The December trip did not work out, but five of us now have tickets in hand for the May trip. We are excited to go and can’t wait to report back about how God is working! Please pray for Jay, Ryan, Bill, Mike and Steve.
I realize that I didn’t properly thank some of you for supporting Megan and me for our first trip to Haiti last October. That trip had a tremendous impact on us, and God has been tugging at our heartstrings ever since to continue serving people in impoverished nations to the best of our abilities. Megan is served in Mexico this summer and I would like to return to Haiti in November.
So much has happened for me since our first trip. Here’s a quick summary:
I helped to start fundraising for church buildings, a school and student sponsorship.
We had a supporter sponsor four more children to go to school!
My next “mission” is to go back to Haiti to get bios and pictures for all the children who need school sponsorship and to meet the children who are already being sponsored. I also want to start learning more about the education system in Haiti so we can start planning our own Vision Church School. I hope to visit the sponsored children at their school and meet their teachers to learn more about their present situation and curriculum. We also hope to visit Respire Haiti, a model Christian School (and much more) in a town called Gressier about two hours west of Port-au-Prince.
The trip is scheduled for December 7 – 15, 2017. My financial obligation for the trip is $1,600. This includes airfare, ground transportation, room and board, security and translators. Any extra funds received will be put towards relief projects, church building and orphanage needs overseen by the Foursquare Church in Haiti.
Would you please pray for me and also consider helping with financial support? Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to sharing more pictures and stories after the trip.
We acquired our first piece of land in Haiti! It’s where the Tabarre (Damier) church currently sits. We hired surveyor to survey land and had it notarized and registered with the government. So the land now officially belongs to Vision Church, Haiti! The name “Vision Church” was approved by the government and recognized as formal church movement.
We are also close to having the required funds to begin the process of purchasing a second piece of land upon which our Tabarre (Duclos) church was built.
We were/are in prayer about fourth church plant in city of Canaan, which is on the outskirts of PAP near Titanyen. We began to evangelize area and found some land where we believe the church could be established.
This compelling and inspiring book, now in a deluxe paperback edition, shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.
Miracle on Voodoo Mountain: A Young Woman’s Remarkable Story of Pushing Back the Darkness for the Children of Haiti by Megan Boudreaux
Miracle on Voodoo Mountain is the inspirational memoir of an accomplished and driven 24-year old who quit her job, sold everything, and moved to Haiti, by herself―all without a clear plan of action. Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti on a few humanitarian trips but each trip multiplied the sense that someone needed to address the devastation―especially with the children, many of whom were kept as household slaves on the poverty-stricken and earthquake-devastated Caribbean island.
Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it’s unlike anything she’s encountered before. Though initially shocked, the adults of Cité Soleil move on quickly from the event; after all, death is commonplace in this community. Undaunted, Libète takes action with Jak in tow, plunging herself into a dangerous, far-reaching plot that will change her irrevocably and threaten everything she holds dear.
Because We Are is a profound and mesmerizing tale of a young girl’s search for justice in an unjust world, set against the vivid and tumultuous backdrop of modern-day Haiti.
Almost all pastors in Haiti wear suits to church and there is a very high expectations that the church members dress to the nines. This prevents scores of Haitians from attending church because they simply don’t have the right clothes. At Vision Church, our pastors are dressing more casually and encouraging the members to follow suit (no pun…) They desire to make a statement as leaders that all can come as they are, whether in a suit, simple dress or t-shirt. Jesus is more interested in our heats than our attire!
When you step off the plane and out of the airport, the air and heat hits you and you realize, “I’m not in California anymore.” We drove to base camp then to the 1st Vision church for evening service and pot luck (beans & rice). I’m standing in the background watching, amazed as people in another part of the world are worshiping God with the same passion and desire that I do. As the the sun went down and the rain started, it didn’t not stop Vision Church Haiti from continuing to sing and dance to the Glory of God. No lights to see and no walls to stop the rain from soaking men women and children sitting under an aluminum siding and vinyl tarp roof with Palm branches for shingles. From this moment forward, I was forever changed knowing even though I have not done a single thing but say hello to a few people so far, God had me exactly where I was supposed to be. Encouraging his people! Both those who already found him and those who were still out there in the dark. Hopeless and lost without the Love of God that we would eventually bring to them over the next 7 days.
As I write this, I think back on the many innocent kids in the orphanage that deserve more out of life. As I look around my home, I realize more and more someone is missing. God has made room in our home and our hearts to love a child just like them. Since my wife returned from her trip to Haiti and her similar experience, we have begun the process of adoption (locally in the US)so at least one less child will feel like no one wants them.
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (English Standard Version)
Our family is so excited to get the names and pictures of the kids we are sponsoring to go to school! Meet them below. I can’t wait to get back to Haiti to meet them! We have at least 10 more kids that need to be sponsored.
Education in Haiti is important yet elusive. Education is not free. Almost all schools are private and charge a tuition and require student’s to purchase books and uniforms. Many families are forced to choose between feeding their children or sending them to school. There are many articles about this on the internet. Here are a couple good ones: