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April – May 2022 | Highlights from Haiti

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We pray that these updates find you joyful and well. It is hard to believe that very soon we will find ourselves halfway through 2022 already! As time continues to fly by, change is constant but your faithfulness to pray for and support us is such a blessing and encouragement. We could not be more grateful for our partnership together.

Having you on this journey of impacting and changing lives in the name of Jesus, further galvanizes our resolve during these difficult days in Haiti. Our Haitian team and precious children shine bright as they display the love and help that is only found in Jesus. Thank you for making all of this possible. We pray that these updates will help to encourage your heart and guide your prayers as we continue to make a difference in Haiti, one life at a time.

NOW more than ever

Summer Partnership Campaign

In the coming weeks, you will begin to see communication regarding our Summer Partnership Campaign. With the continued violence and increasing need in Haiti, our desire is to increase our partner base by expanding the opportunity for more folks to partner with us on an monthly basis.

Although the needs are great and the problems are complex, we feel that “Now More Than Ever” is the time for us to make a difference in Haiti. Together, we are and can continue to make an incredible impact in more and more lives.

Our goal is to see 300 new recurring partnerships at $30 /month by the end of the Summer. Will you help us reach our goal by sharing about our ministry with those in your circles (home, work, neighborhood, church)? $1 a day can make a world of difference.

Who do you know that needs to hear about Children’s Hope? Will you commit to sharing information about Children’s Hope with 3 people this Summer and helping us to reach our “Now More than Ever” Campaign goal?

You can reply to this email if you’d like more information to provide to those you know or you can direct them to our website, childrenshope.com

If you haven’t yet and would like to set up a recurring gift, you can click the button below.

We cannot thank you enough for all of your support. Your prayers, gifts, and encouragement mean more to us than we can ever express. Having you on this journey with us is such a blessing to us. Haiti is hurting and “Now More Than Ever” is the time for us to forge new partnerships so that we can expand the help and hope that we are providing in the name of Jesus together.

Click Here to Setup a Recurring Gift

Medical Clinic

One of our ministries that continues to thrive is our medical clinic. The notoriety of the expertise and compassionate care of our physicians is growing and spreading even as far away as Port Au Prince.

We are so grateful to God for all of these new patients to care for and souls to impact. Each individual receives personal counseling and prayer before even being seen by a doctor. We are devoted to caring for the whole person, physically and spiritually.

Join us in praying that God will continue to bless this important ministry.

Continued Social Unrest

Sadly, the violence and unrest surrounding Haiti’s capitol has only grown and expanded. Many are hurting and suffering immeasurably. The ripple effects of the unrest have reached every part of the country. Supply chains have been blocked, food and fuel are scarce, and inflation is crippling. The link below the image is to an article produced by the UN. It helps bring into focus the current situation in Haiti.

Your support is critical during this season. Your prayers bring God’s protection and provision and encouragement to our hearts. Your financial gifts allow us to continue our ongoing crucial ministries while also enabling us to help even more people. Together, we are sharing the love of Jesus and shining His hope into these difficult days while ministering to children, families, and communities.

Click Here to Read the UN Article

Kids at Play!

A few weeks ago, our staff had the opportunity to take some candid shots of our Children’s Home kids. Look at these precious faces! This is why we do what we do. You have helped rescue these very children from desperate situations and provide them with a loving home and bright futures. The world may just see kids at play but we see children who have been blessed with the opportunity to simply act like children. We see hope. We see love. We see promise. We see the investment that you made/are making in the next generation in Haiti.

Enjoy these pictures because you helped place the smiles on those faces!

Thank you for allowing Jesus to use you in the lives of children, families, and communities in Haiti. He’s using you more than you can comprehend. Thank you for your partnership. Let’s keep impacting lives in Haiti, together.

Jacmel prison

Prison Ministry

By Serving Communities

Prison is never a place anyone wants to be. But a prison in Haiti takes that to a different level. The Haitian prison system, the way they work, and the environment inside the prisons are much different than what we know of in the United States and Canada.

Our picture of sanitary concrete calls, individual cells and uniformed inmates eating three meals a day is not the same picture in Haiti. There is nothing sanitary about the living conditions, the inmates are all crammed together and live off whatever scraps of food are available. The prisons are grossly overcrowded, the prisoners are malnourished and infections spread aggressively.

We have been helping in the prison in Jacmel since 2017 offering medical care, infrastructure improvements, counseling and prayer.

As we began getting involved with the prison in Jacmel, we saw that there were so many compounding issues and some simple things that we believed could have big impact. One of the biggest issues is the overcrowding. This prison has a space that is designed to hold 100 people but actually houses over 500 prisoners. In situations like this, it’s common for prisoners to have to sleep in shifts because there simply isn’t enough room for everyone to lay down at the same time. But perhaps the greatest risk with overcrowding is the rampant spread of any kind of illness or infection. Skin infections, lice and gastro issues are spread and shared so quickly because of the proximity in which they live with each other.

One of the first things we tried to do was bring a higher level of sanitation to the prison facility itself. We washed the walls thoroughly, then painted them, providing a higher level of sanitation for the surfaces, giving a better opportunity to keep the facility clean. We also built an infirmary to isolate new prisoners that are sick or others that become sick. Removing and isolating infection from the general population is critical to reduce the spread and treat those infected. More than just improvements to the facility, we have also provided medical care.

