Liberty University School of Business Haiti Trip 2017 Business as Missions

This week long mission trip was definitely one that had overwhelming ups and downs. No photo, article, news story, or even this presentation will even come close to helping someone grasp the depth of the good or bad aspects of Haiti. Even before the plane touched the ground both were in plain view with the beautiful mountains overshadowing the absolute despair of City Soleil.

The Down

This picture was taken from a ten foot tall pile of trash. The longer you look at the view the worse it got because from this point of view it was easy to feel that the beautiful people living in these make-shift homes had no hope.

The Up

But right behind this pile of trash was a beacon of hope for the people of City Soleil. Even the idea of a church in this area was a miracle, but through faith the Healing Haiti organization was able to turn the worst of the worst into the best of the best. This site which was once a place to dump anything, dispose of sewage, and even at times take their dead has been turned into a church for the community to gain hope but a school for children and adults as well.

And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new " And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." Revelation 21:5

You can look at the problems in this world and let it bring you down or you can make a choice to be the change and in return you will be lifted up
The Down

City Soleil is a 26 square mile slum with 500,000 people crammed into whatever shelter they can build. The riverbeds are filled with trash and the children are malnourished to the point that their parents are forced into giving them up as orphans or even worse selling them to be a restavek (child slave). Even the nicest shelters in City Soleil are without lights and water, and even if they had a faucet to get water out of it would be undrinkable.

the ups
For the price of a Starbucks drink you could fill up a tanker truck with drinkable water.

Through the work of the Healing Haiti organization the Haitians receive water by the tanker truck load several times a week giving many of them the only drinkable water they will have to survive. The second we stepped out of the tap tap we had children in our arms overwhelmed with excitement. The smiles on their faces alone was worth the trip.

"In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old." Isaiah 63:9
"Hey you!" They would yell as they ran up to us.
Grace Village Family Style Children Homes

Healing Haiti has taken a different approach to orphan care much like the United States. They have set Grace Village up with family style homes building a foundation for the children oriented in preserving the strength of families.

Children not only receive love at Grace Village, but also get an education. Grace School has around 400 children enrolled with their first graduation this year!

Visiting the elders

Meet Lindor, from the second I saw his face I knew he was special. Lindor is one of the many Elders that we visited. Healing Haiti sent teams out to visit the Elders to lift them up and encourage them knowing that by doing this they were not only strengthening them but the community as a whole

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Visiting Lindor was extremely touching. Children from the community gathered around as we served him and helped him any way we could. One of the most memorable moments throughout the trip for me personally was singing praise songs while we washed Lindor's feet. When we were getting ready to leave we asked what else we could do and his request was for us to sing another song. This was such an amazing testament that power of the name of Jesus transcends all barriers including language and borders.

Singing praises to the King of Kings.
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The down

One of the biggest factors contributing to the poverty in Haiti is the extreme unemployment. Most Haitians who are working are supporting several family members sometimes up to as many as 20.

The ups

The lady standing is Jolina who we met at Rebuild Globally. She had a smile on her face the entire time we were there even though she had just had her purse stolen on the way to work. Jolina once lived in City Soleil, but is now a shareholder at Rebuild Globally. She had such an amazing attitude that instead of being upset and getting down about her purse being stolen she stated that it just meant that she needed to help to create more jobs. She couldn't be more correct! Haiti is in desperate need of jobs. Not just jobs, but well paying jobs led by people who have a heart for Haiti. We were blessed to see several different businesses with a heart for Haiti that understood the need and that the national average of around $2.50/day is not enough.

Fleri Restaurant and Bakery (Left)- which was started by the Healing Haiti organization. Many of their employees are students who have been a part of Grace Village.

Grace Church (Right)- which was also started by Healing Haiti.

Fleri Farms- Also a product of the job creation team within the Healing Haiti organization has endless potential to not only help provide jobs, but will also provide several different types of food to the people who work for or are reached by their many ministries.

Papillon Enterprises- Seeing the joy of Haitians who had a place to work was easy because it was apparent on their faces. They took pride in their work which resulted in quality products.

Papillon Enterprise- These items were produced by hand giving them a personal touch.

Papillon Enterprise- The workers of Papillon received many additional benefits including in house daycare!

Peace Cycle- This company emerged from the desire to cut down on the trash in Haiti.

Peace Cycle- By recycling the nearly 5 million water bags distributed per day Peace Cycle is able to create some wonderful products and help the environment.

Peace Cycle- This lady knows that she will be able to provide for her family today because of this job.

Rebuild Globally- Some of the products created here are helping the environment as well. The flip flops you see here are created from recycled tires.

Haiti Design Co-Op- This was the first business we visited. It was immediately refreshing to see Haitians smiling and joyful doing what they love. Most of everything here was done by hand.

Haiti Design Co-Op- Most of the sewing was done using Singer treadle (foot pump) sewing machines due to the unreliable power in Haiti.

This hit home on a personal level because Singer sewing machines were manufactured in my hometown Trumann Arkansas, and my grandmother worked there until the factory closed down.

I would like to thank Healing Haiti for their wonderful hearts to serve and creating this opportunity, Liberty University for sending the group, and Nettleton Baptist Church and all of our friends who supported up on this trip. Please help the wonderful country of Haiti any way you can. You can click on the link below to see Healing Haiti's website where you can help in many different ways. If you are interested in going on a trip you can book on through their website or contact me. I am in the process of setting up a team to go serve next March 19th-26th through Nettleton Baptist.

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Earl Owens
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