Haiti has a unique history as the first independent black republic after its successful rebellion against French colonists. However, their independence was qualified by crushing reparations to be paid back to France and a lack of recognition in world markets. Since then, infighting, deep political corruption, and misguided or malicious foreign interference (including aid) has prevented Haiti from making much meaningful progress, and today it is most well known for being the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.
There is no lack of churches in the Gressier area nor lack of church attendance; however the syncretistic influence of Voodoo as well as strong legalism and a general lack of discipleship (likely carried over from colonization and/or learned from later paternalistic evangelism efforts) leaves a society that is largely unaffected by the numerous congregations and their religious adherence.
Meet Our Missionaries
Our Haiti Team vision is to see God’s truth permeate the culture through the Haitian church. This means supporting initiatives that expand the church’s influence beyond rote memorization, program attendance and consumerism to affecting real gospel transformation among the church members and their communities.
Meet our team!
Jen — has been on the Haiti team since 2013. She is our GlobalFingerprints Site Coordinator, works with a women’s ministry group, and heads up most of our medical/health events.
Dave, Sharron, and Quinn – Dave and Sharron are our team leaders and have officially been on the team since 2014, though they had made several trips to Haiti before that. Quinn is their 16 year-old daughter. Dave works with pastors and everything connected to gardening or construction. Sharron, when not working as Quinn’s teacher, is involved with our sewing school partnership and English ministry.
Stephanie – joined the team in 2016. She works with our English ministry and all things youth ministry.
Al, Cassie and kids (Bityah, Oved, Izzy, and Manny) – they joined the team in 2019, but were already living in the country, as Al is a native of Haiti. Both Al and Cassie are involved in worship ministry. Al also works with pastors and has a discipleship woodworking ministry.
How is this site strategic?
Our site in Haiti is strategic simply in that we seek to apply the ministry philosophy that is foundational to ReachGlobal’s mission statement: strengthening and revitalizing churches, extending gospel ministries, and multiplying disciplemakers. Whenever possible, we choose partnerships and activities that will draw people to the local church (and not to ourselves) and thus into the community of believers, participation in the body, and yes, a personal and empowered relationship with Christ. We are careful not to do anything that undermines the dignity, capability, and responsibility of the local church nor of individuals nor even of secular groups that already are or could be functioning for good in their community. We actively fight against the attitude and the cycle of foreign dependency and the Western savior complex.
Haitians are a bright and capable people, beloved by God, and full of His giftings and potential. If there is anything that we can do to help them see themselves the same way, we want to do it.
Your participation can help provide extra hands, fresh energy, and new expertise to our ministry; but perhaps more importantly, it can help give you training and perspective for the future good works God is preparing for you—wherever they may be. After all, Christians in every nation are all working for the same Kingdom and the same King of Kings, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
ReachGlobal has been working in Haiti since an initial Crisis Response team came in 2010, following a devastating 7.0 earthquake. Since then, we have gradually transitioned to the long-term team that exists today. We live and serve in Gressier, Haiti, a suburb of the capital city, populated by what might be described as Haiti’s middle class.
The work of our team is not to plant new churches, but to come alongside in strengthening and revitalizing the congregations that already exist. The great challenge of our work is to do this in a way that does not enable an unhealthy dependency on foreigners, but always points back to the local church and empowers Haitian Christians to see the resources that already exist around them and to put them to use in God’s Kingdom work.
As an intern with us, we hope to offer you an opportunity to live and learn under a culture wholly different from your own, to witness some of the joys and the challenges of operating in a different culture, to see God’s world and his Word from new perspectives, as well as to experience a taste of what day-to-day life is like for our team.
We will invite you to join in on many of our ongoing activities, to meet some of our friends, and to help you plan and lead a short-term activity of your own.
We can’t wait to welcome you!
How You’ll Serve
Ministry opportunities are regularly in flux, but could include:
- English camps
- Various summer activity camps (sports, art, music)
- Community gardening
- Youth group engagement
- Service projects to support other missionaries in the area
- Acts of love for employees, neighbors, etc.
- There will also be time dedicated to shadowing long-term missionaries, exploring the community, meeting neighbors, learning the language, and cultural education.
The house where you will stay is called the Haitian Queen. There is no AC, but we do have 24-hour electricity. Because it takes a combination of solar, generator, and city power to provide that 24-hour electricity, we do ask you to be conservation-minded.
The house is supplied with unheated water for bathing via a well system and there are flush toilets. Again, conservation-mindedness is important. There is potable water available from certain faucets in the house, and you will have access to a refrigerator, freezer, and stove/oven.
What’s included in the price:
- On-site ground transportation
- Most ministry expenses
- Orientation and Debrief
- Travel Agent
- Apex Shirt (we knew you were wondering!)
Not included in the price:
- Visa fees
- Passport fees
- Plane Tickets
$550 non-refundable deposit is due April 15, 2021(this is not an additional fee, just the first $550 of your trip).
Full trip cost is due June 1, 2021.