Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Seventy-seven percent of the population lives below the national poverty line, and 51 percent of the population is unable to read or write (source: The World Bank). Dilaire is a small town in northeastern Haiti, home to approximately 7,000 people. There are a few local Christian churches, but Dilaire also has a large percentage of Voodoo followers. Nestled next to the border of the Dominican Republic, this community is in great need of poverty alleviation and spiritual truth through passionate and trained disciples of Christ.
When Vapor’s President & CEO, Micah McElveen, traveled through the northeast corner of Haiti in 2010, God opened his eyes to the immense physical and spiritual needs in that part of the country. Micah felt compelled to establish a Vapor center in Haiti. Though we’d been looking at a different location for the first center, God opened the door for Haiti.
On October 6, 2012, the gates to Vapor’s first Haitian center officially opened to the community. Due to the community’s overwhelming interest, we had two days of registration! Young people from this community come to the center every week to play a sport they love, while they also hear the good news of the Gospel, which has the power to change their lives and transform this community.
At the Dilaire center, Vapor Ministries opened the first public deep water well in the city’s history. This well stands at the center, ready to serve anyone who comes. The community has expressed incredible gratitude as men, women and families have gained access to reliable, clean and fresh water to drink and use in their homes—water that is free from diseases and contamination.
While the center alleviates poverty and multiplies disciples on a weekly basis, they also pursue sustainable efforts. Dilaire has been ground breaking in the area of sustainability, with projects such as a sports entertainment operation, a guesthouse and a banana farm.
Vapor Ministries partners with local bodies of believers in the area to come alongside and support their efforts as new converts get plugged into a local faith family.
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