Construction Teams are involved in projects that benefit the ministries and communities where we serve. The projects will be determined beforehand. You may be working at our churches or Christians schools or at the home for a sponsored family. We also have projects at our mission campus. We need carpenters, plumbers, electricians, masons, roofers, mechanics and more. Many of our churches and schools are in remote locations. The need is great. Our Haitian Partners work side by side with the mission teams.
Mobile Medical Clinics are held in the schools, churches or in our Medical Clinic. Stations will set up to see patients. Each station will have a medical professional, an assistant and an interpreter. A pharmacy will be set up to dispense medicines. The J.B. Hunt Haiti Medical clinic is actively serving our sponsored children through our Haitian medical staff. The clinic serves as a base of operations for our medical teams.
We also hold Dental Clinics that serve the sponsored children, their families and people in the community. We are able to work in remote sites, but most of our work is done at our Medical Clinic. Teams come to do extractions and repairs. We have also sealed children’s teeth to prevent cavities. Most Haitians rarely have the opportunity to see a dentist. The Dental Clinic can dramatically improve the health and well-being of those they help.
Bible Schools in Haiti are one of the most effective places to share the Gospel with children and young people. Many Haitian children who get saved do so in Bible School. We hold one-day Bible Schools and some that are five days long. We hold Bible Schools in our churches or at the mission campus for school children and neighborhood kids. It is a great way to draw children and families into the church. Preparations will be done ahead of time and assignments will be made. Most Bible Schools involve singing, skits, mission stories, Bible lessons, snacks and craft time. We will also let you know which supplies you need to bring to Haiti. We have a crew of Haitian Partners who are ready to help.
In the 1990s after several devastating hurricanes, we began distributing family packages of rice and beans to families in our churches and Christian schools so they could survive the disasters. The packages contained enough food for a family to eat for a week. The effort was so successful that we developed a ministry to manage this. We call it Haiti Relief. Most of the families we serve experience difficulty affording food on a regular basis. At times when there are natural disasters or economic downturns, we ask for special funds so we can distribute food.
Since we began this effort, we estimate we have distributed well over 1 million pounds of food. In 2020, we distributed over 90,000 pounds of food to our church and school families trying to survive the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Food is a powerful testimony of God’s love and provision. It is why Jesus identified Himself with food by saying, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
There are other important projects that a mission team will become involved in. Mission To Haiti sponsors two Vocational Schools where young people are learning to be tailors, seamstresses, plumbers, electricians and more. We have had seamstresses come to Haiti to teach young people sewing skills. We have held conferences to teach Christian leadership skills to young people and pastors. We are often invited to participate in revivals and preaching conferences. These meetings strengthen our local churches and bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.