Greenhouse Church is partnering with Whitestone Global Outreach for ministry in Cite's Soleil, Haiti. For more information, contact:
Project SunCity, Director
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About Cite' Soleil, Port Au Prince, Haiti
Cité Soleil (Haitian Creole: Site Solèy; English: Sun City) is an extremely impoverished and densely populated commune located in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area in Haiti. Cité Soleil originally developed as a shanty town and grew to an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 residents, the majority of whom live in extreme poverty. The area is generally regarded as one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the Western Hemisphere and is one of the biggest slums in the Northern Hemisphere. The area has virtually no sewers, with a poorly maintained open canal system that serves as its sewage system. For several years until 2007, the area was ruled by a number of gangs, each controlling their own sectors. There has been some change, but crime, kidnappings, poverty, unemployment and impossible living conditions prevail.
GANG OUTREACH & DISCIPLESHIP
In the summer of 2015, the Greenhouse Team will be gathering gang members from the Ze Rouge gang of Cite' Soleil in order to teach them about Christ and disciple them to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Additionally, in order to proclaim by both word and deed, Greenhouse will be microfinancing a motorcycle business for these gang members. Discipleship will revolve around these major lessons:
- Creation, Fall, Redemption, Renewal.
- The Gospel and the Love of God.
- Idolatry and Sin
- The Holy Spirit
- The Word of God and How to read it.
- Discerning God’s will.
- Spiritual gifts.
- Calling to be Fishers of Men
- Sovereignty of God in Testing and Temptations
- Marriage and Sex.
- Work and Rest.
- Resurrection and Heaven
Additionally, the Greenhouse team will be discipling orphans of Port Au Prince, teaching them English and organizing a camp for them.
WORKER REHABILITATION PROGRAM
Prior to the earthquake, Haiti was described as “the poorest country in the Western hemisphere” and lacked resources to meet the needs of their existing disabled population of approximately 800,000 people. The earthquake led to an increase in the population of survivors who sustained complex injuries that resulted in amputations and other limb trauma. Without support for this population, the conditions became worse for those already living with disabilities. Without adequate rehabilitation, people with disabilities suffer from societal isolation, negative quality of life, functional limitations, and lack of independence. In a developing country like Haiti, it is especially challenging for the disable to reintegrate into society. Prejudice and stigma is a major barrier to improved quality of life. Employment is effective for reintegrattion into the community. However, according to a study conducted 2 years after the earthquake, only 27% of the disable obtained work and many more are still suffering.
Whitestone Global aims to provide rehabilitation services for those with disabilities and improve their functional capabilities to increase employment opportunities. Amputees, those with sight and hearing limitations will be the first in this rehabilitation program. Finally, by providing a work simulated rehabilitation program, these will develop skill sets that will increase their chance of employment and facilitate reintegration into the community.
GOSPEL TRAINING CENTER
Whitestone Global Outreach is a mission organization that exists to reach people groups with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To fulfill this purpose in Haiti, a Gospel Training Center will be established to train pastors and church leaders in theology and practical ministry. 96% of Haitians proclaim to be Christians, yet more than 50% of Haitians take part in Voodoo and witchcraft. Whitestone Global Outreach's vision is to equip Haitian Christian lay leaders in Christian theology, hermeneutics and a Gospel-centered curriculum. The Gospel Training Center will train local leaders to then reach their people, and is currently partnering with 4 - 5 churches The goal is to spark a movement among Haitian church leaders to lead the people of Haiti back to a Biblical Christianity.
In partnership with Whitestone Global Outreach.
For more information, visit www.projectsuncity.com