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.
Equipping the next generation of Christ-centered leaders is the driving force behind everything we do here at Mission Possible. This mission starts with Christ. We want individuals who are living for Jesus to have the opportunities needed to become leaders, so they can then bring change to their country. Christ comes first in all we do. For the past month, Pastor Herve and some of our other Haitian leaders have trained others in evangelism. They equipped these individuals with the tools needed to share the life saving message of Jesus with others in their community. Then for 3 days all those who were trained went door to door telling others about Jesus, praying for individuals, and giving them an opportunity to accept Jesus in their lives. 85 people accepted Christ in those 3 days and 65 more rededicated their lives to God. What an amazing example of training, equipping and empowering others to bring change to those around them. But the process didn’t stop there. This week those leaders have already begun discipleship training with the 150 people who made some sort of decision last week.
We not only want people to accept Christ, but we want to teach them about who he is and how to live for him. This is an essential element in building up Christ-centered leaders, and how exciting it is to see our churches in action fulfilling this mission and the calling God has on all our lives!
— Tracy Rath
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!