The Haiti Collective is a gospel-driven network focused on empowering Haitian churches and communities through relief, development, and reform initiatives based on mutual partnership in kingdom advance.
The core values that shape the ministry and practice of The Haiti Collective are forged from the example of Jesus Christ and the Early Church. They are:
- Holistic Development – we value both the physical and spiritual, both word (proclamation) and deed (demonstration), both personal and structural development
- Participatory Empowerment – we value the increase of a community’s capacity for flourishing, leveraging their assets, and reducing vulnerabilities
- Relational Investment – we value people more than products or processes
- Transformational Reconciliation – we value life-change in relation to God, self, others, and the world
- Intentional Discipleship – we value a focused orientation around making disciples of Jesus
The work we have been given to do did not begin with us, and we pray it will not end with us. God sovereignly opened the door, presented the opportunity, and since then has been kind to direct us in the work we strongly believe He has called us to do. Our mission is to make much of Jesus in all that we do in Haiti for the sake of the gospel. Whether it is orphan care, theological education, business development, or medical programs, what we want more than anything else is for Haitians to love God supremely and love one another sacrificially.
Therefore, our mission is to bring genuine, lasting transformation to individuals and communities through the life-changing power of the gospel. Living out the implications of their identity in Christ and applying the gospel to every sphere of existence, we believe our mission is to see the invisible kingdom of God made visible through local churches as God makes all things new.
What informs our mission is a biblical assessment of all that is wrong and right in our world. We know that every person is created by God, made in His image, and as a result his dignity, worth, and value. We know there is much good to be discerned as a result of this and the common grace of God. However, we also know that every person and culture has been affected by the Fall of man where sin entered the world. There is brokenness in all four key areas of life that foster a cycle of poverty.
In order for the cycle of poverty to be broken, our mission must address every area of brokenness where sin has affected our lives. This begins with a broken relationship with God (spiritual poverty), which can only be solved through the redemption that is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It continues with a broken relationship with self (poverty of being), where guilt and shame are addressed through a new identity and freedom found in who we are as reconciled not only with God but with who God has made us to be. Then we must address brokenness with one another (relational poverty), so that relationships are reconciled through life-giving, peace-ruling. love-demonstrating communities under the reign and rule of Jesus Christ. Finally, there is brokenness with the world (material poverty), where how we see and treat the world and all of its stuff is reconciled through rightful stewardship of life. Until every area of life experiences reconciliation, our mission of true and lasting transformation of individuals and communities will go unrealized.
Our vision, then, is to pursue and practice integral mission that keeps transformation at the center of our work. The outcomes we pursue are measured by the impact on the field not just for a season for but a lifetime. Therefore, the kind of involvement we have in Haiti is engineered but a long-term trajectory that may not be easily identified by the demands of short-term results. Nevertheless, we believe the mission we are pursuing together is worth a lifelong commitment from us, and we are glad to give it all we’ve got!
Undoubtedly some will say, “Why are you giving your life for a country that is in such bad shape? Haiti is a waste of time and money.” Our answer is not in a business plan or marketing strategy. Our answer is in a promise. Jesus said He would build His church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. God promises that His name would be treasured among every nation, tongue, and tribe, and it is God’s passion for His own glory that fuels our own. When we labor with our Haitian brothers and sisters, we see the hope that is in a resurrected Savior. When we hold an orphaned child, we feel the love of God for the fatherless. We are beyond convinced that our mission is worthy and our vision necessary. We pray you will join us go venture on God’s promises as we seek to fulfill God’s purposes for our organization!