God has called us to the country of Haiti. He made this call very clear to us in two very different and distinct ways for each of us with confirmation and peace. To hear how God called each of us check out this video HERE
WHAT IS OUR ORGANIZATION? We are with the organization RMI (Reciprocal Ministries International). RMI has been around for 30+ years in Haiti. RMI bridges cultures and transforms lives through church to church partnerships. We facilitate and are the bridge to make this happen. We work hand in hand with churches in Haiti to enable them and resource them for life transformation. We do this through evangelism, discipleship, education, community development and social compassion. Through this amazing ministry, we get to be a part of helping the body of Christ from the United States AND Haiti come together. It’s a beautiful thing to see two different churches from two totally different nations and cultures, come together and encourage, build up and help each other. They get to know each other through the years and become a sister church to each other. This helps enable the Haitian churches to be equipped in so many ways to then go out and evangelize, disciple and help their own community and people. Along with this amazing ministry there are so many other things we do as well including our Hope for Kidz program, our goat program, water filtration program and food and building projects as well.
WHAT DO WE DO HERE IN HAITI? There are many needs in Haiti and for our ministry. Being missionaries in Haiti will be a multi-faceted ministry where we won’t always be doing just one thing. We both will help take teams out, Jim more than April. When we take teams out, we are gone for the week and stay in the village, usually in the school classrooms or pastor’s house with the rest of the team. We help bridge the gap between the two languages & cultures as they work together.
Jim also helps with facility management at the RMI Haiti office and helps make sure all the internet systems are running smoothly here in our little village. April also helps the Hope for Kidz school program and takes photos of events, teams, daily happenings here at RMI and has become the social media person for our Haiti office. Both Jim and April are involved in language lessons and training to help them learn Creole. Our first year in Haiti will be heavily focused on us learning the language.
We also as a family will have many serving opportunities together, whether it’s from time to time when we get to go and serve together as a family at various haitian churches or when we take care of teams at our ministry center in Zanglais. We are so excited for the boys to not only get a chance to grow up as world travelers and understanding different cultures and languages but most importantly we are excited that they will get to see all the ways God is working in Haiti and they will get to be a part of serving and loving as well.