HAITI Missions Team
(Right to left: Felicia McCray, Pastor Margie, Bishop Kelly, Elder Gary Pope, Pastor Darrell)
Our mission in Haiti is to obey the call to go into
the world and preach the gospel. To provide assistance
which aids with the basic necessities of life; to show Christ
love for them through our presence and our provisions.
PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US AS WE ENDEAVOR TO MEET THESE NEEDS.
WE WANT TO REACH AS MANY HAITIANS AS POSSIBLE WITH A DEMONSTRATION
OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
Through donations from Free Spirit Community Church; other churches, and random contributions, we have been able to provide monthly support to Pastor Meniou Mercilus and the New Covenant Church Family. These monies help with providing food; teacherís salaries; hot meals for school children; assistance with minimal medical needs, and more.
We have been able to build a water cistern to provide clean drinking water for the community.
Along with one of our covenant churches we have been able to build a school on the church property and provide salaries for some of the school teachers. These donations enable some of the children to attend school free of charge. Haitian parents must pay for each child to attend public schools. So this provision is a real blessing to many.
School children are provided one hot nourishing meal a day while attending school. For many, that will be the only meal they will receive for that day.
We provide basic over-the-counter medications for aches and pains; coughs & colds; antibacterial creams for cuts, and vitamins.
TOILETRIES & MISCELLENEOUS:
We provide items such as toothpaste and soap, along with boys and girls socks and hair accessories for the girls.
By: Felicia McCray-Registered Nurse
We have found several ailments among the people in Calebasse. The one that is most common to all is knee pain. There are no paved roads in that area for travel, therefore the people have no choice but to walk and drive on large uneven rocks. They climb hills daily to go back and forth to their homes. They travel a rough mountainous area to obtain water. Other ailments are shoulder pain and headaches. This is brought on by carrying objects on their heads. Back pain and stomach pain are common also.
We provide a variety of medications to help alleviate the discomfort they feel. We supply Tylenol, Aspirin & Motrin for pain. Mylanta, Tums & Pepto Bismol for stomach aches. Cough & cold medication, pre-natal, adult & childrenís vitamins, along with creams for arthritis & joint pain.
I give them careful instructions (both written and oral) on the proper procedure for taking these meds. While Iím grateful for the opportunity to provide this help, I continue to keep before them the fact that Christ is the Healer. I encourage them not to let the medicine become their god. Pastor Margie and I always lay hands and pray for each lady during the meetings, some of them (knowing I am a nurse) would actually place my hands on their bodies; I have felt the lumps and prayed for their miracle.
The people of Calebasse have no money to go to the doctor, the doctorís fees have to be paid at the time of their visit. Therefore when we arrive with these medication they are overwhelmed with gratitude.
OBSERVATIONS AND TESTIMONIALS
By: Pastor Margie Kelly
I was so blessed on our last visit in 2012 to see the women who were healed and touched through the spoken word of God. During one of my messages I addressed sexual purity. I was unaware one of the attendees was living in adultery. She was convicted by the word and shortly thereafter made her union with her mate honorable before the Lord and they were married.
One of the most painful experiences I had in 2012 was the inability to give money through a fenced area to a young boy and an older man (the older man only had one leg). The young boy kept screaming to us for financial help, and pointing to his stomach, due to security I could not reach out to him. I was heart-broken and that scene never left my mind. I prayed for them the entire time I was in Haiti. I was determined to get money to them upon my return to the airport, but they were nowhere in sight. If every Christian who had resources would just give, it doesnít matter the amount, no one would ever have to beg through a fence for money to buy food to eat.
By: Felicia McCray
Each time I go to Haiti my love and compassion for the people grows more and more. It causes me to appreciate and value my family and the blessings of the Lord upon us. I have been able to minister to and encourage the women who have a desire for their husbands to be saved. I also enjoy the way their church worship and praise God. This worship experience has left a great impact on my life. Most of the people we work with donít know where their next meal will come from, yet they donít allow this lack to hinder their love and thanksgiving unto the Lord. Iíam thankful to my Pastors and my church family for the opportunity to serve these wonderful people.
By: Elder Gary Pope
During one of our trips to Calebasse we had the opportunity to walk through the village and pray for people. We prayed for witch doctors who turned from their wickedness unto Christ. When the other neighbors saw what was happening they called to us to come and pray for them and their families.
When I observe the conditions the Haitians are forced to live in, I realize there are no poor people in the United States. We have assistance programs to fall back on, but the Haitians do not have any assistance which provides food, clothing, shelter or financial aid, they have to depend on God for everything.
By: Pastor Darrell Kelly
When our mission team was in Haiti in April 2009, we stayed in Penteionville and commuted to the village 4 times a day. It took one and a half hours to get to our destination. Our ministry location was only 12 miles away, thatís how bad the roads were before the Earthquake. When I returned in 2012, the community still had not received help to repair any roads, and the conditions are still heartbreaking. Fortunately our covenant pastor in Haiti had just received our donations a day before the earth quake struck and He was able to purchase supplies which carried them through the early part of that disaster.
Life is very hard in Haiti, so many go without food and shelter. It was amazing to discover that the people have to make their own bricks for a building project. They have no Loweís to go to for materials, so some of our projects like the water cistern and the construction of the school takes a while to complete. The vast majority of homes have to do without electricity, except for a few minutes in the morning and then again late at night. There are no sewer systems, indoor toilets, running water, central heating or air. Since there are no power lines, the streets are pitch black at night, and the community uses flash lights to provide light to walk along the roadway.
The mission field in Haiti is RIPE unto harvest. Thank God for the opportunity to preach the gospel (giving them hope), and putting the gospel into action by showing them the Love of Christ.