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Since joining the Mission Possible staff, I have had the opportunity to travel to Haiti twice, and the Dominican Republic once. I was especially excited after my most recent trip to Haiti.

In September, we had a group of 28 Haitians graduate from our “Leadership Academy”, a 2-year long program designed to train our leaders spiritually, physically, and intellectually. We have now begun doing “Good Choices Leadership Days” with the students at our schools. I was able to witness some of our Leadership Academy graduates lead our students in this program. It was so neat to see these leaders getting sweaty and dirty with the students, and leading by example. They didn’t just give out orders and instructions. They jumped right in and cheered the kids on during their relay races, were on their hands and knees teaching them how to do push-ups, patiently demonstrated how to do jumping-jacks (which, admittedly, was hilarious to watch) and showed them what it meant to have good sportsmanship.

I think that seeing these leaders rise up into the position that God has called them into, and seeing the trickle-down-effect that it has on our students, paints a great picture of why our “Hand Up”, not “Hand Out”, philosophy is so important. When I first got involved with Mission Possible a few years ago, I didn’t totally understand that philosophy. Now I see the benefit of teaching and equipping the people, as opposed to just handing out quick-fix type “help”.

Rene Inniger

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