Haiti

Friday

Jun

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2017

Haiti Update - June 2017

by Vernon Giesbrecht

Agriculture As Mission – Of the 200 acres of the Double Harvest property in Haiti, much of the land is dedicated to farm fields, greenhouses, and supporting buildings. This reflects one of our primary missions…”to establish and develop agricultural projects in Third World countries by providing capital resources and implementing best practices to increase food production and to build the local economy”. Many of our 200 employees work toward the success of this and the related Chicken and Fish projects.

Greenhouse Starter Plants For Fields Well Water Irrigation For Corn Crop
Greenhouse Starter Plants For Fields Well Water Irrigation For Corn Crop
Ensuring A Good Start To Corn Crop Drip Irrigation For Vegetables
Ensuring A Good Start To Corn Crop Drip Irrigation For Vegetables

Educational Accomplishment – Sunday afternoon, June 18, saw the 2017 Graduation of the Aart VanWingerden School’s 28 Grade 13 students. A few in the class had taken their entire education at the school – 15 years! Hundreds of proud parents and relatives witnessed this momentous event in the lives of their young people – a 3 ½ hour ceremony! Haitians love their celebrations! Please see the May, 2017 Update on our website regarding the education crisis in Haiti. Of significance, one grandchild and six great grandchildren of Aart VanWingerden, founder of Double Harvest, were in attendance as members of the mission team described below.

2017 Grade 13 Graduating Class Awards Presented At Graduation
2017 Grade 13 Graduating Class Awards Presented At Graduation

Mission Team Assists Vacation Bible School – June 17- 24, my wife and I had the privilege helping organize a youth mission trip for Grace Church of North Olmsted (GCNO), near Cleveland, OH. It was a joy to serve with some of our son’s (Youth Bible Study Leader) family, including three of our grandchildren. Every year, our School Director (also a pastor) works with a team of Haitian teachers trained by Child Evangelism Fellowship to organize a VBS for Elementary age children from the surrounding area. Periodically a church mission team joins their Christian brothers and sisters and, working with translators, prepare and help with crafts coordinated with the Bible stories’ themes, plan and organize games, and share testimonies about their relationship with Jesus. The team of 24, 15 youth and 9 adults, were a little overwhelmed on Monday when 400 Haitian children descended on our school campus (300 were planned)! However, adjustments were made and each morning saw the impact their participation was making. Each person had a story to tell about their experience ministering to the Haitian kids. On Friday, at the final general session, we were told that 42 children had professed faith in Christ!! The team gave praise to God for what He had accomplished through their commitment to serve in this way.

The GCNO Youth Mission Team Preparing And Assisting With Crafts
The GCNO Youth Mission Team Preparing And Assisting With Crafts
High Competition To Be The Winner Learning And Loving Together
High Competition To Be The Winner Learning And Loving Together
Sharing What Jesus Means to Him 400 Children Received A Nutritious Meal
Sharing What Jesus Means to Him 400 Children Received A Nutritious Meal

Other highlights – The church’s pastor and his wife were on the team; he had the opportunity to teach a class on “World Religions & Cults” at the Bible Institute meeting on the campus, and also spoke at the final VBS session. In the afternoons, the team was kept busy painting the new concrete security wall around the school, painting the school’s Library, and a few men and youth joined our Haitian workers in pouring three large concrete pads. This mission reflected our dual mission of ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of people in developing countries – Sowing Seeds of Life!! 

Too Much Fun Painting the Wall What A Way to Travel To An Orphanage
Too Much Fun Painting the Wall What A Way to Travel To An Orphanage
Pouring a Needed Concrete Pad Church Pastor Speaking At Final VBS Session
Pouring a Needed Concrete Pad Church Pastor Speaking At Final VBS Session

Vernon Giesbrecht
N. A. Coordinator