We Need Your Help Now!

 

Dear HTO Friends and Supporters,

In December 2015, Hope for Today Outreach sent a team (Dr. Celucien Joseph and his wife Katia Joseph, and other partners in Haiti) to the rural area of Corail, Port Margot (Haiti). As we walked through the neighborhoods, handing out small donations to families, we were have witnessed God’s love, grace, and mercy toward the people of Port-Margot. The people were very grateful and thankful for what they received from us. Their words of appreciation made us feel so proud of we have achieved so far at Hope for Today Outreach (HTO). We witnessed their poverty and suffering, and we realized how much we needed to add to our donations food such as rice, beans, and non-perishable food.  And this is the reason why we are writing to you now, to request your help, with either a donation of funds to buy the food for the people or a donation of food (rice, beans, and non-perishable food) to provide for 500 underprivileged and poor families in Port-Margot.

Hope for Today Outreach puts great emphasis on feeding the hungry and the poor, as we believe the biblical imperative to always “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10).  I’m sure you know of how important it is to care for the less fortunate… They are our brothers and sisters after all.  Obviously, we won’t be able to accomplish this task without the assistance of partners and supporters like you; hence, we beseech you to help us by sponsoring HOP or by donating the items needed for our June mission trip to Port-Margot, Haiti.

By sponsoring and helping feeding the poor of Corail, Port Margot, you will be reaching out to many undeserved families, alleviating hunger and poverty in the Region, and making a tremendous difference in the lives of children, young people, and families in such a big way!

For my Christian friends (being a follower of Christ), I’m sure   you will understand the importance of giving to the poor and care for the needy; it is a way to spread the good news and love of Christ, and this is what this ministry’s main goal!  We want to reach out to the people of Port Margot and help them to know the Lord in a personal way, yet through our act of kindness and compassion. Also, by helping us feeding the people of Corail, HTO will be providing a huge service to all the families.

If you would like to sponsor or provide assistance toward this coming mission trip in June, please contact me, Katia Joseph via the telephone (772-985-0696), or via email at customers@hopefortodayoutreach.org. If you would like to send the donations (financial support, rice, beans, and non-perishable food) to us, please send it to the address listed below:

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

To make a donation through our online service, please click on the PayPal button below:

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HTO is sending a mission team to Port-Margot in June 4, 2016. If you are sending any of these items listed below, please do so by Monday, May 9, 2014 so we the items can be shipped to Haiti on a timely manner before we arrive.

We thank you for the time you have taken to read this letter.

Blessings in Christ,

Katia

 

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.

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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