HAITI: OUR MISSION OF HOPE
New Bethel Baptist Church
Rev. Robert Smith, Jr.,
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28: 18-20 KJV
I travel to Haiti once a month, unless it is not possible for some reason,
to make sure the needs of our children and our churches are being met.
We have the joy of sharing with two orphanages, three schools, and
eleven churches in and around Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Our
work has grown to the point that we make a trip every four to six weeks
and very often, monthly.
It is my prayer that you will be inspired to become a part of the life giving ministry that is our
Haiti Mission. As you look at the work, places and faces in the pictures ask God to lead you in
helping the best way possible.
May God bless you!
Pastor Robert Smith, Jr.
New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Our work in Haiti continues to grow and grow. We are working with 14
pastors and their call to lift their people in Haiti. We have connected
with many Haitians in the United States to implement projects that go
beyond a hand out, to a hand up. You can help in any way you feel led.
Prayers are just as powerful, or more so than dollars. Your prayers will
take money out of the hands of the unsaved and put it in the hands of the
people of God.
Since November 2004 our major foreign mission emphasis at
New Bethel has been to work tirelessly to fulfill our mission for
the Kingdom of God in Haiti. We have partnered with other local
churches such as Tree of Life Baptist Church to support the
efforts of local organizations such as The Caring and Sharing
Mission and the Mission Baptist New Covenant D’Haiti.
Since the devastating earthquake of January 2010, there is so much more work to be done, and
our efforts are being intensified so that we may make a meaningful contribution to rebuild and
enrich both the natural and spiritual lives of God’s children there.
Our specific focus has been two-fold:
first, to ensure that the needs of the children are being met, particularly with
respect to their regular care and feeding, as well as special occasion gift giving
Our second focus has been to rebuild three church/schools in Croix des
Bouquets, Pernier and Delmas: subdivisions of Port-au-Prince. Delmas,
the ‘Mother Church’ is complete, with minor issues such the lack of window shutters to
protect the newly installed pews from water damage. The other two churches
have much more work to be done with the masonry infrastructure and
interior work. Despite this, it is exciting to note that Spirit-filled worship
services continue on a daily basis at all locations.
As you can see, your help is still needed. It takes all of us working together
for Kingdom building, both at home and abroad to fulfill this vision. Will
you join with us? Is God touching your heart to donate today to this cause?
OUR SHORT TERM GOALS:
Our short-term goals to December 31, 2013 are:
.Fact-finding Mission Trip: September 22-24, 2013. to obtain a detailed assessment of
the level of effort (labor and material) required to fulfill the vision at Pernier and Croix
Anniversary Services in Haiti: November 7-10, 2013. You are invited join our Haitian
brothers and sisters in celebrating the anniversary of the Mother Church at Delmas.
Christmas for Haiti Revival at New Bethel: Our annual Christmas for Haiti Revival is
planned for December 2 -6, 2013 at 7:00 pm nightly at New Bethel.
This is our opportunity to personally raise awareness of the needs of
our sister church/schools in Haiti, and for your support in helping to
spread the love of Christ to the children. We look forward to this
time of fellowship with you and your entire church congregation.
Christmas for the Children in Haiti: December 15-20, 2013. For
the children of the three church/schools, it is our intention to present
each child with age-appropriate clothing, toiletries, a toy as well as
a reminder of Jesus’ care for them. We sincerely thank the
Michigan District Association of the National Baptist Convention for their large donation
of over 800 dresses, underwear and footwear for the girls and 1,000 pair of underwear
and footwear for the boys. There are still more purchases to be made.
OUR LONG TERM GOALS:
It is our goal to fully complete the physical renovations of the church/school
at Pernier by December 31, 2014, and to continue to intensify our
missionary activities in Haiti for the glory of God, so that the Word of God
may continue to have its free course.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
You too can make a difference by:
• Constant prayer for the ultimate success of the Haiti Missions.
• Donating of your time and/or talent to the New Bethel Baptist Church Mission Department for the
continuing work and support of the Haiti vision.
