The Significance of One is a non-profit organization that operates using unpaid volunteers in the United States of America. These volunteers oversee a sponsorship program in Canaan, Haiti. The volunteers also raise funds for various other ministry opportunities and future building up of Grace School of Canaan.
what we do
Vocational training programs for Haitian students
Future Church Leadership Training
Self-Care and Personal Hygiene programs
ECM Bread Program
Continuing Education for Teachers
Michael was born in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Capital University. Michael has three children; Olivia, Isaac, and Asher and is married to Marcy. He brings a very diverse business background to the Significance of One including his involvement in professional motorsports and his current position as a project manager at The Ohio State University. While working in motorsports Michael found a passion for travel and meeting and working with people from different cultures. Many years later, after his wife talked him into going on a mission trip to Haiti, his old passion was brought back to life. Through the relationships he established on these trips, his love for Jesus, his passion for education and his love of kids lead to the formation of a child sponsorship program through the Significance of One with his wife Marcy.
"...the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves." -Luke 22:26
Marcy Rowley was born in Peoria, Illinois. She moved to Columbus, Ohio with her husband Michael in 2006. They have three children (ages 15, 12, and 9) who also share in the love and passion for Haiti. Marcy has a background in sales and marketing. She is currently working as an Account Manager for TwoLabs Pharma Services. She is very involved in the church that she and her family attend. She co-leads a group of sophomore girls, serves on prayer team, as well as leads and serves on relational and medical mission trips to Haiti. Her love and passion for people, as well as her background in marketing, helped pave the way for The Significance of One to be born. Soon after multiple trips to Haiti and a love for the country and its people, a light bulb came on and she had the idea of how The Significance of One could be used, not just on the local home front, but across the globe in Haiti.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Brandon is a Firefighter/Paramedic at the Columbus Fire Department. He lives in Pickerington, Ohio with his wife, Susan, and three children – Jordyn, Brayden, and Logan. Brandon and his family attend Grace Fellowship Church.
Brandon first visited Haiti three years ago on a medical mission trip and witnessed God move in ways he had never seen or experienced. That trip changed his faith, family, and his life. Since then he have visited a total of four times, all on medical trips. Brandon loves the people of Haiti and serving them. A friend of Brandon’s once said that “the medical part of our trips is the excuse to go, but the reason we go is to share Jesus.” He has seen people’s lives changed spiritually and nothing is greater than watching a brother or sister go from death to life! Matthew 28 calls us to go out in to the world and spread the gospel of Jesus! We have been called to mission, not just to share the good news but to show the Love of Jesus by our actions, so that he may be glorified.
“You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.” –Matthew 5: 14-16
Our desire is to improve and change the lives of the children and youth in Haiti by building schools that will provide a quality Christ centered education, food, health services and vocational training.
To follow the great commission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:19-20 – make disciples of all nations and teach them all he commanded.
To empower the local people to take the idea of education from dream to reality.
To teach financial responsibility and accountability as given to us in the Bible.
To show Christ's love to others as He shows his love to us.
To never do for others what they can do for themselves.