STEP (EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PORT-AU-PRINCE)
The local church is crucial to the health of communities, which means investing in pastoral leadership is of vital importance. Since 1942, STEP has been engaged in training church leaders so they are effective in their ministry and become agents of transformation in their communities. As Haiti takes steps to restore their communities, ensuring the health of local churches will unleash holistic, gospel-centered ministries to the most vulnerable. Partnering with STEP will secure long-term pastoral leadership in a country that desperately needs the good news of Jesus. Our desire is to help with the finances for a new Guest House, which will house professors from the United States who regularly come and teach at STEP.
Unemployment and illiteracy in Haiti are rampant. The result of this combination is devastating for families, communities, and Haiti in general. An unsteady source of income leaves many Haitians dependent on the generosity of others. This dependency robs the poor, not of their resources, but of their dignity, responsibility, and self-worth.There is a better way. A local pastor in the community of Gressier recognized the need for vocational training in his church. Pastor Tingue established a vocational school where young women gain practical skills and learn about Jesus. By empowering women through vocational training, we can see families and communities transformed.
HAITI MISSION TRIPS
Constance continues to mobilize teams of adults to serve in the community of Gressier, Haiti. In 2018, we want to increase our involvement by sending 40 NEW participants as well as 20 RETURNING participants from our community to Haiti. Each trip has a primary focus, which helps us maximize the impact of each visit. Our trips usually consist of up to 12 adults who minister alongside our Haitian partners and other gospel-centered agencies. The nature of the work requires a high degree of flexibility and the willingness to respond to changing circumstances.
KIDSTORY IN KINSHASA
Illiteracy continues to be a major area of concern in the developing world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the illiteracy rate is approximately 40%. If the gospel is to be shared, unique methods must be employed. In the DRC, sharing the gospel through storytelling has made the hope of Christ more accessible. KIDStory relies on Jesus’ method of teaching through storytelling, combined with interactive experiences and meaningful discussions for children. The skills are fun to learn, use, and share with others. This makes the multiplying effect of the KIDStory strategy all the more powerful. God has been at work through KIDStory and hundreds of thousands of children have heard the gospel because of it.
“Elikya” means hope in the native tongue of the Congolese. At the center, widows, orphans, and the disabled receive physical care, vocational training, and learn about the love of Jesus.
- Upon graduation, the students of the Elikya Center face many challenges. To prepare them for their future vocation, we plan to provide the tools necessary for their trade.
- Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Cameroon has a training program for prosthetic limb production. Edison, the Garage Director and teacher at the Elikya Center, will enter a month of training for the fabrication and fitting of prosthetics, especially legs. This opportunity would bless Elikya, GlobalFingerprints, and others who are greatly in need.
- The bedding situation at the Elikya Center is bleak. Most of the beds are in tatters and there aren’t enough for every resident. We plan to supply the center’s carpentry students with the resources they need to build new beds.