Changing Lives One Trip at a Time
Why should you go on a Haiti mission trip with BEM?
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…
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:
Trained medical personnel are needed to provide medical services in BEM Clinics.
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.
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
Mar 2-10 – Cedarville University Construction Trip
Mar 22-29 – Fordham University Trip
Apr 6-13 – Medical Trip
May – TBD
June 21-28 – South Church of Hartford
July 3-10 – RFA Trip
July 14-21 – Construction Trip (from Pennsylvania)
MISSION TRIP FORMS