Mission Trips

Changing Lives One Trip at a Time

Why should you go on a Haiti mission trip with BEM?

           BEM has been leading mission trips to Haiti since the year 2000. Over the years, we have added RFA (Restavec Freedom Alliance), a rescue home for children living in domesticity under the leadership of Program Director Ellen Donohue. In 2002 we decided to add a medical aspect to our mission. Our swift response to the 2010 earthquake devastation in Haiti has led to long-term relationships with several villages, pastors/leaders of the BEM network and beyond.
           Each trip is a chance to invest in the sustainable rehabilitation of a country in crisis. You will see God’s work first hand as you allow yourself to be used in unexpected ways. Our project coordinator team will meet you at the Port au Prince airport and guide you through the entire week. From transportation to work projects to food and lodging, we will provide all the details so you can focus on serving in Haiti.
          A Haiti mission trip could include:
> Providing vital medical treatment to the sick and injured as you volunteer in one of our medical clinics.
> Giving access to clean water through our well drilling projects.
> Taking part in our ongoing construction our state-of-the-art hospital.
> Visiting precious children in need of sponsoring at our RFA homes in Ducis and Chantal.
> Participating in a current project.
> Feed children for Christmas.
> Be a part of a teaching team.
> Simply saying, God, here I am, use me. 
          If you are considering a mission trip to Haiti, please consider Bethesda Evangelical Mission or RFA. We plan the logistics of food and lodging, transportation, on ground activities. You can be confident that your time in Haiti will be safe and effective. Your week with us in Haiti will not be an isolated experience, but a building of over 15 years of mission teams who have come before you.
          Join our next Haiti mission trip. Call our office to sign up today!
          Call: 203-676-2848
          Email: bmission@sbcglobal.net

OUR FOCUS

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…

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Purpose of Mission Trips

> To create an awareness of the global body of Christ and the needs in third world countries.
> To build relationships with third world Christians.
> To encourage personal spiritual growth for all participants.

Criteria for Mission Teams

> That we can assure people of their safety and that their basic health and physical needs will be properly cared for (i.e. clean food and water, adequate sleeping quarters, etc.)

> That things be organized on site so that everyone will be put to work and have the feeling that they are making a significant contribution

> That the money we contribute will, in fact, go to the projects we designate (accountability).

> That we work and worship with Christians and build Christian fellowship bonds with those we seek to minister to.

> That the overall experience will have a powerful spiritual impact upon the lives of the people on our mission team.

 

Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

         Individuals interested in a longer tenure in Haiti can fulfill roles independent of team travel. You can find out about our long term opportunities by contacting our mission director for tasks on the field instructions and direction.


What Is the Expected Cost?

A short-term mission trip is generally 1-2 weeks in length and teams should be prepared to finance their ministry while in Haiti. The daily cost of staying in Haiti is $40 per person (you’ll be staying at our mission house). Other costs include transportation, translators and project costs.  Teams that come to help with building or vocational projects are asked to contribute to the cost of the project and to bring necessary equipment or tools (hammers, screwdrivers, etc.). Construction project costs depends on the scope of the project. A one-week medical clinic cost is approximately $1,800 depending on the focus of your team. We can go to spend a week in Haiti, or we can go to do something for the people of Haiti. You may wish to bring a small amount of spending money for sight-seeing and to purchase gifts and souvenirs made by local artisans near the mercy house. Trip fees may be paid 2 months in advance, or at least half of your trip cost no later than 2 months prior to departure. Additional information regarding fees will be provided by our trip coordinator.

How Do Mission Teams Contribute?

There are many opportunities to assist with the mission in Haiti. Team Leaders solicit support, assemble their teams and work with the BEM director/ Trip Coordinator to facilitate the work of the mission team. Teams generally participate in work in one of the areas of focus below:

CONSTRUCTION

Construction, Maintenance, working with children at one of our RFA homes, Medical clinics, and Upkeep. There is work for anyone–from certified tradesmen to those willing to wield a paintbrush.

 

MEDICAL MISSIONS

Trained medical personnel are needed to provide medical services in BEM Clinics.

Serving alongside many skillful medical professionals from all walks of life is a sacrificial way to utilize your acquired skill set to aid BEM’s goal of seeing every man, woman, and child in Haiti in good health, empowered and transformed.
Our onsite clinic is now run by Haitians and Americans as part of our effort to provide employment as well as the best care possible. Our clinics are mobile. Each day we go from one village to the next and set up in already well known churches to aid in continued relief to the area through visiting teams.
We operate mobile clinics at least five times a year in an effort to bring exceptional medical care to those who do not have regular access. These clinics are organized and operated as part of a larger movement within BEM. Currently we serve 12 villages and will visit each village twice a year.
If you are a licensed professional, you will participate in four full workdays of medical relief. Professionals participating in the mobile clinic are asked to help purchase and transport the medication needed for the mobile clinic to Haiti.

Because we are serving such an economically challenged nation, we can’t charge the people for their care or for meds. Our medical teams contribute an additional $300 per person or raise funds from other sources to help with purchasing meds.

If you feel led to serve and be a part of our life-changing teams please contact us

 

EDUCATION, TEACHER TRAINING, RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

Teams with educational experience are needed to develop and lead teacher training seminars.

One area of education training is the BEM Institute for Theological Studies

Purpose: To respond to the request of Pastors for recognition of theological studies through BEM; to equip workers with a more extensive understanding of the Bible, Theology and Pastoral Practice for the work of the ministry.

Two Levels of Study:
I. Christian Workers Certificate (For all students desiring a fuller understanding of the Scripture)
II. Pastoral Studies Diploma (Specifically for pastors who have a High School Education and who are engaged in ministry.)

Each Course would be a two-week course that meets 4 days a week (Tues. – Fri) and will include testing for comprehension.
Pastor John will work to get recognition by the Ministry of Cults in Haiti for official governmental recognition of the BEM Institute for Theological Studies.
Teachers will provide printed/translated notes to be added to the BEM Institute for Theological Studies notebook.
Each Pastor will contribute some small monetary amount to give this course of study a sense of worth. Students will be expected to continue to study in these areas upon completion of the course and to teach the information, either to someone they are mentoring, or to their congregation as a whole (sermons and/or Bible study classes).
The expectation is to have BEM faculty teach at least four courses per year. Haitian pastors may be used as well as American pastors as professors in their area of expertise.
After a four-year period of study, a graduation ceremony would follow, granting a Diploma of Pastoral Studies.

UPCOMING MISSION TRIPS

2017

May 27-June 3 (Medical)

June 23-30 (Church Partnership – 1st Church of Christ, Hartford)

July 11-18 (Cedarville Alumni Team)

July 25-Aug 1 (The Doers/Cedarville Alumni)

August 14-21 (BEM Pastors Conference & Convention)

Additional trip dates to be announced

 

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