degree, he returned to Haiti to serve as a pastor. When his little church struggled to support him financially, Edouard sought additional work to supplement his pastoral role. He worked for the Department of Education in Haiti while still preaching and serving his people. He yearned for his “paid” position to be more satisfying. When he was introduced to Compassion, he knew he wanted to be associated with the ministry.
Edouard joined Compassion and continued serving dual roles for many years. His first position with Compassion was Program Supervisor, but he quickly moved to Assistant Country Director and then Country Director, which he kept for almost 13 years. His role continued to expand until he became Area Director, which meant he was responsible for Compassion’s work in seven countries. The position required that he move to Florida. Shortly after his move, Edouard was appointed Vice President of the Latin American & Caribbean Region.
“I remained as a pastor until I left Haiti. At that point, Compassion became my main ministry instead of just a means to do ministry,” Edouard says.
Today Edouard continues to be inspired by Compassion’s approach to serving children, and the way the ministry simultaneously builds and energizes the church.
“We are facing a lot of challenges in my region,” he says. “There are economic conflicts and social issues like violence, gangs, and insecurity. It is exciting to see Compassion walking alongside the church, equipping the church to be the church in those difficult places and at these times. This is critical to the restoration of these areas, as we seek to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”
Edouard received a scholarship to study at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in Bible education and subsequently earned a graduate degree in School Administration. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
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Edouard has been married to his wife, Gina, for 25 years. The two were next door neighbors growing up in Haiti and then high school sweethearts. When he was a teenager, Edouard joined a Bible study that Gina attended; it was through the group that he gave his life to Christ. Today, they have three children: Carl, Cassandra, and Cybille.
Edouard’s hobbies include cycling and collecting Haitian art, an interest that he and Gina share together.