Haiti Update - January 2017
by Vernon Giesbrecht
Resolutions – We’re into the New Year, 2017. Perhaps the struggle has begun to keep those new resolutions. We hope you will succeed! For churches, businesses, and non-profit missions like ours, it is also an opportunity to resolve to better put into practice their mission. Here then is our Mission Statement – “Double Harvest’s mission is to establish and develop agricultural projects in developing countries by providing capital resources and implementing best practices to increase food production and to build the local economy. Being followers of Jesus Christ, we are guided by His example and the principles outlined in the Bible, and therefore support and implement ministries that reflect our deep concern for the physical and spiritual needs of people. Our objective is a “double harvest”!”
Implemented In Haiti – Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with a history of political instability, economic and social struggles, rampant corruption, and disasters (2010 Earthquake & hurricanes). On our 200 acre project, the dual purposes of our Mission are fleshed out in the 200 Haitian employees on the farm, greenhouses, the Reforestation, Tilapia and Chicken-Egg projects, the Water project, the Medical-Surgical Clinic, the School, and the local Clothing & Distribution Program.
Three examples – While the farm, fish, and chicken projects are in production, this month surgical teams from KS and WV will have conducted hundreds of procedures on suffering patients at our Medical-Surgical Clinic, augmenting the daily care of our Haiti medical staff. Also, Eye Surgery teams are planned for this and coming months, linking with a partner Eye Care ministry occupying a section of our Clinic. Stories of revitalized health and recovered eye sight are numerous among adults AND children!! And, as our Mission states, infused into these efforts is spiritual ministry with devotional times each work-day morning for both farm workers and clinic patients.
At our School, semester grades from our 480 students were again encouraging. Progress Reports will go out to their Sponsors this month. If you or a friend is interested in changing the life-story of a child or young person in Haiti, you can do so for only $1.50/day or $45/month!! Please contact our office. A number of our graduates have gone on to study at local colleges; a few have become teachers at village schools. Alongside the academic classes, Bible classes and a weekly chapel are required curriculum at the school.
Theological training and encouragement are some of the greatest needs for pastors and churches in the country. A growing Bible College meeting on our school campus is making an impact in this area. While we engage in development and compassion ministries in this struggling nation, our firm belief is that real change begins with heart change. This can only occur when the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and demonstrated. Our name and our tagline, “Sowing Seeds of Life”, reflect this mission!