Greetings to our friends and supporters from Yves Prophet, Executive Director and David Davolt, Board President of GVCM.
God is alive and well in Haiti. The last months since the earthquake have been hectic and full of challenges and opportunities. Many groups have visited GVCM to help in many different ways from building projects to repairing and building homes to medical support and clinics and many have loved and worshiped with the Haitians in their churches. If you were among those who have or will come soon – THANK YOU and MAY GOD BLESS YOUR EFFORTS MANY TIMES OVER!
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE. . .
An opportunity to partner and help the community around us has been presented to us and GVCM is stepping out on faith to partner and help. Here is the opportunity:
In the aftermath of the earthquake on January 12, 2010, the Haitian government is anxious to decentralize its population by building communities away from Port au Prince that are complete with homes, education, spiritual connections, manufacturing and jobs, plus having them “planned with proper utilities including sewers, water and electricity”. Many have already moved from Port au Prince and several landed on our campus in Fedja and in the near-by town of Mirebalais.
We were presented with a chance to purchase some land near the orphanage and we have made a down payment on the land of $20K and have recently given another $15K payment. The total cost of the land is approximately $90K. This was a big step of faith! There is some urgency to complete the purchase as quickly as possible. We need to raise just over $55 to complete this purchase and be able to own the land free and clear. Will you help?
We have signed a MOU (Memo of Understanding) with Airline Ambassadors(AAI) and the UN. A grant request has been made for $2.5 million to work on home building projects on our land and on a section of land in Hinche to the north. As we write this we are in the final stages of having the grant approved and the money released. There are still details to work out but things are happening quickly and we wanted our friends and supporters to see this opportunity as it develops.
Our vision is to build 60 homes on the land. The homes will be owned both by GVCM and the home owners. A small monthly fee will be charged and half will go to GVCM and half will go to the association for maintenance, administration and upkeep. The UN is interested in making sure that displaced people are moved into those homes and they are providing the initial investment They will release the money to AAI as the interface organization between GVCM and the UN. Once this 1st phase of project has been done they should provide more money for more homes. So there is a chance that if we have more money coming in we might be able to purchase more land that is available for purchase right now. Land in Mirebalais (around Fedja) is getting quite expensive and the cost might double or triple soon.
This is a huge project and we will need the help of many partners:
David Davolt and a team from Boise Bible College were able to spend a week at the end of May with Pastor Yves in Fedja and made a trip north to Thomassique, Don Don, Milot and Cap Haitian. As all my trips have been . . . it was an eye opener and a reminder of all that has been done and all that needs to be done in Haiti.
David Davolt and a team from Boise Bible College were able to spend a week at the end of May with Pastor Yves and the GVCM staff. They stayed in Fedja and made a trip north to Thomassique, Don Don, Milot and Cap Haitian. In David’s words “As all my trips have been . . . it was an eye opener and a reminder of all that has been done and all that needs to be done in Haiti.”
GVCM has made an impact in Haiti in the past ten years. Thirty-five churches in Haiti have been planted as well as nearly 4000 students enrolled throughout the country. Ministers travel from the USA regularly to teach and mentor Haitian pastors. “All God’s Children Orphanage” in Fedja has provided a home for many orphans and unwanted children. GVCM has a passion to train deaf children to communicate with American Sign Language. Medical teams have gone several times a year to provide clinics in rural settings. Many construction crews have built numerous church buildings, made benches and dug wells.
The Present Needs:
David spoke in a church in Cap Haitian the Sunday he was there and he said on his returning “The people impressed me with their desire to live in God’s grace and their acceptance of God’s blessings in their lives. They have so little and yet were so very thankful. I shared with them that in my travels around the country, I regularly use a greeting I learned years ago in Haiti that is meaningful in Haiti and all over the world:
GOD IS GOOD! All the time! GOD IS GOOD!!!
Thanks for your partnership with GVCM, David Davolt, President GVCM Yves Prophet, Executive Director GVCM