Join Brian Lucas, our Danville Campus Leader, on a Global Outreach trip to Ouanaminthe, Haiti, where we will visit and work at Univers Medical Center, Institution Univers, and Le Bon Samaritain. This trip is geared towards the medical field - doctors, dentists, surgeons, nurses, and the like. (A medical license is required to practice medicine in Haiti.) They would love some training! So if you are an expert in your field and want to share your knowledge - now is your chance. The medical clinic sees over 30,000 patients each year, so the need is great. The doctors on staff have a difficult time keeping up with all the demands.
If you are not a medical professional but feel called to this trip - we’d love to have you! There are many projects that need to be done around the school and we can easily have a team of you working at the school or farm. Last year a brick mason went on the team and helped build a block wall at the farm. We never really know how God is going to use your skills - but we have faith He knows!
This is a special trip for Southland. Many of our band members not only volunteer their time to go on this trip, but they also raise all the funds to go. Breakout is a time of worship and teaching. School is actually closed all week, so the team teaches and worships in English during the day, then repeats their message at night when they invite all the neighbors, family, and community to join them in Creole. Yep. That’s right. Our worship band learns their songs in Creole. This trip will be open for band members, production crew, and teachers.
You asked for it! Here it is: a mission trip to Haiti where you can bring the whole family! Children as young as 7 can come along on this trip. What will you do? That’s a great question. Hand out Meal Pack food, pray with the parents and children who receive the food, spend time at the Children’s Home where you get to play with kids ages 4 to 18, and have lots of fun watching your children serve other children. The Campus at Lifeline is uniquely built with it’s own water filtration system, so all the water on campus is safe to drink. You will be staying in Men’s & Women’s Dorms, so you get to add a lot more people to your family.
Since 1990, Univers and COCINA (its US-based partner organization) have promoted education, provided healthcare, and initiated economic development in Ouanaminthe. While on the trip, you will teach lessons and facilitate recreational activities for the school’s first week of summer camp. You will also spend time with students and families in the community, including possible trips to nearby Fort Liberté, le Bon Samaritain, and Cap Haïtien. If you love kids, if you love teaching, if you love Haiti, this is the trip for you!
You’ve packed meals for Haiti, now help distribute those meals! We’re sending a large team to Lifeline this summer to build a home or two and distribute those meals. Lifeline is a great first time mission trip in Haiti. You stay in air-conditioned dorm rooms and eat mostly American food. All the water on campus is filtered and clean. You get to work alongside Haitians and experience all the programs Lifeline offers - Infant / Toddler Nutrition Program; Children’s Home; Build a home; Prayer walks; Church services; and the school. There is something for everyone on this trip - no specific skills required. BUT! If you have specific skills, let us know and we will put those to use.
Do you clean your house before you leave for vacation? One of the best things is coming home to a clean house! Imagine your home with louvered windows that don’t close all the way - how dusty it would be after a week. How much dust would you find after a summer of being gone? That’s what the teachers at Sonlight come home to each Fall. They come to the US during the summer months to visit family and churches, to reconnect and find funding for the school year. When they return home, the school is in need of cleaning, repairs, and then just getting ready for the students to come to class. Join us as we send a team down to help! We can use skills such as electricians, HVAC, plumbers, and anyone handy around the house. We also need help with setting up the classrooms - moving desks, chairs, sorting books and classroom items. There is something on this trip for everyone!
Founded in 1980, Lifeline Christian Mission serves thousands every day in schools, clinics, nutrition programs, churches, and children’s homes. This trip is open to all Medical Professionals and students. You will be spending time at the Clinin in Grand Goave as well as going out to surrounding communities to provide health screening and services.
From the Founder, Gretchen Devoe: A good balance is to have a pediatrician, OB/GYN, orthopedist, G-I, internal medicine, ophthalmologist and or optometrist, dentist, family medicine and more. With a good diversity of specialties it allows us to also do more Mobile Clinics and take services to those people who would most likely not ever have those type specialists treating them; this would get them out to some of our other church/school locations to serve the under-served but also experience some remote communities. So just about any specialty you can provide would be great but these are the ones that are most needed.
We can also accommodate and need pharmacists. And as a reminder, Nurse Practitioners and P.A.s are more than welcome too and are permitted to see and treat patients in Haiti also.
