HAITI : God’s call to us.
God has been preparing us for full-time mission work in Haiti for a long time. Slowly, but surely He has been changing our hearts and minds to not only put Him first in our lives, but more specifically serve Him in Haiti. God planted the idea in Laura’s head at the age of eight, but it wasn’t until we got the opportunity to go to Haiti after the terrible earthquake in 2010, that the idea began to grow in both our minds. Then, nearly a year later, as Joel was having an early morning quiet time, he heard clearly the question “what will you do for Haiti?” He had not been particularly praying or thinking about Haiti, so felt sure it was from God through the Holy Spirit drawing us in that direction. Since then we have been on several trips down to investigate possible ways to be involved. All of these trips have been under the supervision and guidance of RMI (Reciprocal Ministries International). We were struck by the professionalism and preparedness of their team there on each of our visits, and more importantly we felt that their programs designed to aid the Haitian people were very positive activities that we could see ourselves joining. We decided to apply to RMI, and after much prayer coupled with their help and leadership, we are now part of the RMI family. So, with God’s grace it is “Haiti, here we come!”
Reciprocal Ministries International has been in Haiti for 30 years. It grew out of the hard work of Herb and Shirley Shoemaker who developed the idea of the Sister Church program. Since the incorporation of RMI in 1988, their general mission has been to “mobilize global partnerships to transform lives in Christ”. With this in mind, RMI has expanded their vision of how to make their mission statement more of a reality by developing a feeding program in “Food for Haiti”, a school program in “Hope for Kidz”, and the rebuilding projects of “Homes for Haiti”. All of these programs work to engage the communities in culturally relevant ways to help lift them up and move toward self-sufficiency. Also, the church where we are members has been part of the Sister Church program for over 20 years. In light of all this, Joel and Laura have decided to come along side the RMI team as we share their vision of using the Sister Church Partnerships as a vehicle to help Haiti grow stronger in every way.
The next leg of the journey.
|Helping with building houses.|
Our key verse: John 15:8a “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit---“