Haiti Mission

Vision Statement
The Haiti Mission is the primary international mission site for our church. It will help revitalize, rebuild, and renew programs for children, eduction, public health, and medical missions.

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The barn is complete! The mission team completed the goat barn during the first trip of 2014.
Click HERE to read the report for this mission.



    January and early February 2014 were exciting times for SUMC in mission in Fond Doux and Delatte, Haiti. We had two mission trips scheduled.

   Lisa Potts traveled with the first mission team January 7-12.  She completed UM Volunteers In Mission leadership training at Garner in November and registered our team mission with UMVIM SEJ.

   This was a milestone mission for our sustainable agriculture project. We were blessed by a father/son team from Nebraska to help with the construction. We worked together with the Haitians to build the goat shelter and install the goat fencing. Now we are ready to add goats and begin production in this community.

   The long-term objective is for Toto, our goat manager who has been trained with the North Carolina State University project in goat management, to breed the goats to provide for the health of the community. The NCSU project at Christianville has agreed to artificially inseminate the goats to promote healthy quality stock. This way, the community will rely less on the charity of others and be able to provide for themselves.
   The farm can sustain a specific number of goats. The plan is to raise the kids and distribute them to the families. Only a breeding herd of nannies, small kids and a billy goat will be maintained. Once the kids are old enough to leave their moms, they will be distributed to those in need.

   Change takes time though and in the interim, goats, beans, rice and oil will still need to be purchased to sustain them. We also budgeted two years out to pay the goat manager Toto $150/month to oversee the project and the cost of feed to sustain the herd.


   Lynn Rouse, Gloria Sanders (a professional physical rehabilitation therapist), and Linda Mitchell (our nurse/missionary), joined the second mission to aid and train in health care for the community. This team left January 28 and returned the 4th of February.
   Gloria worked specifically with some disabled children whose needs were identified by Pastor Brucely. Danielle Gannon, a Navy Nurse who lives on Emerald Isle, joined them.

   The nurses worked side by side with Madam Toto on community medical issues and will train her. They also visited the new Samaritan's Purse medical clinic to establish communications with the community we work with.

   Scheduled Clinics: special needs, healthy family, prenatal and children under 5.
   Here's the proposed agenda for the Medical Mission.

   Scroll down to August 2012 to view photos of Lisa Potts, Lynn Rouse and Linda Mitchell with baby goats.

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Click HERE to read about the August 2013 Haiti Mission presentations to some Sunday School classes.

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February 15, 2013 Mission Trip


Lynn R., Fred V. and Mandy G, three members of SUMC, went on a mission trip to Haiti along with three others from Clayton NC.

Prayers and blessings to them and to the Haitian people they met.







Slideshow from this trip:


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January 9, 2013
Driver Ed and our Haiti truck nicknamed "Mitsi" arrived where he planned to spend the night in St. Augustine, Fl at about 2:15 pm. He reports that "Mitsi" has been just fine the whole way. They have driven about 520 miles today and have roughly 300 to go tomorrow. (Driver Ed is a member of Epworth UMC in Durham.)



January 2, 2013
New Year’s GOOD News: We need to FILL UP  ‘OUR’  truck going to HAITI this week. [details below]
We will take donated items to the truck consecration in Durham after church this Sunday, January 6th.
Smaller items can be sent with work teams in next 2 months. NEEDED now:
 [put small items in collection boxes by office and by 1st floor classrooms]
Packs of pencils [not loose ones]                 
Non electric pencil sharpeners                  
Easy reader picture books [help children learn English words]
Work gloves [heavy type leather or canvas]
Heavy duty farm tools: pick axes, shovels [all shapes], hoes, garden rakes.    New or sturdy Used implements
Please call Adele [910.478.9727] or Lynn [910.358.3572] if you have tools to donate. They MUST go on the truck!

DETAILS: Unfortunately, on short notice, we have learned that our donated truck's legal clearances are finally procured!
Shipping date:  next Wed. from Epworth UMC-Durham.  Lisa Potts-SUMC purchased Goat Farm fence supplies with your donations and it’s been loaded.  Work teams are ready to follow this spring.  A detailed manifest for the truck is being prepared since supplies in cartons/original packaging pass customs the easiest.  SUMC is partnered with Epworth UMC in Durham on this farm-school project. Epworth has packed blackboards and other school supplies. [truck was donated by business family at Epworth]  SUMC is packing more school supplies and boxes and boxes of donated summer clothing BUT room still exists.  Let’s celebrate the Good News of 2012-13 as the Fond Doux farm and schools become more sustainable with more nutrition /protein soon available for the 400+ children in 2 schools.  God has been so good! Prayers please, for the safe shipping of this valuable truck and its contents.
We pray for the many staff and volunteers who will commit their time, energy, and talents to making health accessible, helping the community recover from disasters of all kinds, and working towards preparing for the future:  UMCOR 2013

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Visit the UMCOR Haiti website.

