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 student health, and upgrading facilities.
In Haiti, the ministry now includes seven 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, and Chardene.
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 6th 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.