Dr. Pierre makes regular visits to the prison to meet with the sick prisoners. He is able to bring treatment and medicine for those who are sick, and through that we are seeing a reduction in the infections spread in the general population.

Pastor Nicolas has also been visiting the prison to do short services with the prisoners. He provides counseling and prays with them one on one. His care is less for their physical wellness, but is caring for their souls. It is an incredible opportunity for Children’s Hope to bring the love of Jesus to a dark place. We have seen a tremendous response to Pastor Nicholas’ ongoing ministry in the prison.

In the last year, there has been a massive food shortage that is creating enormous problems for those who are incarcerated. We are seeing skin infections and major gastro issues because of lack of food. We are seeing malnutrition at unprecedented levels and the situation has grown so critical that many prisoners are dying because of starvation. Food is desperately needed.

Do you feel led to partner with us in the prison ministry? The need is great, and we want to do anything and everything we can to serve the community, yes, even the incarcerated community, by sharing the love of Jesus to the prisoners of Jacmel.

Do you feel led to partner with us? Let's talk

Pressing On In Our Mission

By Updates

These are unprecedented days for life and ministry, and like you, we are trying to deal with the uncertainty and challenges that we are all facing.  We believe that with the Lord’s guidance and provision, we will get through it together.

We are pressing on in our mission in Haiti.  The children and families that we serve daily will need our care and help in the days to come.  We MUST press on.  

Haiti now has its first confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  We have already implemented measures to keep our children and staff in Haiti safe and well.  We will continue to respond the crisis to the best of our ability- including doing what we can to help our community there.

The airports in Haiti have been closed to international flights, and that could be the case for several months. That, along with a specific “Do Not Travel” advisory related to the security situation in Haiti, has again shut down our mission team ministry for the foreseeable future.

These mission teams are normally a source of significant ministry activities, encouragement, advocacy, and financial support.  Just as last year, we will be greatly impacted in multiple ways by the inability to send teams.

We will plan to stay in touch in the coming weeks.  We desperately need your continued connection and support.

Here are some ways you can help right now:
1.     Pray-  Please pray for the health and safety of our kids and staff in Haiti.  Pray the same for our community.  Pray for wisdom as we seek how to best respond and help our community members in Jesus’ name.
2.     Take Care of Yourself-  By now you know what you’re being asked to do to stay well and keep others well.  We love you and care about you, and we are praying for you to stay safe and well even as you pray for us.
3.     Give-  We have a significant need for funding to continue our programs in Haiti.  100% of your gift will fuel our ongoing work to children and families in need Haiti. You can give HERE or using the link on our website.

Thank you for your heart for Haiti and your support of children and families in need there.  You make this all possible.

Pastor Training (BTCP Program) Graduation

By Discipleship & Training

2 years. 10 courses. 500 hours.  10 men ready to impact their churches and communities!

Today was the graduation ceremony for 10 pastors/church leaders that completed the BTCP (Bible Training Centre for Pastors) Program here in Jacmel, Haiti.  They worked hard completing courses including Bible Study Methods & Interpretation, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Systematic Theology, Preaching Biblical Messages, and more.

The courses were taught by two of our seminary-trained partnering Haitian pastors.  The Lord had given both of them a vision to provide training to pastors & church leaders who could not attend seminary for various reasons- lack of education prerequisites, cost, or the need to keep working to support their families.  What was missing was some structure to do this well.

Things came together a couple years back when I heard about the ministry of BTCP and wondered if the time was right for something like that in Haiti.  It wasn’t something I wanted to force- I wanted it to be Haitian-initiated and Haitian-led.  On my next trip to Haiti, I heard from Pastor Marc that he had been praying about how he could help train pastors for new church plants, and had even started meeting with a small group.  When I shared with him about BTCP- a spark was ignited, and it was clear that it was time to start a pilot program in the area.  Children’s Hope made the connection with BTCP and helped launch the program in Jacmel.

Pastor Marc and Pastor Nicolas worked together to teach and mentor these 10 men throughout the program- meeting with the for 4 hours every Friday and Saturday during the semesters.  While the course material is excellent and thorough for equipping pastors well, what really makes it all successful is the teaching, training, and mentoring of Marc and Nicolas.  Each of the trainees now has the 10 course manuals as their theological library, as well as a nice French study bible.

Only time will tell the fruit of the ministry of these men.  They’re ready to do 2 Timothy 2:2 and disciple and equip others who will then do the same.

The next training group will start in September- this time with 30 men.  This ministry is one of the ways we are serving communities as we partner with the Haitian church to meet needs in Jesus’ name and make disciples for His glory.  Many thanks to our ministry partners who give to make this program possible!

Hooks for Hope 2019

By Events

Our first annual Hooks for Hope event was an incredible day of fellowship and fishing.  Over $90,000 was given to fuel life-changing ministry in Haiti by our corporate sponsors, participants, and other partners!

The Auburn University Bass Fishing Team brought out their boats and fishing expertise, and dozens of other volunteers also gave their time to make it a great and fun event.  Thank you to all who participated in some way.

Check out this video with some highlights from the day, and plan to join us for Hooks for Hope 2020!