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Smile of a Child Partners With Friendships

Relief effort coincides with inauguration of President Rene Préval

LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2006) --- Smile of a Child, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) foundation launched by Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Jan Crouch, has partnered with the Louisiana-based group Friendships to take two cargo ships filled with relief supplies to Haiti. The effort coincided with the May 14th inauguration of Haiti’s new President, Réne Préval.

The two Friendships vessels, the Hope and Mersea, set sail in early May for Haiti with dialysis machines, fire fighting equipment, clothing, rice, vitamins, medicine, and thousands of toys provided by Smile of a Child. Also on board was a huge generator for the new hospital being built in Haiti by Smile of a Child.

Friendships founder Don Tipton noted that Smile of a Child provided all the fuel the two huge vessels needed to complete the voyage. “Paul and Jan Crouch and all the great people connected with Trinity Broadcasting Network and Smile of a Child went the extra mile to make this trip to Haiti a success,” he said. “We delivered enough medicine to treat up to 5000 patients, and extra to help the local clinic. And God provided all the food we needed to give the patients a meal!”

Jan Crouch said that the arrival of the ships to coincide with President Préval’s inauguration was no coincidence. “We have come to say to His Excellency President Préval and his people that Jesus loves the people of Haiti, we love the people of Haiti, and we believe that the miracle of Haiti’s glorious future has begun with Mr. Préval’s election.”

Crouch was a special guest of President Préval at his inauguration. With dignitaries from all over the world in attendance, Crouch met personally with the new president on May 16th at his home in Port-au-Prince. Noted Crouch of the meeting, “After a wonderful interview, President Préval looked into the camera and said to the American people, ‘Please help Haiti in Jesus’ name. We are very poor people.’”

Crouch explained that she started Smile of a Child several years ago as a vehicle to reach out to hurting and needy children throughout the world. “It began simply with providing dolls to poverty-stricken children in Haiti,” she explained. “It has grown to taking many thousands of toys to children all over the globe, as well as providing needed medical care through building hospitals in places like Haiti and Costa Rica.”

On January 1st of this year the ministry also launched a 24-hour Smile of a Child television network to provide faith-based children’s programming to viewers all over the world.

“Children are one of the most precious and valuable resources God has given us,” said Crouch. “We are committed to doing everything we can to be faithful to His call to care for them.”

To find out more about the ministry of Smile of a Child, visit www.smileofachild.org. To learn more about the new Smile of a Child television network, visit www.smileofachildtv.org.

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