Twelve members of Allisonville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis learned a great deal about the people of Haiti during a recent eight-day trip. The Disciples worshiped with a Haitian congregation, helped construct a church, and taught in local schools. After their return to Indianapolis, Allisonville church members gathered on Feb. 13 for a spirited worship service that included stories about their Haitian experiences.
While in the country, Allisonville members, along with Global Ministry leaders, helped dedicate a new multi-purpose building for the National Spiritual Council of Churches of Haiti (CONASPEH), a Global Ministry partner, which provides educational programs and a micro-loan cooperative, among other services for the country’s people. CONASPEH’s previous building collapsed during the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Haiti in January 2010.
"The people of Haiti taught us so much about hope for a better tomorrow; faith in God that will never fail us; and God’s love, a love for all people. We returned with a renewed spirit, making us to look at the world around us differently," said Matthew Tippel, a member of Allisonville church who went to Haiti. For more on the church’s work in Haiti, visit: www.allisonville.org/haiti/
To view a report on the rebuilding of CONASPEH from Global Ministries, check out: globalministries.org/news/lac/conaspeh-report-and-thanks.html