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. In recent years, the school has been met by significant operational challenges. The campus is situated in an area of Port-au-Prince that has been plagued by violence and, due to their location, they have been unfortunate by standers and innocent casualties of police raids and additional violence. The security of the campus has become imperative. Enrollment has dropped because prospective students are fearful, and the seminary has had difficulty retaining its staff. As a part of this year’s emphasis, we’re investing in critical infrastructure that will help keep the campus safe and ensure the continued resourcing of the local church with pastoral leadership.
Christian Protocol Academy
Unemployment and illiteracy in Haiti are rampant. The result of this combination is devastating for families, communities, and Haiti in general. Poverty leads to vulnerability. Vulnerability leads to difficult decisions that often lead to greater despair and poverty. A local church pastor in the community of Gressier saw the need for vocational training in his community. He helped establish a vocational school where young women gain practical skills and learn about Jesus. The products created by Breadfruit Creations are available each weekend throughout the Global Awareness Partnership.
Pray as we look to help scale up this ministry.
HAITI MISSION TRIPS
For years, we’ve shared about our relationship with the Haitian church. We’ve shared about our partnership with STEP Seminary, the Christian Protocol Academy, New Life Center Church, Source de la Grace, and GlobalFingerprints. Sharing stories only goes so far.
Nothing compares with the opportunity to meet these brothers and sisters in person. Nothing compares with the opportunity to use your time and energy to love and serve in Haiti. Nothing compares with the experience of worshiping alongside brothers and sisters from another culture. We believe that God uses short-term mission trips as a means of forming and transforming hearts and minds.
Be a part of what God is doing by taking a step of faith and serving on a mission trip to Haiti. Fill out our Haiti Trip Interest Form!
KINSHASA CITY MINISTRIES
For years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has seen exponential population growth, particularly in the capital city of Kinshasa. The drastic growth has seen an influx of problems that are systemic to high-density living. Crime, poverty, a lack of public services, and general instability make life difficult for a majority of the population. In 2018, the DRC’s level of human development was ranked 176th out of 187 countries by the Human Development Index. Yet in the midst of the hardships of daily life in the DRC, the Kingdom of God advances. In our years of ministry partnership, we’ve seen the launch of hundreds of Tabitha Centers, the growth of KIDStory, and advanced health and sustainability at the Elikya Center and Tandala Hospital. Each of these ministries has helped men, women, and children experience the love of Christ and bring hope through the gospel. As the population of the DRC grows, it is our desire to continue to equip our partners to share the gospel and meet the tangible needs of those on the margins of their society.
Kinshasa is a city full of ministry potential. As the population explodes, our ministry partners need the flexibility to develop, launch, and grow new ministries that will meet the needs of the Congolese. This fund will resource our partners as they address costs related to the planning and development of ministry initiatives. The desire is that new ministries would become financially self-sustaining.
Goal: $20,000 for Develop / Launch / Grow Fund
KIDSTORY IN KINSHASA
In 2017, we shared about the ministry potential of KIDStory, an Awana-like program where children learn the gospel through storytelling, scripture memorization, interactive experiences, and meaningful discussions. We’re excited to share about their progress. In the first two years, the number of children currently being reached through the KIDStory’s ministry is in excess of 100,000! As we continue to partner with KIDStory, we’ll provide the resources they need to expand the training of their leaders so they can impact the estimated population of five million children around Kinshasa. These resources include instructional materials, transportation and communication for the staff, and the coordination of logistics.
We’re excited once again to share about God’s work through the Elikya Center. This special ministry helps care for widows, orphans, and the disabled. Through vocational training and spiritual leadership, many marginalized and vulnerable individuals have their dignity restored and find hope in the gospel. Many of the students have been baptized as new believers. In recent years, we’ve focused on the sustainability of the Elikya Center by investing in projects that help provide income. We’ve helped build fish ponds, which are stocked with tilapia, and the income from the sale of the fish helps resource their ministry. Our desire is to help fund the addition of three new ponds. We also have the opportunity to help launch the production of palm oil, which is an incredibly valuable resource in the region. The income from this investment will help further the self-sustainability of the Elikya Center. Finally, as in previous years, we will continue to provide graduating students with the tools they will need to generate their own income away from the Elikya Center.
Our community has had a front-row seat to the growth of an incredible gospel-centered ministry. Over the course of six years, the Tabitha Centers in Kinshasa, a place where women receive skills training and mentorship from mature Christian women, have grown at an incredible pace. As of 2018, 193 Tabitha Centers have been opened, and now provide a safe place where young women learn practical skills that provide them with an income, an education in basic business practices, and an introduction to the Bible. By God’s grace, thousands of the most vulnerable women in Kinshasa have graduated from the Tabitha Centers, and plans are being developed to open more. As a part of this year’s Global Awareness Partnership, we’d like to fund another twenty new Tabitha Centers. Each woman at the Tabitha Centers is sponsored by GlobalFingerprints. Last year, Constance had the privilege of sponsoring the first thirty women in this program, and opportunities to sponsor women at the Tabitha Centers continue to be available through GlobalFingerprints. If you’d like to learn more about this life-changing program, visit globalfingerprints.org.
Goal: $15,000 to launch 20 new centers