HAITI: LENTEN FOCUS/MISSION TRIPS
The Church of the Good Shepherd supports efforts in Haiti in several ways, providing many opportunities to give and serve. These including prayer, education, advocacy, sponsorship, financial support of ongoing projects, and joining teams to work in Haiti.
Join a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) team traveling to Haiti!
Through UMVIM, you can sign up to travel to Haiti on teams going throughout the year. Already our congregation has sent several team members to work with trained Haitian workers in projects that include construction, medical clinics, humanitarian aid and children's program. Transportation, lodging, meals, and work site arrangements are provided. UMVIM has maintained an established mission house in Port-au-Prince for more than 20 years. This provides a comfortable base in Haiti from where a continuous stream of teams (over 200 in 2012!) are oriented, sent out to various work sites, and then reconvene to share experiences before leaving Haiti. In this way projects continue uninterrupted until completed. Local support of teams in Haiti, also supplies jobs for Haitian foremen, interpreters, cooks, drivers, and others. It's been calculated that for every mission vounteer who comes to Haiti, 2 Haitian workers are employed. You can contribute money to sponsor a team member. Or you can donate clothing, medical supplies, toys, musical instruments, classroom equipment and individually packaged non-perishable food items can be sent with teams to be hand delivered to the retreat center and work sites. For more information go to: http://www.umcmission.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help support a Christian School of New Vision (CSNV) student!
Founded in Pignon, Haiti, by a Haitian minister and community leader, CSNV is a rapidly growing school and community center that strives to educate children so that they may grow into self-sufficienhnt adults. Our congregation helps to support school programs that provide children of all ages with education, uniforms, a meal, Christian training, and a place to build community. In just 12 years the school has grown from 80 students in one location to 800 students in 4 locations all at the able hands of Haitian teachers, administrators, and directors. Ongoing building projects, feeding programs, health evaluations, salaries, and expenses require ongoing support. You can give and serve by contributing to our congregation's yearly 40-day Lenten Campaign. Each spring we each strive to understand sacrifice, and raise money for the school's various programs. Througout the year you can sponsor a child, participate on the US Board of Directors, or join the twice yearly teams that provide clinic services to the chidlren of the school, their families, and the commnity. As above, a guest house, local transportation, meals, and worksite oversight are all provided. And, these activities provide jobs for Haitians helping to support the teams. Learn more about the school by visiting: