Project Description

CommPres supports international missions around the globe.
Haiti
Kenya
South Asia
Haiti – International Christian Development Mission (ICDM)
Located in Bayonnais, this organization provides school for children, medical clinic, food and clothing plus training for adults. For more information, visit: http://icdm.us

Interested in joining our team on the 2018 Spring Break mission trip to Haiti?

Families and youth are welcome. For more information, contact Kristin Tucker at kristin.tucker@commpres.com.

Here’s the latest newsletter from Rev. Yvan in Haiti:

Well, the 2018 Pastor’s Conference is over! However, the inspiration and hope this annual event brings to the participants has only started. This is my second year to take part in the ICDM Pastor’s Conference and I believe this was a pivotal moment for all the participants. Here are some of my thoughts on the value and benefits of this event.

First is relationships. We often call the church a “community” but in so many congregations this is just a word. At the Pastor’s Conference I witnessed the value and development of real community. Across denominational lines and other common boundaries, pastors and church leaders from all over Haiti gathered in Bayonnais for the 2018 Conference. They came to learn, to be inspired, and to be encouraged. However, for me, one of the greatest things to see were the friendships renewed and new friendships developed. Men and women shared their successes and failures; found new hope in the ideas of others; and shared lessons, meals, and worship. My own friendships with many Haitian leaders were strengthened. Jean-Noel Preval, one of our interpreters, is such an awesome man! Funny and bright, he brings cheer to my heart every time we work together. Abraham Vilsaint is another friend I got to spend time with this year, talking and digging into the details of our Christian calling. Pastor Oriel Sterling, one of the men who pastors and teaches in our pastor training programs and the School of Evangelism. This experienced and gifted leader brought wisdom and insight for all of us. Sister Elicia was shy and embarrassed when I used her name in my teaching, but her smile and her laughter offer hope to all she meets. I mention all these names, because I used to come to Haiti and only knew the people I met before I came. Now I find myself with friends and partners in ministry far beyond the staff of ICDM. These men and women have become part of the community I call the Body of Christ. Even when we are separated by miles most of the year, I hold them in my heart and mind every day. We pray for one another; check up on one another and help each other make it another day!

Second is the sense of purpose and hope I see among the participants. Pastors and leaders in Haiti often face challenges that leaders in the USA can barely comprehend. More than being preachers and teachers, they are often community developers, activists and advocates, and business leaders as well. Yet, in spite of the challenges, they are joyful! Whether it is in our worship together or just conversations in the courtyard, their conversation and communication is permeated with joy! These men and women see the reality of Haiti as it is now, but they also have a vision of change and transformation. This hope, deeply grounded in the Christian gospel or Good News, shapes their work, inspires their efforts, and energizes their creativity. And their joy is also contagious! No matter what is happening in my life and ministry, I always come away from these meetings with a new outlook! Energy renewed, vision expanded, and heart inspired, I come back to the USA stronger and more joyful!

Finally, I think this year’s conference came at a critical time for both the leaders of the sessions and the participants. While the conference was going on, ICDM was working on a home for a family in Bayonnais. Right after the conference a team from New Jersey came and finished up this construction. Construction on ICDM’s new clinic is getting started. A record number of children are enrolled in the school. New leaders are being trained and commissioned. All of these things seem to bring a sense of strength and possibility to everyone’s mind. It is as if the entire mission has reached a point of great momentum. As each new idea becomes a reality it sparks more new ideas, inspires new leaders to take charge of these initiatives, and these in turn spark even more ideas and visions. Such momentum is awesome to observe! It is even more powerful when you are even a small part of such momentum!

The main building where we meet each year is called “The Center for Hope.” I know that it is only a building. However, the people who gather there each year for the Pastor’s Conference are taking hope and spreading it across Haiti! May God continue to bless these men and women with his power, his love, and his joy!

Yours in Christ,
Yvan Pierre
ICDM Director


Kenya – Utange Orphans Charity: Casuarina House and Feed500 Program

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Founded by Paul and Debbie Scott-Robinson, this amazing ministry not only provides food, shelter and education, but also offers a loving, caring, nurturing environment for children in need. They are currently raising funds to build a much needed High School for orphans and other disadvantaged children. For more information, visit: www.utangeorphans.org

The couples’ ministry not only involves charity work, but they are the volunteer missionaries for Utange Baptist Church, conducting a second service in English on a Sunday mornings. This Evangelistic outreach ministry includes Bible training for leaders and pastors from 30 plus churches throughout the region as well as counseling training for those working with bereavement and trauma in children. The ministry has a Youth Center that sleeps 24 people where Paul and Debbie facilitate volunteering mission expeditions for international groups. Anyone interested in visiting, please contact debbie@utangeorphans.org.

May, 2018 NEWSLETTER FROM DEBBIE SCOTT-ROBINSON

The heavy rains are causing landslides and destroying many mud hut homes in Kenya right now. Feed500 continues despite the challenge for the ladies who cook for the children. The barefoot orphans have been arriving soaked and muddy to receive their maize & beans and bag of unga flour these past weeks.

Zawadi and Fatuma are two enduring the elements. Zawadi (left) lives with her sick grandmother as her folks are dead. She grows vegetables outside her mud hut to add to the maize flour we hand out for her to take home so she can feed them both.
Fatuma (right) looks after her disabled Mum. A big responsibility for a 13 year old who is the oldest of four siblings. They are both in their final year at government primary school and praying for sponsors to be able to go to Celebration High School when we open next January. Just £350 per year will enable this to happen and give them both hope for a brighter future.

For those interested in joining us for the cutting of the ribbon ceremony in Kenya next January we have a trip information afternoon on June 3rd, 3.00 at Bromham Baptist Church, Village Rd, Bromham MK43 8LJ Beds. All welcome!
The Casuarina children were all back together again for Easter as the boarders returned home for the holidays. See Nicholas our eldest boy preaching in the English service at Utange Baptist Church with Rehema translating into Swahilli. All the children visited another church in Utange to display their singing and dancing talents, to high acclaim! We are very proud of our talented bunch of youngsters.
Last chance to buy tickets for our bi annual Charity Ball next month. June 16th at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Beds. 4 course gourmet dinner, dancing till late plus chance to raise some funds for the children with the mini auction. Contact Julie Knowles for tickets, £40 each: mob.07967 149885 or E: jmk@mt4life.org

Thank you to everyone for your support!
Debbie Scott-Robinson
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South Asia – Missionaries

Our missionary family is faithfully serving in South Asia. Thank you for your prayers!

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