WE DID IT!! 🙂
At the beginning of February, we challenged you to help us get 50 bags of rice donated for our students in Haiti. You guys quickly met that challenge, and had those 50 bags funded by the middle of the month.
So, we decided to challenge you once again to get another 50 bags donated during the last two weeks of the month… and once again, you guys blew us away with your generosity and love for the ministry, and exceeded the total goal of 100 bags!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had so much fun watching people spread the word, having our team members in Haiti unload the bags at the schools, and seeing the joy on our students & staff members’ faces! We appreciate each & every one of you! Thank you for coming alongside us and helping us reach- AND EXCEED- our goal!
Since the beginning of this year, one story has attracted my attention: Elijah prophet and the widow. It pushed me to think about three important things: God’s authority above everything, obedience to the voice of God, and God’s plan.
Here’s what I mean when I say God’s authority above everything: Elijah announced to the king Ahab, according to God’s word: “There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word”. Because of this bad news, Elijah went away from the King and had to go into hiding close to the Kerith Ravine called Jordan. God commanded to a raven to feed Elijah twice every day. Then, because of the dryness, the Lord asked Elijah to leave the Jordan river and move to Sarephath to live with a widow. They did not know each other.
The second main idea is, obedience to the voice of God. The prophet did what God asked him to do. Not only did he obey, but the raven obeyed God’s command, as well as nature because of no rain for several years.
My third thought is, God always has a plan for us. So let see… the widow had only a handful of flour and a little olive oil to prepare one last meal before she and her son would die due to the famine. But God already had a secret plan for this family. One things important she did was that she accepted to receive, share, and serve with the prophet. In Matthew 10:42, Jesus says, “and if anyone gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
My friends, God has a plan to meet with you. Are you ready to receive Him? It’s really easy to say yes, but sometimes procrastination or lack of hospitality makes you forget your appointment with the Lord. God always needs people like Elijah, the widow, the raven and nature to do His tasks. So my question for you is, are you ready and willing? Personally, I would like to be God’s servant, just for the glory of Jesus who died on the cross for us.
50 pounds of rice. What does that mean in Haiti? If each student receives ½ cup of uncooked rice per day in their hot, nutritious meal, along with some beans and meat, and each cup weighs 7 oz, then how many meals does that 50-pound bag provide? Ok, I am not a math guy, nor am I smarter than a 5th grader, but if I did my math correctly (and if I didn’t please correct me), then converting the 50# of rice (50 x 16 oz = 800oz) into ounces, 800 oz divided by 3.5 oz (the weight of 1/2 cup of rice) equals 228 meals. To break it down: one $25 bag of rice can provide 228 meals. Wow!
As of today, Friday February 16, we have raised $1,757.00! That is equal to 70.25 bags of rice, or 16,023 meals, for our students — roughly 8 full school days! Thank you for all who have given to the “Fill-up February” fundraiser. We are continuing to collect donations through the end of February. You can either text “Possible” to 91999, click the “Donate” button at the top of our Facebook page, or click the “Donate” button here on our website if you want to participate! We thank you, and our students and staff in Haiti thank you, for giving!
Due to all of this math, my head hurts and I need a nap!
On, December 2nd we held a graduation ceremony for all 138 of our student and adult leaders. These individuals have worked hard to complete their two year leadership programs. The graduation was a great time for them to share many of the things they learned while also celebrating their growth as leaders. Many of their closest family and friends joined them at the ceremony where they each received a certificate. At the end of the graduation, we reminded them that the ceremony was not the end of their leadership journey, but rather the beginning. They will all continue to grow and our hope is that many of them will help others become leaders too. A special thanks to everyone who supported our efforts to equip these leaders. You are helping us make a huge impact in Haiti and we hope that you continue in the future.
— Darren, Leadership Coordinator
During the week of January 15, four North American educators shared their experience and knowledge with the Mission Possible educational leaders and students in Haiti. Read the story of their week here. Their words and pictures give you a glimpse of the week.
2017 was a great year for Mission Possible! We saw God’s hand in many different areas of this ministry, and look forward to seeing what He has in store for us in 2018!
In 2017 . . .
— 2,241 students enrolled in our schools
— 256 adults were employed
— Over 790,000 meals were provided at school
— 192 people served on teams
— 19 people took Creole classes
— 200 people participated in fundraisers, where over $10,000 was raised
— 69 new sponsorships were started, totaling 1,033 student sponsorships overall
— 138 Haitians graduated from leadership programs
— 13 Community Agents continued their training
— Over 300 Haitians attended a Pastors Seminar
— 5,000 feminine hygiene pads were sewn
— Over 400 hygiene kits were distributed
Through it all, God’s love was shown! Thank you for partnering with Mission Possible in 2017!
The book of Romans – Paul wrote this letter to the church in Rome while he was on his third missionary journey in Corinth. The theme of Romans is the revelation of God’s saving grace and righteousness in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I tell you all this because we have over 200 people in Haiti studying and taking a 6-week Bible quiz over the Book of Romans.
Each of the last three years, Pastor Herve has challenged the church to do an in-depth Bible study and quiz to end the year. Each week participants are given 20 questions they have to answer and turn in to be graded. On December 24th, at the conclusion of the quiz, there is a huge celebration with food, worship, preaching and of course the top five places are awarded. This is a big deal!
Why? Why study the book of Romans when there are so many other things to worry about in Haiti? Eternal perspective! “God’s word is alive, active and sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.
Spend time in God’s word today. It is worth it! If you don’t know where to read, join over 200 Haitians reading the book of Romans. Allow God to shape your life through His word.
— David Rath
I was at the orthodontist with my daughter this week. The workers were asking her what she wanted for Christmas. This reminded me of the question many of us ask our sponsor students. Many times I hear this question of the students, what is your favorite food? Almost always the student has no immediate reply. Why? My guess is that food is food and having the luxury of a favorite is just that, a luxury. Christ left his luxury to come and serve us. What is within your luxury that you could share with another?
— Trace Roth
Matthew 25:37-40 (New American Standard Bible)
37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
It was #GivingTuesday, a day to remember nonprofit organizations and give generously! GivingTuesday is past, but how about giving today? Did you know that everything we do depends on donors’ prayerful & financial partnership? This year, you can help us make Christmas extra special for our students & their families by giving to our Christmas Fund. With each $30 gift, you can also receive a handmade bracelet, direct from Haiti, to serve as a reminder of Philippians 2:4: “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
Please click here to see the different ways that you can financially partner with us!