Author Archives: Timmy Brister

About Timmy Brister

My name is Tim Brister. I am a pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Cape Coral, Florida), founder of the PLNTD Network, director of P2R and the Memory Moleskine, creator of The Haiti Collective, and director of Band of Bloggers. I am happily married to my wife Dusti and the proud father of two little boys.

When Helping Hurts – Free Audio Book!

For the month of February, you can get the audio version of the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. We consider WHH a must-read for those doing … Continue reading

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2013 Year in Review

I know we have been offline for the year, but that is not because we have been without work! In the coming weeks, we are looking to update the website more, including a little facelift. In the meantime, I thought … Continue reading

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Help Us Invest in Training Haitian Pastors

Next month, over 60 pastors, deacons, and orphan school teachers from across our 13 churches in Haiti will come together for our third annual 3-day conference put on by The Haiti Collective. We are excited to have a team of … Continue reading

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Libere 2013 | Join the Cause of Caring for Haitian Orphans!

Foundational to our work in Haiti is providing sustainable orphan care through local churches. When we began our work in 2011, we started with developing a food distribution system in Haiti to provide at least two meals a day for … Continue reading

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God Continues to Provide!

A couple months ago, some of our team members from Grace contacted me about the possibility of doing a joint mission trip alongside the upcoming January Bible Conference. Given that most of the leadership would be away from their communities, … Continue reading

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First World Problems Are Not Problems

DBB of New York is on a crusade against first world problems (found on twitter as #firstworldproblems), which they have argued to be at least five tweets per second. Their strategy? Take the tweets/updates of first-world problems and share them … Continue reading

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What’s Next for The Haiti Collective?

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 … Continue reading

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Thank You Journey Church for Partnering with Us!

We are grateful for the partnership and support of The Journey Church! This team recently served our network churches in Duval and Port-de-Paix. May the Lord continue to stir the hearts of God’s people to join us in serving the … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Mission: Short-Term Mission with Long-Term Commitment

We are closing out the short series on our philosophy of mission with short-term missions. Unfortunately, too often short-term mission trips can focus more on the missionaries than the mission, more on what happens in the short-term than what God … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Mission: Equipping, Not Entitlement

Continuing in our series on our Philosophy of Mission, we are acutely aware of the kind of helping that hurts. One of the greatest challenges we have faced in Haiti in the cross-cultural divide has to do with money, and … Continue reading

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Our Haitian orphans are awesome.

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Philosophy of Mission: Church-Centered Partnership

The third aspect of our philosophy of mission focuses on the local church.  As an organization comprised of various partners–individuals, churches, business leaders, etc.–we share a common approach that the best way to influence and transform communities in Haiti is … Continue reading

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Philosophy of Mission: Contextualized Mission

Continuing in our series on The Haiti Collective’s philosophy of mission, we are addressing the issue of contextualization, which is communicating the gospel and accomplishing the mission of the church in culturally appropriate and biblically faithful ways. In addition to … Continue reading

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Join Us in Praying for Haiti This Weekend!

According to weather reports, Tropical Storm Isaac will blow through Haiti this afternoon and evening. While the winds do not appear to be very strong, they are still a threat. Even more, the storm surge and heavy amounts of rain … Continue reading

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