Upcoming Haiti Mission Trips
First weekend of December
- Dates TBD: Nov. 30-Dec. 4 OR Dec. 1-Dec. 5
- If interested, contact Pastor Peter as soon as possible.
- Cost: $1,200
January 20-28, 2018
- If interested, contact Pastor Peter as soon as possible.
- Cost: $2,000
- Scholarships available for women
2018 Spring Break with a Purpose March 30-April 8
- Trip designed for families with youth
- Lindsay Bates is a leader on this trip
- Deadline: December 15, 2017
- Cost: $2,000
Age Range: High school through adults
Description: Haiti mission trips include Kid’s Club, community health and wellness, cultural sight-seeing and awareness, light construction work, and business planning and development for the bakery and peanut butter business.
All trips work toward the goal of accompanying our partner congregation in Haiti, Redemption Lutheran Church of Jacmel of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Haiti.
More Information: Please contact Pastor Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evolving Business Development Leads to New Opportunities in Pasquette
After a fruitful “Spring Break with a Purpose” mission trip for families last April, participants were finally able to taste bread from the bakery’s ovens, a smaller group of St. Andrew members traveled to Haiti again in June. Their goal? To continue working with our partners in Pasquette to make sure that the business is positioned for long-term success.
“There are benefits to the bakery beyond just providing food for the community,” explains Bob Seitz, a frequent mission trip leader and Seeds of Support Board member. “We have the opportunity to work with members of the village, especially the young people, to develop leadership and business skills that they can take beyond Pasquette. The ripple effects the bakery is already having are exciting to see!”
As we continue to help our partners work towards a self-sustaining business, Seeds of Support is looking ahead to future projects in the village. One likely area of focus is enhancing solar capabilities throughout the village by growing the solar grid on the roof of the church. “Harnessing the power of the sun in a place like Haiti is a no-brainer,” says David Kraemer, another frequent mission trip participant and member of the Seeds of Support board. “Besides using the church for worship, it is a community space. Utilizing solar power for projects ranging from computer classes to evening meetings after the sun goes down has the potential to benefit the community in a number of ways.” Stay tuned for further updates on the solar initiatives in Pasquette and how you can help!
Haitian Bakery: Redemption Lutheran Church Bakes Bread for the First Time
Two years ago, Seeds of Support Mission: Haiti heard from the women of Redemption Lutheran Church of Jacmel, Haiti that a bakery employing members of the church and community would be a great blessing for their lives. The recent Spring Break 2017 mission trip brought them a step closer to this reality: the first batch of freshly baked bread.
“We worked for six long days getting the bakery ready, building cooling racks, hooking up the gas lines, and other projects,” said Elliott Meier, one of the 18 mission trip participants and a trained chef known around St. Andrew for his Sunday morning caramel rolls. “When Saturday came, we finally could bake our first batch. But, we needed to travel to Port au Prince at noon. While the bread barely had time to rise properly, it tasted good and people were so excited.”
“Accompanying this bakery process has been slow, deliberate and exciting,” says John Kohner, trip leader and member of the Seeds of Support board. “A bakery business is complex. Business plans need to be drafted. People need to be trained to bake and deliver the bread. Good policies and practices need to be put into place.” While financial assistance is planned to assist in the startup of the operations, says Kohner, “the bakery needs to sustain itself in the future.”
Future mission trip participants will witness first-hand, and help strengthen, the bakery’s development and its effect on the community.
For a video about the operations of the bakery, click here.
Hurricane Matthew (Fall 2016) Before/After Pictures
Hurricane Matthew (Fall 2016) Updates from Haitian Personnel
We have learned from news reports and direct communications with the Haiti Team that the torrential rains and winds have dramatically challenged Haiti with flooding, power loss, landslides, etc.
Here are excerpts of communications on Tuesday (October 3), when Matthew made landfall:
Joseph (Tuesday): Thanks my brother, I mean like it very terrible! God bless you!
Kerlange (Tuesday): I’m still doing ok, but a lot of people become homeless last night and still raining very hard today. Continue praying for Haiti please.
Excerpts from Wednesday (October 5):
Joseph: It very worst now and it killing people. I don’t like it. It terrible. I’m in the street now [followed by a thumbs up icon]. Now I have problem to buy food.
Kerlange: Don’t worry Auntie Deb. God will protect us and He can do anything.
Jorel: Dear Pastor Peter, we are all safe from the hurricane and the people of Jacmel also I have called pastor Holland.
Joseph: And I heard about Les Cayes [southwestern Haiti] and it’s not really good! They are not safe. I mean like they have a lot of trouble. And I think they need a lot of praying! God be with you and have a good night.
