In 1969 several men from Northwest Ohio went to Haiti on a short-term mission trip outreach. The men were deeply moved by the situation of the native people and began to raise funds for ministry in Haiti. Eventually, Mission Possible (USA) was formally established by them in 1979 in Findlay, Ohio. In 1980, Mission Possible (Canada) was formed as a sister ministry.
The mission began with a single school in Montrouis, Haiti about 50 miles north of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Initially a guesthouse and mission center was also established in Port-au-Prince. From this base Mission Possible reached out into the mountain villages around Montrouis, constructing and establishing schools, providing much-needed food and relief supplies, and fostering evangelism. In 1983, it established a mission center in Lanzac, a small community near Montrouis and subsequently the Port-au-Prince facility was closed.
Also in 1983, Mission Possible’s USA headquarters was relocated to Fort Pierce, Florida after the ministry acquired a 73-foot ocean vessel to ferry relief supplies to Haiti. However, due to the overwhelming cost of repairs to the ship, the shipping ministry closed in 1989.
David Stitt had the vision for the Dominican Republic ministry. In 1987, he spotted little children dancing to the beat of voodoo drums in the heart of Batey Central (a poor neighborhood of Barahona, DR). His vision of a DR ministry was born that day as he vowed to win these little souls to the Lord. The work was formalized in 1992 with the establishment of Ebenezer Educational Center. The work in the Dominican Republic has been expanding under the direction of the Mission Possible Dominicana Board of Directors.
In 1997 the Mission became a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and in 2003, Mission Possible Canada became a Full Seal Member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).
In 2006, because of the changing Board and staff leadership, Mission Possible’s USA headquarters was moved back to Findlay, OH where it all began.
In recent years, Mission Possible’s priorities have shifted from a relief-oriented mindset to one of educating and equipping Haitian and Dominican leaders, increasing the focus on evangelism and discipleship, improving the school programs, and upgrading facilities.
In Haiti, the ministry now includes eight Christian schools (pre-K through 13th grade), a church at each school, discipleship classes, a Bible Training Center, and a Vocational School. We currently have schools in the communities of Montrouis, St. Marc, Degeance, LaHatte, Lanzac, Dupin, Chardene, and Deyemon.
On the Dominican side of the island, we have a thriving Spanish church and Haitian Creole church, as well as a modern educational facility in Barahona serving students in pre-K through 8th grade.
Mission Possible USA and Mission Possible Canada work together in joint ministry, with members of each Board serving on a management committee which oversees the international work.
Equipping the next generation of Christ-centered leaders
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The great commandments: Matthew 22:37-39
Jesus replied:“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The great commission: Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!”
STATEMENT OF FAITH
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe by His word and for His glory, God freely created everything. He made man and woman in his own image and they sinned against God and apart from grace, are incapable of returning to the right relationship with God.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and humankind and by His death and resurrection, the penalty of human sin can be removed and we can be reconciled to God.
- We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine agent of sanctification. By the ministry of the Holy Spirit, people are enabled to know God’s grace, experience God’s love in Christ, and live a Christ-centered life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto eternal life with God and they that are lost unto eternal separation from God.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class difference.