An Update from Haiti: Building the Church by Building a Church

Why build a church in Haiti?

Central has partnered with the church of St. Philip and St. Jacque in Trou Jacque, Haiti, on the island of La Gonave. Several years ago, we began a dialogue with the teachers, congregants, and neighbors of Trou Jacque, listening to the needs in their community. With a resounding voice, the people of Trou Jacque expressed their need for a church building. Over sixteen years ago, another American church began construction a church building in Trou Jacque, but they were unable to complete the project. Today, the foundation sits abandoned on the top of the mountain, a scar and a source of shame for the church of St. Philip and St. Jacque. With Central’s help, St. Philip and St. Jacque can build upon the abandoned foundation, thereby reminding themselves and the world that Trou Jacque is a vibrant, faithful community. Plans for the church building include a cistern, which will provide water for the community, and solar power, which will be one of very few power sources in Trou Jacque. 

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Above: Members of the December 2014 trip
stand at the church foundation in Trou Jacque.

 

Above: Atlanta architect Bob Guinn
discusses plans with the priest on La Gonave
and the Haitian engineer working on the
Trou Jacque church building (December 2014)

How can I help?

-Travel to Haiti: Join one of the Central teams on their trips to Haiti in order strengthen our ties to the community of Trou Jacque.

-Fund the Church: In order to fulfill our promise to the community of Trou Jacque, we need to raise $80,000. Over the past year, Central has raised approximately $30,000, which is a wonderful start! You can make a donation towards the Trou Jacque church through Central’s online giving page.

Live Locally, Act Globally!

Who is the Global Mission Committee?

All are welcome to join the Global Mission committee at any time. This committee does important work on behalf of the church, and we have a lot of fun in the process. Current committee members include Anna George Traynham (Resident Pastor), Jennell Charles (chair), Jo McMurtrie (vice chair), Mary Caroline Lindsey, Harold Harbert, Elizabeth Neil, Ellen Campbell Logan, Kemie Nix, Ed Galloway, Bede Campbell, Ted McMurtrie, Ella Ruth Hunnicutt, and Peggy Schiller.

What do we do? How?

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International mission trips

Nearly every year, Central sends a group of members on an international trip to build relationships and serve God in the church abroad.

A trip to the US-Mexico border is being planned for summer 2015. Contact Anna George Traynham for more information.

Scholarship funding is available for international mission trips.

In the past, Central has taken trips to Scotland (Iona), Cuba, Israel-Palestine, Mexico, Costa Rica, the US-Mexico border, and La Gonave, Haiti

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La Gonave Haiti Partnership

Central is an active member of the La Gonave Haiti Partnership, which seeks to be a ministry of presence fostering sustainable relationships and community development on the island of La Gonave, Haiti. Central is partnered with an Episcopal congregation in the village of Trou Jacque. Together with the church of Trou Jacque, we are raising funds to build a church building, which will serve as a community center and provide water for the community in addition to being a house of worship.

Central also supports the partnership’s school lunch program. Thanks to the efforts of the partnership, children in all ten of the island’s Episcopal schools are now receiving a nutritious lunch every school day.

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Fair Trade Sales

Coffee, tea, cocoa, olive oil, and chocolate candy are available the third Sunday of every month in Tull Fellowship Hall. 

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Refugee Resettlement

In the spring of 2015, Central is sponsoring a refugee family through the International Rescue Committee. We will be providing home furnishings, financial support, emotional support, and much more. If you have gently-used home furnishings to contribute, please contact Anna George Traynham.

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International students

Central hosts an annual December holiday luncheon for international students staying in Atlanta through the Christmas House International program.

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Support of Presbyterian mission co-workers

Through our prayers and financial resources, Central Global Mission supports the work of four PC(USA) mission co-workers:

-Rev. Kate Taber, Israel-Palestine

-Revs. Nancy and Shelvis Smith-Mather, South Sudan

-Rev. Mark Adams, US-Mexico Border

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  • One Great Hour of Sharing (Easter)
  • Peacemaking Offering (World Communion Sunday)
  • Christmas Joy Offering: supports Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and emergency support for church workers and their families
  • Pentecost Offering: supports the PC/USA General Assembly and children at risk in Atlanta and abroad
  • PATH Offering (5th Sundays): supports hunger programs in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta

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Interfaith initiatives

We provide financial support of FAMA (Faith Alliance of Metropolitan Atlanta) as well as the Presbyterian Peace Foundation
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Faithful Central members hold a peace vigil every Sunday. When executions are scheduled in the state of Georgia, we hold an execution vigil and host a letter-writing campaign. Central is also proud to participate in the Peacemaking Partnership of Greater Atlanta Presbytery

 

There are ways and ways and ways to live locally and act globally. New initiatives and new participants are always welcome. Contact Anna George Traynham for more information and more involvement.