Several times a year our mission hosts medical teams which come to Haiti and hold free medical clinics for the community. Volunteers raise funds to purchase medications and medical supplies to treat the sick for various illnesses and diseases. This service is a blessing to our Haitian friends as many do not have the resources to pay for much needed medical care and medications. Sometimes minor surgeries are performed under local anesthesia. In Haiti, minor injuries and illnesses turn into serious problems quickly due to unsanitary living conditions and the lack of first aid knowledge. For more information regarding medical teams please contact Cindy Zimmerman at 717-626-0804.
Children and Youth Ministry
We believe that Haiti’s future can be positively impacted through the children. We offer Haitian children the opportunity to learn about God through bible teaching, worship, and prayer. Many children are living in desperate situations. The relationships built through this ministry provide opportunities to expose and change the adverse conditions in each child’s life. Our goal is to build a christian children’s home to provide a safe & loving family situation where biblical principles are taught and lived out. Please continue to pray for this ministry.
Our first introduction to the Haitian prison resulted when Cindy went to visit one of the young men who worked as an interpreter for her short term medical teams. In Haiti one is guilty until innocent. Many times prisoners are not guilty but spend a long time in prison until they are given the opportunity to please their case and are proven innocent. This was in fact what had happened to Cindy’s friend. He was detained at the Saint Marc prison and she would go to visit him. It was very distressing as the overcrowding in Haitian prisons is terrible. And the conditions, as you can imagine, are horrid.
To make a long story short, the door for us to visit the prison in Saint Marc closed. But a new door opened in Mirebalias. The prison is only an hour away from Charrier. There are approximately 450 prisoners in 13 cells. The first time Cindy took a team to this prison the warden was very skeptical. We had to promise that we would not pray with the prisoners. How does one share the gospel and not pray? In Haiti, singing is an important part of the culture. So Cindy marched up to the first cell and requested that the prisoners sing to her. They looked confused, but agreed. They pulled out a hymnal, put their shirts on, and stood together to sing, “Amazing Grace.” The second cell of prisoners sang “I Need Jesus,” and the third sang “What a friend we have in Jesus.” So on and so forth, beautifully sang with reverence in perfect harmony. From that time on, the prisoners always sing for our teams.
During a visit the warden informed us of a need the prison had. That was that they needed a water reservoir and wondered if we would be able to provide it. The prison received water twice a week and they had nowhere to store it. We took the request back to the US and prayed. A local church took on the project and raised the funds. We traveled to Haiti and built the water reservoir, side by side with the prisoners.
The warden now has offered us grace to come whenever we like and also grace to pray with the prisoners. During our last visit to the prison in September 2016, the guard told us that 2 of the inmates accepts Jesus while incarcerated. They’ve now been released and have returned to their hometowns and began ministries of their own.
Interested in prison ministry? Contact Cindy Zimmerman!
Child Sponsorship Program
Currently we operate a child sponsorship program for 60 students in the Charrier area. For many of these students, due to poor economic conditions, this program is the only way these children have the opportunity to attend school. There is no free educational system in Haiti. To attend school students must pay for uniforms, books and tuition. For many families this is an extreme hardship. There are no jobs available in this rural mountain community. Most families live off the land.
Some of the children are the result of “restavik” situations. A “restavik” child is one whose family cannot economically take care of the children. So, the family finds another family where the child will live and eat. But in order for food and lodging the child must provide the domestic chores for the family. Folks, this is slavery. It is alive and very common in Haiti. Many times it results in physical as well as sexual abuse. These children have no opportunities to attend school. The biological family cannot afford to send them and the family they live with has no intention in sending them, as they are not their biological children. They are trapped. We desire to target these children.
The cost to sponsor a child is $300.00 per school year. The child is made aware that they are being sponsored. You will receive a yearly photo and letter from your child. We do not offer the child personal information about their sponsors. All correspondence is done through the mission. For more information on sponsoring a child please contact us.