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April 18-22 HORT Trip to Haiti

by Dan Cruver Published Apr 14, 2010

I have the privilege of joining the Haiti Orphan Relief Team (HORT) on their April 18-22 trip to Haiti. HORT is a cooperative effort of U.S. based ministries and disaster response experts that have joined together to respond to Haiti’s orphan crisis.

One of the major objectives of HORT is to provide U.S. churches with the opportunity to be a part of the solution to Haiti’s orphan crisis by coming alongside Haitian churches in church-to-church partnerships to initiate, strengthen and grow their outreach to orphans in their immediate communities. The Orphaned and Vulnerable Child Program (OVC) is one of the HORT initiatives established to help accomplish this major objective. Here’s what we’ll be doing on our April 18-22 trip to launch the OVC program with 10 Haitian churches:

Sunday, April 18th – Interview OVC candidate for position of in-country director and meet with Pastor Edner Jeanty to finalize Wednesday’s (April 21) training conference and to discuss accountability structure for OVC partner churches.

Monday, April 19th – Meet with Compassion International and other in-country network partners t0 coordinate additional OVC project churches.

Tuesday, April 20th – Visit 4-5 Port-au-Prince partner churches for team vision and partner role clarification.

Wednesday, April 21st – Hold training meeting for the leadership of 10 OVC partnership churches. Training will include:

Biblical teaching on spiritual adoption and its implication for orphan care (Jason Weber and Dan Cruver)
Why the local church should care for orphaned and vulnerable children
OVC program implementation
Church-to-church partnerships (expectations and roles)
A biblical look at the Restavec tradition in Haiti

My fellow teams members are: Scott Vair (World Orphans), Alan Hunt (World Orphans), Jason Weber (Hope for Orphans), Brad Powell (Northridge Church), and Michael Miller (Northridge Church).

Please pray for us and the Haitian pastors and orphans that we will serve while there. Our desire is to serve them wisely and faithfully in the name of Jesus. If you want brief trip updates while I’m in Haiti, you can follow me on Twitter.

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