Hurricane Irma Update
We thank you all for your prayers regarding Haiti. Irma has moved away from The island. There was just a light rain in Port-au-Prince. The rain and wind were heavier in the Northern part of Haiti. We did not receive an official report yet.but the first hand report has not mentioned many damages. The Haitian population is being asked to remain cautious. The schools will officially remained closed by the government for three days (Wednesday-Friday). We will continue to follow the process and report as additional information becomes available. — Pastor Profaite
Hurricane Matthew Information
Zika Virus Alert
Due to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, we strongly encourage everyone traveling to Haiti to strictly follow the steps to prevent mosquito bites. Mosquito prevention strategies include covering exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats, using insect repellent use mosquito spray often and generously, and sleeping under a mosquito net or in an air-conditioned room. Due to the risk of birth defects, we encourage our visiting team partners who are pregnant to heed the recommendation of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to avoid travel to Haiti at this time http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/. Visiting team partners who are trying to conceive should consult with their health care providers prior to travel.
Farewell and God Bless Marty & Mati
Through the years we have been blessed to have some amazing people serve with us as long term volunteers. In December 2015 we said a very reluctant good-bye to one of the best. Marty’s contributions to Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) are unmeasurable. Although his primary responsibility was with our building projects, his leadership skills, outgoing personality and passion for the Lord made an impression on everyone. After reading the book ‘Radical’ by David Platt, Marty stated he felt the Lord was leading him to step out of his comfort zone by volunteering in Haiti. That first step led to more than 3 years of dedicated service, great friendships and love! Marty met and fell in love with Mathanie (Mati) Meme. In the fall of 2015, Mati accepted his proposal and, after their marriage, they plan to make their home in Haiti with frequent trips back to Indiana.
Congratulations Pastor Profaite!
Our very sincere congratulations are extended to Pastor Profaite Medeus, the lead Pastor of Cite Soleil church, on his recent nuptials. Profaite and Francia were married November 14, 2015 in Francia’s home church with many friends and family and friends in attendance. We wish them both many years of happiness.
Welcome Bill McGinley!
The Board of Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) is pleased to introduce Director of Advancement William McGinley.
Since 2010 we have grown increasingly aware of more and greater needs in Haiti. For two years our Board has discussed our dire need for full time help. This past spring we made the unanimous decision to seek the services of a full time director of advancement, and in September we hired an outstanding candidate.
Bill has a deep faith in God, a heart for serving, and a determination to advance the efforts and message of HOM. He sees the opportunity with HOM as “an exciting answer to prayer.” He comes to us with a long career in business management and marketing and an MBA in health care administration. He has served in leadership positions on church and mission boards.
Bill’s top priority will be to understand your needs and desires – your vision as donors for our ministry in Haiti. “We want to do a great job of serving you, appreciating you and communicating to you in a complete and timely manner the impact your contributions are having daily in the lives of those in great need,” Bill says. “We want you to learn about the progress being accomplished through your generosity, so that you may always know ‘the joy of those who are kind to the poor’” (Psalm 41).
Please extend a warm welcome to Bill as he joins us in ministry, and take advantage of this opportunity to assist us in directing his efforts. We invite you to reach out to him directly now or in the future. He would be pleased to hear from you and to assist you in any way he can.
Celebrating Making a Dream a Reality
On September 12, 2015 more than 100 people from the U.S. and Haiti gathered to dedicate the new secondary school in the community of Baryé Fé. For years our students had to travel to other schools to complete their education once they graduated from 6th grade. This marks the beginning of a new era in education for our students. With the completion of the first module at Baryé Fé, they can now continue their
education in a Christian environment under the same outstanding leadership of Jacky Dorleans, superintendent of our schools. Plans for the Baryé Fé campus includes classrooms for 7th through 13th grades and a trade school.
Coming Changes in 2016
For teams who have been our guests on the Terre Noire campus, undoubtedly you have enjoyed the improvements we’ve made in the guesthouse. Air conditioning is certainly appreciated after a long day’s work as are the smaller, more private dorm rooms and extended covered 3rd floor roof. Most will also agree that more improvements (another bathroom) would be welcome! Although we have managed to accomplish a lot in the last few years, to continue to make needed improvements and to maintain the guesthouse, we need more funds.
After much thought and discussion by our HOM and MICECC leaders, we have agreed that it has become necessary to increase the guesthouse fees to $40 per person per day. We have also re-evaluated our practice of offering free tap taps for all or part of the week depending on team size. At one time we had the option of using our van and a staff person to transport teams thus incurring little cost. As we now host multiple teams per week, the van is often not available or not adequate and we have to hire tap taps and guides or translators at a cost to the ministry. We regret that we can no longer afford to offer those discounts.
