Vision of Hope Ministries Mission Statement
Making disciples of Jesus Christ throughout northern Haiti by planting autonomous churches that equip their members to meet the spiritual and physical needs of people, introducing them to salvation in Jesus Christ. These churches in turn reproduce other churches that doctrinally and philosophically unify themselves to bring glory to God through an international outreach.
In the years of 1991 to 1993, Haiti suffered much political turmoil. The president was overthrown. Violence was everywhere; many of the missionaries fled Haiti fearing for their safety. I had just finished seminary and was considering different possibilities in which to serve the Lord. As I listened to the news and watched the scenes of chaos, I heard a voice saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’ I responded to this call and dedicated my life to preaching the good news to every corner of Haiti. In December 1993, I moved to the city of Cap Haitien. At the time, I felt much like Abraham going to a place God had sent me. I waited for God to show me what to do. I began with a Bible study. In time the Bible study became a church. In time, other Bible studies in other locations also became churches. Cap Haitien is the second largest city of Haiti with close to a quarter of a million people. Our vision is to saturate this city and it’s surrounding areas with the message of the Gospel. We believe that the light of the Gospel will shine out of darkness so that Haiti might know that Jesus is Lord.
A Vision of Hope For Haiti
Vision of Hope Ministries, Inc. (VOHM) is the mission support organization in the United States for Evangelical Free Church planting in northern Haiti. Our purpose is to provide administrative, spiritual, and financial support for our field missionaries and local Haitian Christians working alongside them in the city of Cap Haitien, Haiti and surrounding areas. VOHM currently supports four Evangelical Free churches located in Cap Haitien, Berard, and Grande Riviere du Nord. College Susan Schuenke, a pre-K through grade 13 Christian day school located in Cap Haitien, is also supported by VOHM.
Located in the West Indies, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. About the size of the state of Maryland, Haiti is home to over 9 million people. Following the exploration of Columbus in 1492, Haiti fell victim to Spanish rule and, subsequently, rule of the French. Remarkably, Haiti became the world’s first independent black nation in 1804 when the nation’s slave population defeated Napoleon’s army. The political instability in the years that have followed combined with the natural disasters endemic to this region has left Haiti the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Life expectancy is around 62 years of age and nearly half the population is illiterate. Food insecurity and sub-standard living conditions contribute to the daily struggle of life for the inhabitants of this island nation.
Vision of Hope Ministries is focused on bringing hope and help to these people through a holistic ministry. We share the hope of faith in Jesus Christ by addressing the need for education, disaster relief, micro-enterprise opportunities, orphan care, clean water distribution, and church planting. Over 90% of the funds provided by our supporters go directly to support these projects. The dramatic and lasting impact this effort makes in the lives of the people of northern Haiti is a testimony to the deep love God has for His children. We are excited to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of the people of Haiti and we invite you to join with us in this endeavor!