I want to thank everyone who gave to our school supply drive this past month. About 10 suitcases (roughly 500 pounds) of school supplies came in. Tracy Rath is hard at work making up classroom kits for every teacher. Could you imagine your child’s school having to share a small amount of school supplies for the year? Me neither! However, that is the norm in almost all of the schools in Haiti. This is the first time that we have been able to put together a classroom kit for each teacher. This is an example of just another way we are trying to improve the quality of education in Haiti. Again, a huge shout out to all those people that sent in school supplies! The teachers are super excited and I am sure the kids will love having the use of markers, crayons, colored pencils, rulers, pencils, sharpeners and scissors! We are always amazed at the generosity of the Mission Possible family!
Some can and some cannot, but there are some of you in the middle. In the middle of what? In the middle of thinking about serving on a mission team. From the middle, the easy answer is, “I could never do that.” Once said, life goes on and little changes. Those of you in the middle know, however, you are not quite settled with that answer.
After each mission team with Mission Possible returns, their daily blog is posted at our MP Teams History Blog. If you are in the middle, take a look. See what happens on a team. Read the reflections of the team members and how the mission comes to life. Realize the mission is not about you, but about God working through and in you.
How many stories in the Bible would have ended early if the person said, “I could never do that.” Don’t let your story with God end early.
— Trace Roth
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk, but in deed and truth.” -1 John 3:18
Servant leaders love and care for their followers. They don’t throw their power around or harm the people under them. Instead, they lay down their lives, humbling themselves. They think the best of their followers and try to make them better, too. In Haiti and the Dominican Republic we are instilling this verse in our students and staff. We are equipping them to be servant leaders and to love each other with their actions.
Over the past five months we have had 60 adult leaders meet five times, 95 student leaders meet three times, and all of our Haitian students meet three times, to explore different leadership activities and topics. Our Leadership Academy graduates have also been gathering with the desire to continue building relationships and growing as leaders themselves. They are the ones giving their leadership away each month and are helping to equip the other students and staff in Haiti.
Without your gifts though, we wouldn’t be able to equip these future leaders. Just know that you are adding value to Mission Possible and making a huge difference for eternity in the lives of these Haitians and Dominicans.
Thank you for faithfully giving to God’s work!
(That was a quick update about leadership from Darren, our Leadership Coordinator.)
Encouragement comes from just the right place at just the right time. The last couple of weeks have been a blur for me. A vision trip to Haiti and the DR, a week of family vacation in southern Ohio and then a “short” drive across the country to visit our oldest son in Colorado. To cap it all off my wife, Tracy, was co-leading a mission team down in Haiti and the DR, so I was left to take care of the house and kids. I was feeling tired and drained and just in need of a nap or some time off when I received two phone calls.
The first was from one of our longtime supporter.
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Last week, a team went to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to serve. On the last morning of the trip, those of us in Haiti took a “prayer walk” through our Degeance community. We stopped at our current school, at a well-known tree where voodoo ceremonies are often held, and finished at our new property. It was a Spirit-led walk, as we spent time singing worship songs together and praying over community members & children that we came across along the way.
When we arrived at the property where our new Degeance campus will be built, we spread out and walked around the land while praying. We prayed for funds to complete the project, for the students that will walk through the gate to receive an education, for the adults that are shepherding the students’ hearts, for the neighbors, and for God’s presence to saturate that place for generations to come. We welcomed the Holy Spirit and ended our time there by singing praise and worship to the One who holds the future of the Degeance property and community.
Now, we wait expecantly and full of anticipation to see how God will continue to move!
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!
Link to our news interview!
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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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