The mission in Haiti can benefit from several types of teams. Below are different types of teams that represent the current needs in our area.
Vision tours are a first step for most churches looking for ways to be involved in the area. These teams are normally small and composed primarily of church leaders and missions board representatives. These teams generally don’t participate in work projects on the field; instead they should expect to spend most of their time learning about different ministries such as the hospital, the reconstruction projects, the community health program and/or different local Wesleyan Churches. Prior to arrival the team leader should work closely with the team liaison to set up meetings with individuals in charge of the different ministries of the Haiti mission.
Organizing a vision tour team is a great way to learn about everything that is going on in Haiti and obtain the information that you need to decide how your church would like to partner with the country. Depending on where the information gathering teams stay there are several different activities available to allow the team to see the countryside and experience the culture and people. We have two vision tours scheduled for this year.
The earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 either destroyed or rendered a number of Wesleyan church buildings unsafe. In response the North American Wesleyan church has offered to partner with Haitian Wesleyan church to help replace these structures. Reconstruction Teams are teams coming with the purpose of rebuilding one of these churches. Reconstruction Teams are sent from North American churches to the churches that they have partnered with in Haiti. It will probably take several visits for the construction project to be completed and hopefully the partnership between the two churches will last well beyond the building of a structure.
Hospital Medical Teams
The Wesleyan Hospital on La Gonave serves as the only hospital for the entire island. A new hospital building is currently being built with scheduled completion in September 2013.
The hospital is entirely staffed and operated by Haitians. Because of its small size, however, it lacks the ability to perform several types of surgeries without the assistance of foreign doctors. The best way for a team to offer assistance at the hospital is in the form of a surgical team. The normal stay for a surgical team is about a week. We highly encourage surgical teams to bring the support staff that they will need including nurses and a couple of non-medical personnel to assist with organizing and logistics. When teams bring their own staff, this protects our already stretched medical staff and keeps them from being overly stressed during the team’s stay.
Work teams are essential to the operation of the ministry centers at Ortlip and La Gonave. There is no money set aside by the Wesleyan Church to support these centers. Instead all operations costs and maintenance must be covered by the missionaries’ budgets and visiting teams. Work teams generally take on projects that are critical to the operations of the centers. These can range from anything from painting, to building new ceilings in the duplex, to replacing the electrical system.
Work teams have played a vital role in the operation of the ministry centers and Wesleyan Hospital, and these facilities could not exist with out them. Our current projects include final finishes on the new hospital, the triplex (school room and 2 apartments), renovations for the nursing school, and the renovation of the old guesthouse for the new pharmacy and hospital administration offices.
Most work projects require a good deal of preparation. Before a work teams arrives they should have already coordinated a project with the station manager. This includes arranging any funds or materials necessary to complete the project. Please note that there are no general funds available for team construction projects. When the team is not busy, there are a variety of activities available for the team to be able to experience the local community and culture.
If you're interested in planning a visit, please send an email to start the conversation. We will help individuals and teams plan the types of trips listed above. You can also view the FAQs and Potential Team Projects.