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!
Equipping the Next Generation of Christ-centered Leaders
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.
Officials at the graduation included Moise Sam (M.P.’s D.R. field leader), Herve Pierre (M.P.’s Haiti field leader), and Tracy Rath (M.P.’s Education Coordinator), and Herb Codington (M.P. Board Member).
Thank you for helping us raise our standards in Haiti!
Kurt Bishop, President
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:
“I’ve learned that when we are truly serving Jesus, it often won’t make much sense to the rest of the world. Does it make sense that a group of young adults would give up a week of their summer to come to Haiti, willingly, in order to work? Does it make sense that young kids will let a stranger pick them up, or will sing and dance with no limitations together? Furthermore, does it make sense that when I expected
to be serving God beyond the point of exhaustion, I actually feel more alive for God, and exceptionally loved by Him this week? He provides for us; He loves us; He delights in our hearts. The idea of taking a missions trip, and coming home feeling like you received more from God than you were able to give to Him, is not something you’d expect. Glory to God, because without Him, I would not have been able to stand in the middle of the forest, on the top of a mountain, holding the same little boy I met months ago, spreading the love of Jesus!”
Mission Possible is now selling these awesome new t-shirts! They feature the island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and say “Love Needs No Translation” in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole! The shirts are $20, which feeds 4 students for 1 month! The shirts come in navy blue or coral colors; stop by our office if you’d like to purchase one or email Rene@OurMissionIsPossible.org with any questions!
A team recently returned from the Dominican Republic. Their art and sports camps were a a highlight this summer for the Ebenezer area children. Read more on their blog.
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.
A team of 26 just returned from Haiti. They were able to do many things, but most of all, interact with the Mission Possible students. Read more on their blog.
In January our Haitian leaders that graduated from our Leadership Academy started giving away their leadership to our other staff and students.
Since joining the Mission Possible staff, I have had the opportunity to travel to Haiti twice, and the Dominican Republic once. I was especially excited after my most recent trip to Haiti.
We finished the Leadership Academy training and graduated 28 of our leaders.