In consideration of the effort and costs to teams participating in a mission trip, we have “bundled” all the related costs for transportation and translators so there is a single fee per team, based on team size. The new fee schedule includes all costs for on-ground transportation including 1 site seeing trip and does include translator(s). For some teams, additional translators may be needed – medical, VBS, etc. – costs for additional translators is still $20 per day.
The new fee structure will take effect January 1, 2016. This is the first increase we have had since shortly after the Guesthouse opened and one we feel is necessary to offer comfortable and safe accommodations and transportation for the number of teams that serve with us.
Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!
2016 GUEST HOUSE FEES: Includes breakfast and dinner, laundry, all ground transportation including airport pickup/return, transportation to and from the work sites (work day 7 am – 5 pm), travel to all HOM/MICECC campuses, a trip to a grocery store and a trip to a beach, Port Au Prince or the mountains. Please note that these fees do not include off site meals, project supplies, and entrance fees to the beaches (meals not included) or to the museums.
4-9 people – $40 per person per night plus $600 (team) for transportation (tap tap) and 1 translator per week
10-18 people – $40 per person per night plus $1225 (team) for transportation (tap taps) and 2 translators per week
19-27 people – $40 per person per night plus $1900 (team) for transportation (tap taps) and 3 translators per week
28-36 people – $40 per person per night plus $2525 (team) for transportation (tap taps) and 4 translators per week
* Some teams require additional translators, i.e. medical teams. Cost for additional translators is $20 per day
SITE SEEING OPPORTUNITIES AND FEES
The team fee includes one trip to either the beaches, Baptist Mission, Port Au Prince, Crois de Bouquet (metal village), National Museum or the Overlook. If a team wishes to explore destinations located farther from our campuses, additional costs will apply. Optional opportunities for site seeing and after hour activities are only available if deemed safe and appropriate by our Haitian leaders. The team fee does not include entrance fees or off site meals. Some of the more popular trips and the additional costs are listed below.
Mirebalais, Fondwa, Saut-d’Eau, Cange: additional $20.00 USD per tap tap or $85 USD for 12 passenger van
Jacmel: additional $85.00 USD per tap tap or $135 USD for 12 passenger van
If a team wishes to have dinner outside of the Terre Noire Campus; the cost is an additional $15 per tap tap and an additional $5 per guide. Buying dinner for the driver and guide is much appreciated!
A second site seeing team trip may be arranged if time and schedules permit, costs to hire one tap tap and one translator for a day (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.) is an additional $85.
If available, the HOM/MICECC’s 12 passenger van may be used for shorter trips, i.e. beaches or PAP site seeing for an additional $30 USD per day/trip (for teams with 10-12 people, this is much less than paying for 2 tap taps!)
2016 FEES FOR TEAMS STAYING OFF CAMPUS – We understand that for some teams, staying off campus may better meet your needs. The costs for ground transportation and translators are the same as outlined above. If the hotel or guesthouse offers airport transportation, deduct $100 for teams smaller than 18 and $200 for teams larger than 18 from the transportation costs.
Congratulations to Nadege Gay, daughter of Leon and Jackie Dorleans, on her recent graduation from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Several friends and supporters from HOM traveled to Winston Salem to help celebrate her accomplishments. Nadege serves in the schools in Haiti and everyone is excited to welcome her back home.
Thanks from Pastor Luc
What a joy to share with you the good news about our truck fundraising efforts! The Lord has answered our prayers and provided for a new diesel Toyota pickup truck. Louisa and I would like to take this opportunity say a big thank you to all the friends, families and congregations who donated funds for this effort. We are very touched by your generosity and grateful to blessed to have you as partners in the ministries here in Haiti.
It is definitely going to be different for us, knowing we will not have to call the mechanics on a regular basis or stop at the garage a couple times a month as we have been doing. The new truck is going to make our lives much easier especially when it comes to traveling to ministry engagements and meetings as well as carrying out family responsibilities. I must share with you also the joy the Terre-Noire church family has expressed at seeing the new truck since they also were praying for it and contributing toward it. They know that the Pastor’s truck is the main transportation in most ministry-related activities and needs such as group outings and visits, taking people to hospital, youth camp and mission trip, etc.
Thank you once again to all of you! Louisa and I pray that the Lord continues to bless all of you, your family, your congregation, and businesses! May He continue to use you as instruments of his love and blessing as we all are committed to serve him and his people!
With much love and appreciation,
Luc, Louisa and family!