If you don't follow the PH-H update you might want to go to our website at www.projecthelp-haiti.org. In my last update I wrote about our new group of missionaries that we have working at Project Help. It seemed for a period of time it was hard to find and keep missionaries on the missions field at least from our denominational perspective in Haiti. In my 12 years now on the missions field I have seen a steady turn around in interest in missions as a viable career option again. In fact next year we will have 12 nearly full time missionaries working in Haiti and 2-3 part time. Since 2002 we struggled to keep 4 people in Haiti and at times it often was Dr.Vic & Donna Binkley who came every other month as our sole missionaries. This past year I have had more people who were qualified and had abilities I could have used than I had available positions. I have some thoughts on why the turn around. It all starts with EXPOSURE!
1. "Exposure from the pulpit". 2. "Exposure from media sources". 3. "Exposure to worldwide communications". 4. "First hand exposure". ( STM'S ) 5. "All out exposure" Church willingness to commit God's resources to the task they were given.
Our denomination has had a long history of working in missions. One hundred plus years in India, fifty in Bangladesh, forty four in Haiti and twenty five plus years in Brazil. We also have missionaries in Venezuela, Kenya, Sweden, Dominican Republic, Thailand and on the Southwest Four Corners Indian reservations. Many of our early missionaries stayed on the missions field for a lifetime. These men and women who grew up in the 1930s-40s were inspired by visiting missionaries who would come and speak at their churches while home on furlough. Often it was that onetime connection that planted the seed in their mind to go to the mission field when they grew up. This was a time when churches, schools, family and small close knit communities were the influencing factors of growing up. Our heroes and heroines were people we encountered or knew who influenced us in real life situations. There was a time when parents, grandparents teachers, coaches, pastors, writers and public speakers were the main influence in a child's life. These missionaries though far and few apart usually stayed a lifetime.
I've attended church from as far back as I can remember and can't recollect ever hearing a missionary speak or visit any of the churches I attended growing up or thereafter. In fact it was 1997 when we started attending First Church of God in Columbia City that I started hearing missions as a prominent message theme, Pastor Reser was a former Haiti missionary. Granted I may not have always been attentive as a youth but I'm sure a missionary from some exotic foreign missions outreach would have gotten my attention. In fact the most memorable part of my Colonial African history course in college was reading about Dr. Livingston.
I still attend FCOG Columbia City and our Pastor is now Johnny MacCalister's. His messages revolve almost every Sunday around a call to get up out of the pew and outside of the Church walls doing mission service whether local, regional, national or to the "ends of the earth". It is encouraging to see that pastors are finally getting the word out that The Great Commission "is not an option but a Command"
I think another thing that has dramatically helped with recruiting is the number of books that are now available to read about missions. The themes vary from mission history, trends, fund raising to personal and locational stories and biographies. Books of course have always been available but the internet has made finding, researching and purchasing light years away from where it was 12 years ago.
The internet and instant communications is quite possible the single biggest advance in technology in every aspect of our lifetime. I can now communicate around the world from Haiti whereas 12 years ago we still depended on "snail mail". The ease and speed of the internet allows us to keep our supporters and others with interest informed with E-mail, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Texting, electronic newsletters, pictures and videos.
People who are feeling the call to go to the mission field now days have the option of getting on " Short Term Mission teams". All of our present 12 plus missionaries in Haiti including myself started out on a STM.
The last of our 'Five Exposure Points" is that of "all out exposure", this is the one I have the most involvement with and spend the most time evaluating and studying. My boss who is director of Cross Cultural Ministries is doing his doctoral thesis on mission minded churches. This summer when we were in Haiti together I posed this question to him. "Is it the mission minded church which makes the well organized, strong and productive mission organization or is it the the well organized, strong and productive mission that creates the mission minded church"? We agreed that it is both, in fact they attract each other. It is not just the big churches nor the big mission organizations either. I have seen many very small churches and mission organizations who are doing more with what God has given and entrusted to them than the medium, big and mega churches and missions. It is exciting to me to see how a church can grow and expand once it lays it all on the alter and commits to the work at hand, that church may not always grow significantly in size but for sure in FAITH.
You see things and say, “Why?” I dream things that never were and I say, “Why not?” –G.B. Shaw
I don’t often look back. Oh, sure, I use my rearview mirrors when I drive, but in life my inclination is to stay focused on the road ahead. My college major was in history, so from that perspective I know the value of studying the past to avoid repeating mistakes in the future. Purveyors of the news and some historians would have us believe that because of 200 years of mistakes Haiti will never have a better future.
Maybe it is because a year ago I agreed to take a new job in Haiti as the director of Project Help-Haiti that I have spent some time looking back to better see the road ahead. PH-H is a large Christian NGO that has been in Haiti since 1967, so they have a long history. I also still hold my old position as co-founder and executive director of G.A.P. Go and Produce Ministries, and we have been here 9 years. Most likely though, I keep looking back because 2010 has been much different than other years. Click here for more...
