On Christmas Eve, there was a Bible Quiz Graduation held at our Mission Center in Haiti. 160 students and adults, from our Mission Possible churches as well as other local churches, paid to participate in the Bible quiz and spent seven weeks studying the book of Romans, answering questions, and getting graded. The celebration included lots of fellowship, music, receiving certificates, as well as the top-scoring people receiving their prizes (laptops & a motorcycle)! We are encouraged by how many people dedicated their time to being in the Word!
2017 was a great year for Mission Possible! We saw God’s hand in many different areas of this ministry, and look forward to seeing what He has in store for us in 2018!
In 2017 . . .
— 2,241 students enrolled in our schools
— 256 adults were employed
— Over 790,000 meals were provided at school
— 192 people served on teams
— 19 people took Creole classes
— 200 people participated in fundraisers, where over $10,000 was raised
— 69 new sponsorships were started, totaling 1,033 student sponsorships overall
— 138 Haitians graduated from leadership programs
— 13 Community Agents continued their training
— Over 300 Haitians attended a Pastors Seminar
— 5,000 feminine hygiene pads were sewn
— Over 400 hygiene kits were distributed
Through it all, God’s love was shown! Thank you for partnering with Mission Possible in 2017!
The book of Romans – Paul wrote this letter to the church in Rome while he was on his third missionary journey in Corinth. The theme of Romans is the revelation of God’s saving grace and righteousness in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I tell you all this because we have over 200 people in Haiti studying and taking a 6-week Bible quiz over the Book of Romans.
Each of the last three years, Pastor Herve has challenged the church to do an in-depth Bible study and quiz to end the year. Each week participants are given 20 questions they have to answer and turn in to be graded. On December 24th, at the conclusion of the quiz, there is a huge celebration with food, worship, preaching and of course the top five places are awarded. This is a big deal!
Why? Why study the book of Romans when there are so many other things to worry about in Haiti? Eternal perspective! “God’s word is alive, active and sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.
Spend time in God’s word today. It is worth it! If you don’t know where to read, join over 200 Haitians reading the book of Romans. Allow God to shape your life through His word.
— David Rath
I was at the orthodontist with my daughter this week. The workers were asking her what she wanted for Christmas. This reminded me of the question many of us ask our sponsor students. Many times I hear this question of the students, what is your favorite food? Almost always the student has no immediate reply. Why? My guess is that food is food and having the luxury of a favorite is just that, a luxury. Christ left his luxury to come and serve us. What is within your luxury that you could share with another?
— Trace Roth
Matthew 25:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
It was #GivingTuesday, a day to remember nonprofit organizations and give generously! GivingTuesday is past, but how about giving today? Did you know that everything we do depends on donors’ prayerful & financial partnership? This year, you can help us make Christmas extra special for our students & their families by giving to our Christmas Fund. With each $30 gift, you can also receive a handmade bracelet, direct from Haiti, to serve as a reminder of Philippians 2:4: “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
Please click here to see the different ways that you can financially partner with us!
In September, I, Tracy, had the privilege to spend time with our teachers in Haiti. We shared a meal together and then talked about our hopes and dreams as educators. Through these conversations, I learned that some of the basic supplies we take for granted in our classrooms are the ones they have on a wish list. This school year, we were able to provide each classroom with a basic school supply kit, but my goal is to provide even more. Items like construction paper, paint and brushes, musical instruments, and books (in French or Creole) would add so much to what our teachers can do with the students each day. We would love for all of you to be a part of this project, so we have created an Amazon Wish List that allows you to order what we need and have it sent directly to our office. We will then get it to Haiti when we travel there on mission trips. Click on this link to see what we are hoping to provide: Haiti Educators Wish List.
Together we can help equip the Next Generation of Christ-Centered Leaders!
As you shop on Amazon, use smile.amazon.com/ch/34-1290940 and Amazon donates to Mission Possible.
Here are the Top 5 overall teams for the “Dash for Degeance” competition! We really enjoyed seeing the numbers come in each week and loved connecting with a lot of new people through this event! We are already looking forward to the next time we do this. If you want to share with us anything about your experience- what you enjoyed about it, benefits you found from walking so much, the way your team bonded, etc- we would LOVE to hear about it. 🙂 Again, thank you to all of the teams that participated and raised money for our new Degeance campus!
1. Soul Sisters (1,969,453 steps)
2. I-B-PRO-FUN (1,961,954)
3. Pineapple Power (1,848,205)
4. Four Alarm Snuggle Kittens (1,774,981)
5. Mission Possible Minions (1,678,949)
In December, our student and adult leaders will be graduating from their two year programs. They have been hearing lectures on leadership, participating in activities on leadership, and practicing giving their leadership away. Over these past two years, we’ve seen these students and adults grow. They have worked hard and desire to make a difference at their schools, churches, and communities. Not only are these growing leaders participating in what we are asking them to do, but they are excited to learn and serve others. In January of 2018 we will have a new group of adult and student leaders learning how to be Christ-centered leaders.
We will be sending down a team to assist in equipping our leaders this December. We will also be visiting all our schools, attending the leadership graduation, and visiting a church. If anyone would like to join this team or would like more information including dates and prices, email Darren@OurMissionIsPossible.org . Thanks to all of you who have helped us equip our leaders!
Just this morning I heard another story of how a mission trip changed lives.
We North Americans like to think we are the change agents. We believe we have the solutions and the access to the knowledge, skills, money and resources to enact those solutions. Many times we go from a position of power to help those in need. We are the Calvary riding in the save the day.
The story I heard was just the opposite. It was the North Americans who were changed. It was the North Americans whose mission trip intersected with God’s movement in their lives. We are the needy and God is the one with power.
Come on a trip. Yes, you will help those in need. Yes, you will experience another culture and a people who love God as we do. Yes, God will change you in the process.
— Trace Roth
This is an update of our Christian Education in Haiti from our Haitian field leader Pastor Herve.
CRECH (Consortium for the Reinforcement of Christian Education in Haiti) is an organization that has worked to integrate the Bible in every subject of the curriculum.
The purpose of their book is to instill Christian values to help students to become citizens of character that people can trust. Every lesson in the book has two main things: a Bible verse and the moral value of the lesson.
Since the beginning of this program, every year we experienced the presence of God. We have seen God move powerfully through it. In the last six months, we saw 37 students came to Christ. We have people monitoring the kids to know who goes or doesn’t go to church. Most of the students who have accepted Christ continue going to church every week.
The tool given by CRECH has been a tremendous blessing to our school. Praise the Lord!
The motto of CRECH is: “Be transformed, in order to see your communities and your villages transformed.” The students involved in the leadership weekend program will soon be the ones coming to our Bible School.