The Republic of Haiti has a population of over 10 million people and is the size of the state of Maryland. The official languages are both Haitian Creole and French, with French mainly spoken in schools. Haiti is in the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
The Haitian people have struggled for years. Historically, they have struggled against the French for their independence, which they gained in 1803. Politically, they have struggled for freedom from a series of kings, dictators, and corrupt governments. Religiously, they have struggled against the chains of Voodoo.
Today, Haiti ranks 163 out of 188 countries on the United Nations’ Human Development Index (an evaluation of life expectancy, education, and per capita income).
Despite the bleak situation, there have also been significant improvements in Haiti over the past few decades. Until the late 1980’s Haiti had violent dictators, today they have a democratically elected, although troubled, government. Their per capita income is double what it was in the 1990’s and literacy and health outcomes have improved significantly. Most importantly, the practice of voodoo has declined and more people are aware of the power of the gospel.
Many missionaries have been making a difference for Christ in Haiti. We add our voices to theirs. We spread the message of love, hope, and forgiveness of our Lord over the mountains to reach the unreached for His glory.
Join us on our mission to bring the hope and light of Christ to this nation which we love.