If you are wondering just how we intend to do these things let me fill you in on a dream we have-
We are renting a space where families can come together for movie nights on Friday's, where children can come for homework help after school, where literacy classes for kreyol and french are held for adults in an area where at least 60% of the population cannot read or write, where we dream with the local community about what is important to them, and educate them on the dangers of institutional care for children. We want to have a prayer space open, scheduled bible studies for all walks of life in our community, worship nights, a streamed church service in kreyol, we want to host English classes for all ages, VBS type programs for children, community outreach events, and have classroom spaces for Haitians to empower each other in skillsets and trades.
The dream is BIG friends- but it has been a long time coming. There are so many specifics God has placed in our hearts and is calling us to trust in Him while it all comes together. We are excited to begin this journey over the next year. We are looking forward to working with families and our local community.
"VWAZINAJ SE FANMI"
This Haitian Proverb depicts the nature of a neighborhood here, of the importance of community. It literally translates to the "Neighborhood is Family." Alex and myself have spent the last two years getting to know our neighborhood, having dinners and meetings with our neighbors. Simple things like going for a walk with a bunch of kids has shown us how true this proverb really is. We are incredibly honored to live in this place and in this beautiful culture. Please begin prayerfully considering partnering with us in this next step! Then stay tuned for when we begin the fundraising and announcing of all things Community. (EDIT: DUE TO COVID19 & THE WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC, ABIDE IN LOVE IS HOLDING OFF MANY PROGRAMS FOR WHEN GATHERINGS ARE SAFE AGAIN).
How do we prevent families from being torn apart by the effects of poverty? How do we fight the monster of malnutrition? How do we make a difference in the lives of these families?
Through prevention and empowerment efforts.
The nation of Haiti does NOT need your pity, her people do not need your leftover gifts or tattered clothes, but Haiti Darling does need your partnership and encouragement.
The Haitian people are completely capable, they are completely willing, and are in need of us to begin redirecting how we do our programs and funds to "help" them.
Other than educational means, like I mentioned before with "Joy", there is need for empowerment through Job Creation.
There is need for people to begin building into the local businesses. There is need for trade over aid, or at least a balance of both.
And above all else there is need for LOVE to reign in the hearts of those we work with- through opportunities for families to come together in the Abiding Love of Jesus we plan to grow and empower local leadership to disciple their own neighbors and surrounding communities. We know real change comes from hearts who want it.
Join us in this incredible journey as we move forward to help families Abide in Love!!!
Kristen & Alex Bradshaw