Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) missionaries are reaching out to Haiti's broader evangelical community by facilitating needed training programs for church and community leaders and providing training resources.
World Missions has four main partners in Haiti:
- The Haitian CRC (ECRH)
Begun in 1987 and legally established in 1999, the ECRH currently has 26 organized churches and seven stations with nearly 3,000 members. Several ECRH committees have been created to focus on specific ministry areas. These committees, and other denominational efforts, are supported by a family quota system for ECRH members. Sous Espwa (the joint CRCNA ministry team in Haiti) consults with the ECRH and provides matching funds to help the church develop its ministris.
- The Ministry for Christian Development (MDK)
MDK is an ecumenical training by extension program for church leaders and Christian school teachers. MDK also provides a Bible correspondence program. MDK has revamped its training methodology so that it has become a biblical, practical, community-based, holistic, and participatory training institute. Sous Espwa provides MDK with consultative and financial support.
- The Consortium for the Reinforcement of Christian Education in Haiti (CRECH)
CRECH is a coalition of organizations dedicated to producing biblically-based curriculum for church and mission affiliated schools in Haiti. CRECH has completed a Bible curriculum for grades one through six. They are now developing a syllabus to accompany the government-required curriculum for other subjects to help teachers present the subjects from a biblical worldview.
- Back to God Ministries International Follow-up Center (PRIHA)
Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) operates a follow-up center in Port-au-Prince. The center, PRIHA, offers discipleship programs and counseling services to the more than 1,000 listeners who respond annually to BTGMI radio broadcasts.
Besides these ministries, partner missionaries teach at Quisqueya Christian School, an English speaking school in Port-au-Prince with a mix of missionary and Haitian children.
World Missions entered Haiti in late 1986 to help church leaders more effectively minister to the physical and spiritual needs in their churches and communities. Since then the focus has broadened to training teachers, developing Christian school curricula, and preparing Christian discipleship and Bible study materials. Today missionaries with World Missions, World Renew and Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) work together in Haiti as a united ministry team to provide a more holistic ministry approach. Known locally as Sous Espwa (meaning “fountain or source of hope”), the team seeks to point Haitians to their only Source of Hope, Jesus Christ.
- Population: 9,893,934 (July 2013 est.)
- Languages: French (official), Creole (official)
- Religions: Roman Catholic (80%), Protestant (16%), other (3%), none (1%)
Visit the World Factbook for more information on Haiti.