Dear Donors, Sponsors, and Prayer Partners,
On behalf of the board of directors at Double Harvest, thank you for your dedication to supporting the Lord’s work in Haiti. Since 1978, it has been our goal to “sow seeds of life” by providing for both the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Haiti. This would not possible without the steadfast commitment of you, our donors. You are partners with us in this gospel work - thank you for faithfully giving of your time and resources to further the Lord’s kingdom in Haiti.
We have an important update to share with you. The political climate has continued to deteriorate around Croix-des-Bouquets over these last months. With each successive communication, we receive more news of violence and kidnappings. Gangs have blocked access to fuel while groceries and banks are only open three days a week. The military is overmatched. Gangs have threatened harm against any schools that open their doors to students; this has prevented Double Harvest from commencing its school year.
The board has prayed and discussed options to continue operations as best we can during this tumultuous time in Haiti. We are prevented from visiting the project, and many of the Haitian administrators we had on the ground have been forced to flee the area or go into hiding. After much deliberation and seeking the Lord’s guidance, we do not feel that we are stewarding well what the Lord has given us. Because of this, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to dissolve Double Harvest Haiti.
Over the past 44 years, the Lord saw fit to allow Double Harvest to serve the people of Haiti in numerous ways. The church on the property functions on its own and is adding to its number under the leadership of Pastor Garry. The clinic was built up at the right time to be a triage center immediately following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The school has educated thousands of young people in the name of Jesus. The farm has provided jobs and nourished many with its bounty. Most importantly, many Haitians have heard and responded to the Lord’s calling on their lives.
Recently, the board met with a Haitian Christian organization in the hopes that they could take over Double Harvest's property. The name of this organization is Union Evangelique Baptiste D’Haiti (UEBH) and they have been ministering in Haiti through pastor training, education, and medical clinics for over 95 years. They were hesitant at first due to the gang activity around Double Harvest, but the Lord seems to be opening the door for UEBH to assume ownership of the compound that houses the church, farm, clinic and school. As we learn more information about what this transition will look like, I will pass it along to you. In the meantime, please feel free to visit www.UEBH.org (translate button in bottom right-hand corner of screen) to learn more about this organization and their ministries.
We do ask that you please refrain from sending checks/giving online to Double Harvest as of November 1st. Funds that we have already received may need to be used for security until UEBH is able to take over the property. If you would prefer for us not to use your donations towards this end, please reach out to me using my contact information below. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
We are so grateful for your partnership over many wonderful years. We thank the Lord for each of you.
In His service,
Wesley van Wingerden (on behalf of the Board)
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