ST. PAUL’S BAPTIST CHURCH & RWCM MISSION TO PASSE BOIS D’ORME, HAITI
MEDICAL CLINIC SEWING WORKSHOP AGRICULTURAL TRAINING
EDUCATION OUTLOOK FEASIBILITY STUDY
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT +
GO THEREFORE AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. MATTHEW 28:19 1
THEN THE RIGHTEOUS WILL ANSWER HIM, ‘LORD, WHEN DID WE SEE THEE HUNGRY AND FEED THEE, OR THIRSTY AND GIVE THEE DRINK? AND WHEN DID WE SEE THEE A STRANGER AND WELCOME THEE, OR NAKED AND CLOTHE THEE? AND WHEN DID WE SEE THEE SICK OR IN PRISON AND VISIT THEE?’ AND THE KING WILL ANSWER THEM, ‘TRULY, I SAY TO YOU, AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YOU DID IT TO ME.’
HAITI MISSION REPORT MARCH 2014 To: Pastor Wayne E. Croft Sr. Deacon Gary Wattie Trustee Dennis Baxter From: Rev. Richard Cook The St. Paul’s / RWCM mission team of fifteen was a collaboration of diverse Christian dominations. We had the awesome opportunity to serve God in the mission field of Passé- BoisD’horne, Haiti in the southwest area of the county. Our mission goals were to bring the word and love of God, medical assistance, economic development and most of all to establish a relationship with the people of this village. When we started out on this mission journey our scripture theme
came from Matthew 25: 35-45, then the Holy Spirit poured the word of 1 Corinthians 3: 6-9 into us as we recognized what God was doing through us in this mission field of Haiti. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
GOD CAN AND WILL DO
A GREAT WORK THROUGH US
Our evangelistic team preached the word of God, provided daily devotion, night teaching sessions and one-onone outreach to individuals during the day. For every opportunity we had to touch someone, we reached out with the compassion of Christ. There were many Haitians surprised to see so many Afro-Americans helping and serving them. The medical team provided medical service for five hundred and eighteen women, men and children. Our medical team demonstrated the skills of their profession with love, patience and positive encouragement to all they rendered service too. The pharmacy team dispensed medications with the assistance and direction of the medical team, they were eager to serve all who came to receive medication from this Medication of Love pharmacy. Our sewing team had the blessed opportunity to train twenty-eight women and men in two daily four hour sessions. The team build positive relationships with members of each class they served. The students of the sewing classes responded very quickly to the techniques they were shown, demonstrating their eagerness to learn.
When we make ourselves available and in humble submission to one another, God can and will do a great work through us. I am grateful to Almighty God for allowing us to do this great work that He has given us. We were put together to cultivate this relationship in the body of Jesus Christ, to show the world we are His disciples.
Our agriculture team set out to sow the seeds of opportunity to train the Haitian men to use rotor tillers and plant seeds for a bountiful harvest. The team focused on hands-on training for each participant. Three gardens were planted in the area of Jason’s home were they would be monitored frequently. Unfortunately we were unable to start the husbandry (goat herding) venture, because of time and lack of personnel to participate in this program. I thank Pastor Croft, Deacon Wattie, Trustee Baxter and my St. Paul’s Baptist Church family for your support and prayers. Thank you also to St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, SC for the electrical generator. Special thanks to the Haiti Mission team members, I love and appreciate you all, for your sacrifice and your compassion to be obedient to the call of discipleship. I am humbled for the opportunity to serve and to be used by almighty God as an instrument of His will and peace. To God be the Glory! Your Servant Rev. Richard Cook
Back Row: Bro. Herndon, Bro. Eaton, Rev. Cook, Pastor Johnson, Bro. Zook, Rev. Walls, Front Row: Dr. Bahirwani, Min. Herndon, Pastor Ellis, Sis. Jewel, Sis. Eaton, Sis. Howard, Sis. Deanna, Sis. Stoltzfus, Pastor Croft.
CARRFOUR TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
THE MISSION TEAM SET UP TWO SEWING MACHINES FOR THE YOUNG LADIES IN SUPPORT OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING.
A HALF HOUR OUTSIDE PORT-AU-PRINCE THE TEAM STOPPED TO MEET THE YOUNG LADIES AND THEIR CARE GIVERS.
Pastor Croft and Rev. Cook in a game of frisbee with some of the children.
