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Trek to Caribbean with Latino Team – Haiti

Join a multi-cultural team of over 20 Spanish-speaking people for a 10-day summer mission experience in the Caribbean in July.

Together do cross-cultural orientation training in the Dominican Republic, then cross over into Haiti by bus to minister in Haiti.

Share daily devotions together, and minister in St Marc, 100 kms north of capital.

Do evangelism, prayer walking, help run a medical clinic, serve practically, do children's ministry, teach English or Spanish to children and youth.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

Serve and explore mission as a family, couple or individual. You will enjoy working in a multi-cultural team. You are conversant in English. Knowledge of French or Spanish is helpful, but not necessary.

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About Haiti

Haiti is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.

Haiti has an estimated 10.8 million people and is the 2nd most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.

History

The region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people. Spain landed on the island on 5 December 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus across the Atlantic. When Columbus initially landed in Haiti, he had thought he had found India or China.

On Christmas Day 1492, Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria ran aground north of what is now Limonade. As a consequence, Columbus ordered his men to salvage what they could from the ship, and he created the first European settlement in the Americas.

The island was named La Española and claimed by Spain, which ruled until the early 17th century. France ruled until the French Revolution. Sugarcane plantations, worked by slaves brought from Africa, were established by colonists.

The slave revolt

During the French Revolution (1789–1799), slaves and free people of colour revolted in the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804), culminating in the abolition of slavery and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army at the Battle of Vertières.

The sovereign nation of Haiti was established on 1 January 1804 – the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt.

The rebellion that began in 1791 was led by a former slave and the first black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture, whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into an independent country. Upon his death in a prison in France, he was succeeded by his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who declared Haiti's sovereignty and later became the first Emperor of Haiti, Jacques I.  

The two official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole.  

Culture, music and arts  

Haiti has a rich and unique cultural identity, consisting of a large blend of traditional customs of French and African, mixed with Spanish and indigenous Taíno cultures. Haitian music also combines a wide range of influences drawn from the many people who have settled on this Caribbean island.

Haiti is famous for its creole cuisine (which related to Cajun cuisine), and its soup joumou.

[Source: Wikipedia]  

Haiti has 6 people groups. The largest religion is Christianity at 95%. Evangelicals are 16%. Ethnic religions are 3%.

[Source: Joshua Project]

Pray with us for Haiti using Operation World's online resources.

Watch the Prayercast for Haiti.

Details

Position Type
Youth & Children
Send me - happy to go anywhere!
Practical & Maintenance
Health & Medical
Evangelism

Contract Type
0-3 months i Ideal commitment is 3 months or less

Location
Haiti
North America
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