Making a Difference by Changing Lives
Sharing God's love in Haiti, Cuba, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico
There are no social programs in Haiti and some other countries we serve that provide any kind of assistance to the needy, this responsibility of assisting orphans or needy children falls on the shoulders of churches and other humanitarian organizations. These children are unable to attain the basic necessities for living and are at risk for human trafficking.
There are no public schools in some of these countries. Our children's programs also provide for education, including assisting those with learning challenges.
Some needy children have mothers, many of whom are widows. Again, there are no social aid programs to help these women care for themselves or their children. These children often end up on the streets, and these women are at risk of extortion as well.
While we understand it is a virtually impossible to solve all of the problems that surround us, it still challenges us to at least do our part concerning those with whom we are directly involved as we work with certain congregations or churches. The leaders in these churches feel a great need as they witness the struggles of so many that are under their guidance, and they feel compelled to do something. This is also a very significant part of our testimony within the communities in which we are labor.
Help, feed, clothe, provide shelter and safety, and education for orphaned or needy children.
In many areas we serve, there are a large number of very hard-working dedicated individuals doing their best to glorify the Lord; however, there is a large vacuum of in-depth solid studies of the scriptures. We work with individuals by providing in-depth training, mentoring, and leadership skills.
We currently provide on-site training with materials translated mostly into the language of the region. On-line training is also a part of our curriculum, but realize that at least a certain amount of mentoring is important as well.
In Haiti alone, we are working with leaders from about 12-15 different congregations in the central plateau region of Haiti. The preachers travel mostly by foot or small motorcycle when one is available.
Employment in Haiti, especially for a pastor, is very minimal at best. Most of them work at whatever they are able to find that will generate some income to help support their families and ministries.
Help support a churches physical needs, pastor, the training institute.
While we believe that "relief" efforts are necessary at times, we don't believe that continued "relief" efforts alone are the solution to moving these countries forward. We help these people to move beyond dependency to self-sufficiency by investing in education, vocational training, and self-sustaining projects.
We require the people involved to participate in all stages of projects from start to finish: planning, budgeting, implementing, and maintaining or further development. We believe this model will develop "independent" rather than "dependent" people.
We help them identify and develop self-sustaining projects that will provide work and income to sustain individuals, families, communities, churches and children's homes.
By supporting these types of program, you can help these communities build a sustainable future for themselves and their children.