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At Cornerstone we believe in the great commission... As such we believe that sending people out on mission and partnering with organizations who are living out the great commission is central to what we do as a church.
As a church we have chosen to allow our partnerships to go deep as opposed to wide. We support many different organizations but two have become our central focus. One locally and one internationally.
Hands On Outreach & Development Centre
Hands On "is a registered charitable organization dedicated to serving the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Saskatoon’s inner city children and youth. On a daily basis we provide a safe environment, healthy meals, clothing, activities and entertainment such as books, videos, ping pong, billiards, foosball, board games, hockey, basketball, football, arts and crafts.
Hands On is the vision of founder and CEO, Rick Langlais, who opened the doors of the ministry in 1992. Today Rick, his staff, and the Hands On Board of Directors operate the centre exclusively with charitable donations and a vast network of hard-working volunteers. Hands On has proven to be a valuable practical training resource for students from local colleges, the University of Saskatchewan and various churches."
"Marc and Lisa Honorat founded Haiti ARISE Ministries from a vision of planting a Bible College to help train godly leaders. This vision grew to encompass everything that Haiti ARISE is now endeavouring to accomplish to help the Haitian people. Marc is a native Haitian and has a desire to see change in his nation because he knows the peoples' plight so well as he experienced it himself.
Haiti Arise mission is to "raise up godly leaders, providing relief to poverty and creating hope for a strong future for the people of Haiti."
We arrived at Haiti Arise on the afternoon of December 31 so we were able to bring in the New Year at the annual four hour worship service at our church. What a great way to start a new year!
Our 14th annual Pastor's Conference was a success......approximately 300 pastors and leaders attended. They were challenged and inspired to back to their churches and continue to make a difference for Jesus in Haiti.
The calendar is full and with that brings several items that you could be praying for:
1. Children's Village - Our fourth set of parents moved in on December 22 and have been getting settled and quickly making friends with the other three families that are there. This couple will receive 3 young 'at risk' children on Saturday. The other families will also be receiving new children as well.
2. Teams - January 14-24.....We will have 2 teams arrive.
Their projects include:
*an eyeglass clinic will take place for many Haitians with vision needs
*a dental clinic will also be held
*both teams will be going to the prison to minister under very difficult circumstances
*one team will go south to help build a church for our church plant that began after our Hurricane Matthew home rebuilding ministry
*our birthing centre construction is continuing on nicely. Many babies and mothers lives will be saved.
3. Auto Body Shop Team - January 26-29
A team of auto insurance / auto body repair people will break ground on our main campus to begin construction of an auto body repair shop connected to our Technical School.
4. Legal Aid Ministry - February 14-17
A team of judges and lawyers from Canada is returning to continue developing our legal assistance ministry. So far, we have helped get approximately 125 prisoners out of jail that were without hope of release. Many end up in jail without recourse because of very small non-violent offences or simply being wrongly accused.
5. Women's Conference - February 6-8
A group of 13 women are coming from Canada to do a three day conference for women in leadership in our church and area. We are inviting 100 women to this event.
6. Marc & Lisa Honorat and family
Lisa and children have needed to stay home in Airdrie, AB to rest and have the kids enrolled in school. Pray for all of them and for Marc as he travels more between Haiti and home in Canada. Also pray for the adjustment for Haiti Arise not having Lisa on site this year.
Thank you for your many faithful prayers. You are a critical part of what is going on here at Haiti Arise.