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.
We thought we would give you a look inside one of the churches. This is the combined school/church where our friend Prophet is the pastor and operates the school as well.
The area where they have children’s church used to be outside, but because of the additional kids from Joe’s school, we put a roof over it and almost doubled the size of the building. Doing so also gave us more room for classrooms. We said in one letter there are 200 kids that attend school there but it’s closer to 300. The man doing the teaching is also one of the school teachers. And as you can see, everyone in Haiti still dresses up for church.
The second picture is of the book being used, by Max Lucado, just for children.
All the material things you see — benches etc. — are things you helped buy or have built in one way or the other. From the materials, to expanding the building, to the book, it’s all there because of you. It’s worth noting that Haiti has 15,200 primary schools like this one and 90% of them are non-public, which means they are managed by religious organizations or other non-profits. Just that one figure tells you what you are helping do.
Next month, we’ll go inside to give you a look at the adult church.
Since the last letter Terry has not had a good start to the new year. From bad colds to pneumonia, she’s had it. The MRI’s did not take place either, because of the implant. We were told numerous times having it would not be a problem if a MRI were needed. But the hospital won’t do that, and to date our insurance won’t approve a different test. Any treatment will start after she regains some strength. That’s the plan.
Thank you for helping our friends in Haiti and thank you for keeping Terry in your prayers.
Steve and Terry