CARREFOUR HAITI FACTS Carrefour (Haitian Creole: Kafou; pronounced: [kafu]) is a largely residential municipality in the Port-auPrince metropolitan area. The city had a population of 373,916 at the 2003 Census, and was officially estimated to have grown to 465,019 inhabitants in 2009. It is mostly a bedroom community for those who work in central Port-au-Prince. The neighborhood is very poor and ill-serviced, however, as of recently, small-scale construction has gone on in the area along with street renovations. (Wikipedia contributors. “Carrefour, Ouest.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 3 Apr. 2014. Web. 1 May. 2014.)
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN
Economic support and re-kindling friendships were the mission at Father Roosevelt’s Girls Orphange in the City of Carrefour, Haiti.
RECONNECTED: WE WOULD RE-CONNECT WITH FIVE OF THE YOUNG LADIES IN PASSE BOIS DORME LATER IN THE WEEK AS THEY MADE THE THREE AND ONE-HALF HOUR RIDE TO THE NEHIMIAH DEVELOPMENT CENTER FOR A VISIT AT THE MEDICAL CLINIC AND A LESSON ON THE SEWING MACHINES. THE YOUNG LADIES QUICKLY PICKED UP THE MACHINE BASICS AND EACH LEFT WITH A SMALL PERSONAL BAG THAT THEY MADE ON THE MACHINES.
MEDICAL MISSION MEDICAL MISSION REPORT LISA HOWARD, RN, BSN ON MARCH 8TH, 2014, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON A MEDICAL MISSION TRIP TO PASSE BOIS D’ORME, HAITI. AS A NURSE, I WAS ABLE TO PROVIDE CARE TO OVER 500 MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. I TREATED AND TRIAGED VARIOUS ILLNESSES FROM TONGUE LACERATION, CATARACTS, HYPERTENSION, RING WORM INFESTATIONS AND STD’S. THE AGES OF PATIENT’S RANGED FROM 2 MONTHS OF AGE TO AGE 70.
MEDICAL OUTREACH RECOMMENDATIONS The clinic was well received by the community. Ongoing medical outreach will support an improved quality of life for the members of this community.
INCREASED SERVICES Engage a medical team of experience doctors and nurses that have a variety of expertise in trauma, family medicine, dentistry and ophthalmology. Provide vaccinations for tetanus shots and adult booster shots (this type of shot requires 10 years follow-up).
MEDICAL EDUCATION Provide medical education that focuses on sexually transmitted diseases. Provide medical education that focuses on ring worm prevention MEDICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Establish a local pharmacy to enable distribution of basic medications for-example to treat ring worm. Build a permanent Medical facility to support the Passe bois dâ€™orme community.
HEALTHCARE INDICATOR Haiti is hampered by some of the worldâ€™s worst health indicators. Several challenges faced by the Haitian health system and the government result in the inability and a lack of capacity to overcome numerous public health issues. The support and commitment of the international community, including the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as private-sector providers, has increased the health systems ability to provide access to quality healthcare in Haiti. (USAID From the American People. Health Article. USAID, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. <http://www.usaid.gov/haiti/global-health>.)
IN ACTION (Top) Nurse Lisa and Medical Assistant Deanna administering medicine to clinic patients. (Left) Pastor Croft taking inventory and setting up the clinic pharmacy.
THE CLINIC PHARMACIST 8
REGISTRATION Pastor Olas, Pastor Ellis and Reverend Cook registering patients for the clinic.
Prevention of Sexual Transmission in Haiti (PrevSIDA) Haiti has both the largest number of people infected with HIV and the second highest prevalence rate in the Caribbean region. According to the 2012 Demographic Health Survey, HIV prevalence among adults aged 15-49 years is 2.2 percent. However, prevalence among most-at-risk populations (MARPs) is markedly higher. Based on the Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance 2012 data, the HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men is 18.1 percent, while the prevalence among commercial sex workers is 8.4 percent. Furthermore, since 2000, the proportion of women in Haiti infected with HIV has gradually increased; the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS now estimates that more women are infected than men. (USAID From the American People. Health Article. USAID, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. <http://www.usaid.gov/ haiti/global-health>.)
