Heidi, Alana and I are excited to go see our former church in Grain Valley this Sunday! We will be visiting First Baptist Grain Valley located at 207 W Walnut in the heart of GV. We will be at both morning services starting at 9:00 am and will be presenting information about what we expect to do at HHH during the evening service at 6:00 pm. We can hardly wait to see our old friends and spend some time catching up. We are excited to see what has been going on at church since we left and meet all the new families that now attend. We hear the nursery is exploding – this is a great problem to have! We know there are many supporters that we have not had the opportunity to meet yet so we extend this invitation to all of you – We would love to get to know you if you are available to swing by. The evening service is informal and is intended to give a better picture of our calling.
Of course along with the visit comes our sales pitch. We are actively seeking support to help us get onto the mission field as soon as possible. We can fill you in on the many different ways to help out. One avenue of support is t-shirt sales. We have partnered with Time Warp Apparel to print the t-shirts. Ryan Knight has graciously offered to donate a portion of his labor to help offset costs. This is a mock-up of what we have come up with. The front will have our family purpose and proposition statement and the back contains the big HHH logo. We are looking at taking pre-orders so we can print up t-shirts with as little waste/overage as possible. The t-shirts come in heather grey and in adult sizes S, M, L, XL & 2XL. If you can’t make it out to GV but would be interested in one of these beauties please let Heidi or Will know and we can take your info down. We are asking for a minimum $20 donation per shirt – all donations can be sent directly to HHH just don’t forget to designate it to “Frazier Ministry Support”.
We are looking forward to a great weekend and a great Sunday morning message by Wayne Geiger! God Bless!
Heidi and I have been asked to go around and raise support for our ministry. Ministry folks call this deputation. It involves countless hours of writing letters, calling churches, sending emails to family and friends, essentially selling ourselves to both known and unknown people and groups. In order to help communicate our mission and goals to people we have spent numerous hours creating two documents, links are included in this post – please take a look and let us know what you think of them.
What you may not already know is that Heidi and I have been working on our ministry focus for a year now. We have been getting regular counseling from our pastors and the board at HHH. It has taken a lot of work to get where we are today – just starting out looking for supporters. Here is the result of about 4 months worth of work and refining: sandbox graphic
Detailed in the “sandbox” is our purpose and proposition statement: Raise up young leaders living for Christ, to revive Haiti. Also shown is our mission statement, guiding principles, preferred culture and ministry focus. We developed this as vision communication for you that defines our purpose at HHH, Inc. We envision this will provide direction for our family and help us to avoid distractions. I think this is about our 5th version of this document.
Here is a copy of our newsletter that we are sending out as fast as we can print them:Frazier Family Ministry Newsletter
These are the first impressions that new people are getting when we introduce ourselves and our mission. We have been following these up with phone calls and emails and have already scheduled dates to visit churches over the next two months!
Currently, most of our students attend elementary and high school in the community. While the official language of Haiti is French and school is taught in French, the common spoken language is Haitian Creole. Because they are not taught in their native language, there is a need to enhance French skills for our students. Why? Because all legal documents in Haiti are written in French. Can you imagine having your mortgage documents in a language in which you are not fully fluent?
Once we arrive at HHH, we will begin FSL (French as Second Language) and ESL (English as Second Language) classes to give our kids a competitive edge in the Haitian work force. This will require teachers that are fluent in both languages (yes, we are learning French, but we are not fluent!). We will hire locals that are fluent in French to assist us in this endeavor. We seem to have mastered the English language (although some would argue that!), so we will have the opportunity to begin teaching ESL.
Many of our students dream of going to University in Haiti. We have started a College scholarship fund to provide for this need! Of course, not all students need or want to go to University, but they do need to have a vocation. We intend to help them find a vocation and training that will allow them to be productive citizens and to support their families.
A few of the items that will be impactful for education of kids at HHH are found below:
- College scholarships for HHH graduates – $562/quarter or $2,250/year
- Vocational training for HHH graduates – $174 mechanic/plumber $75 beautician/seamstress
- Textbooks and study materials for ESL & FSL – $31 to $57 per text
- Equipment for ESL & FSL instruction – paper, toner, school supplies, etc.
- Salaries for Haitian instructors – $77/month
Funds raised will allow us to establish our ministry without taking funds from current operations leading to a net zero negative impact to HHH!