Students Take Third Trip to Haiti

Students Take Third Trip to Haiti

On May 13, a team of 10 Southern Nazarene University students will head to Haiti to put on a roof, construct pews and paint the last Nazarene church building in Haiti needing reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake.

“As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti still has lots of needs, but this is a milestone to celebrate.   When plans were finalized last fall to take an SNU team to Haiti, we had no idea we'd be the ones to finish the job by completing the last earthquake-damaged church building,” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, Professor and trip leader.

More than 60 Nazarene church buildings needed significant repairs or complete rebuilding in the aftermath of the earthquake that killed 250,000 people. The church that students will be rebuilding, Chemin Desgrange, is a rural congregation.

“I'm looking forward to building relationships with the locals living in Haiti.  This is my first cross-cultural mission trip, so I'm very excited about serving,” stated Josiah Mosely, trip participant.

This will be the third Haiti earthquake recovery trip made by SNU students.  Students are raising funds for their personal trip expenses (travel, lodging, food, insurance).  Monies donated to the "$10 for Haiti" fund go 100% to the actual rebuilding costs.

One member of the team going to Haiti on May 13 from SNU, Frantz Pierre, was a student at the University of Haiti when the earthquake struck. Many students were killed, but Frantz survived.  He helped as a translator for the first SNU earthquake recovery team that went to Haiti in May of 2010.  Frantz is now a pre-med student at Southern Nazarene University.

To make this event a real celebration, buy-in is being sought from hundreds of people in a "$10 for Haiti" campaign.  The idea is to raise $15,000 for the project materials funds by getting 1,500 people to give $10 each.  As of Friday, April 27, more than 300 people had given a total of $9,000 to that fund. Donations to the "$10 for Haiti" fund have come from as far away as Australia.

The most convenient way to give is online at www.snu.edu/give.  Others are sending checks made out to "Southern Nazarene University" to Howard Culbertson, SNU, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008.  If unable to give financially, please support the trip by joining the Facebook community page at www.facebook.com/10forhaiti .

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.