PLANTS YIELDING SEED OF EVERY KIND
AGRICULTURAL IMPACT A key objective for our mission trip was to impact the area of agriculture. Prior to our departure three heavy duty rototillers were shipped to Passe bois dâ€™orme. With the proper instruction these machines can bless the community. Training will give the farmers the ability to modify their current methods of farming. One of our missionaries led the charge teaching a small group of men how to use and care for the machines. Tilling the land, planting and watering via more water conservative methods were very different than what they were accustomed. During the four days, the land was prepared; seeds were planted and carefully watered each day. As expected God, delivered the growth, in five short days seeds
One of the agriculture students skillfully using the rototiller to till the soil.
I HAVE PLANTED, APOLLOS WATERED; BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE. 1 CORINTHIANS 3:6 had germinated and the plan had come to life. The interest grew as each day passed and by the end of the week, our students were ready to become the stewards of the blessings God had delivered. GENESIS 1:11-12 Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear
fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees
PREPARE PLANT WATER
STEPS FORWARD SEWING CENTER The mission team prepared a four day curriculum for the sewing center. There were beginner and advanced classes along with a separate mini-course for five students from the Girls orghanage.
The students were very responsive and learned to use the machines quickly. Many of the students were quite creative, making matching headbands and sashes to accompany their skirts.
23 women, 2 men and 5 girls were instructed on machine basics - threading, basic stitching, prior to learning how to make diapers (provided to clinic patients with young children); pillow cases, pop holders and skirts.
The team was assisted by three wonderful translators. The students were very appreciative of the training. We look forward to supporting the ongoing use of the sewing center for economic development.
PREPARATION The mission team carried 16 sewing machines to Haiti.
PETER IN LYDDA AND JOPPA
and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dor- with them. Peter put all of them outside, and cas.[a] She was devoted to good works and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to acts of charity. At that time she became ill the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she and died. When they had washed her, they opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. the request, “Please come to us without 12 delay.” So Peter got up and went with them;
ADVANCED CLASS Students from the advanced sewing class showing the skirts they made. Advanced students had experience working with treddle sewing machines or skills with detailed hand sewing.
CLASS PICTURE The Sewing Center team posing with a few of their students. The team of Cynthia, Min. Louise, Ester and Jewel along with translators Angela and Joseph.
SEA IS HIS
HAITI REFLECTIONS. THE SEA IS HIS, FOR HE MADE IT, AND THE DRY LAND, WHICH HIS HANDS HAVE FORMED. PSALM 95:5
JESSE EATON CAME AWAY WITH NEW FRIENDS IN CHRIST
One never knows where God will send you as you continue your walk down this Christian path. I could not have imagined that my casual acquaintance with Reverend Cook would lead to such a life changing experience. As my wife and I prepared for the trip, we were constantly blessed and exposed to the love that God has for his people. A worship service with our Mennonite friends and being welcomed to their home should have been an indication of how much this trip could impact our lives. Upon our arrival in Haiti, I was intrigued with the fact that we actually there and in this country I knew so little about. Our travels thru the city quickly showed us the poverty and devastation left behind by the earth quake from a few years ago. Somehow the people seemed like our cousins from down south who just happen to speak another language. A stop at a girl’s orphanage and now I had a chance to see why Reverend Cook wanted others to come with him on one of these trips. I watched as my wife and others immediately connected with the girls and the story was just beginning. In addition to worshipping with the community, and serving in the clinic, I was blessed by the fellowship that we had as a team. Without the distraction of our modern world, I had time to really see how God moves thru his people. Wow …..the discipline and willingness to share his word with me was quite impressive. I went to help a group of poor people in the country side and came away with new friends in Christ. My current reflection of the trip has me thinking of the people of Haiti almost every single day. I took lots of pictures and can’t wait to share them with my friends and family. Thank you Reverend Cook for including us in this great trip. I am certainly a better person because of your steadfast commitment to this ministry you have been leading!
