Over the last several summers our church has been able to do great work by supporting teen mission trips. This summer we have a remarkable group of teens, ten in all, who will be spending a week in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti. The host ministry is called Helping Hands for Haiti, which is supported by many Reformed, Christian Reformed and Lutheran churches in the Midwest. This ministry was established eight years ago by a young man who himself had served as a volunteer in Haiti. Helping Hands for Haiti has become a vital organization serving God by promoting a holistic approach to growth and sustainability in Haiti's interior with a focus on agricultural development, entrepreneurship, education, adequate housing, clean water, health care and thriving churches.
Our team's focus will be on both housing and health care. Most dwellings consist of scavenged wood and metal materials, tin roofs, and dirt floors. Dirt floors are breeding grounds for all kinds of maladies. Our job will be to cover the dirt with permanent concrete flooring. At first blush that may not seem like much. Here, however, is what the World Health Organization reports: "Covering dirt floors with concrete leads to a 78 percent reduction in parasitic infestations, 49 percent reduction in diarrhea, 81 percent reduction in anemia and up to 96 percent improvement in cognitive development in children."
We are so grateful to those of you who have already made donations to help fund this effort. In the last two days three people have offered $1,000 each as matching monies for any new gifts made. This means, if you have wanted to support this mission team, there could not be a better time. A $500 gift becomes $1,000. A $100 gift becomes $200. A $10 gift becomes $20. Here are the great people you will be partnering with: Matt Bischof, Katie Miles, Jack Steuer, Hunter Burnett, Pearse O'Donohue, Tesher Zafrin, Nathan Gargano, Juliette Phillips, Kevon Lewis, Owen Steelle