As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has suffered unspeakable hardships. Nearly 10% of the Haitian population is orphaned. The average household income is about $2 a day. The devastating earthquake in 2010 claimed more than 300,000 lives. However, admits the pain and destruction, we have seen something amazing happen. Lives are being changed!
Keesha and I write this with mixed emotions. We are incredibly excited to be moving our young family to Haiti. However, we are humbled at the thought of being full-time missionaries in the field. We do not see ourselves as expert missionaries but rather simple servants willing to go wherever God leads. So we are clinging to the promise that God’s power will be made perfect in our weaknesses. Pray for us.
What will our ministry look like in Haiti? Well, we do not see a need to blaze new trails. For the last several years, we have been partnering with some incredible missionaries and local pastors in Haiti. God is using them to advance the Gospel and grow His church in amazing ways. We simply want to come alongside and assist in the work that’s already being done. The desire of World Reach Partnerships is to build bridges between U.S. churches and indigenous churches to help extend, encourage, and empower the local church to reach and care for their communities and villages. This is where we believe a lasting impact will be made. We want to cultivate meaningful relationships with these dear people for lasting change.
We have a long road ahead and a lot of needs. Unfortunately, it is very expensive to live in Haiti. For example, a modest $5,000 vehicle in the U.S. will cost us about $10,000 in Haiti. A gallon of milk costs about $12 and a gallon of gas is $8. Needless to say our personal budget will have to be adjusted quite a bit. We need $30,000 (that’s on top of what we’ve already saved) to make the initial move. We also need about $2500 in additional monthly support to sustain us there.
We want to ask you to consider being a part of our financial support team. We have a few churches and individuals who have committed to help us, but we still have a long way to go. All gifts that we receive between now and April will go directly toward our moving costs and everything given after that will help us with monthly expenses. All gifts given through World Reach Partnerships are tax-deductible. Thank you for praying for us and thank you for being a part of our family and ministry. Let’s go make disciples!