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Yearly Review - 2012

Helen Little wrote a review of the trips and happenings in Haiti in 2012. This is a wonderful letter full of the hope and love she and all the others who have gone on mission trips to Haiti feel for the people there. Click here to read her letter.

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Clothes to Haiti


On November 1, 2012 Deanna Scroggs and Lynn Rouse took 7 suitcases full of clothes (50 lb. each), 2 wedding dresses, 2 boxes of ladies clothes, and 4 Haitian Barbie dolls for kids in Haiti to Helen Little in Clayton, NC.

Thank you to all who give clothes, money, and your time to sort and pack these items for our friends in Haiti. God bless you.

We have a lot more donations ready to be sorted. SUMC's UMW of Creekside Circle invite interested folks to our next sorting event in the near future. Date and time to be announced.


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Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now delivered food in Port-au-Prince and Fond Doux in September 2012.

Click on the one small picture below to see the rest of the Stop Hunger Now delivery pictures in Haiti.
(Zoom in on the page to see them full size - press and hold down the “Ctrl” key and press the “+” (plus) key.
Use "Ctrl" and “-” (minus) key to zoom back out.)


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August 2012 ~ The partnership with UMCOR on the Fond Doux goat farm project is moving along.
These goat photos were taken during 2011 and 2012 SUMC mission trips to Haiti.



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Mission Trip to Haiti ~ May 9 - 16, 2012. Visit our Volunteers in Mission page.

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Our UMW Creekside/Mary Weeks Circle is making jewelry to sell with the proceeds to go to Haiti.
This evolved into our Mission Monday projects. See details HERE.
Donations of old jewelry and beads are gratefully accepted.

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MUSICIANS4MISSIONS

April 27, 2012

Featured work from all genres of music from bluegrass to soul, rhythm and blues, sacred classical, gospel, folk and rock.

Please make check donations payable to Swansboro UMC with Haiti Concert in the memo section. Those who were unable to attend the concert may 1) place donations in the offering during any worship service at Swansboro UMC or 2) take it to the church during office hours or 3) mail it to Swansboro UMC, 665 W. Corbett Avenue, Swansboro NC 28584.

Donations are supporting Haiti and its children in these ways:
1) Building a community center which will house vocational and occupational training for men and women in Michaud, Haiti in conjunction with the Ryan Epps Home for Children.
2) Assist in the Sustainable Goat Farming project in Fond Doux, Haiti.

Visit www.Music4Haiti.org for previous
concert photos and videos.



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The UMVIM team from Foundry UMC, Washington DC, posted a wonderful slide show on YouTube about their experience in Haiti. (Clicking on the link will open a new window to view the slide show.)

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  Read about happenings at Ryan Epps Home for Children!

Periodic updates, including great pictures, provided by Al and Valerie Carpenter
  • Part 1 - May 6, 2010 - February 15, 2012 (File size as of 2/16/12 = 3.7MB)
  • Part 2 - beginning March 8, 2012 (File size as of 1/28/13 = 4.9MB)
  • Part 3 - beginning August 25, 2013 (File size as of 8/25/13 = 109KB - small)


If you cannot open the  document, you may not have Adobe Reader on your computer.  
Click here to receive the free download.

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December 7, 2011: Lynn Rouse, Lisa Potts and Linda Mitchell presented their Haiti Mission Story from their November trip to Haiti during our Prayer and Praise worship service. Click here to watch Lisa's slideshow as a movie.

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Sewing Sisters - Dressing Haiti

The Mission Monday Sewing Sisters are back at work making clothes for the children in Haiti.  Every Monday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm we get together in the Barnum House (by the lower parking lot). There is plenty of work to be done, from cutting out dresses to pinning and sewing and hemming. We also have made curtains for one of the Sunday School rooms and are in the process of making another set for our room. We have made over 400 dresses and shorts since starting the project in the summer of 2009. All of our supplies are donated, so we send a big “thank you” to all of you who have helped this venture. Our most pressing need is for little girl underwear-all sizes. We want to send undies with the dresses. Please leave your donation in the Haiti box by the church office. For more information contact Lynn Rouse (910.326.4095).


back row: Lynn Rouse, Sharon Rutan, Janice Bean, Deanna Scroggs, Theresa Baker
front row: Carla Dean, Lisa Potts, Jan Cutler, Lucia Austin

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To serve on a Haiti Mission Team or for more information, contact Lisa Potts at 910.340.6607.