Bringing people to Haiti has been a part of the DNA of myLIFEspeaks since we launched on January 12, 2012. In our 8 years of existence as a ministry, we have seen over 3500 people just like you to Haiti on a short-term "Immersion Trip."
An Immersion Trip is a way to not just visit Haiti but to actually immerse yourself in the culture alongside myLIFEspeaks. It includes being a part of programs on campus as well as going into the homes of people in the local commUNITY. When carried out with due caution, wisdom, and prayer these trips can benefit children and communities for the long term, especially by committing to building up the local families and communities capable of caring for them consistently over time.
Everything changed in February 2019.
Since February 2018, we have been forced to make some very difficult decisions. One of those decisions was to temporarily end our Immersion Trips due to safety concerns. We fully expected things to calm down in Haiti and at the very least, we would be able to resume Immersion Trips in 2020.
Unfortunately Haiti continues to be plagued with demonstrations, protests, and violence. The danger of traveling from the Port au Prince airport to the myLIFEspeaks Campus is not something we can expose groups and visitors to at this time.
We have been forced to make the very difficult decision of canceling Immersion Trips to Haiti for the foreseeable future. We continue to pray for the future of Haiti and pray that things would calm down so we could once again bring people to experience the Haiti we love and call home.
God continues to show us His plan for Haiti during this time.
By cancelling Immersion Trips, we knew difficulties would follow. Immersion trips accounted for over 1/3 of our annual revenue. That revenue helps provide jobs for over 150 Haitian employees and provide LIFE-changing programs for children, adults, and elderly in our commUNITY. We thought we would have to reduce staff and programming, but that never happened. We tightened our belts and held off on some programs and projects but never let a single employee go. God showed His provision in many ways.
We were afraid that we were going to see a sharp decrease in the leadership of our programs. By not having trip participants, we knew we would have to rely more on Haitian leadership. Once again, God reminded us that His plans are much greater than ours (Isaiah 55:8). We have seen a tremendous increase in the number of Haitian leaders we have. Today, our US staff in Haiti is smaller than it has been in years and our Haitian leadership continues to step up and lead with wisdom, integrity, and passion.
Please continue to pray for Haiti in the days ahead. We greatly appreciate it.
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