and Ketsia Diaz
...In 1999, Steve Diaz was working as a youth pastor at a large Salvation Army corps in Michigan when he was invited to spend one week in Jamaica serving on staff at the inaugural Caribbean Music Institute (CariMI).
In July, Steve
and six other Central Territory individuals boarded a plane to Jamaica to participate in this ministry opportunity.Steve
was looking forward to spending a week with the people of the Caribbean, but he
had no idea how the experience would change his
immediately fell in love with the CariMI students and as the week went on, he
felt God tugging at his
heart and asking him to serve in the Caribbean on a permanent basis.Steve
spent several sleepless nights crying out to God for guidance in his
life.At the conclusion of the camp, Steve
returned to Michigan but continued to pray about the calling he
was experiencing.By October, Steve had moved to Jamaica to serve as the Territorial Music Director for the Caribbean Territory.He
quickly developed mentoring relationships with the aspiring musicians in the Caribbean and continually traveled to various corps in Jamaica and several other islands to teach private music lessons and instruct small music clinics.Steve also became the director of CariMI and established the Caribbean Staff Band.
traveled around the Caribbean islands to teach music, he
found himself drawn to Haiti where, in spite of the extreme poverty, the students were eager to achieve music proficiency.The more time he
spent in Haiti, the more God confirmed that He
was calling Steve
to make another change in his
life.God still wanted Steve
to serve Him in the Caribbean, but was calling him to move to Haiti to work at a children's home.
In August of 2003, Steve
moved to the La Maison Du Bonheur Children's Home in Haiti.Steve is the administrator of the home and in charge of its nearly 50 resident children.He also oversees the community outreach program which gives aid to the nearly 250 families in the area.
A primary goal of La Maison is to teach the children proper health, safety, nutrition and values which they can also pass on to their siblings and parents.The Salvation Army
is working to help families get financially and emotionally stable so the children can be reunited.Steve
is now married to a beautiful Christian woman named Ketsia.