Welcome to Haitian Island Ministries
Welcome to the official website for Haitian Island Ministries — a ministry that has been reaching out to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere since 1994. Most people in Haiti live on less than $1 a day. There is no welfare or public assistance available. About 80% of the population lives in abject poverty and 70% of the adult population cannot read or write.
Haitian Island Ministries (H.I.M.) gives its full undivided attention and resources to Haiti in an effort to bring peace and the Word of God to the people.
What is Our Purpose?
Haitian Island Ministries operates medical programs, feeding programs, and also builds schoolsand churches in some of the most remote areas of Haiti. The medical programs provide free vitamins, medicines, and medical care for hundreds of thousands of Haitians. The feeding programs provide a simple daily meal for thousands of Haitian children from several villages each month. H.I.M.’s five schools provide key primary education to Haitian children to equip them with the tools they need to improve their lives.
How You Can Help
Haitian Island Ministries has structured a sponsorship program that pays for Haitian children to attend school tuition-free. Sponsoring a Haitian family relieves them from the significant financial burden of paying school tuition. Every penny of your sponsorship goes toward paying for teachers’ salaries and school supplies. By helping Haitian children stay in school, you have the opportunity to change the future of Haiti, one child at a time.
Last month we sent some pictures of the outside of the new building in Belanger. We thought this month we would show you what it looks like inside, since that is where most of everything takes place.
What is most significant about this building is the fact the land was donated by a man we know who was heavily involved in voodoo. Also significant is the fact he knew the Bible would be preached every Sunday and that the school kids, including his own, would be taught Bible lessons every morning.
Another significant fact is that the ministry did not pay for the blocks to build it. Some time ago, when we started taking about needing a new building, all of us got together and decided to see how the local people and congregation could help, making it more “theirs.” For a year they raised money, talked to local block makers and others who they thought could or would help. Guess what? At the end of the year, there were enough blocks to build the building you see now — a testament to working together!
Update on Terry: The implant continues to work its magic and has to this point eliminated most if not all pain in her feet and legs, without the benefit of pain medicine. In fact, pain management has reduced two of the medicines she has been taking and we are considering dropping one other. She has just got over about the worst case of bronchitis and upper respiratory infection that kept her in bed for a week. The new visit to the bone marrow clinic and testing is August 1.
We hope you will have had a safe and happy fourth of July.
Happy Birthday America!
Steve and Terry