• Contributing financially to further the Haiti mission. Please note that donations will also be accepted
during the Revival week.
We sincerely thank you for your support, and look forward to hearing from and seeing you as we work
together for the Kingdom of God in Christ Jesus
Would you please make your checks directly to our address indicated below or Donate through our
website homepage. Please remember to type in 'Haiti Mission' in your Description. All contributions are
tax deductible, and will be used to the glory of God.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I
was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye
visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Matthew. 25:34-36 KJV
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God blessed in a strange and mysterious way blessed the people of Haiti by way of the earthquake of January 2010. God opened the eyes of the world to the suffering of women and the poor in this country of hardship and exploitation. People taking advantage of people is what happens in Haiti daily. The poor and oppressed are subject to the will and womb of the people of power. Those that are in charge of the rice and beans often have there way with the people with no means to feed themselves from the land. After, the earthquake people from around the world came and saw the need to make things better for all the people of Haiti but especially the poor women. Thanks to great organization like the International Rescue Committee that teach the women of Haiti how to make life better for themselves many things have changed. More women are being educated and gaining economic power, giving freedom and choice where there was none. President Michel Martelly of the country has pushed the building of schools and education of more children, his goal is to have a million children in school daily by the year 2015. The number of people crying for a home is down from 1.5 million to less then 137,000. Many organizations like the four Black National Conventions and other have built houses for many of the tent people after the earthquake. But the weather being what it is, well just say there is a difference in being homeless in Port Au Prince and in Detroit or Chicago. I just trying to say a lot of good has been done. I was in a home last week where I saw a bag of dog food that was for the dog. That would not be the case in 2007.
But my fear is it is all about to fall apart over politics. There are men there that are more interested in their own power and place in history then they are the development of this great nations. The people of Haiti are amongst the world greatest people. They are a resourceful and resilient people. Nothing stops a Haiti with a made up mind. But that is the problem and the blessing too. Some one needs to make sure that the minds of the masses are on the right things. Just as they were willing to die to free themselves from slavery, they will die for their political cause. So, the wrong cause can bring death and violence to the streets and destroy all the progress that is being made.
There has been a hotel or two built and a factor or two is up and running. But the political uncertainty has stopped the flow of investment dollars has investors wait to see who is going to be in-charge and what business laws will rule the investments. I am not in Haiti to be political and can't risk taking sides in the on going fight for control. I am there to do good for the poor by building schools, housing the poor children with no home, feeding the hungry and bringing Christ to the unsaved. I am not there to be political, what so ever. I am in and out of Haiti all the time, I will make my last trip of the year next month for what we call Christmas in Haiti. It is a time of fun and family an fit is all about the meeting the needs of the poor and bring a little joy to them.
But there is trouble in the air, and something must be done. The election of the president is being stalled. Cardinal Chibly Langlois has set the stage for elections but the Senate will not come together to vote on the election date and rules. God knows this is not good. There are people making ready to turn back the hand of time if the power of this government does not come in a do what they must do. The United States has always been the one to come and set the stage in Haiti. From 1915 to 1935, from the exile of Aristide, from the earthquake to the election of Michel Martelly the United States made the difference between chaos and peace. The United States can be the oppressor or the savior. It is time to be the savior of this democracy.
The United States must send Congressman John Conyers and other to see the election through. They must bring together the Aristide's people, the Duvalier's people and the Martelly people and tell them they can not set the country back fighting one another. There must be an open and fair election where the loser knows he can run again and have chance to win. What causes riots and violence is the belief that there is no chance if you don't win now.
The missionaries are there to bring families together, to distribute food, water, health products, sanitation products and build schools. But the Haitians living in the United States and the good people of this country must help keep the peace, so the good work can continue. Call to the table the President of the Haitian Senate Sumun Desras, Maryse Narcisse head of the Fanmi Lavalas Party, Lavsent Lamothe Prime Minister make them see the tragedy of not having an open and fair election. Make them understand what it means to the people there eif the investments stop. Save Haiti act now.