Harvest of Hope Project Achieves Funding Goal
U.S. agriculture specialists examine crops growing adjacent to our acreage.
A big thank you to everyone who answered our emergency call last month to raise $16,000 for the customs fees required to clear our Harvest of Hope agriculture project equipment from storage in Port-au-Prince. Thanks to your responses we met the goal and made the deadline!
Harvest of Hope Next Step: Seeds of Hope and a Working Well
With the farming equipment set to emerge from customs and preparations under way to train our Haitian partners on using the tractors, a new opportunity lies before our RHI development team. We need partner investments to fund the first seed supply purchases and a large horsepower pump to bring water from the well into the irrigation pipes on the land. We estimate it will take $10,000 to purchase a large enough water pump and another $2,500 for the first supply of seeds. Hand tool implements are also needed to supplement the heavier machinery. Help us raise our first crop of Haitian-grown food.
Pastor Jean Paul Partners with Church in Santo Domingo, D.R.
Jean Paul has received a request from a Haitian church in Santo Domingo, the capitol of the Dominican Republic, to become part of our expanding church network. While Jean already had a church plant going on within a D. R. plantation—Batay IV—this is the first particular church in the Dominican Republic to come under Jean’s mentoring. We pray that it is simply the first of many to follow. More details in our September newsletter.
Our Commitment to You: Faithful Stewardship
As the director of development for Reformation Hope, I do my best to keep up with the latest news coming from our area of operation—Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Like you, I read the various news reports, blogs, and dire financial newsletter warnings about the dangers of investing in Haiti. Basically the general advice being given is that until the government and laws are fundamentally changed, investing in Haiti is a waste of scarce monetary resources.
While there is some truth in these warnings and caution is advised, especially when dealing with the Haitian government or large international relief agencies, I urge you to continue making a difference through investing in the people of Haiti. There are many smaller organizations making a lasting impact in specific regions in Haiti and Reformation Hope is one of them.
We take our stewardship responsibility very seriously. So far this year 98% of every dollar partners have invested in RHI’s work have been used in direct support of development programs in Haiti. We also strive to achieve full accountability with our Haitian and Dominican partners in-country. But most importantly, you may be assured as a partner in our work in Haiti that your investments are producing a magnificent return, impacting dramatically the lives of thousands of Haitians every week. More information on how partners’ investments have been used to bring hope to Haitians is available on our website.
Rev. Martin Hawley, director of development
2010 Christmas Cards Are Coming Soon
Show your support and help spread the word about our ministry in Haiti and the Dominican Republic by sending Reformation Hope Christmas cards this holiday season. New designs will be unveiled in the near future.