On Friday the government decided to drastically increase the price of gas. It could have been anywhere from $17-$20 USD per gallon. In a country like Haiti, where approximately 80% of the population only makes $2 per day, it put everyone into an angry panic. With prices this steep, it would be difficult for them to afford anything. For example, it would cost more to take a tap-tap to work than they would actually make during the day. So, they took to the streets in protest. It turned violent and they even clashed with the police. Pastor Herve, our field leader in Haiti, stayed put at the St. Marc church from Friday – Monday morning (he is home now). The airport was shut down Friday night, all day Saturday and for a while on Sunday. It is up and running today, which is encouraging to hear. The gas tax was lifted on Saturday afternoon and that seemed to help.
Our staff in Haiti is fine, just taking precautions and laying low until things calm down. We are in communication with them, as well as with other organizations down there that we have connections to, so we are kept up to date with what is happening. We are praying for the country, and for wisdom as a staff as we look forward to the next few weeks.
It would be a shame for Haiti to be defined by what has been shown on the news over the past few days, when that is only a small percentage of the country and a poor representation of the people. There are millions there holding onto hope and standing steadfast in prayer, believing that better days are coming. Let’s stand in the gap with them.
We’re bringing it back! On August 4th, we’re holding the Mission Possible Golf Scramble at Sycamore Springs Golf Course in Arlington! Get your buddies together and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the course, benefiting our students in Haiti and the Dominican Republic!
You can register here on our website, by texting MPGOLF to 41444, or by printing & filling out the green form seen below and mailing it back to us! Get ahold of David Rath with any questions that you may have by calling him here at our office (419-422-3364) or sending him an email: David@OurMissionIsPossible.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
Just the other day I had a friend ask, “How’s it going in Haiti?” I paused, thought, and after a few, long seconds answered, “Good!” My day-to-day activities here at the Mission Possible USA office deal with issues and functions supporting our leadership in Haiti and the DR. The hesitation in answering my friend came from my lack of day-to-day involvement in the details of the ministries. AND THAT IS A GOOD THING!
The efforts put into leadership training, teacher and administration training, health services to our students, and mission teams supporting our national leaders have taken Mission Possible ministries to new places. The fruit of these efforts is being realized. I hope my friend understood my slight hesitation in answering his question. My hesitation is a positive result of better leadership, more training, and improved national involvement on both sides of the island of Hispaniola.
— Trace Roth
Do you prefer to purchase gift cards for graduation gifts, wedding gifts, birthdays, holidays, etc instead of going to the store and fighting the crowds while trying to pick out a gift? Well, good news! Now you can purchase gift cards AND raise money for the Leadership program here at Mission Possible!
When you purchase a gift card at face value, Mission Possible automatically gets a percentage of it sent to us. Scrip offers gift cards to more than 700 of the country’s biggest retailers, including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels and more!
After signing up, gift cards must be ordered by Friday, May 11th at noon. You can then pick up your cards from the Mission Possible office in Findlay starting on Wednesday, May 16th. If you have any questions, feel free to email Darren@OurMissionIsPossible.org — thank you!
Hoops for Hope is a basketball tournament for anyone in grades 6-12. Happening on May 5th at Gateway Church in Findlay, teams of four will each be guarenteed two games and can also participate in the slam dunk contest (rim lowered to 8.5 or 9′)!
All proceeds from this tournament will go towards the youth teams serving in Haiti and the Dominican Republic this summer. For more information, contact David Rath (David@OurMissionIsPossible.org or 419-957-3269) or check out this link. Full details, as well as the registration form, can be found here.
Mission Possible wants to see a Haiti where individuals are able to feed their families and not have to worry about being malnourished. MP wants to see a Haiti where individuals can get a quality education and use it to impact the world. MP wants to see a Haiti that has a thriving economy and job market so individuals can provide for their families. MP wants to see a Haiti with bold political leaders that love the people of their country more than any personal gain. MP wants to see a Haiti that doesn’t rely on handouts and welfare to survive, but rather feels empowered to succeed and change their own country. MP wants to see a Haiti with safe drinking water and food, so the people don’t have to worry about diseases. MP wants to see a Haiti with reliable medical facilities where the people can safely get care. MP wants to see a Haiti that sends missionaries to other countries instead of just receiving them. MP wants to see a Haiti that boldly follows Christ and surrenders their country to Him.
MP believes that all of the goals seen above, and many others like them, can and will happen if Christ-centered leaders rise up. God is in the business of using leaders to change families, organizations, cities, countries, and the world. Anytime God wants to do something big, He has a leader come forward to make it happen: Noah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Peter, Paul, and Jesus just to name a few. God works through humans to accomplish His work. God is also in the business of working miracles when we are faithful and believe. With your faithful prayers and giving, we know God will equip many generations of Christ-centered leaders in Haiti that will not only change their country, but change the world.
— Darren Morrison, Leadership Coordinator
As an organization committed to serving and honoring Jesus Christ, we have promised to operate in a manner reflecting integrity, honesty, excellence, and faithful stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. This has been our pledge to friends and supporters like you. However, we know our pledge can only take on credibility when it is fortified by our actions. We want to prove ourselves faithful to our promises. This is why the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) seals means so much to us—and to you. We are accountable to them, but more importantly to you. Thank you for trusting us with your donations. Your gifts are serving Christ in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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!