Liberté Ministries (Liberty in French) began in 2010 as a response to the earthquake that devastated much of Haiti. Once relief work shifted to recovery and then long term planning; the Haiti School of Biblical Studies (HSBS) began. HSBS is a 4 year, intensive Bible track that equips students to be both practitioners and communicators of the Good News. Students beginning their third year, who are in good standing academically, are offered the opportunity to receive a scholarship for vocational training in a variety of occupations. As the work grew and doors opened God provided an opportunity for involvement in Harry’s Home for Children and Bonnette school. Serving 25 children, the children’s home provides a safe and secure home for children in need. The elementary school not only offers education to the children living in the home but also to children in the Bonnette community. Capacity for the school is 350 children.
At Liberté Ministries our first and most important mission is to play a part in fulfilling the last command Jesus Christ gave us on this earth, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
On this earth our mission is to help our Haitian family be reminded of and restored to the dignity given them by God. Our desired outcome is that when a child leaves the orphanage or school at age 18 they will be physically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally healthy; a follower of Jesus as well as educationally and vocationally equipped to live a full life as a valued and productive member of the, Haitian community.
Therefore, in all of our Haiti operations we stress financial independence from American dollars and economic sustainability. Our motto or “life verse” is Galatians 5:1 ‒ “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” We herald freedom in Christ, Education and Economic Self-sufficiency. Even our name Liberte’ means freedom in French.
In addition to the Word of God, we conscientiously seek to permeate everything we do with that philosophy. The orphanage dormitories have chicken coops to produce eggs and income. Bible school students are told up front, prior to enrolling they will be no salary; not to even ask. We provide vocational training for students while attending Bible school. We have helped young women create sewing businesses to provide support for the families.
We continually seek to create self-sustaining entrepreneur enterprises that can improve our constituents’ standard of living. There are plans for a public community clinic, commercial bakery, and widows’ shelter.
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