Thank you, everyone, for your concern for Haiti and Mission Possible as Hurricane Matthew came through in the last several days. We have been very concerned with the potential impact.
Pastor Herve mobilized his leadership structure and secured everything we could. First floor items at the Mission Center were all moved upstairs. The ocean rose and the waves came right up to the doors of the Mission Center buildings, but fortunately we did not get wet inside. They are left with a muddy mess to clean up, but there are no reports of injuries or damages among the Mission Possible schools, churches, facilities, or anybody connected with us. At least, not at this point.
We understand there is potentially great damage out along the southwest part of Haiti. We are still waiting for a complete damage assessment. Of particular concern is our former Deyemon campus which was close to the center of the storm.
There was also some damage in the St. Marc area which is at the north edge of Mission Possible’s base of operations. We have one school and church in St. Marc. But, at this point, we are only aware of minor damages in our part of Haiti.
Thank you for your prayers during this deadly storm.
UPDATE! Many of you have been asking if we have an update on our ministry areas, and we now have some information for you. Pastor Herve just called to let us know that he has been in contact with each of the Principals and School Board members, and so far there is no loss of life that they know of within our students. They also reported that all of our structures are still in tact. Thank you, Jesus!
Pastor Herve also said that the ocean level has risen many feet and there is water at the doorsteps of the buildings at our Mission Center, but none inside the buildings yet. He took precautions before the storm hit and moved things from the bottom floors to the second floors just to be prepared incase of any flooding inside the buildings.
We are praising God for the good report so far and for His protection over our staff and students! Once the storm has passed, they will assess the situation to see what needs done from there. THANK YOU for being on your knees in prayer and for caring so deeply about our loved ones in Haiti. Please continue to pray, as even when the storm passes there will still be aftermath to work through. We are so thankful for all of you and for the love that you have shown during this time!
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner! During the month of October, we will be raising money for our Christmas parties in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This year, we have created Mission Possible photo calendars; when you give a gift of $30 or more, you will receive one calendar. These calendars feature photos of the gorgeous landscape and adorable students at our Mission Possible schools, and will make great Christmas gifts for your friends and family! For more details, click the link below to take a look at our order form!
We are thrilled to give you the news about our Teacher School graduation! In July, 42 of our teachers graduated from the school. The Teacher School is a three year program to help our current educators increase their professionalism and credentials.
Seventeen of the graduates were qualified to take the national examination to become a nationally certified teacher. All seventeen passed! That makes us feel good about the value of our program.
Often we get the question, “Why do you take people on mission trips? Wouldn’t it be more efficient and save on plane tickets to just send the money to Haiti?” Mission Possible takes many people to Haiti and the Dominican Republic because we know it makes a special difference to the Haitians — people have come so far at great expense to tell them something important. It also makes a profound impact on the lives of team members. This account comes from Abbey, a recent high school graduate:
This report comes from Emily Miller, a nursing student from Findlay Ohio who traveled to Haiti in May with a team to treat our Mission Possible school students. Emily is pictured here with Naika, her sponsored student.