What are we doing? How will we make it work? Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we get as we talk with people about our vision for ministry in Haiti. Have a question that you don’t see on this list? Let us know by shooting us an email or by using the form below.
Our primary focus is to make disciples.
The organization we serve with defines a disciple as “someone who lives and loves like Jesus and helps others to do the same.” We love that definition! We believe Haiti will be a very different place as more and more catch a vision for this kind of discipleship.
How will we do this?
Luke will serve at the Séminaire de Théologie Evangélique de Port-au-Prince (Evangelical Theological Seminary of Port-au-Prince or “STEP”), working to develop future pastors and ministry leaders. At STEP he will teach classes, lead Spiritual Formation groups, work with the communicatio team (helping to tell STEP’s story) and serve as an assistant to the President, Wadestrant Jean Baptiste.
Becca will use her gifts both at home with our kids and in our community. Mission number one for her is helping to get our kids settled into life in a third world country and helping turn our home into a place where we can function well and be refreshed as a family. Once we’re set up, she is excited to come alongside new moms in our area and disciple them as they navigate the early days of motherhood.
Both of these roles allow us to make strategic investments in the upcoming generation of Haitian leaders by targeting two of the most respected pillars of Haitian society: pastors and mothers.
Discipleship can take place in vitually any context. You can make a disciple in the context of your 9-5 just as easy as a pastor can while he is serving his church. This being the case, we expect much of our ministry will take place outside of our “official roles” as we interact with our friends and neighbors. We’re excited about that part!
Like most missionaries, the positions we will serve in are “support-based” positions. This means we are responsible to raise the funds needed to cover both our living expenses and our ministry expenses. Once we raise the funds, a portion of those funds will come to us in the form of a salary to cover living expenses, etc. Another portion of those funds will cover ministry expenses.
Where will those funds come from? People like you whom the Lord has lead to partner with us in this ministry. In order to do this ministry, we will depend on a team of monthly and one-time financial partners who have joined our support team and stand with us in prayer and finances.
You can learn more about what this means here: perkinsinhaiti.com/give
Haiti will be our home.
At the same time, we will evaluate this on a regular basis and ask questions like: Are we still being effective? Is our family healthy? Do we still sense the Lords calling here and is that calling still recognized by those who know us and our ministry?
Yes, Haiti is a dangerous place. If history is any indication, it is only a matter of time before the next coup d’etat or natural disaster happens there. In preparation for that, our sending organization provides training for what to do when this stuff happens and they have resources to be able to help us when it does.
The danger in Haiti is real, but we’ve experienced more violence in the US than in Haiti. While living in Columbia, we were in a drive-by shooting. While in Dallas, Luke watched a guy get shot by the police. Bad people are everywhere because sin is everywhere. No one is able to avoid that.
We take great hope in the fact that the Great Commission ends with a promise: “And I will be with you always, even to the ends of the Earth.” As we go, we’re trusting that this promise goes with us.
Eventually if we decide to send the kids to school, there is a good international school available. As the kids grow older, that is something we may look into.
One of the advantages of serving in Haiti is that Miami is about an hour and a half away by plane. So, if something pops up medically, or if there is another special reason to visit the States, we can get there pretty easily.
In order for us to be effective in our ministry, we need to be able to keep ourselves as healthy as possible and in Haiti that can be an expensive endeavor. Gas is over $6.00 USD per gallon. Many of the basic items you and I would pick up for a couple dollars at the grocery store are double or triple price there. Electricity is incredibly expensive. Drinking water needs to be purchased or carefully purified. Etc, etc.
We’re thankful that the budget Crossworld has set for us has been developed based on feedback from missionaries who have been living there for decades. The people on the ground know what it takes to make it work there and we trust that the amount they have set for us to raise will enable us to do the ministry we’ve been called to do.
One of the cool things is that some basic medicines are cheaper and easier to get there than in the States! All we need to do is have someone tell us what we need, then we pop into a store and buy it. No Rx required :)
We’ll need to take some time to get settled, of course. But once we do, we’d love to have you come down! If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this, shoot us an email using the form below.
Before we can launch, we need to have our support team fully in place. This means we need to have commitments covering 100% of our support budget. The best way to help? Pray, and consider partnering with us by joining our financial support team. You can find more information about that here: perkinsinhaiti.com/give
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