The Church of the Brethren Mission in Haiti began more than a decade ago, led by Haitian Brethren living in the United States. The first Brethren were baptized in Haiti in May 2003.
Now there are over twenty active Church of the Brethren congregations and preaching points. In 2008, the New Covenant School was established in St. Louis du Nord for pre-school through third grade, with sponsorship from First Church of the Brethren in Miami, Fla. The Aux Plaines school receives sponsorship from the Miami Haitian Church of the Brethren in Miami, Fla.
The Church of the Brethren holds annual theological training in Haiti to assist with leadership development for the growing mission. The church’s Ministry Office also supports licensing of Haitian ministers. Six ministry candidates were licensed in 2009, and one Haitian Brethren member was ordained in 2009.
The Church of the Brethren responded energetically to a recent cholera epidemic through the distribution of water filters and by digging wells. Brethren Disaster Ministries led Church of the Brethren assistance after hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike and the January 2010 earthquake, all of which caused major devastation in an already impoverished country.
News from Haiti
Dale Minnich provided the following report to Newsline after returning from a recent trip to Haiti with the Haiti Medical Project. It highlights both concerns stemming from security obstacles in Haiti in recent months, and successes with new aspects of the project’s work: Read more »
The Global Food Initiative (GFI) director Jeff Boshart, and a member of the GFI review panel, Pat Krabacher, have traveled to Haiti for a year-end evaluation of an agriculture project carried out jointly with Eglise des Freres Haitiens and Growing Hope Globally. The evaluation is ongoing under the direction of Klebert Exceus, former Haiti disaster response coordinator for Brethren Disaster Ministries. Read more »
January 12 is a date forever engraved in my heart for two reasons: first, January 12, 2007, I married the love of my life, Michaela Alphonse; second, January 12, 2010, the worst natural disaster in my time, a massive earthquake, destroyed my native country of Haiti and my people. It was the darkest hour for every Haitian everywhere. We as a people lost family members, loved ones, homes, places of worship, businesses, and most importantly hope. Read more »
Twenty members of McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren were among 33 participants in a mission education conference in Mirebalais, Haiti, sponsored by Haiti Medical Project from July 19-23. The five days in Haiti were spent learning about needs of communities served by the Haiti Medical Project. Participants were eager to meet Haitian leaders and members of the communities served. Read more »
The Church of the Brethren is offering a mission education trip to Haiti for persons interested in exploring and supporting the church’s Haiti development initiatives in partnership with Eglise des Freres d’Haiti (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti). The trip from July 19-23 can accommodate up to 45 participants who will join 5 members of the Haitian staff for the experience. It will be based in two small hotels about 50 miles north of Port au Prince. Read more »
The efforts of the Church of the Brethren’s Haiti Medical Project (HMP) to provide pure water to 20 communities via two dozen projects by the end of 2020 are taking root. Read more »