Global Emphasis – Haiti


Hershey Free Church is part of a Haiti consortium, comprised of Haitian Leaders, American churches, and ReachGlobal (the missions arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America). The consortium’s vision is to see an indigenous, disciple-making and multiplying church within walking distance of every Haitian.

Ongoing relationships provide an incredible catalyst for ministry. Hershey Free has been involved in ministry in Haiti since 2012. Our primary partnership relationship has been with STEP Seminary in Port-au-Prince, whose vision is to prepare leaders who will transform Haitian society.

In 2016, we had the opportunity to send 7 Global Ministry Teams to STEP that worked to build 3 homes for families in need, to teach courses for students in the area of missions, to pray, and to work with the faculty to better equip them as disciple-makers. One team provided medical care for 50-60 people per day during a countrywide medical strike. Another team engaged with 158 kids in STEP’s surrounding community. Our teams have worked alongside of STEP students and faculty to deepen relationships with these dear brothers and sisters in Christ. We are convinced that ministry flows out of relationships.

Additionally, we’ve continued to work with ReachGlobal through GlobalFingerprints Child Sponsorship in Haiti. We sent a team to provide medical care for sponsored children in GlobalFingerprints, and another team visited with ReachGlobal to pray and to become acquainted with various ministry efforts. We’ve also continued our involvement in the Haiti Consortium to help equip and mobilize leaders in the Haitian church.

In 2017, we have 6 Global Ministry Team Haiti trips planned. There will be medical teams, construction teams, children’s ministry teams, and family teams. Do you feel a calling to be part of our ongoing relationship in Haiti?

Key Contacts

Dave Hyatt
Dave Hyatt

Pastor for Local and Global Outreach
717-533-4848
dhyatt@hersheyfree.com

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Joan Apgar
Joan Apgar

Administrative Assistant for Local and Global Outreach
717-533-4848
japgar@hersheyfree.com


Global Ministry Teams are groups of people from Hershey Free Church sent to serve alongside our partners and long-term missionaries to accomplish meaningful gospel ministry, deepen relationships with partners and see lasting spiritual growth in team members’ lives.

To apply print and fill out the following paperwork:
GMT Application
GMT Friend Reference
GMT Pastor Reference

2017 Global Ministry TeamsFrequently Asked Questions

2017 Global Ministry Teams

March 1-7

Global Fingerprints Medical Team

Danielle Shellenberger (NP) will lead a medical team to work with ReachGlobal (the missions branch of the EFCA). GlobalFingerprints is ReachGlobal’s child sponsorship program. Children who participate in GlobalFingerprints receive medical check-ups twice a year. In addition to focusing on GlobalFingerprints, this team will experience ministry work in a rural community of Gressier.

March 4-11

STEP Construction Team

Jerry Hoffsmith is leading this construction team to assist STEP Seminary in several projects. Teams such as this encourage the people in Haiti but also provide opportunities for team members from Hershey Free Church to be stretched as they experience living with Jesus and loving like Jesus in a tangible way. Haitians will be shown God’s love while having the gospel presented.

May 20-27

Village Ministry Team

Jason Hunter will lead a team as they venture with Wawa (President of STEP Seminary) from Port-au-Prince to rural villages where STEP is involved in ministry.

July 29-August 5

STEP Medical & Construction Teams

This team is combination of a construction team and a medical team. The medical team, led by Mary Smith (RN), will work alongside Haitians to serve through medical services and in a mobile clinic. Medical care is an outreach service that STEP provides to the surrounding community. Community relations and health are improved as the gospel is shared in word and in deed. The construction team, led by Dave Smith, will assist STEP Seminary students in a construction project in order to present the gospel through word and deed to a family in need.

Online donations toward this team’s expenses can be made here.

August 12-19

Children and Family Outreach

Hershey Free Church has an ongoing relationship with STEP, a seminary in Port-au-Prince. Matt Hess will lead this Global Ministry Team as they work alongside STEP students as they reach out into the local community near STEP through children’s ministries. Children from the surrounding community are largely unchurched, but they are very responsive to the gospel. By participating in this team, you are not simply helping with VBS activities. Rather, you are part of a larger vision, and serving in this way helps to create opportunities for the STEP students to foster longer-term relationships with the children and their families. These relationships contribute to transformational community development.

Online donations toward this team’s expenses can be made here.

November 18-24

Family Thanksgiving Team

Go as a family to experience missions together and to serve in Haiti! Families will have a Thanksgiving meal with missionaries in Haiti. Projects will include a range of activities and involvement in ministries in Haiti.

To apply print and fill out the following paperwork:
GMT Application
GMT Friend Reference
GMT Pastor Reference

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will we be staying?

At STEP, there is a dorm- style- like setting with bedrooms, one shower per bedroom, and a common living area. It looks like a small house from the outside and is quite spacious. At ReachGlobal, there are also several bedrooms and each has bunk beds. There are three bathrooms indoors and several showers outdoors.

Will there be air conditioning?

Not at all, but there will be fans; and electricity is available for the most part.

So how hot is it, really?

VERY. You will sweat. A lot. The best piece of advice I got was to pack extra undergarments and socks. Ladies, leave your make up at home; it is not even worth it.

How big is the language barrier?

It is quite large in that you will not understand Haitian Creole overnight; however there are some words and phrases that are taught ahead of time to break the ice. In addition, many seminary students at STEP speak some English and are eager to help translate and teach some of their language to you.

I have heard about the poverty. Is it as bad as what I have in my head?

I do not know what you have in your head, but there is definitely a shock factor that comes into play when you enter Haiti. There are different smells, no public trash system, and people may appear very impoverished. Homes are not like what we see in the United States. However, take notice of the culture and the colors and the decor used for the tap taps. This country and these people are beautiful!

Can I take pictures?

Taking photos in the community is discouraged. This is the home of many people, and we do not want to encroach on their space. There will be times to capture some of the general area on the truck ride and around STEP. At ReachGlobal, ask a missionary for their input on when to take pictures.

Is it dangerous?

Although there has been political unrest and there is gang involvement, the country is relatively safe to Americans and STEP seminary has a great relationship with the surrounding communities. However, you still have to follow some rules such as not leaving the seminary by yourself.

How hard is it to raise the funds?

There are many ways to go about this task including letters, hosting a yard sale, and other ways to fund raise. It just takes some effort on the part of the person going.

How is the food?

It is delicious! There are a lot of rice and beans-type meals, and it is tasty.

I have a food allergy; is it accommodated?

Talk with the team leader that is heading the team you are interested in. The hosts are awesome and accommodating.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Be aware that there are vaccinations that you may have to get. There are also malaria pills that will be needed to prevent sickness as much as possible. Talk to your doctor about going to Haiti and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

Is there a dress code?

Haiti is different from the US. Haitians take great pride in their dress when meeting with others. Talk to your team leader about appropriate dress. Men, while working or in the community, long pants are best—jeans are fine. For church on Sunday, long-sleeve, button down shirt and dress pants are highly recommended. Women should wear long skirts on Sundays, and it’s recommended that you always have your shoulders covered.