Love a Child

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Founders Bobby and Sherry Burnette live year-round in Fond Parisien, Haiti at the Love A Child Orphanage. They are full-time missionaries who minister to the poorest of the poor in Haiti. Working to spread the Word of God, showing Christ's love by example, Love A Child's team focuses on easing suffering, providing nourishment, and changing lives in the name of Jesus.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Love a Child
PO Box 60063
Fort Myers, FL 33906-6063


Phone: 239-210-6107


Organization details

EIN: 592672303

CEO/President: Sandra Hazelip

Chairman: Sherry Burnette

Board size: 12

Founder: Bobby and Sherry Burnette

Year founded: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


Ministering to the poorest of the poor and working to spread the Word of God in all we do.

Mission statement

Love A Child provides humanitarian assistance for children and needy families in Haiti, and encourages the public to assist those who are in great physical or spiritual need.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:18; John 15:26)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. (John 3:16; Matthew 1:23; John 2:11; Ephesians 1:7;Hebrews 9:22;1 Peter 1:19; Luke 24:34; Colossians 3:1; Ephesians. 1:19-20; John 14:3)

We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (John 3:3; Titus 3:5-7)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Galatians 5:22-25)

We believe in the Resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ, the rapture of believers, which are alive and remain, and the translation of the true church. This is the blessed hope set before all believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13)

We believe in the Spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:3-4)

We believe in the Great Commission; "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating82 of 81716 of 69
Fund acquisition rating232 of 81726 of 69
Resource allocation rating169 of 81716 of 69
Asset utilization rating166 of 81718 of 69

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$82,978$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$458,966$350,991$297,218$219,141$374,457
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,854,937$8,596,549$5,355,878$3,360,805$2,257,609
Long-term investments$0$0$22,508$22,508$60,656
Fixed assets$5,493,620$5,260,501$5,097,773$5,447,947$5,599,051
Other long-term assets$1,858$1,858$1,045$1,045$895
Total long-term assets$5,495,478$5,262,359$5,121,326$5,471,500$5,660,602
Total assets$16,350,415$13,858,908$10,477,204$8,832,305$7,918,211
Payables and accrued expenses$233,213$196,155$474,929$421,209$501,409
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$233,213$196,155$474,929$421,209$501,409
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$895,537$1,063,615$1,127,626$1,189,128$1,442,134
Total liabilities$1,128,750$1,259,770$1,602,555$1,610,337$1,943,543
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Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$15,221,665$12,599,138$8,874,649$7,221,968$5,974,668
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Total contributions$56,483,591$64,484,956$65,484,714$64,966,206$52,933,573
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$14,572($15,832)($13,545)$7,457$7,074
Other revenue($9,998)$43,898$155,163$56,554$40,100
Total other revenue$4,574$28,066$141,618$64,011$47,174
Total revenue$56,488,165$64,513,022$65,626,332$65,030,217$52,980,747
Program services$50,010,543$57,128,717$60,462,255$60,202,680$48,706,448
Management and general$1,590,248$1,492,757$1,558,919$1,663,620$1,823,709
Total expenses$53,952,756$60,783,414$64,009,080$63,810,741$52,346,785
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,535,409$3,729,608$1,617,252$1,219,476$633,962
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,535,409$3,729,608$1,617,252$1,219,476$633,962


Sandra HazelipExecutive Director$168,239
Robert BurnetteVice President$164,068
Sherry BurnettePresident/Director$135,772
Mark OstranderTreasurer$60,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/29/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Founders and Directors of Love A Child, Inc. Bobby and Sherry Burnette are full-time Christian missionaries. At early ages, both Bobby and Sherry experienced the presence of God and continued to walk in His ways, which led them to meet, marry, and begin their ministry. Following the biblical principles of evangelism and love, they began preaching the Gospel on street corners, under tents, in churches, and finally, to those living in poverty in third world countries.

When Bobby and Sherry first visited Haiti in 1971, they never dreamed how far God would take them. As they continued to minister in other countries, God kept calling them back to Haiti to share His message of love with the Haitian people who deeply touched their hearts.

In obedience to God, Bobby and Sherry founded Love A Child in 1985 to reduce poverty for children and help families in Haiti to become self-sustaining. Through feeding programs, medical outreaches, sustainability programs, and the building of Christian schools and churches, they have worked to share the love of Jesus by example. After all, "Love Is Something You Do."

In 1991, Bobby and Sherry moved to Haiti and never looked back. Since then, the Burnettes have lived at the Love A Child Orphanage in Fond Parisien, and continue to "put their hands to the plow" in the country of Haiti, trusting God for His provision, protection, and preservation. And, knowing, without a doubt, that their Father in Heaven is in the business of working miracles.

Program accomplishments


Your tax-deductible contribution to Love A Child goes straight to work helping tens of thousands of poor children in Haiti through our outreach and humanitarian aid programs.

As little as $16 per month provides 432 meals, enough to help two entire families facing starvation for one month. And, with a gift of any amount you may request to receive our latest book, Faith, Hope, and Love Devotional - A 90-Day Walk With God. 93% of all donations with Love A Child go directly to program activities helping children.