Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 4:53 local time, a magnitude 7.0 quake struck near Port au Prince, Haiti, bringing massive devastation. The death toll was in the hundreds of thousands. Over 1 million people were displaced.
The Haiti Orphan Project was born out of this tragedy and we continue to minister to the wonderful people of Haiti.
This video is set to the song Build Us Back and captures the tragedy and beauty of Haiti. Build Us Back was written by Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss, former members of the Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline.
Keep Haiti in your prayers.
The Haiti Orphan Project is pleased to announce that Holden Meyers is joining our team in Haiti January 13, 2016 as our Economic Development Coordinator. Holden has his one-way ticket to Haiti and is excited to get on the ground and get started. What will he be doing? Holden will be working on our HOPE Economic Project, coming along side the families in our program to assist them in establishing small, money-making businesses.
Our HOPE Economic Project seeks to help build and preserve the dignity of the impoverished families we work with by creating income through economic projects. These jobs and small businesses are designed to function in Haiti’s small scale economy. Read more about it here.
You can read a little more about Holden here. But we’ll let Holden tell you in his own words how this all came about.
The story of getting to Haiti really starts in the fall of 2011 at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. God used SBU and my friends there to transform my view of Christ from an “idea” into a “lifestyle.” God was no longer just a standard of what was right and wrong, but instead, the core of what I did and who I was. My life was becoming less of what I wanted and more of what He wanted. I put my future in His hands and what He desired of me. Following God into the unknown was scary for me, but it was exactly what He wanted me to do.
As God continued to work in me and lead me, I took the opportunity to participate in my first mission trip in the spring of 2012 to an orphanage in Baja Mexico. Seeing the hurt and abandoned children there changed me. I was sheltered by a bubble of a loving family and a comfortable financial background. A part of me was angry at God. I thought, “Where is He? Why would He let this happen? What is Christ going to do about this?” Then God led me to Philippians 2:13: “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” God chooses us to carry out His will. The idea of pleading with “how will God fix this” became God asking me “how will you fix this?” This idea changed my life completely. I soon found that serving and loving the most vulnerable of God’s people was the deepest desire of my heart. It is why God created me, it is my purpose.
In March of 2015, I took my first trip to Haiti with HOPE. My love for Haiti, the Brouwer’s and Peters’, and the style of Haiti Orphan Project’s “orphan prevention” was instant. The thought of keeping families together, after my experience with so many orphans, was something I desired to be a part of. In June, I spent four more weeks working with HOPE. I came home knowing Haiti is exactly where Jesus wants me. After that, it all fell into place. The Brouwer’s and Peters’ loved me enough to allow me to join the team and let me be their neighbor. My business degree made me a perfect candidate to support the Hope Economic Project. My amazing family and church’s desire to see Christ work through me gave me the support I needed for the move. And God is constantly affirming His faith in me and His willingness to use me in Haiti.
Moving to Haiti and working with HOPE is my dream job. I don’t see this experience as a “sacrifice” or “putting my life on hold.” Instead, this is exactly where I want to be and exactly what I want to be doing. It is crazy to see how good God has been to me. I wanted more than anything to do exactly what Christ wanted for me, whatever that may be. In return, He gave me the deepest desire of my heart: to serve and love the least of these. I am unbelievably excited to be with HOPE, to love and follow Christ in the easiest and hardest moments, and to help keep families together in Haiti.
Pray for Holden as he makes the adjustment to life in Haiti and as he gets started helping Haitian families stay together. To financially support our work in Haiti you may CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible donation.
[From the Brouwer family in Haiti] These are our three school age kids: Micah, Chloe and Jude, that have joined us on our Haiti adventure beginning a year and a half ago. They are a fun-loving, smart, complicated and compassionate bunch. They love their life in Haiti, but like any American kids they miss home too. In the last four years the Brouwer kids have gone from private school to public to homeschooling in Haiti—which has been affectionately dubbed “Paradise Village Christian Academy” owing to the name of the 5 acre compound where we rent a house.
Our kids all have different learning styles and their own unique gifts and challenges. In a very real way homeschooling has worked well for them- providing them the ability to enjoy their strengths and work at their own pace where they struggle.
We are looking for a teacher to take over July 2016 when Jeff and Becky’s 2 year commitment with Haiti Orphan Project is up. Micah, Chloe and Jude will be entering 8th, 6th and 3rd grade in the fall of 2016. There will be certainly be an opportunity to learn from both Jeff and Becky and the way they tailored the SonLight curriculum to our kids.
A quick word about life in Haiti; it isn’t easy! Life here tends to challenge people both emotionally and physically. Being surrounded by poverty and functioning in a country with broken systems and inadequate infrastructure can be trying for the best of us. Imagine life without constant electricity, driving 3 hours to the closest grocery store, no shopping malls or movie theaters. On any given day you will deal with heat, bugs, electricity issues, weird tropical sicknesses among other things. That being said Haiti still retains some of its Caribbean charm and many people fall in love with the beauty and resilience of the Haitian people.
This is a great opportunity to be of tremendous service to an organization working hard to come alongside a community in Haiti. People with an adventurous spirit, who are emotionally stable and physically healthy do best in Haiti.
What we’re looking for:
-Someone who enjoys kids and has the gift a to teach. A teachers degree or certificate is not necessary, but some background or experience with teaching is preferred.
-A female willing to share an apartment with our friend Katie who is coming in may to assist in teaching and to help with the care of Moses and our other kids.
-A committed Christian with the background, ability and worldview to utilize “Sonlight,” a broadly evangelical teaching curriculum.
-Can provide a personal, professional and spiritual reference as well as provide us with a background check.
-Must be a motivated, self-starter…Mom and Dad are busy and try our best not to be those annoying parents constantly meddling in what you are trying to do.
-Someone who is interested in their primary role being that of teacher. Everyone in a small organization like ours needs to lend a hand and get involved in the everyday tasks of life and ministry in Haiti, but this role is first and foremost about being a teacher to our kids.
-Be able to commit to teaching for one year from August 2016 through May 2017.
-We are looking to begin phone interviews in January and currently have one person interested in the position
-We will happily answer questions re: pay, living costs, fund-raising and life in Haiti with any interested candidate by email and phone
Interested parties may send their resume attached to an email stating the reason for their interest to Luke@hopemedicalproject.org
Thanks, Luke and Julie Brouwer