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Issue One - May 2014 Free

My Haitian Story The Real Haiti Interview with Pastor Ric Hutchinson

Photo Taken by Debbie McKeand Taken to show the deforestation of Haiti.

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5 - INTERVIEW WITH

PASTOR RIC HUTCHINSON

Questions and answers about a local Mission House in Cap Haitian, Haiti (North Haiti)

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5 - MY HAITIAN STORY A look at the time I spent in Haiti.

4 - EDITORIAL

6 & 7 - THE REAL HAITI Real facts and statistics about Haiti.

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INT RIC

Drink Delicious, Refreshing, Classic Editorial

Dedicated to New Life Mission International for being a ministry that works in the midst of Haiti to provide pastor’s for churches and schools for children. Also providing food, education, and medical assistance/education for local residents. Led by Ric and Evelyne Hutchinson and Debbie McKeand. Their Mission Statement: New Life’s main objective is to spread the ever-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ by educating Pastors and spiritual leaders through the International School of Ministry (ISOM). It is our goal to ensure the continuation of the next generation of spiritual leaders by outreach to Haiti’s children and youth through our New Life Schools and Villages. We build relationships by partnering with local pastors and villages. In select villages we provide opportunities for jobs, education, and economic development. Changing the poverty mentality by conveying the mind of Christ. We have been doing Medical Mission work for 13 years in Haiti.

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INTERVIEW WITH PASTOR RIC HUTCHINSON What is your mission regarding Haiti? New Life Mission International is a Faith based Evangelical Christian mission in North Haiti. Our main objective is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ by educating and ordaining ministers through the International School of Ministry (ISOM). New Life currently works in 6 communities/villages* in North Haiti. *Ouanamenthe, Dibout, Narcis, Grison Guard, Ran Quite, Savon Gras, Milot. That is actually 7 communities. In each of these communities we have adopted or started a church as a community center. In our selection of communities and villages we evaulate their specific needs based on a set criteria . We see certain needs as essential and try to do all that we can if the community is lacking in the following areas; health and hygiene, water sanitation, education, severe malnutrition, or lack of presence of a Biblically sound church. We then attempt to partner with these villages and communities and connect them with fellow believers and churches over seas. Church is the key to building relationships in Haiti’s remote regions. It is incredible the amount of faith that I have seen within the Haitian people. And this is why New Life first and for most starts or adopts a church before it starts work in the community. Secondly, if the need is great enough and there is support we start a primary school. There are currently over 500 children being educated in New Life Schools. We also currently employ nearly 30 employees. I would love to get all of these children fed and sponosored. But as of today only 125 eat at school. New Life offers support, prayer, counsel, fellowship, and continued education to our pastors and even conducts a quarterly 2 day pastors conference. We operate the North Haiti Mission House which is open to use by various missionary, humanitaian , and non profit organization. We also host our own groups of friends and fellow missionaries from the united states. Finally, we support the New Life Children’s Home that houses 36 boys and girls from ages 3-17. But the most important thing that we do is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and to show them His love. Ric is picture in the upper right corner driving in supplies.

MY HAITIAN STORY I spent 9 days in Haiti with a group from my church. We worked with the kids mostly. My time in Haiti was well spent I enjoyed owring with the children and seeing how amazed they were at things our children in America take for granted. There is so much love in this country even though there is so much need. I’m praying this magazine will bring an awareness to the need in Haiti. The picture below is of me helping kids with crafts. It was a blast.

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The Real Haiti In this article there will be many statististics regarding Haiti. Each of these statistics are from research done while there. Native Haitians were pre-Columbian Amerindians called Taíno, “the good people.” The Taíno named their land “Ayiti,” meaning “Land of Mountains”—a term that evolved into “Haiti.” More than 10% of Haitian children die before age five. Eighty percent of Haitians live under the poverty line and 54% live in abject poverty. The average per capita income in Haiti is $480 a year, compared to $33,550 in the United States. Because of both violence and AIDS, Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans. A typical worker in Haiti makes only $2.75 a day. Because jobs are so scarce (approximately 70% do not have regular jobs), those who do have jobs are afraid to speak out against unfair labor practices. Only 53% of Haitians can read and write.b Only about 10% of all Haitian children enrolled in elementary school go on to a high school. Haiti and Canada are the only two independent nations in the Americas that have French as an official language. Though approximately 90% of Haitians use Creole as their primary language, Creole wasn’t made an official language alongside French until 1987. With an area of 10,714 square miles (27,750 square kilometers), Haiti is only slightly larger than Vermont. The United States is 3,794,100 square miles (9,826,675 sq. km.). Haiti is one of the least developed yet most densely populated countries in the Western Hemisphere. Its population density is 747 people per square mile (295 per sq. km.). Comparable in size to Haiti, Vermont’s population density is 65.8 people per square mile (25.9 sq.km.). The United States’ is 79.55 people per square miles (30.71 sq. km.). The population of Haiti is approximately 9.7 million. It is expected to reach 10.2 million in 2015.b Comparable in size to Haiti, Vermont’s population is approximately 621,760. The population of the U.S. is 308,891,000. The hurricane season in 2008 stripped approximately 70% of Haiti’s crops. This damage was the most expensive in Haiti’s history at an estimated $1 billion. Descendants of African slaves make up 95% of Haiti’s population. The other 5% are mulattos, descendants of French planters and African slaves, and whites. Haiti also has a small population of Middle Easterners, descendants of Syrian and Lebanese people who came to Haiti in the nineteenth century. Nearly 79% of Haiti’s people live in rural areas. In Haiti, there is one hospital bed for every 10,000 inhabitants. There are only about eight doctors and 10 nurses for every 100,000 inhabitants. The life expectancy for Haiti is low: 50 years for men and 53 years for women. Haitians have the lowest caloric intake in the Americas, which has led to chronic and often fatal diseases.

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An estimated 25-40% of children under five suffer chronic malnutrition. Anemia affects 59% of Haitian children between the ages of six months and five years. The first recorded smallpox outbreak in the Americas occurred in Hispaniola in 1507. Families who live in the country spend almost 60% of their income on food. The poorest groups spend more than 70%. Haiti has been ranked as one of the five most corrupt countries. The infant mortality rate in Haiti is high at 74 deaths per 1,000 births. The maternal mortality rate is also high: about 520 deaths per 100,000 births (compared to just 14 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in the United States). Even before the 2010 earthquake, only 54% of Haitians had access to sanitation facilities (toilets, indoor plumbing, sewer systems). Less than half had a regular source of safe drinking water.

Most rivers in Haiti are polluted with human and other waste. Diseases such as hookworm and typhoid, which are transmitted by contaminated food and water, are common in Haiti. In the early 1980s, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced a number of the first AIDS cases in the U.S. to Haitian immigrants.d Before the 2010 earthquake, the U.S. Labor Department estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 Haitian children were homeless. Many resort to begging or prostitution to survive. Other children are trafficked to foreign countries.

With all these statistics it’s no wonder why Haiti needs so much help. Please consider a way you might be able to help.

Here’s one possible avenue. New Life Missions International Debbie McKeand 3825 Osprey Circle, Apt. D St. Augustine, FL 32086 Or Email info@newlifehaiti.com

Little boy with a tumor in his stomach

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