WE LIVED AND WORKED AMONG THE PEOPLE Pastor Johnson Dear Rev. Cook Thank you for the opportunity for allowing me to attend another trip to Haiti. Again the team you selected worked as one. Everyone came ready to work. The house where we stayed in, on behalf of WATER FOR LIFE, was comfortable. The shower wasgreat. A nice place to stay. Each day as we went out to work I looked forward coming back to a house, with a kitchen, shower, living room and a place to sleep. The orphanage also was a good place to work. I was glad to work out of one place, and stay at another. The atmosphere at the orphanage was good to be around. Nice and clean, wide open space and the grounds well taken care of. In all this beauty, it still was devastation. The way the people lived, and the way things was keptyou would see, no money, no jobs, poverty was a reality there. The difference from the last time i was in Haiti, the people came out the mountains to us. This time we lived and worked among the people. When I seen people bathing in the lake and people washing
their clothes at the same time got to me. I was not shock but it was something to think about. ( Matthew 25: 35-40). That was the first thing that hit me. I was glad God touched Jason’s heart to move there. Again the people was very sick and a lot of self invited sickness especially among the young people. I could see the older people did not run the community. The older women was worn out from work and taken care of their families. God did use us to minister to so many people at our short stay there in Haiti. We treated over five (500) hundred people medically. Economics played a very important part there through sewing and working the grounds. Teaching English, Bible classes and worship each night. The people accepted us with open arms. I pray that we left Jesus with them. Because that was the real reason we were there. I would have liked to have more out door worship and Bible studies in the community where we stayed outside. Maybe the next time the road would be better and not so much dust.
TWO VOICES ONE GOD.
I remember the moment during the Haitian worship service when our voices combined as one to sing a familiar hymn. The uniting of English and Haitian Creole singing praises to God created a euphoric sensation that could have only been the Holy Spirit. It was two voices, but one God. From that moment I knew I was in the right place at the right time to do God’s will. I was honored to serve the community by supporting the sewing center. Working with the sewing team we prepared a four day curriculum for the center. There were beginner and advanced classes along with a separate mini-course for five students from the Girls orghanage. 23 women, 2 men and 5 girls were instructed on machine basics - threading, basic stitching, prior
to learning how to make diapers (provided to clinic patients with young children); pillow cases, pot holders and skirts. The students were very responsive and learned to use the machines quickly. Many of the students were quite creative, making matching headbands and sashes to accompany their skirts. The students were very appreciative of the training. The sewing team was assisted by three wonderful translators. I thank the St. Paul’s sewing ministry who taught me to sew and who provided sewing notions for the mission. I look forward to supporting the ongoing use of the sewing center for economic development. The people of Haiti blessed my soul.
TO REFLECT. LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES
EMBODY OR REPRESENT (SOMETHING) IN A FAITHFUL OR APPROPRIATE WAY. THINK DEEPLY OR CAREFULLY ABOUT.
REV. NELSON L. WALLS
A WALK BY FAITH.
I truly thank The Lord Jesus Christ for allowing me to experience the foreign mission field once again. This trip as others was a walk by faith, and God’s wonderful faithfulness was ever present. It was extremely gratifying to be a part of such a diversified endeavor. Since the missions plan was to administer medical support to the community, agricultural training (crop development), and sewing classes. It was truly a joy to watch the Haitian community show their excitement in these activities. Each of the various mission team’s devoted themselves in taking their time, and patience in helping each person. Flexibility is a must on the mission field and our team certainly did what was needed to be done each day as a “team”. I also thank the Lord, for the love, respect, cooperative spirit that each team member showed to one another. If the Lord would allow me another opportunity to go with this mission team again, I would feel truly blessed and honored. “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe---as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” I Corinthians 3:5-9 16
VERB: REFLECT; 3RD PERSON PRESENT: REFLECTS; PAST TENSE: REFLECTED; PAST PARTICIPLE: REFLECTED; GERUND OR PRESENT PARTICIPLE: REFLECTING
A PLEASURE TO SERVE BOBBY HERNDON This was my second mission trip to Haiti. It was a pleasure to serve the people of Haiti. They are always glad to see mission teams come especially the medical services. I enjoy the fellowship with the mission team I had a chance to meet new members and reunited with members from my last mission trip. We all have one thing in common to serve and Jesus Christ as our savior. We went to Church services each evening, we enjoyed it and so did the Haitian people.
WHO WILL GO FOR US IS STILL THE CALL and to minister to the inhabitants of Haiti is our goal for this mission trip, to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. To give medical service, provide assistance to agricultural development and animal husbandry , goat herding , local business development , seamstress, classes on conversational English, photography.
