Items and Donations Needed for Mission Trip to Port-Margot, Haiti

Items and Donations Needed for Mission Trip to Port-Margot, Haiti–Northern Haiti: December 18-26, 2015

-Homecare items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, sandals, etc.

– Christmas presents/gifts (toys, socks, etc.) for the children of Port Margot.

If you would like to donate any of the items listed above or want to make a financial contribution toward this trip, please contact us at the information provided below:

• By Mail
Hope for Today Outreach (HTO)
P.O. Box 7353
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34985

• By Phone
(239) 349-4981

• By Email
customers@hopefortodayoutreach.org

*Remember the poor”–Galatians 2:10

Blessings,
Dr. Joseph
President
Hope for Today Outreach

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On Mission with God: Port-Margot, Haiti In December 2015

On Mission with God: Port-Margot, Haiti In December 2015

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Hope for Today Outreach is looking forward to its next and final mission trip to Haiti for the year 2015. We will be spending our Christmas there loving, serving, and caring for the people in Haiti. We will be going to the town of Port-Margot (located in Northern Haiti). The town is about 1 hr. and 30 minutes from the main city of Cap-Haitian. In this mission trip, we will be holding various seminars on literacy, leadership, and Biblical and theological education for the people in the community, and for pastors and church leaders in the area. We will also be distributing homecare items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, sandals, as well as Christmas presents for the children. To learn more about Port-Margot and our ministry there, read about our most recent trip there by clicking on these links: On Mission with God in Port-Margot, Haiti: Part I, and School Supplies Distribution: Port-Margot, Haiti

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Specific Details about the Trip

If you would like to accompany us to the December trip to Port-Margot, Haiti, we encourage you to read carefully the information provided below about the trip. We will depart from Miami International Airport for Toussaint Louverture International Airport (Port-au-Prince, Haiti).
Where: Port-Margot, Haiti –Northern Haiti

When: Friday, December 18, 2015– Saturday, December 26, 2015

Airport (Departure): Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood  International Airport (FLL)—Fort Lauderdale, FL

Airport (Arrival): Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) —Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Cost: $ 1500

Needs and donations for the trip: homecare items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, sandals, as well as Christmas presents for the children.

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Mission trip cost will cover the following:

• Flight from Miami or Fort Lauderdale
• Lodging in Haiti
• Transportation in Haiti (bus & driver)
• HTO expenses
• Leisure Day (i.e. Beach, sightseeing, etc.)
• Partial food
• Translators

Deposit and Payment Information:

• $ 50 to reserve your spot (October 9)
• 50% of total payment due in November 9
• 100% of total payment due in December 4

*Trip price and scheduled dates are subject to change. Deposits are non-refundable and may be transferable to your total trip balance or your next trip to Haiti.

To learn more about the trip, contact us below:

• By Mail
Hope for Today Outreach (HTO)
P.O. Box 7353
Port Saint Lucie, FL 34985

• By Phone
(239) 349-4981

• By Email
customers@hopefortodayoutreach.org

Blessings,
Dr. Celucien Joseph, President
Hope for Today Outreach

School Supplies Distribution: Port-Margot, Haiti

Here’s a video of Dr. Joseph distributing school supplies to underprivileged parents and students in Port-Margot, Haiti. We distributed 122 backpacks and a kit containing school supplies to the most needed families in the church and the community. We’re appreciative of your gifts and donations, as well as your prayers toward this trip to Haiti. Unfortunately, because of our limited resources, we were unable to serve and reach out to all the 450 students at the school, and other children in need in the community.

