From the beginning of our work in Haiti, we realized that God did not call us to help people escape Haiti. He called us to help people escape the devastation of poverty in Haiti by empowering their lives – physically, mentally & spiritually
We provide employment opportunities for many people in L’Acajou. Our paid staff includes our Haitian director, Joseph, a doctor, nurse, lab technician & pharmacist. We employ two young men as Joseph’s assistants, in addition to may people who cook for us, clean for us, provide security at our mission house and on our land, and in other ways. Haitian masons, tile workers, builders and laborers help us with every construction project on our property. We farm sweet potatoes, beans, manyok and pineapple on our six acres, and families who help us harvest the crops receive the blessing of food for their families. For 5 years we’ve provided rice & beans for 90 families, and we’ve now provided over 100 families with a female goat to provide milk & sustenance.
Getting people to work cooperatively is a difficult task in Haiti. Through Aslan, however, the L’Acajou Association has grown from a handful of families to over 200. The association meets weekly at our church to discuss ways to improve the lives of everyone living in the area. They purchased a small piece of land close by and have built a factory to process manyok into cassava bread.
Our school sponsorship program has produced two medical doctors, three nurses, a sociologist, an agronomist and two pastors. We are currently supporting 15 children in school. In 2018 we established a professional sewing school and we have established regular English classes for a number of Haitian students. We also have regular music classes with 25 of our students and English classes with an additional 25 students. Learning to play an instrument will provide a steady source of income in the future for many students, and English proficiency is a skill that will guarantee employment.
To us, the foundation of everything is our deeply held Christian beliefs. It’s good to feed a man for the day. It’s better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself for a lifetime. Without touching the spiritual part of man, however, all our efforts will – in the end – turn into ash. Jesus is the reason we do everything we do. We are currently building Maranatha Church as the beacon light for every project God leads us to begin in L’Acajou. We touch the lives of over 200 children with food projects, Bible classes, day camps, sports & music programs every week during the year. Our church now includes 100 children and 40 adults.