In October, student and class photos were taken. The team was able to photograph almost all of our Haitian students. As some of you know, it is more common NOT to smile for a picture in Haiti. North Americans, however, smile. Many of the students worked hard at keeping a straight face when their peers were doing all they could to make them smile. You can read the team’s blog and see some of the week’s pictures at October Haiti Team.
The Dash for Degeance competiton has begun, and the first week’s results are in! All of the teams did a great job and are continuing to challenge themselves and each other! Here are the top five teams after the first week, but stay tuned, because who knows what this week will bring and whose name will be in the top five next week!
We have several exciting upcoming events coming up soon! The first one we want to announce is…. the 2nd annual “Dash for Degeance”!
The Dash for Degeance is a month-long event that involves nothing more than keeping track of how many steps you take each day. Teams of 4 will compete against each other to see who can accumulate the most steps by the end of the month!
This is a great way to get outside and enjoy that last little bit of warm weather before winter hits, while helping raise money for our new church & school campus in Degeance, Haiti! Some people even lost some weight while competing last year! 🙂
Grab your family members, coworkers, Lifegroup members, friends, neighbors, etc and get signed up! The cost for registration is $25/person ($100/team). If you want to register as an individual, we will add you to other individual registrants!
Add some extra competitive fun to it by competing against other people in your workplace (7th grade teachers vs 8th grade teachers, OB vs ER workers, football coaches vs soccer coaches, etc)!
Registration deadline: September 30!
Register using this link or text MPDASH to 41444
If you have questions, email Rene@OurMissionIsPossible.org — we look forward to getting even more teams involved this year! There’s a special incentive for those who competed last year, so be sure to check that out! 😉
In November, we will check our 2,000+ students from head to toe as they get their yearly physical examination. We are still need of medical professionals to help us with this large task, so if you are interested (or know someone who is), please have them get in touch with us ASAP! 🙂 We look forward to all of the new partnerships and relationships that will be built as we work toward keeping our students healthy!
Each of the three weeks, we will need:
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.
On August 25 there will be a golf tournament benefiting Mission Possible held at the Devon Golf Course in Edmonton. The cost is $130/golfer, which includes an afternoon of golf followed by a dinner buffet. The tee-off time will be at 11:00am sharp; we look forward to seeing you there!
Contact Gayle Funk with any questions or to register!
Good Choices Leadership- In April and May, our students learned about servant leadership, personal safety, living Christ-centered, attention to details, and integrity. (Below)
Student Leadership- In March and May, selected students learned about fitness, team building, humility, sharing, servant leadership, self-defense, the importance of prayer, having a vision, and MP’s core values. They have also been working through the International Leadership Institute’s (ILI) workbook. (Below)
Adult Leadership- In March, many of our teachers and staff started working through the International Leadership Institute’s (ILI) workbook. (Below)
Partner with MP and help us equip leaders
-Support our leadership programs now by texting MPLEADER to 41444 or click here: Leadership Development
-You can also support the leadership development by purchasing a gift card below. Just follow these easy steps:
1. Click https://www.shopwithscrip.com/
2. Click “Join a program”
3. Enter MP’s enrollment code. (4LEFD9686LL82)
4. Shop for your gift cards and MP gets a percentage of each purchase.
If you have any questions, feel free to email Darren@OurMissionIsPossible.org
— Darren Morrison, Leadership Coordinator
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.