Haiti Mission Team
HOPE for Haiti by Pastor Rick Court
HOA’s property is situated on a mountain right outside of Jacmel. The main house, which we helped build during our last trip to Haiti, has undergone some impressive changes. And, the 15 kids that call HOA their home seem to be thriving in this new space. The ultimate goal, however, will be for future mission teams to help build apartments on the property where children can live permanently in family units with a “mom and dad” and “siblings.” This will nurture them into knowing how important it is to be a part of a family. In the meantime, HOA has also built a two-room school house on the property where the kids currently attend classes.
Fenel Bruna is the founder and director of HOA and is a man with an ever-present smile on his face, even in the midst of adversity and struggle. The desire of HOA is to “raise-up” Haiti’s future leaders. Because the children do not have any parental support, the orphanage and school are responsible for meeting every need of the children living in the center. Fenel and his staff provide healthcare, food, education, clothing and … most importantly … a loving family environment. Because of his vision and the need for leaders in Haiti, Fenel has created a special bank account for each child’s future educational goals. He and HOA are poised and ready to make a real difference in Haiti.
What a great partnership— HOPE and HOA. We’ve been blessed with teams of men and women, willing to serve and willing to have their lives radically changed by God through that service. And together we get to see the difference an investment in children can make on the future of a whole country. How can you help further? First, consider sponsoring an HOA kid. You can do that at GomHaiti.org/sponsor-a-child.
Second, consider joining our next HOPE team traveling to Haiti March 6 through March 12, 2016. Applications for this trip are available by clicking here.
This might be the year to try it … A mission trip is not a social event, and it is not a retreat. It will stretch and pressure you in ways you have not been challenged ever in your life; and it will require you to sacrifice and serve in ways you have not done before. You will be required to put others ahead of your own interests and work together as a team. And it will change your life. And it is very likely you will want to go again, and again, and again. A mission trip to a poor and destitute country like Haiti will challenge you physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually; and it will make you look at and consider the deepest parts of your life. In 2010 Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. The poorest country in the western hemisphere now had this new tragedy to deal with. In 2011, while responding to the earthquake recovery efforts, HOPE was fortunate enough to begin a relationship with the House of Abraham and Fenel Bruna in the southern seaside town of Jacmel. The House of Abraham (HOA) currently is home to 15 children who are being raised to be the next generation of leaders in Haiti. Our specific project is never known until our arrival, as we continue our relationship with the House of Abraham and the completion of the HOA facility. The team may also support other local ministries in the area surrounding Jacmel. While in Haiti we stay in a mission-type compound with dormitory-type rooms and we eat meals provided and prepared by local Haitian staff.
This year’s trip dates are March 6-12, 2016.
Maybe this is the year you should go?
The trip application is available online and in the lobby. The completed application and a $300 deposit is due on Sunday, October 4, 2015.
For additional information, please contact Pastor Rick Court.
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