Just a couple weeks ago I left the Port-au-Prince airport with six others from Redeemer. For most, it was their first time visiting the country recently named the poorest nation in the world. One said, “I had no idea this was all just two hours off the cost of Florida.”
Some of us had been before, and left encouraged by the progress that had been made even in the last six months. The Children’s Village we partner with, Village de Vie, has grown tremendously. I remember standing there when it was just an empty field, and now it’s grown into a facility with school buildings, housing, bathrooms, and a cafeteria.
But seeing buildings and schools wasn’t what was most encouraging. It was seeing kids that we are getting to know—kids that remembered our names and faces—and who are growing, learning, and becoming stronger and healthier with each passing month.
On Sundays we often leave our services with an exhortation to trust Jesus “for the glory of God and the good of the city.” One of the best parts of my job is to see that happening not just in KC, but in Gonaïves.
It is, in every sense of the phrase, “Community Development”—a work that is inspired by the gospel, led by the local church, and facilitated by people who live for God’s glory and the good of Haiti.
This year hundreds have become involved in Redeemer’s Community Development efforts in Kansas City, and today I want to invite you to be involved in our Community Development efforts in Haiti. We asked the pastor in Gonaïves, “How can we ask the people of our church to help?” His first response was to ask us to pray—to pray for their church, the orphans at Village de Vie, and the community. But in addition, he has a vision to see more and more children in the community blessed by their work through their local school.
The orphan village currently houses 24 children, but they have capacity at their school for an additional 200. Hundreds of children in the neighborhood live without access to affordable education, and this is one practical way our church can come behind our friends at Village de Vie.
Sponsoring a neighborhood child to go to school at Village de Vie only costs $20/month, which covers fees, tuition, books, teachers, and a school lunch. We are praying that all 200 of these openings can be sponsored by our community.
So please join us. You can sign up to sponsor through the Haiti Orphan Project (please put “KCMO” in the description line). I’d also love to tell you more about our monthly Haiti gatherings, upcoming trips, and other ways to serve these kids. Shoot me an email and we can talk.