Your support over the past year has helped move mountains in Haiti. With your prayers and contributions, we have continued to instruct The Truth to both young and old, expanding God’s kingdom in ways we never imagined possible. Highlights from 2017-2018 included new positions for both of us at Quisqueya Christian School. With Laura teaching 6th grade and myself teaching elementary P.E. and Computer Technologies, we furthered our experience with Haitian and American missionary adolescents through biblical lesson integration, classroom management, and a ton of patience! Every Thursday morning we were privileged to lead “Prayer at the Pole”, where students from grades K-12 gathered to simply pray for the school, each other, and their generation.
Last July, Mike brought two short-term missions teams to Haiti, one from Canada and the other from Detroit. Mike’s tenacity and Laura’s fluency in the Creole language, combined with my experience with various rural communities made for evangelistic adventures to the remote villages of Trouchouchou and Babaco. It was a week filled of worship, prayer, ministry and memories that will last a lifetime, for both the locals and the visiting teams.
Our biggest ordained venture over the past 8 months has been the establishment of a youth ministry through a local Port-Au-Prince chapel. Quisqueya Chapel Youth Ministry is a experience for Haitian and missionary teenagers to get to know God, and grow in their faith. Each week, we were blessed to provide food and drink, songs, games, bible study and a spiritual message to 40+ boys and girls. Crowning moments from the program included a Christmas party where the teens sang carols around the neighborhood and each received a gift, community service projects, BBQs, an end of the year Pool/Pizza party, and a two-day Christian summit promoting NEXT: Growing your Faith. Learning just as much from them as they did from us, this is an amazing opportunity to provide love and support to several underprivileged kids and we look forward to energizing the program in September with new happenings, including weekend retreats and small group discipleship. Our missions work has also included speaking engagements and sermon giving at local churches, as well as relationship building with local missionaries and NGO’s including Have Faith Haiti Missions, and REV Home Haiti.
Our son, Gideon, continues to be the light of our lives, challenging us to grow deeper in our faith and truly grasp the meaning of endearment as we are subject to his enormous personality, smile, and laughter everyday. In February Gideon turned 2, but just before this he got to meet most of his next of kin as both of our families gathered in Haiti for our December 30th wedding. The last week of 2017 couldn’t have ended anymore perfectly then it did, with beautiful beaches, good food, new fellowship, and a tropical ceremony in Jacmel.
The future plans for us in Haiti are BIG. We spent the better parts of this Spring in prayer, searching for Godly direction which led us to Marigot, a small rural community in the Sud-Est southern department of Haiti. It is here that we feel a strong calling to open and operate a non-profit Community Outreach Center. The project will be geared towards the development of local youth, providing them with a safe location to attend after school and on weekends. Through biblical discipleship, leadership, entrepreneurship, art, music, athletic, horticulture and other vocational classes we hope to provide an environment that empowers the God given ability of Haiti’s youth, a concept that is too often neglected in this third world country. The Community Project would also provide employment for a national staff, a Saturday feeding program for the kids, partnership through short term missions teams, sponsorship, and possibly fulfill the need for an English speaking church in the Jacmel/Marigot region. We have currently sourced a property that would be ideal for the Community Center Project, and are in the early stages of occupancy dealings.
Laura and I, despite a few minor mishaps such as being robbed…twice, have had an extremely joyous and thankful year in Haiti. Our biggest needs as we continue our ministry in the Caribbean is for specific prayer. Prayers for unhindered adoption development and processes for Gideon, guidance and the encouragement to walk through open doors regarding the Community Center Project in Marigot, for God to show up in ways indescribable, and for our health and well-being. Thank you dearly for each one of your contributions and intercessions, you’re all part of an amazing Haiti story.