Like so many others, our interest in Haiti was inspired by the earthquake of 2010. Through it we came to know and love Haitians. Since then we have learned many things, many of those things we learned the hard way. And though the curve has decreased, we are still learning. At first we gave away a lot of things, and sought to address all the problems of this small island nation. But after time, we learned that “things” are not what Haitians need. And that most of their problems can be remedied by Haitians themselves. And that many of the problems that foreigners perceive are really not that problematic.
With that said, we quickly learned that many of the systemic problems within Haitian culture are not foreign to the church. Many times the church can be just as corrupt, if not more than the surrounding culture. We learned to take things slow, ask a lot of questions, and never do something for someone that they can do for themselves. We learned to take a very narrow focus and to try and do one or two things well.
So as it stands now, we work with Haitians in the DR and Haiti. We have relationships with multiple churches in the US, DR, and Haiti. Our goal is to encourage Haitian churches to be the God designed and blood bought institution that it should be.
Our Director of Mission lives in the DR with his family half the year in order to advance our work among Haitians through strategic discipleship relationships and church partnerships/associations. The other half of the year he works to garner financial investments for the work we do. He also uses this time to invest in partner churches in the US and continue education in the areas of Missions, Ecclesiology, and Poverty.