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November 2012
Haiti

Serving Haiti

Serving Haiti With the lowest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, 80 per cent of Haiti’s 8 million people languish in poverty. Two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated medical conditions. Some 120,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.    Haiti was rededicated to voodoo during the bicentennial celebrations of 1991. Plagued by political violence for most of its history, there is a spirit of evil permeating every level of society.     Nearly overcome by despair, many Haitians attempt escape through drugs, suicide or by sailing leaky boats to other lands. The suicide rate of the Haitian Guarani youth...

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Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti
September 2010
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

God’s Word in Haiti   After visiting Haiti in November 2009 and February 2001, I returned in June 2010 to see how best to help gospel preachers and the literature outreach of Europresse (French EP) there after the earthquake. I found Port-au-Prince dramatically changed. Everywhere there were collapsed buildings and rubble, much of which probably still contain dead bodies. There were tents erected in every available space, even down the central reservation of one of the main roads.      Most people are living in tents, still too frightened to live inside the remaining buildings. Only 1 per cent of the promised aid has reached Haiti...

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Haiti’s forgotten nightmare

Haiti has the dubious distinction of being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. According to a UN report, it is the third hungriest nation, after Afghanistan and Somalia. Three out of five Haitians are illiterate and 2.5 million of its 8 million people are jammed into the capital city of Port-au-Prince – where they live a precarious existence in shacks and hovels, with few jobs, sporadic electricity and little clean water. Independence   However, on 1 January 2004, Haiti will celebrate 200 years of independence from colonial rule. First the Spanish and then the French ruled Haiti. The native Amerindians, who inhabited the island...

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: Covering the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, Haiti measures 10,695 square miles.   Environment: The climate varies from tropical to semiarid, where mountains give shelter from the trade winds. Haiti can experience severe tropical storms between June and October. Its terrain is rough and mountainous (Chaine de la Selle 2,680 metres), but there is serious soil erosion and pollution.   Population:About 8.5 million. Life expectancy: 51 years. There is a high prevalence of AIDS/HIV.   Ethnic groups:Afro-Caribbean 90%; Mulatto (Eurafrican) 9.9%; Euro-American 0.1%.   Languages:French and Creole (official languages). Literacy: Under 50%.   Capital:Port-au-Prince.   Natural resources: Some minerals; some hydroelectric...

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Preaching in Haiti

Previously a missionary in Ivory Coast, Ken Wimer ministers in Shreveport, Louisiana (www. shreveg race.org). He trains Haitian preachers using Europresse (French EP) study courses; and annually runs a sovereign grace preachers’ conference in Haiti. This is his account of the 2003 visit.   Ten days, three countries, and four languages (English, Spanish, French and Creole)! What a blessing it was to travel and preach the gospel on the Caribbean Island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti! Flying some 900 nautical miles southeast of Florida, you quickly see that Haiti is mountainous and dry, while the Dominican Republic hilly and lush green. My first...

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Visit to Haiti
September 2001
Haiti

Visit to Haiti

The travel ‘advisory’ on Haiti from the US State Department is enough to put fear into any tourist: ‘Haiti continues to experience civil and political unrest. Protests and demonstrations, which can turn violent at any time, occur periodically throughout the country… There are no ‘safe areas’ in Haiti. Crime, already a problem, is growing’. If I were a tourist, I would have chosen another place to visit. However, over the past five years the Lord has opened up opportunities for me to go there and preach the gospel, and this year would be no exception.   As in any situation, you make your plans, and...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Haiti
August 1998
Haiti

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Haiti

Haiti has been much in the news in recent years, but not for the best of reasons. It has, for many years, experienced severe political instability following the overthrow of the Duvalier dynasty. At the moment the country is experiencing relative tranquillity, thanks to UN and American troops who occupy strategic points throughout the country. Visitors to the island are warned at the airport, before leaving the USA, that their safety going through the airport at Port-au-Prince, the only international airport in the country, cannot be assured. Geographically, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. It is considered by many to be...

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August 1998
Haiti

Haiti – the facts

  Area: 10,700 square miles. Environment: western part of island of Hispaniola; two-thirds mountainous. Tropical climate, although cooler in the mountains. Population: 7.1 million. 90% are Afro-Caribbean descendants of black African slaves; nearly 10% are mulattos (French and African descent). Language and culture: French (official language); Haitian Creole. 33% are literate. The indigenous culture has a mixture of African, French and Caribbean elements. Economy: Very few natural resources; coffee the main cash crop, also sugar, sisal and cacao. Deforestation, drought and soil erosion are major problems. 60% of the population live in poverty. Many have emigrated to America. Religion: Roman Catholic 72%; Seventh-day Adventist 6%;...

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