I'm the Manager of Project Help Haiti an organization working in Haiti since 1967. They have 2 first class medical facilities, 29 churches, 17 schools, 2 guesthouses, a large seminar & conference center, a welding, fabricating & machine shop and block making facility. My journey to this place started with my promise to God to be available whenever and where ever he called me. I first traveled to Haiti in the year 2000 on a one week church mission team to work at Project Help. At the invitation of Dr. Vic Binkley the Director of Project Help I returned to work on construction projects for P-H till early 2002. In the summer of that year my wife and I founded GAP (go an produce) Ministry, located in Montrouis, Haiti which we continue to direct. As the executive director of GAP we work with Canaan Orphanage, are currently building a community clinic, work with mountain villages through our "Feet Across the Mountains" ministries and also distribute free French and Creole Bibles for World Missionary Press. In Sept. of 2009 I agreed to return to Project Help and assume the duties of my long time friend and mentor Dr. Binkley.
Nov. 15-22 Mark Hosler Germantown COG work ministry 6 people Borel Nov. 16-27 Ken & Betty McIntyre volunteer missionaries Nov. 20-27 Dr. Joe Miller medical team P.Payen 10 people Nov. 26-Dec. 3 Heather Elyse Randy Broaddus Nov. 26-Dec.10 Penny & Luke Miller and Ashley Sollenberger Ohio Nov. 27- Dec. 5 Heather Ward & Doug Walker Columbia City FCOG medical mountain villages
Dec. 5-10 Mandy Walters Silver Creek COG 3 people Dec. 10th Steve leaves for Holidays 2011 Schedule
Jan. 3- Apr. 10 2011 Steve & Shirley Jan. 4-9- 2011 CGGC Don Dennison director CCM
Jan. 4-7 medical team Pierre Payen Operation Hope Texas
Jan. 5-11 President CGGC Ed & Linda Rosenberry
Jan.6-8 Haiti Conference (Church of God Conference)
Jan. 6--8 Medical team P. Payen Naomi Shields Jan. 8-15 Terry Bailey Mt. Carroll COG work team Borel Jan.15-22 Kim Barclay Mt. Pleasant COG Pa. (work team mountain church ) Jan. 21-28 Dennis Mckee N.E. Indiana COG 12 people (work team) Borel
Jan. 26 -Feb. 2 Travis Bowden New Beginnings COG 12-14 people work team Borel
Feb. 4-12 Gary Oden & Lorie Siders Congregational Christian Church & Brethern Indiana work team Borel Feb. 12-22 Mary Smith Mt. Carroll COG
Feb.22-Mar. Mike Toon Tulip COG Ind. work team Borel
Mar. 2 weeks Bob Etherton Midwest Conference work & eye witness team
Midwest Conference B. Etherton Eyewitness team
Mar.5 - 12 & 19-26 Michael Wheeler Olive Branch COG Ind. Dental team
Mar. 29-Apr. 9 Bob Etherton Midwest Conference work & eye witness team Borel Apr.2 -9th Chris Keck
April Grace Covenant Tentative Platt City Mo.
May 11-18 ACTS Team Lance Finley June 6-22 Heidi Moreno Sugar Grove COG work Borel
Project Help contact info: website:www.cggc/ccmhaiti.htm Findlay, Ohio office: 419-424-1961 Dee Calahan executive assistant : Ex. 122
Steve contact info: Phones: U.S. office 260-691-3806 U.S. cell 260-609-6484 Haiti cell 509-3643-7686 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are all missionaries wherever we go we are either bringing people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ". —Eric Liddell
"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, it is a command to be obeyed". —J. Hudson Taylor
"I will belong to the road, sharing the suffering of my people, eating with those who will give me shelter, and telling all men of the love of God". —Sadu Sundar Singh
''I have but one candle of life to burn, and would rather burn it out where people are dying in darkness than in a land which is flooded in lights". —anonymous missionary
"Who in heaven will thank God for you playing a part in their salvation?" —Dan Davidson
"Banaan Peze" or pressed plantains Peel the plantain and cut it diagonally into 2 or 3 pieces. Let them sit in salted water at least an hour. Fry them in hot oil in a skillet then lower the heat for a few minute.Remove and absorb excess oil with paper toweling. Press them with a manufacured press or 2 pieces of board or anything that will flatten them. Place back in oil and deep fry getting them as crisp as possible is the way I prefer to eat them. "Peekleez" or Pickles Cut into small pieces white cabbage carrots, onions, shallots, 1 red and 1 green hot pepper, and 1 red and 1 green pepper. Add a clove of garlic and some whole black pepper. Put everything in a glass jar or bowl and pour 2-3 cups of boiling white vinegar , juice and pulp from 1 lime and 3 chicken bouillon cubes, add some salt. Great on banaan peze, meat and rice dishes.