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 Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the Church of the Brethren has made several grants in recent months. The grants support a Going to the Garden retreat, an aquaponics system in Haiti, two community gardens in Spain, and a feeding ministry in Mexico. Read more »
South Central Indiana District has raised $28,800 to support the Church of the Brethren’s work in Nigeria and in Haiti, in a special district-wide project. The concept for the special giving emphasis started last fall at the district board’s annual retreat, when board member Brad Yoder suggested raising money to build wells in Haiti. Read more »