So I’m going to Haiti…want to know more? I wanted to give you some background to where we will be going and what we will be doing, though I must confess at this point in time, I am not absolutely sure of all the details! I do know when we are going and the organization that we are serving.
The organization we are going to be working with is called Child Hope International which was started in 2001 by two missionaries from California. The home page of their website opens with this statement:
“Child Hope International is a charitable, Christian organization, dedicated to rescuing suffering and abandoned children in Port Au Prince, Haiti.”
I don’t really know a lot about Haiti, except that it is a poor country that was destroyed by an earthquake two years ago. As I have begun to investigate this little country I have been shocked by the statistics. Here are just a few:
- Haiti’s population is over 8 million
- In Haiti there are 450,000 orphans and 300,000 children in slavery (that is more than the total amount of people that commute daily in the DC Metro area. Next time you are in traffic, think about every person in every car you can see being an orphan – you will get a sense of the scale of the problem)
- Haiti’s infant mortality rate is 76 out of 1000
- Haiti’s literacy rate is 52%
- Voodoo is widely practiced.
Child Hope International has built one orphanage in Port Au Prince and currently cares for 47 boys and girls in a safe, Christ filled environment. Every day though, there are more and more children that appear at the gates to the orphanage. The need is huge and sometimes small efforts can seem like such a drop in the bucket, but to each of the children being cared for in The Lighthouse (Maison de Lumiere), to each child the presence of a loving smile, freshly prepared food and a safe place to sleep, is priceless.
Our team will be going to Maison de Lumiere for a week to hopefully give the full time care givers a much needed rest and vacation. This is plan A. Plans B,C and D may follow!!!
I would like to encourage you to check out Child Hope International for yourself and see the work that they are doing. Who knows, you might even hear the Lord whisper in your heart that maybe you could help. Maybe you could talk with your pastor, or your friends, or your missions coordinator at your church about offering support and maybe, just maybe, you could join a team that goes to serve and show love to those in great need.
You can find Child Hope International HERE.
Please begin to pray for Child Hope International and our team as we begin our preparations.
Thanks for reading. God bless,