Along these same lines, we are trying to take advantage of the various specialists to present some educational information for our patients as well as clinic staff. So anyone who would also be willing to teach on specific subjects relating to their specialties. The Haitian people really don’t have much accurate knowledge about how the body functions, the relationship (cause & effect) of their lifestyles and so information that counters myths and superstitions is so-much needed there.
TCM develops effective Christian leaders of disciple-making movements impacting their churches, cultures, and countries for Christ. While on the trip you will meet students from Eurasia and serve them in various ways including; preparing meals and snacks; cleaning rooms; working on the grounds; and working in maintenance. These students are currently active in ministry positions in their countries, and come to Haus Edelweiss for a condensed class time with faculty from Europe, Australia, and the US. You will also spend a day visiting Vienna, and Sunday afternoon in Baden. While in Austria you will be able to sample delicious pastries, delightful ice cream, and rich European chocolates.
Sonlight Ministries serves hundreds in the community of Port-de-Paix through the Academy, the Bible College, the church, additional church plants, and the multi-purpose recreation center. While on the trip, you will engage in miscellaneous projects to support the faculty, staff, and students of Sonlight. You do not need to be a teacher to join us on this trip! We can use you, no matter your skill.
Here's a few answers to our most common questions.
Will I be able to communicate with people at home?
Each ministry has guidelines on phone and internet use. Sometimes you will be able to communicate with the people at home through phone or internet. Check with your phone carrier about international calling options. Usually your loved ones will be informed of your safe arrival through the ministry personnel or your team leader.
How much personal spending money should I take?
You may be able to shop while on the trip. Your purchases will be personal items, i.e. food in airports; gifts and souvenirs; etc. so generally $50-100 is sufficient. It is wise to exchange money prior to leaving the U.S. Check with your bank about money exchange. 5/3 Bank will exchange money for the currency where you are going, though you need to give them 3-5 days notice of the amount and country where you are going.
Will we attend church while on this trip?
Yes, in most cases we will attend local congregations. Your team leader will suggest appropriate clothing for church; generally dresses or skirts and blouses for ladies, and khakis and polos for men though, in Haiti, men who are preaching will need to wear ties. Services in foreign countries may last much longer than US church services. You will experience various languages in the service and may not always recognize the music sung and played.
What is the Dress Code for my trip?
You are representing God, Southland Christian Church, and local mission partners. Modesty is the key to all clothing you decide to bring with you. In humility please follow the dress code of the mission organization. If you are questioning whether or not you should bring it, then leave it at home. You will be given a packing list that is applicable to your ministry location. Depending on the location and cultural norms, you may need to adjust your dress code. Pack far less than you think you need, and in some cases there will be laundry facilities available. Check for the weather in the country where you are headed here: World Weather
Do I need vaccinations or specific medications for my trip?
Depending on where you’re going on your ministry trip, vaccinations and medications may be recommended by your doctor; this is especially true in Haiti. You can also search online at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel to see what is recommended.
Do I need a passport? Do I need a visa?
Yes, if you are traveling outside the USA you need a passport. If you need a passport go to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/ds11/ds11_842.html to apply. If you have a passport please make sure you have at least 6 months remaining before expiration as you complete your trip, otherwise you need to renew your passport.
Visa - if a visa is needed, Global Outreach will provide a link to the appropriate consulate. If needed, complete the visa application and bring it to the Global Outreach office, along with your passport, and two 2”x2” passport acceptable photographs.
What electronic equipment should I take?
You will probably take your phone, but be prepared to surrender it to the ministry office in some instances. Only if you are asked to present (teach or preach) should you take other electronic equipment. Haiti uses the same plugs as the US, but Austria uses a different plug. If you are taking electronic equipment, you are wise to purchase a universal converter so you will have the right plugs for anywhere in the world. Taking expensive cameras is not always wise, but your team leader will help you know if these cameras are appropriate.
What does a daily schedule look like?
Each ministry trip has it’s own schedule, but generally you will begin the day between 7:00-7:30 am and engage in work often until after the evening meal, served usually about 6:00pm. Generally, there are break times built into the day. Evenings will allow for team devotions and reflections on the day. Some of the places we visit generate their own power, and they will turn the generators off at 8pm.