On Mission with God in Port-Margot, Haiti: Part I

On Mission with God in Port-Margot,  Haiti: Part I

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We want to thank everyone who has prayed for us and supported us financially toward our recent mission trip to Haiti. We left for the city of Cap-Haitien (“Okap”) on Friday, September 4, and came back to the states on Tuesday, September 8. During our four-day trip in Haiti, we went to a rural town called Port-Margot. Port-Margot is a commune in the Borgne Arrondissement, in the Nord Department of Haiti. Based on the 2003 census, its population is about 36,937 people. Port-Margot is less than two hours (if you drive by car) away from the city of Cap-Haitien— a major port area and the second largest city of Haiti. The roads to Port-Margot are very rocky and bumpy. From Port-Margot, we drove for another 30 minutes to go to our final destination: the rural region of Coraille.

The Open-air market in Port Margot

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The Cargo/Ship that brought the boxes that contained the school supplies for those families and students arrived in Cap-Haitien on Thursday, September 3. We are thankful to God that we received the items on Saturday morning. Next, we drove to the guest house in Okap to unload the truck and unpack the items.

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In Haiti, we worked with a wonderful team of good people who served sacrificially and joyfully to make sure everything went well. Here are a few pics of me (Dr. Joseph), Claudin, Stanley, and other children in the guest house repackaging the school supplies and inserting the items into the school backpacks for the families and students of Coraille.

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It took us about two hours or a little bit less to repackage everything. Afterwards, we loaded the truck and drove off to Port Margot. On our way to Coraille, it happened that the rear tire on the driver’s side was flat. Claudin, our driver who has been extremely helpful to us, changed the tire.

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Nonetheless, we had to drive for another 30 to 40 minutes to arrive at Coraille. Along the way, we met with the local people, took pictures, and contemplated on the goodness of God and the beauty of his creation at Port-Margot.

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Our experience with the people of Coraille, Vigoureux, and other surrounding areas was incredible and memorable. We made new acquaintances and friends in the community. We ate, sang and worshiped with the people. We were tremendously blessed and transformed by their presence, love, fellowship, and of course, their contagious smile and happiness.

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On Sunday morning, September 6, we worshiped with the people in the community. I (Dr. Joseph) preached at the only local church in the area: l’Église Wesleyenne de Mont-Pisgah. I talked about the peace of God discussed in Romans 5:1-5—as a result of justification by faith through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. It was wonderful to share the Word of God with the people of God and to preach in the mother tongue of the people: Creole. The church was packed with people, and those couldn’t find a seat inside the church stood outside patiently to hear me preaching. We had a wonderful experience in partaking together the Lord’s Supper.

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The Wesleyan Church of Mont-Pisgah, where I preached on Sunday, is affiliated with the Methodist denomination. It has a Christian school that houses 450 students—100% of the student population comes from the peasant class and economically disadvantaged families. This is the only school in the area. I believe there are only six grades in the school. Students who have gone through all the six grades cannot continue schooling unless they are relocated to a major city. Unfortunately, because of limited financial resources, most parents in the area are unable to send off their children to other locations (such as Cap-Haitian) to continue their education.

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Sample Classrooms (I believe there are a total of six classrooms at the School)

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It is good to inform you that there is no electricity in these rural areas (Coraille, Vigoureux, etc.) and water is scarce in those regions. Telecommunication is poorly developed. Few people there own a phone or radio; even if they do, they cannot use it effectively in the surrounding areas. The people who live in these rural areas are poor peasants. The needs are many and urgent. Yet, in the midst of dire poverty and incredible suffering, the people in the community of Coraille and its surroundings continue to live joyfully and hope for a better tomorrow.

Below is a video of me (Dr. Joseph) distributing the school supplies to underprivileged families and students. We distributed 122 backpacks and a kit containing school supplies to the most needed families in the church and the community. Unfortunately, because of our limited resources, we were unable to serve and reach out to all the 450 students at the school, and other children in need in the community.

More Pics of classrooms

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In part 2, I will share other stories and pictures with you. We are thankful of your prayers, generosity, financial support, and the amazing grace of God that sustains and preserves us, and makes us moving forward. Praise be to his glorious name!

Blessings,
Dr. Celucien Joseph, President
Hope for Today Outreach