Monday, July 7, 2014

Stories of Haiti, Stories of Hope

When CODEP, our mission partner in southern Haiti near the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake, began working towards a community that would be self-sustainable most of the Haitians that they encountered had little to no concept of passing on something, an inheritance, to the their children. Decades later, there is something that is sometimes difficult to come across in Haiti: self-respect, a sense of dignity, and a hope for a future not just for themselves but for their children as well.

About a month ago, a team from our faith community went on a Vision Trip to continue the relationships we have with the Haitians of CODEP, to gain a greater understanding of Haitian culture, and to be partners in a decades long mission project that aims to give a hand up rather than just one more hand out. While we continue to support a feeding program in Port Aux Prince through Fishers of Men’s Ministries because there are truly still emergency needs in Haiti, I hope that as a community we will gain a better understanding and ability to participate in long term redevelopment. This is one of the key aspects of this most recent trip to Haiti – to gain a vision for the kind of love and help that preserves dignity and allows our Haitian brothers and sisters to stand proudly on their own.

The team is safely back in town and sharing stories of the things they experienced and learned while in Haiti. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to speak to the team about their experiences. I encourage you to listen to their stories and gain from their experiences as family in Christ. Besides speaking to them personally, you can click on any of the names below to read one of their own stories:

Tom Campbell
Leslie Potkaletski
Dave Potkaletksi
Chris Taylor
Doris Stitt
Ashley Walters
McKenzie Simmler
Tess Teurlings
Ashley Powers

We limit these teams to 10 people and are already beginning our plans for next summer. It may be time for you to go, continue our relationship with Haiti, and to see yourself the vision we have alongside CODEP for Haiti. If you'd like to start that process just speak to Carla Carson in Mission Central on Sundays or send an email to her at

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