It has been a while since I added to this blog, but that does not mean that little was happening. Rather, the ministry of ICDM has continued to grow in both scope and influence over the past months. After the completion of our new clinic in Bayonnais, the team went on to the staffing and development of the full scale of health care activities in the community. Dr. Linda Klump brought a team of health professionals to both work in the clinic and provide training and education for the staff. She has been a wonderful addition to the ICDM partnerships in health care!
The biggest new outreach is the development and establishment of Resurrection Church in Gonaive. This multi-faceted ministry is built around neighborhood small groups and a gathered celebration-style worship service each week. Each small group is focused on growing disciples, developing a mission to their own neighborhood, and developing skills and support for new businesses and workers. Within these groups will be accountability, training for specific skills in the community and the church, Bible study, and prayer for and about their community. Each group will have its own leadership who will connect their group members to the larger community and church. The weekly gathering will be a celebratory expression of the work of God in the whole gathering and community. Pastors and staff of the church will not only have their own small groups to lead, but will also oversee the operations of all groups, including the skills training and job support. (see presentation on Resurrection Church).
Another big project back at the school in Bayonnais is the ongoing support of feeding the kids. With a growing population of students and increased cost to feed so many, ICDM decided to seek separate sponsorship dollars specifically to feed the children. With just the provision of basic food and nutrition, it costs over $400 (US) to feed the kids one meal/day. The increased activity aims at providing not only a solid mid-day meal, but also a high protein breakfast meal for the children.
My next personal project is to take a team from Wyoming to Haiti. Many folks in our area are interested but have not had experienced leaders to help them go. At this point we are aiming for January 2020 and will be taking a team that includes an electrician, a specialist in alternative energy technologies, and several builders and school teachers. Anyone wishing to be a part of this trip can comment here or on Facebook and I will return contact you privately through email or IM.