- peace and an end to the violence and kidnappings
- political stability saturated with transformation and justice
- Bishop Eliodor Desvariste as he guides a church that is much more than a Sunday worship service (In Haiti, the church family is also the social “safety net” and is expected to help when needed.)
- people’s basic needs to be met: physical safety, freedom to assemble, food to eat, schools for children and work for adults
- the Dessalines Rural Health Program as it continually struggles to provide care in a cash poor environment
- ongoing recovery from natural disasters, the pandemic and unrest that have occurred over the past several years
- the sustained growth of children, in both numbers and maturity
- safety, comfort, perseverance and wisdom for the Haiti ICCM staff members in order to effectively minister to the children
Haiti has been plagued by political instability, gang activity, violence and rampant kidnappings in the last year. In recent years, the country has also suffered several natural disasters, including hurricanes and earthquakes. Many destroyed buildings and churches have been rebuilt in better, larger locations. These events, coupled with the pandemic, have only intensified the challenges within this nation. The church has a crucial role in bringing hope. International Child Care Ministries sponsors nearly 7,000 Haitian children, and many churches operate primary schools. Nine secondary schools, a Bible school, Haiti Providence University, and Dessalines Rural Health Program and Hospital serve the educational, health and spiritual needs of thousands. Years of missionary investment are bearing fruit as responsibility and direction have shifted to Haitian leaders. The FMC in Haiti became a general conference in June 2015.
The Free Methodist mission in Haiti began in 1964 when Mildred Norbeck, a Free Methodist, turned over the independent mission she had founded to Free Methodist World Missions. The first Free Methodist church was organized in Port-au-Prince with 12 members. Miss Maxine Riddle, who had served with the original mission, was the first appointed missionary. In four years, the conference grew to 694 members. A Bible school was opened and primary schools started.
Bishop Eliodor Desvariste
Haiti General Conference
Dan & Dee Ann Snyder
Dan and Dee Ann Snyder currently serve as associate missionaries to Haiti. While involved in a Michigan medical practice, Dan raises funds and annually makes several trips to Haiti Claire Heureuse Hospital in Dessalines. Dee Ann works in support ministriesPray For...
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- Population: 9,996,731 (36% urban)
- Evangelical Christians: 16%
- FM Work Opened: 1964
- FM Churches: 141
- FMC Membership: 33,771
- Ordained Ministers: 94
- Ministerial Candidates: 18
- Bishop: Eliodor Devariste
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: Free Methodist World Conference
- Major City: Port-au-Prince (1.7 million)
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Church Planting & Development
Funding the Haiti Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:
- Church planting
- New fields
- Leadership development — superintendents and pastors stipends
- Leadership development — Bible school
- Leadership development — Bible school facilities operations
- Community transformation — Dessalines Rural Health Project
- Community transformation — Community development
Extra Mile Projects
Help Haiti Heal
Funds are used to help the people of Haiti heal and rebuild following natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes.
Haiti Medical Scholarships
Dessalines Hospital continues to need funding for student scholarships for medical school (7 yrs), nursing school (2-4 yrs), and X-ray-ultrasonography training. (1 yr.) Each candidate is chosen by the hospital administration and the Haitian national church. Each student is required to return a year of work at the hospital for each year they received a scholarship. Presently two past recipients, Dr. Charite Noel, physician, and Mr. Dekostyle, nurse anesthetist, have finished their schooling and are employed at the hospital. 2012 will see the return of Dr. Batrony Bazilme as he completes his medical training in the Haitian university system. We appreciate your past and future support of the scholarship program.
Project Goal: $7,500 annually
Haiti Goat Project
The Haiti Goat Project is designed to help Haitians develop the skills to raise goats. The project provides both food and income for the family. For $50 (U.S.) a female goat is purchased and given to a family who is trained in basic care. That goat is bred and the first kid kept by the family, the second given to the community, the third kept by the family and so on. The community goats are given to new families, who in turn are trained and repeat the cycle. Male goats are sold and the money used to purchase additional female goats. Twice a year the goats are inspected and vaccinated.
Since the program began, over 1,000 goats have been placed with families through 56 local churches.
Project Goal: $5,000 annually
Haiti Bible Institute
The Haiti Bible Institute prepares men and women to enter pastoral ministry. It is the primary source of training for new pastors entering into service in the Free Methodist Church of Haiti, although it does admit students from other evangelical Christian denominations. The program runs for four years and students have a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry upon graduation. Money given will be used for the operational expenses of the Bible Institute as well as for student scholarships.
Project Goal: $15,000 annually
Extra Mile Projects
Dessalines Rural Health
Dessalines Hospital, officially known in Haiti as Claire Heureuse Hospital and located in Marchand Dessalines, 100 miles north of the capital Port-au-Prince, first opened its doors in October 1986. Prior to 1986, there had been a small non-functional government medical center located at the same location as the present hospital. In the early 1980′s the local government leadership, because of a sense of respect and trust for the Free Methodist mission organization, approached the Free Methodist National Church leadership asking if the mission would consider taking control of the hospital. At that time, it was little more than a small, unkempt clinic run by corrupt, absentee physicians. After much prayer, consultation and networking, it was agreed that the Free Methodist Church would assume control.
Today, the Claire Heureuse Hospital, also known to the expatriate world as the Dessalines Rural Health Care Project or D.R.H.P., is a thriving center serving a local population of 250,000. The official mission statement of the hospital is to “Heal, Prevent Illness and Evangelize.”
Haiti Providence University
Haiti Providence University has come out of a core of Haitian leaders’ vision that the country needs leaders with a Christian worldview in all aspects of Haitian society. Using personal funds, they have acquired a 200 acre tract of land. They established an educational foundation and began the process of building the university. The university opened January 16, 2012. Initial course offerings include education, business, nursing and theology.
Giving to this project is a great way to invest in the future of Haiti.
Freedom Scholarship Fund
The global Paula Guazon Freedom Scholarship will fund university-level education for students in India, the Philippines, Cambodia, Haiti, and Bulgaria who are seeking degrees in a justice-oriented field. We seek to remove the barriers preventing young leaders living in poverty from obtaining education that would allow them to address the vulnerabilities that may lead to exploitation, such as poverty, racism, legal injustice, abuse, and more. Set Free will work with International Child Care Ministries to identify recipients.