Our Vision

Conditions in Haiti Today

     Haiti has long been the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and the physical conditions of Haiti’s population are growing worse day by day.  A lack of strong central government has been a major contributing factor to the serious decline of the urban infrastructure.  Roads, streets, water supplies, electricity, sanitation, and governmental services have all been affected. 
     
Public utilities such as electricity, running water and sewers are nonexistent in rural areas and very expensive for the average Haitian in the city.   Even in the city, full utilities are only available to 20% of the population.  Cell phones are rapidly gaining popularity, especially among the young, since land lines are nearly impossible to come by.
 


 


     Eighty percent of the nine million people in Haiti have an average income of only $100 per year.   Rice is the staple food in Haiti, and the price of rice has doubled in the last year. Gasoline is selling for close to $6.00 per gallon.   In town, the smell of charcoal, kerosene, dust, cooking oil, and burning trash is always hanging in the air.


       Public utilities such as electricity, running water and sewers are nonexistent in rural areas and very expensive and undependable for the average Haitian in the city.  To prevent cholera epidemics, clean water is an absolute necessity.  The church at La Suisse has a clean artesian well in the front yard that serves the community.  We have just completed drilling a new, clean well on the property of the Bas Fosse church that also serves the local community.   Wells are still needed at three other churches.

     Public transportation does not exist, but local entrepreneurs have an established system that seems to work quiet well.  Large outdated school buses run long distances between cities and drop people off at road intersections.  Then the motor scooter taxis take over.  In town, brightly colored pickup trucks, can transport many people in the back.  A passenger in the back taps the top or side to alert the driver to stop or go.  Hence, all transportation is known as "tap-taps."  


     

     With no supermarkets or corner groceries available, street vendors are the primary method of distributing the necessities.  Deliveries of charcoal, soap, meat, beans, cooking oil, water, and other goods are made daily.  This man has just brought in a load of meat from the country, and will stop at many street vendors before his load is empty.


 

     In the countryside, life is much more simple and quiet.  Agriculture has greatly declined, and the knowledge of farming has become almost a lost art.  The air is clean here, but they are far removed from the city and it's resources.  Local vendors do make it into town via tap-taps, and have a small selection of goods available.  Money is in short supply in the country, and jobs are almost non-existent.  Rural homes are often surrounded by a cactus fence, and it makes a convenient place to hang clothes on wash day.

 

 

 


Phase I Ministry Goals

           We pray that God will bless our ministry, and through the prayers and and financial support our vision is to expand our efforts in and around Cap-Haitien.   Our primary goals will always be to win souls for Christ, to strengthen the local churches, and to train church leaders in biblical truths and Christian leadership, but as God provides we have a three-phase plan of expansion.

        The first and foremost goal in Phase I is to start to build strong churches in Haiti.  We plan to do this by evangelism, by training the pastors and evangelists, and by providing Bibles to the church congregations.   We recently supplied MacArthur Study Bibles in French to all of the Ministry's pastors, in addition to supplying bibles in Haitian Creole for new believers in our churches.

          Our second goal is to provide for the physical needs of church members, especially the children.   Malnutrition is a prevalent problem in Haiti, as is disease caused by poor sanitation and polluted drinking water.   We are providing clean drinking water by drilling new water wells, and we feed the children lunches at our Christian schools as often as donations permit.

        The third category is to improve the church buildings and equipment to an acceptable standard.  In one case this means pouring a concrete floor and installing doors and windows.   Another church needs to expand its area to accommodate the overflow attendance.    All of our churches would like a generator to provide electricity for lighting during evening services.    The church latrines need rebuilding, as well.

 

Phase 2 Ministry Goals

        Phase 2 goals of the ministry begin by filling the need for full-time pastors at all of the ministry’s churches and give raises to the salaries of the pastors.    Our hope is to have the pastor for each church to be a member of the community and live near the church.    Our National Director is already seeking qualified candidates for these positions, and we have generated an application for prospective pastors to fill out.  

           Another goal is that of improving the church facilities.    This includes purchasing the combination pew/school benches which are often used in Haiti.   Used as benches for students during school periods, these can provide seating for church services as a sort of “mini-bleacher.”  Churches without schools need pews, and many churches need a pulpit for the pastor.  

          Having the benches will enable expanding our Christian schools to more grades when God provides qualified teachers and the monthly income needed to pay teacher salaries—a second goal of phase 2.    Education, especially Christian education is a dream of the parents who attend our ministry's churches.

          The final goal of phase 2 is increasing the number of work teams sponsored by the ministry.    There are a number of very worthwhile projects to be accomplished, such as repairing and repainting the church buildings, building and repairing the latrines at the church sites, drilling or refurbishing water wells, or improving the ministry's dormitory.

 

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