MINISTER LOUISE HERNDON
My first trip to Port-au- Paix , Haiti in January 2012 was a fact finding mission tour. Once the facts were determined a team returned to Haiti in July of 2012. My second mission trip to Haiti. The return was a team of medical, economic and development mission team with the blessings of the Lord with increase. This is my third mission trip to Passe’-BoisD’horme, Haiti, March 1,2014. God is still using his people to reach others. “Who will go for us .“ Is still the call. An ongoing effort to assist with the restoration and rebuilding process in Haiti.
The team departed Friday night from St. Paul’s Baptist Church by bus with prayer on our way to JFK Airport in New York. We arrived in Port –Au- Prix on Saturday and dropped off sewing machines, material, Frisbees, soccer balls, candy and toys at the Orphanage and continued on to Passe’-Bois-D’horme. The sneakers donated as a labor of love from the mission ministry of St. Paul’s Baptist Church along with other small groups were a blessing to allow the children to walk where their feet will take the. It is good to share what you have for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. On Sunday we attended Church service conducted by Rev. Olas, and then made plans for the following week. We set up for the week for medical, sewing, registration, pharmacy, conversational English, photography and agriculture. Our Seven Interpreters were very good. The Agriculture Team with their rotor
tillers planted four gardens of corn , peas and cabbage. Amazing the corn was peaking out of the ground in two days. The Carpenters built steps for the development center front entrance. The Sewing Class was great. The first day they made diapers that were distributed to the mothers in the sewing class and also who received medical care. The next day they made pillow cases, the third day, skirts were made and the following day the ladies proudly dressed up wearing their skirts. They even modeled their skirts for the class. There were lot s of hugs, laughs and talk. We knew not what they were saying but we could see and feel the hugs , love and happiness exploding all over them. There were not enough pictures taken. They wanted group and single pictures, on and on with laughs and displaying their pot holders. The Conversational English class could be heard all over the place. “Hello, good morning, how are you?, what’s your name? They were excited about learning English. Photography Class was filled with excitement for the younger group to hold the camera and make adjustments. God was truly using us to bless everyone with his love through the love and laughter that was shown to us and them. How they just did not want to let go.
I PRAY WE WILL TAKE THE CHARGE TO HELP PASTOR CROFT
There is a lot of work to be done and a great need for us to service Haiti. One of the things we would like to do is build a school for grades 7 through 12. They have a school from Kindergarten to 6th but we want to build so they can finish the second half of their education. We need to pray about this and see how God will help us to accomplish it. Not just build a school and leave it, but monitor it at least every six months sending someone to make sure it is still functioning well, because there are those who have done things in Haiti but have left it so it is no longer operable or the conditions are bad. I pray that we will take the charge to help this area of Haiti. I thank Rev. Cook, it was definitely a blessing, I pray that many of you will travel with us and see how great the need is. 17
BUT WE WILL GIVE OURSELVES CONTINUALLY TO PRAYER, AND TO THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD.
INCOME/EXPENSE REPORT Income Donations from St. Paul Baptist Church Donations from Mission Participants Donation to RWCM Total Cash Received for Haiti Mission Expenses Team Member Transportation
Supplies - General Supplies - Food Supplies - Building Supplies - Ministry Shipping Supplies Misc. Total Expense for Haiti Mission
$1,901.49 $2,838.72 $838.85 $320.00 $1,040.00 $85.00
Economic Development Investments
Return of unused donations from St. Paul's Net Proceeds of RWCW Donations
$13,658.03 $11,175.00 $1,738.00
$4,376.75 $1,607.23 $4,423.79
Thanks 2014 Mission Supporters Individual Donors Faith and Mission Organization Donors Ben Ames Ebernezer Baptist Church Haitian Dr. Ranjeeta Bahirwani Mission Relief Edward J. Breiner St. Luke’s UMAE Joel & Rashida Brown St. Paul’s Baptist Church Rev. Richard Cook St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church Beverly Dow West Chester Minister Alliance Jesse & Cynthia Eaton Rev. Ellis Janet Fowlkes Organization Donors Minister Louise & Bobby Herndon Coatesville Army & Navy Store Lisa Howard Dick’s Sporting Rev. Charles E. Johnson JoAnn’ s Fabric Minister Nelson Walls THG Logistics
THE ROAD AHEAD
LAND PURCHASE SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT MEDICAL EDUCATION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ST. PAUL’S BAPTIST CHURCH & RWCM MISSION TO PASSE BOIS D’ORME, HAITI