The Fall Season is here, and things are kicking into full gear. We had a great summer with four mission trips and two new partnerships forming with local churches in Haiti. God has blessed the efforts in many numerous ways, including
- medical/dental care for 900+ children (first trip)
- acquiring 5 acres of land in Saint Marc to relocate the church there (second trip)
- providing electricity in Desarmes and starting our first internet cafe (third trip)
- building 30 benches for the church in Desarmes (third trip)
- new ministry in Duval and Port-de-Paix, building new partnerships (fourth trip)
Moving forward, we have another mission trip scheduled for December with the team from Open Door Baptist Church (Tuscaloosa, AL). They will be working with the church in Port-au-Prince, which has been rebuilding since the devastating earthquake where they lost all their facilities and more importantly 34 members (include 13 orphans). We are excited about this new opportunity to expand church-based partnership with God’s people in PaP!
Additionally, we are planning our annual network conference where we will bring all of our pastors and leaders from across the country (60+) for three days of training, encouragement, and fellowship. The dates are January 7-14, 2013 and the theme of the conference is the Authority and Sufficiency of God’s Word. Our desire is to invest in Haitian churches in ways that will give them a deeper appreciation and love for God’s Word, to be known as Bible-based ministries seeking to honor and obey all that God has commanded us. We are excited to have 7-8 pastors from across the US, most of them coming for the first time, to invest in those entrusted with the call to lead God’s people in Haiti.
Alongside the Bible conference, a group from Grace Baptist (Cape Coral, FL) will be working in Desarmes and surrounding churches, providing dental care and administrating preventive medication, such as vitamins, deworming medicine, and training leaders in water purification usages (drinking, bathing, cooking, etc.). Some of the men will be developing a plumbing system to maximize water supply and provide more efficient sanitation. Needless to say, we are excited about the plans coming together for this week in January!
ADOPT-A-PASTOR AND LIBERE 2013
Two big developments in the network this fall will be the launch of the adopt-a-pastor program and the renewal of the Libere Project for 2013. The Adopt-a-Pastor program will enable us to minister to the needs of church leaders in Haiti throughout the year, including theological education, prayer support, and conference training. This program will allow families, small groups, individuals, Sunday School classes, and the like to support The Haiti Collective by investing in the ministry of church leaders throughout the network. More about that to come soon!
Last year, we started the Libere Project. This is the foundational relief effort to provide food, clean water, and church-based education to 1,600+ orphans in our network. These churches and schools do not have the means to provide adequate supply of food and water filtration systems nor pay the teachers who invest in these precious orphans. For $65,000 a year, we can provide a full supply of the three most basic needs of 1,600 orphans: two meals a day, adequate supply of purified water, and education for the entire year. Without the Libere Project, we would not be able to address the most pressing needs of the churches and move forward with the development necessary for the long-term health of the churches in Haiti.
Please pray for us. We feel the weight of responsibility and the great door of opportunity opened up for us to serve alongside our Haitian brothers and sisters in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to this needy country in faithful proclamation and merciful demonstration. May God be pleased to direct our efforts in ways that would bring Him most glory and bring Haiti the most good!