Greetings from the Sponsorship Department at Mission Possible! This is a slower time of the year for me, as our students are out of school and we have not yet received our new school year registration information. But we are excited about all the great things that will be happening when school starts in Haiti in less than two months and in August for the Dominican Republic.
One exciting thing for us this summer is the opportunity for our donors to sponsor our new Community Health Agents in Haiti. These are the MP staff who are being continually trained by our medical coordinator and other faithful medical professionals to help our Haitian nurse care for and treat our 2,000 students and other staff at the Mission Possible schools. These sponsorships are $100 monthly to cover the cost of the agents’ salaries and continuing education costs. If you would like more information about this new opportunity, please let me know, Kimberlie, or contact our medical coordinator Pam Macke, directly. To give a donation now to the Community Agent program, choose Medical Needs on the Giving page.
Recently, a former team member reached out to us with the opportunity to put Mission Possible in the spotlight. Vanessa Lee, an Audiologist that traveled with MP to Haiti, made contact with a local news station and arranged for Mission Possible to talk during the noon edition of their news. Below, you can view the segment. Thank you, Vanessa, for your passion for Mission Possible and for arranging this awesome opportunity!
The desire to be able to communicate with the Haitians is a common theme among team members that have traveled to Haiti. Our broken Creole, along with their broken English, makes it difficult to get to know each other’s hearts as deeply as we’d like. Now that Hachemy is working in our Findlay office, it seemed silly to not embrace this new opportunity to be taught Creole by someone who speaks it as their native language!
Beginning last week, Hachemy has been teaching basic Creole classes to a group of people, some who have traveled with Mission Possible before and some who have not. The classes are held weekly and will continue for the majority of the summer. Not only is it a great way for Hachemy to connect with people here in Ohio and use his gift of teaching, but it raises money for his personal support as well. It’s a win-win! The members of the Creole classes are really enjoying learning (and laughing!) together as we take another step towards being able to build authentic relationships with our friends in Haiti! Stay tuned for details about when the next round of classes will begin!
Change can be hard sometimes. We like our routines, our habits, and we like them because they are comfortable. For the last eleven years, Kurt Bishop has served Mission Possible extremely well. He has strengthened countless areas and grown Mission Possible to the great organization that it is today. Assembling a great, hardworking, passionate staff, Kurt has shown great leadership and done so as a true servant. Even though Kurt will be stepping down as President of Mission Possible, he is not going far. He will continue to serve MP in varies capacities. He is excited to see what the future holds for Mission Possible and his family. We want to thank Kurt for his years of faithful service to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
A note from Mission Possible President, Kurt Bishop:
March 18, 2017
To the Mission Possible family:
Serving as President of Mission Possible has been a real privilege and blessing to me, Julie, and our children. God has blessed me with a great fit at the intersection of my gifting and background and Mission Possible’s needs over the last 11+ years. Working with the U.S. and Canada Boards, Pastor Moise, Pastor Herve, our U.S. staff, and our supporters has been amazing and I thank God for bringing us to where we are today. Together, with God’s direction, we have prepared a solid base of leadership in our Haiti field. We have also built the financial support and a solid U.S. administrative team and operation.
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.