Chuck Davis, executive director of Caribbean Vision Ministries, a cooperating ministry in the Charis Fellowship, sent three updates this week. We’ve combined them here with one post. Click here for additional information.
Just a few days ago Haiti experienced its first coronavirus death and undoubtedly this is just the first of many to follow. The living conditions and the health conditions in Haiti almost guarantee that disaster will soon follow on the heels of this first death. The crowded living conditions, lack of employment and financial resources, poor hygiene practices, almost no health care or medical equipment, terrible sanitation conditions and rampant corruption by government officials and government operations will result in many deaths.
There are some good sacrificial Christian medical doctors, clinics, and hospitals spread out among the eleven million people in Haiti but they are a small fraction of what is needed to make a significant difference in the needs of the country. Please pray for these medical personnel in Haiti as they serve God and the Haitian people. Please pray especially for the Three Strands medical clinic and staff on the campus of CVM Grace Theological Institute in Cap Haitien as they minister to the people in that area.
Daily life in Haiti continues at House of Hope Orphanage in Devarin Haiti just outside of Cap Haitien. As in the United States school has been suspended for a period of time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The staff at House of Hope continues to serve and take care of the House of Hope residents including proper instruction on sanitary and health procedures during this current period of time. Please pray for the health and safety of all those living at House of Hope and the Staff who minister there.
Because of the current conditions in the U.S. and in Haiti we do not have plans for GO2Haiti Teams to serve in Haiti at this time or in the near future. Our missionary work in Haiti still continues however with our in-country staff and pastors. The security wall at House of Hope still needs to be built to ensure the safety of the residents and staff. If you remember, the orphanage was attacked by an outside group of trouble makers last Fall. At that time we had to hire armed security guards for 24-hour protection of the staff and residents. We still have two sections of wall to complete and each section will cost approximately $3,000 and will be built by Haitian labor. Your help on this project will be a very worthwhile investment and fulfill a great need for security at House of Hope.
Ministry for Jesus and reaching people for Jesus Christ continues in Haiti regardless of current world conditions. Plans are being made for the future concerning the CVM Grace Theological Institute campus in Cap Haitian. This has been the primary headquarters of the CVM ministry in Haiti. The campus already hosts the Three Strands medical clinic and the original Grace Theological Institute. A few years ago a new campus church, Eglise Evangelique de la Paix, was planted on campus as well. A new primary school, Grace Christian Institution, will begin on the campus in September to serve the neighborhood children around the Institute Campus. The school will operate as a joint venture between the campus church and Three Strands.
Plans are being completed to add a second story to the Institute building which will house the campus church and also serve as the primary school facility. When costs are determined for the second story addition to the Institute we will let all our friends and supporters know how you can participate and help in this endeavor for God’s Kingdom. The new Three Strands hospitality house next door to the GTI Campus and additional guest housing at House of Hope Orphanage enable us to no longer need to use the GTI campus to house GO2Haiti Teams. This is a blessing as the Campus is a very busy place and God keeps opening doors of ministry there.