Church • Planting
“Let’s not merely contemplate the Word of God in the world around us;
let’s do what it says (see James 1:22-25).”
We are living our faith by planting Churches and launching Christian schools in Haiti.
We get to do this…
God has called us into two of the most difficult areas of Haiti.
Titanyen (which means ‘less than nothing’) is one of the poorest rural villages in Haiti and is home to Grace Church and Grace Academy. Over 350 attend church each week and over 450 children attend Grace Academy.
Church Planting In Cite Soleil, Haiti
Planting a church where people can find and strengthen a personal relationship with Christ is a holy mission. But doing it in one the poorest rural villages in the western hemisphere, or on top of 12 feet of garbage dump, is a present-day miracle.
These two miracles are Grace Church in Titanyen, Haiti and Hope Church in Cite Soleil, Haiti. Named for the blessings they deliver, these two churches are the realized vision of Healing Haiti — a Christian non-profit started in 2006.
Grace Church in the Village of “Less Than Nothing”
Titanyen is known as the “Less Than Nothing” village of Haiti. Its living population is sparse, but the mass graves are populated with thousands of victims from decades of a cruel dictatorship and the souls lost in the 2010 earthquake.
It is here that God chose to plant a spiritual light. Only His Grace can outshine the dark horrors of Haiti that existed in Titanyen. The plan unfolded as Healing Haiti help turn this rocky, arid desert terrain into a vibrant, faith-filled beacon of life known as Grace Village.
Working side by side with Haitians employed and paid by donations made to Healing Haiti, we can now say Grace flourishes in “less than nothing”:
Phase I of the multi-phase project included two dorms, a feeding center and a playground. Grace Village became home to 58 orphans upon opening in December 2011.
Phase II include a school, Grace Academy, a permanent church, a medical/dental clinic and family homes with a mother and father figure for our children.
Grace Church has over 350 who regularly attend each week. Grace Academy has over 400 children who attend school.
Phase III included a job-creating bakery — Fleri Boulange, or Flourish Bakery — which employs 50 families.
The focus continues to be on sustainability, with the addition of Fleri Farms, a 28 acre micro farm.
Hope Church atop a Dump
Cite Soleil is an area approximately three square miles, with a population of 300,000. In this poorest of slums, in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, in the worst part of the slum, is a dump. On this — 12 feet deep with garbage and human waste — God chose His second site. Hope Church was begun.
Healing Haiti again converged at a most unlikely location to bring hope to the hopeless. After digging through the 12 feet of garbage using 40 to 80 foot pylons, the Healing Haiti continued their mission of growing God’s Kingdom.
Hope Church opened in February of 2016 with seating for 700 people.
The church has three fulltime pastors and five services a week.
Hope School is inside the church. The school serves 160 children and hundreds of others in the Adult Education Services.
Healing Haiti’s belief that the local church is the hope of the world is mirrored in the impact of these two churches. Each is grounded in biblical teachings and offers a place for the people of the community to live out these values. This commitment to the ministries of evangelism, adult literacy, marriage and discipleship ultimately strengthen the family unit, which is the fabric of the community.