Monday, December 1, 2014

Mission of Hope - Every Man, Woman, & Child

As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. We desire to serve the nation of Haiti, and see lives changed.
- Mission of Hope Vision Statement

Ti fi (little girl) in Haiti

Even as my time here at MOH draws to a close, my admiration for what the organization is doing increases.  They run an orphanage, but as much as possible, try to keep children placed with other family members in the community, and just support those family members.  They run a school for their orphanage kids, and also for the community at large.  They have a church, and actively work to train up indigenous leaders to continue to spread the gospel throughout Haiti.  There is also a completely Haitian run clinic, with a dental area, an eye area, and an emergency room, in addition to a regular clinic where they see people Monday through Friday.  They have a massive warehouse, out of which, 5 days a week, they ship 90,000 meals/day to area schools and orphanages that they are partnered with, providing meals to children who might not otherwise eat that day.  Literally.  This is real life. These meals are prepared through many companies, including "Feed My Starving Children" and Convoy of Hope, among others.  Also in the warehouse?  TOMS shoes.  If you know TOMS (and if you don't, please click on the link), you know that they say that for every pair of shoes purchased, they donate a pair to a child in need.  Well, I have now seen those shoes.  And they are awesome.  TOMS has also started a manufacturing facility in Haiti, to provide jobs.  Another Haitian run company, is Vi Bella Jewelry, which are producing beautiful beaded jewelry and crafts, and often using recycled materials.  I actually got to watch these ladies at work one afternoon.

What part do American teams play?  Medical teams run mobile clinics in outlying areas, ministering to the physical needs of the community, and Haitian pastors travel with them, so that spiritual needs are addressed as well.  Other teams do a mixture of village work and village outreach.  The work might include building homes, painting, etc, and the outreach involves going door to door talking with people, praying for them, and playing with the children, who love to interact with Americans, particularly ones with cell phones (or cameras) that they can play with and take pictures.  A lot of budding photographers.

The latest program out of MOH, starting this week, is to really put into practice the EVERY man, woman, and child principal.  In the cities that MOH is working in, they have village champions, who are chosen by the local pastors.  Please follow the link to learn more about them, because it explains it much better than I could.  This is about to expand even more.  The village champions are going to work even more closely with the teams who are doing village outreach, and literally go door to door, to every house, and get to know the people there.  What their needs are.  Doing health teaching.  Providing basic hygiene supplies.  What areas need more help, and what kind of help do they need?  What areas are not being reached by current projects?  And, has every person had the opportunity to hear the Gospel and respond.  Meeting people where they are, and ministering to them in that place.  Whether they are Christian or not, whether they want to be or not.  Doesn't matter.  This is the reality of the Gospel, and I'm excited to be a part of the beginning of it.  Want to know how you can be a part of it?  No special training/skills required.  Just visit the Mission of Hope website, and you can find all the details.

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