I thought I would take a moment this morning to give a little more clarification on exactly what we will be doing in Haiti July 7-14 this year. As time has lapsed, God has definitely gotten ahold of this initiative and made it into a God-sized one. Below is a short summary of what we will be doing. May God alone be glorified!
From July 7 through July 14, 2013, a group of 20 people (Haitians and Americans) from Texas and Louisiana will be investing in the people of Haiti through a large-scale, church-oriented mission project. The team will be staying at the Walls International Guest House in Port au Prince, Haiti, but doing most of their work in the cities of Lone and Petion ville. During a preliminary trip to meet with pastors, laymen, and government leaders last January, the Spiritual needs revealed were four-fold: pastor training, church leader training, seminars on biblical manhood and womanhood, and spiritual as well as educational investment in the children. During our time in Haiti this July, these four areas are exactly what we intend to cover. Below is a more detailed description of activities planned for this 7-day trip.
Children’s Day-Camps (VBS-style) – In the cities of Lone and Petion ville, our volunteers will be teaming up with approximately 20 local Haitian volunteers to put on two children’s day camps at these two different locations. We expect around 150 children in Lone, and 300-400 in Petion ville. Over the course of 5 days, these children will be learning how to live and apply Matthew 6:33 to their everyday lives. They will learn through story-telling, organized games, crafts, and songs. At the end of the week, backpacks of school supplies will be handed out as a reward for attendance. The school supplies we give freely to each child will amount to more supplies than any of them have ever had for themselves before.
Pastor and Church Leader Training Seminar – During the days, a team of professionals from the states including two pastors, one layman, and one denominational leader will be spending time with pastors and church leaders, training them on the specific areas of concern voiced to us during our preliminary trip last January. Pastors will be learning how to discern, preach, and apply God’s Word effectively as well as how to shepherd their people. Church leaders will also have the privilege of learning specific information and strategies to immediately apply in their own contexts. For example: Youth workers will be learning how to teach youth about their sexuality (a big problem in Haiti), and the importance of the family unit, among other things. Church finance teams will be learning about fidelity in handling God’s money, and the importance of transparency, planning, and budgeting. Deacons will spend time discussing contextual church issues and learning how to support their pastor and develop strategies for meeting the needs of the people in their churches and communities. And more.
Kingdom Man and Kingdom Woman Seminar – In the afternoons, at the same location as the pastor and church leadership training seminars, a US Haitian pastor and wife team (Kenny and Stephanie DeJean of Agape United Tabernacle in Houston) will be teaching men and women how to live with a kingdom mindset. This seminar places importance on the family, and on devotion to God’s Word and His call on their lives. The seminar is based on and adapted from Dr. Tony Evan’s Kingdom Man material. We expect between 100 and 150 men and women to attend this seminar daily.
The trip will culminate with a large-scale certificate ceremony for those who went through the seminars, as well as an evangelistic church service to include songs of worship and preaching. When we leave Haiti on July 14, our goal is that the information, techniques, and discussions from the seminars, as well as the long hours invested in the children of Lone and Petion ville, will be a spring-board for lasting change. Our desire is to equip the people with the knowledge and resources necessary to become effective ministers themselves, to the people God has called them to love – just as is our call here in the States.
Grace and Peace,