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
The Church of the Brethren Office of Public Witness has signed on to a letter to the US administration from the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. The letter responds to signals from the administration that a decision may be made not to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 50,000 Haitians living in the United States. Read more »
For the past 18 months, the Church of the Brethren has been addressing the need for pure drinking water in our related communities in Haiti through the work of the Haiti Medical Project in cooperation with l’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Church of the Brethren in Haiti). The mobile medical clinics offered since late 2011 treat many children and adults suffering from dysentery and other serious infectious diseases that often result from untreated water. Read more »
Sixteen members of Chiques Church of the Brethren spent a week in Haiti in January. Their primary goal was to work on upgrades to the Brethren guesthouse in Croix des Bouquets. The group served with l’Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Church of the Brethren in Haiti). Read more »