Revisioning and Beyond
Posted February 2021
Moving Forward into 2021:
We hope you have had a chance to view the Revisioning videos we posted in November 2020 (see videos below). The videos highlight some of the issues that have prompted us to ask foundational questions of our board: the political unrest in Haiti over the past few years; Joe and Linda Markee’s transition into founder emeritus roles; and the impact of COVID-19 (both here and in Haiti).
The main question is “what will the next chapter of Haiti Foundation of Hope look like?” This question will not be answered overnight but we desire to keep our partners informed as we move forward. We want to take a moment and let you know where we have been and to let you know what we are pursuing as we enter into the next chapter of HFH.
The past 6 months: Haiti Foundation of Hope has a strong history of providing hope to our Haitian friends and partners in Terre Blanche. HFH continues to strengthen that base as we participate in the amazing work God has planned. As HFH enters into the next chapter, each board member has taken on more leadership and strengthened their roles and responsibilities. HFH is starting 2021 strong.
Markee legacy project: God has used the faithfulness and dedication of Joe and Linda Markee to change the lives of many people in Haiti and here. In the near future, we seek to honor them by completing a project in their name. The HFH board of directors is praying for wisdom for such a project and will keep you informed as things become clear. Please join us in praying for wisdom in how we can best honor Joe and Linda. The board also asks that you begin praying if God would have you be a part of this project.
The next 6 months: There are six core values that drive the ministry of HFH: Committed to Christ, Participatory Learning, Local Ownership, Relationships, Integrity and Sustainability. The board is using these core values to create a strategic plan for the next chapter of ministry in Terre Blanche. One example is determining what future teams to Haiti look like. Typically, we send four to five medical teams to Haiti each year. Due to civil unrest in Haiti, all teams in 2019 and 2020 were canceled. As the Clinic of Hope thrives under Haitian leadership, should our future teams continue to be only medical teams or do we participate in different areas? This is one example of the many decisions the board needs to make.
What we know now:
- We know the Gospel is foundational to the work in Terre Blanche. The church was planted in 1996 and it’s the power of Jesus that has changed this community. Pastor Delamy and the leadership team continue to bring people together to worship Jesus.
- We know that the continued success of the Clinic of Hope is essential. We are extremely proud of the Haitian medical staff. The Clinic of Hope staff has traveled to nearby communities to provide medical care and bring hope through Open Door Clinics.
- We know that Community Health is an on-going need. The community health volunteers reach out to their neighbors with education and resources expanding the scope of the work of HFH.
- We know that the civil unrest has made life even more difficult for our Haitian friends. Hunger has been a greater issue than ever. Pastor Delamy and his team continue to share rice and bean with those in need.
- We know that education brings hope to the children and families. There are 870 students enrolled at the school in Terre Blanche.
- We know that economic development will provide for daily needs. The success of the Woman’s Trade School has provided skills to 99 graduates.
Pray for the HFH board as we work on the strategic plan for our next chapter. God is on the move and it is our desire to seek Him for wisdom and join Him in what He is doing.
Posted November 2020
The year 2020 has been full of challenges and changes and Haiti Foundation of Hope is no exception. These challenges have caused us to ask big questions about what Haiti Foundation of Hope will look like in the future. Some things have become clear while other questions the Lord has yet to answer. Regardless, the Lord has been faithful to lead us well during this challenging season and we are excited about what He is going to do.
To help tell this story of hope, we have produced a series of videos.