Individual and Family Mission Trips
Opportunities to Serve for Every Place in Life
We lead trips to Haiti three to four times each year. These trips are opportunities for people to put their faith into action as we help in the clean up and rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake. Also, as part of these trips, we spend time in relational ministry as we build personal relationships with each person we meet.
Each trip lasts eight to nine days, including travel days, one sightseeing day, and our days of physical work. The cost for these trips range from $2000-$2300 depending on the cost for flights.
If you feel called to live out your faith through an international mission experience, this is a great option to participate in a ministry of revitalization.
Incarnational Mission Ministry from Matt Henson
When I landed in Haiti for the first time on May 25, 2010, I could not fathom my experience on that trip or the subsequent 13 more I would take by February 2017. My initial thoughts from that first trip were: As our plane descended for landing in Port au Prince, the devastation was evident and the need for response cried out from the poverty, loss, and needs...It took about 1-1.5 hours to get to the Guest House. As we drove through the streets, you would notice a building collapsed and/or demolished next door to a seemingly strong standing building.
There were tent cities erected in several spots because the people are still terrified to stay in their homes for fear of another earthquake. The colors, smells, and sounds are at times sensory overload, while still stimulating a desire to see more, smell more, and hear more while pining to touch, making contact with people.My pining to engage all my sensory faculties has guided my philosophy of mission as I have visited Fon Doux, Mellier (x2), Arcahaie, Hinche, Bercy, Yvon (x5), and Sobier (x3).
In each of these locations, except my first trip where I was a participant and not the leader, we have lived in the community where we are in ministry. We have heard the sounds and the noises; smelled the mix of fragrance and odor; seen the joy and the sadness; tasted the food; and touched the children and adults as we have played together, greeted one another, and hugged/high fived/knocked knuckles, etc. I cannot imagine doing ministry from a distance, staying in a Guest House and returning to the community where we are working each morning. Because of this philosophy, we take bucket showers, have no running water, use latrines (sometimes they have toilets, other times they are wooden boxes), and sleep on cots. We sleep in church buildings or in tents in the front yard of a leader in the local church.
I believe in incarnational ministry.