Haiti

Friday

Apr

08

2016

Haiti Update - April 2016

by Vernon Giesbrecht

Special Ministry to Women

Program of Worship & Singing The Theme - How Great is Our God
Program of Worship & Singing The Theme - How Great is Our God

Dear friend of Double Harvest,

Women Matter – Sadly, women in developing countries are often marginalized, devalued, and sometimes abused. Unfortunately, these cultural pressures are found in church communities as well. Empowering women around the world has become the well-intentioned focus of both non-government organizations and political policy. The main thrust of these efforts has been job creation and increasing social status. Many believe that the future flourishing of poor countries lies with the women of these nations. In the countries where we work, we agree with most of the secular agenda, and also provide opportunities for employment and education for women. This is evidenced by the 200 employees and the female students in our school at the Double Harvest work in Haiti. However, we believe that the value of women has a much deeper foundation than a job or status. It is rooted in the heart of the Biblical message – God created women, God loves women, God in Christ died to save women, and God desires that women serve Him to their fullest potential!

Lunch is Prepared Busy Working on Their Craft
Lunch is Prepared Busy Working on Their Craft

Special Ministry – This is what motivated a Ladies Mission Team from our church to plan and conduct special Ladies Day-Conferences in three village churches located in the area around the Double Harvest project in Haiti. This mission, cancelled in November because of security and political unrest, finally became a reality in March. This was a “first” for these churches, with the pastors fully supporting the effort as each church was beginning a Women’s Ministry. With each building decorated and using the theme “How Great Is Our God”, a program of worship and singing (Oh, how the Haitian ladies can sing!!), life testimonies from the team, and a key-note teaching from the book of Ruth was conducted. Woven throughout, was an explanation of the gospel via a Salvation Bracelet each lady received, along with a New Testament. One could sense the genuine receptivity of the 180 women (60 in each church) as they were both challenged and encouraged in their relationship with God. In keeping with our holistic approach, a lunch was served, a craft enjoyed and, as each lady left, a hug or kiss, a hygiene kit, a pair of sunglasses, and a bag of rice, beans, spaghetti, oil and sugar was offered to them. Many of the families represented usually have only one meal a day. These women were fed both spiritually and physically. The team has since received special emails of gratitude for the ministry!

Receiving Their Hugs, Hygiene Items & Food Ladies & the Team - Note the Sunglasses
Receiving Their Hugs, Hygiene Items & Food Ladies & the Team - Note the Sunglasses

Practical Education – During the same week, two important events occurred at our School, both affecting female students and their families. So needed, the third annual Parent’s Conference was held, offering families practical ideas in parenting and encouraging their children’s education. And, the second annual History Field Trip left with 82 students and teachers for six days of touring historical sites in the north of Haiti, together with daily times of spiritual challenge. Our thanks to those who made these opportunities possible!

Parents Conference in Session Loading Up for School Field Trip
Parents Conference in Session Loading Up for School Field Trip
Experiencing History & Deepening Friendships
Experiencing History & Deepening Friendships

Vernon Giesbrecht
N. A. Coordinator