Truth Connect was in Cap Haitien, Haiti in January 2018 to serve the Haitian church and a team of American missionaries. Cap-Haitien is located on the north-east coast of Haiti about a 90 minutes from the border with the Dominican Republic.
Pastor Aleonce Bazile hosted the HOLD the children (Htc) mission team of 25 lead by Rich Rohde, Htc Director. The mission team came from Port St. Lucie, FL and Silver Spring, MD. The nucleus of this team has been visiting and investing in this Htc school for the past ten years. Even though their trip is “short-term” their relationships with the community and children is “long-term.” Gary & Dawn Stannis spearhead the team from Port St. Lucie and have a strong bond with the children and families in Cap Haitien. Each year Gary & Dawn bring new mission team members to see what Htc is doing. Many on the mission team are Htc sponsors and enjoy visiting with their sponsor children. This particular Htc school in Limonade has blossomed over the years. There are now over 300 children in the school. Pastor Bazile intends to add another grade to the school in order to accommodate the growth.
|Mission Discovery / HOLD the children mission team in Cap-Haitian, Haiti. 1/18|
|Children attending "HOLD the children" school in Limonade, Haiti.|
The actual school facility is growing too. It began as a one room church & school ten years ago, but boasts over 15 rooms including a kitchen, offices, boys and girls restrooms, library and classrooms. The building is still under construction and the mission teams help when they visit. Another blessing to the school is the professional training of the teachers. Scott & Kim Smith from Port St. Lucie provide annual teachers’ training seminars. The Smith’s raise funds to buy supplies and books for the school and then personally go to Cap Haitien to teach the teachers.
|Children wash hands in preparation to eat lunch.|
|"HOLD the children" lunch being prepared for hundreds of school children.|
|After lunch, the clean-up begins.|
|Pastor Bazile continues to add classrooms to the school as God provides funding.|