McMurry University Haiti Mission Team Works With Partners in Development

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:43 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Nine McMurry University students, faculty and staff recently returned from a mission trip to Haiti on May 15-22

Students Ashley Parsley ’16, Haley Shepard ’18, Savannah McClure ’16, Samantha Ritz ’18, Chris Kiser ’18, Payden Dompe ’16, and Dona L’ne Kirkes ’17 served on the mission trip, accompanied by McMurry Chaplain Rev. Jeff Lust and Religious Life Administrative Assistant Amanda Cokonougher.

This is the fifth time a McMurry group has gone to Haiti to work with Partners In Development, a faith-based agency that works toward “whole life transformation.”

The organization provides micro loans to individuals to create sustainable income.  As the recipients repay their loans, they get something done for their home as an incentive to keep paying. There is also a health clinic available for the residents. The team will have the option to do construction work or clinic work each day.

McMurry’s mission team arrived in Port au Prince the afternoon of May 15. Monday through Friday, they were divided into three teams. One team stayed on site at Partners in Development to work in the clinic and/or to handle basic administrative tasks. Two teams served as work crews, one located only about two kilometers from PID, and the other about an hour’s drive to Canaan, the site that many of the displaced survivors of the 2010 earthquake were relocated. 

On both work sites, the team began the task of digging trenches, moving stones, and pouring concrete (by hand – no machines involved!) for the foundation of a two-room one-family house near PID and a two family duplex in Canaan. The team was joined by local and neighborhood workers.

“We had a short workday on Wednesday so the team could go to the national museum in Port au Prince,” said Rev. Lust, who was a co-sponsor on the trip. “Everyone had an experience that will leave an indelible mark.”

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