We have a variety of construction projects, both short-term and long-term. Our biggest construction focus right now is on Mercy Hospital. If you are interested in learning more about our goals with this hospital and how you might fit into this project, please check out our Mercy Hospital Business Plan.
You can also visit the Global Outreach International Center for Services (The GO-ICS Initiative) website to learn more about Mercy Hospital.
A Word from Our Director,
Pastor Lubin Beaucejour
As we serve abroad we should always focus on local empowerment, not dependency.
As we go on the mission field with the mindset to serve others in need, we need to change the expectations on both sides. That is one of the difficulties that occurs when we go outside of the US with Western views.
So what are these expectations that need to change?
The American’s expectation is to go to Haiti and joyfully serve the Haitians and meet their needs, whether physical or spiritual.
The Haitian staff’s expectation is for the Americans to come and provide employment for them.
The Haitian patient’s expectation is to wait for each American mission trip to repeatedly meet their needs. This is exactly what we need to fight against. Because dependency is not true freedom.
So how can we empower the Haitian people so they don’t have to be depending on us forever?
Some of us who are involved are motivated by our faith to go. Others feels is just the right thing to do. Both motivations are correct. It’s not why you go, rather it’s how much of an impact your visit will have in the long term. How can we as professionals play an effective role while promoting the welfare of those who count on us for the best decisions for their welfare?
One example of this is that we have the much needed care of the people of Haiti in mind with our hospital project. At the same time we want to empower the locals to take charge while minimizing dependency…