Kerlange: Thank you, Auntie Deb for checking on me I felt very special and thank you for all your prayers. Love you. Today it’s a little cloudy but everything is fine. Thank you!
Friday (October 7):
Joseph: Bonswa madam! Tout bagay okey. Bondye beni. [Translation: Good afternoon! Everything is okay. God bless.]
Tuesday (October 11):
Jorel Carte is planning to visit Pasquette from his home in Port au Prince on Friday this week. He shares with us that the community members are safe, but transportation has been difficult. He will give Seeds of Support an update as soon as he is able.
Kerlange: Hi Auntie Deb, Don’t worry. I will be careful and I’m doing great. Thanks. Love you! Lots of my friends lose their crops and animals too.
Wednesday (October 12):
Joseph in Port au Prince: Yes I mean in Port au Prince, life is not too bad, and the problem is you should have something to do, and to make money right, and for the water that’s happening everywhere, some of the people drinking good water, and some of them drinking bad water!
Sunday (October 16):
Jorel managed to travel to Pasquette, the community where the mission is located. He reported the following:
Dear friends in Christ, I take this moment to explain to you the situation of the people of Pasquette after the hurricane Matthew this past week. Thanks be to God we have no lost of human lives
nor houses collapse but lots of lost of goats, oxen and farms by the river.
You can read the into their faces. One of the lost one is Pastor Holland’s banana plantation beside the church building. All is gone from the hurricane and now he is very desperate. Further more, the Cholera virus is spreading throughout communities.
PS: The members of the Church [lost] all their resources: peanuts, pigeon beans. Whenever you talk to them, they only have one response. “We don’t know what would be our future.”
Pastor Holland told me during the hurricane he received 30 families in the church beside the church members.
This is from Pastor Holland: I would like thank all brothers and sisters from St Andrews for all the prayers because without prayers I might not have this congregation alive evenvthough they are very desperate. But I have so much confidence that we will be overcome. As a leader I am so sad my beloved Ones are facing through a very difficult situation where I can only support them spiritually. Even though I am not alone because God and St Andrews are with me therfore my arm is open to say please continue to remember the poor in Pasquette. May God continue to bless you all.
Thank you for your continued prayers for Haiti. Stay tuned for further updates. May God bless and keep the people of Haiti.
Pastor Peter Johnson
Progress on Multipurpose Building in Pasquette, Makes Bakery Possible
Our place of mission, Pasquette, is a small and rural village overlooking the small city of Jacmel. Jobs are scarce. Without jobs, parents can’t afford to send their kids to school. Redemption Lutheran Church, our partner congregation, has a vision for its ministry – jobs for members of the community.
A multipurpose building has been constructed to house small businesses for the community, including the goal of a community-owned, self-sustaining bakery. Here is a simple presentation that pictorially outlines the construction progress on the building through early April 2016.
Currently, Seeds of Support is putting plans in place to purchase bakery equipment such as an oven, mixer and other needed capital materials.
Thank you for your interest and support as we participate in the ways God brings life and hope to all people.
From Simple Peanuts to Hope for the Future
After a dozen mission trips to Haiti, Seeds for Support Mission: Haiti at St. Andrew Lutheran Church has a new idea. Our faithful partnership with Redemption Lutheran Church in Pasquette is turning peanuts into peanut butter. It’s just one of the ways we work together to improve the economic lives of people in the local community.
Where unemployment in Haiti is close to 80 percent and the average salary for laborers is $370 per year, we are creating sustainable income in the community. Most of the families here grow peanuts in patches by their homes for a little extra income. Selling peanuts in the market has a very low profit margin, especially when the farmers owe a percentage of the income to their landowner.
However, grinding roasted peanuts into peanut butter and selling it at local markets, hotels and restaurants creates a higher income for the farmers and their families.
What does this mean for the people of Pasquette? It has to do with affordable education. Because of cost, it is common that only one or two children of a family have the opportunity to go to school. A greater income from peanut butter means more schooling opportunities for more children. And, education brings a brighter future for our Haitian friends.
Pastor Matthew Fleming Distributes Creole Children’s Bibles at Partner Church
During the summer session of Vacation Bible School at St. Andrew, the call was made to the participants to help provide for our Haitian partners children’s Bibles in the Haitian language of Creole. Thanks to the St. Andrew children’s generous support, and with the help of Pastor Holland Dezimeau of Redemption Lutheran Church, Pastor Matthew Fleming dedicated 16 new children’s Bibles during his trip there during August 2015. Each mission trip to Haiti includes the supply of Bibles for the congregation.