Building on a 10-year foundation of short-term medical trips, we have committed ourselves to a long-term ministry focus on the Saramacca tribe of the Suriname Amazon Jungle. This is a tribe of former African slaves developed from the 1500’s to the abolition of slavery and consists of around 67 villages along the Suriname River. The Saramaccans are an animistic people, worshiping demons that inhabit different aspects of nature and control the people through tradition and fear.
Our focus will be the villages at the head waters of the river that have been least influenced by exposure to the Gospel. We will continue to send multiple volunteer teams each year to support business projects, building, and discipleship through serving and relationship building. It is our prayer that God would raise up 3 more missionary units (family/single) to complete this team. Our dream and prayer is seeing the entire tribe delivered from idolatry and worshiping the risen Jesus Christ.
Our partnership with the Baptist church in Cotes de Fer on the southern coast. We are working through MEBESH – the Association of Baptist Churches in Southern Haiti, and Reciprocal Ministries International (RMI) - an organization that facilitates partnerships between Haitian and US churches.The church in Cotes de Fer lost their whole sanctuary due to the earthquake in 2010 and many families in the area are without housing and in desperate need. The video below describes the sister-church partnership through RMI.
Our desire is to serve this church in the areas of evangelism, discipleship training, leadership development, and economic/agricultural development. Through Homes for Haiti, we have been able to provided homes for 5 families, with a plan of building 6 more in 2012 and more beyond this as God provides resources. These are prefab houses that can be assembled by anyone in 2 days. We also plan to help farmers develop profitable farms through the provision of oxen, seed and agricultural know-how, and a business plan for sustainability. Our goal is to see an entire community transformed through holistic discipleship that results in a healthy, reproducing church that is not dependant on foreign aid and is both self-sustaining and able to help other churches to transform the communities they are located in.
Application for Volunteer Trips
If you are planning or would like to go on a short term mission trip with The Summit, please fill out the following application and submit it to the church office.