True Shepherd's sheep program partners with the Nazarene church in the North West district, we ask each church and its board to come up with 12-15 names (families and individuals), who are in most need amongst their members. True Shepherd provides a female ewe to each of these families and they in turn will be trained to care and tend the animal. The first lamb will be given back to the church as the first fruit and an offering to God. The second lamb will be theirs to own, third back to the church, and so on. We encourage each family to rear a flock, and so make it a sustainable income.
More than just a sheep
Sheep are a great animal to give as a gift to those in need, especially in Haiti. They are seen as the best of animals, if you have sheep, that perhaps says something about you. They have 1-3 babies per year, and are quite resistant to disease. They also fetch premium prices at market. We can’t over state the importance of sheep ownership in rural Haiti. It really does bring more than just a material resource to a family, it also brings hope, confidence in the future, and it can transform a person's faith. It also says that God hasn’t forgotten about them.
Every sheep in rural Haiti gets a registration card. This identifies the owner and address of the sheep. Once our sheep program has begun these documents are given to the church board overseeing the local program, keeping ownership of the sheep local and accountable,
caring for sheep
Unlike goats, who are tough and can take care of themselves, sheep need to be loved and cared for. They like to hear their owners voice and come when they hear it. Care and reassurance is what they crave and need and so once you receive a sheep it takes diligent nurturing to care for it. Here in this photo our shepherd teaches about good sheep care.
We believe that a shop can bring solutions to the problem of sustainable funding. We partner with the Nazarene church that has 89 churches in this region of the North West. Each church has a board that oversees the business of the church and in most cases a church school. The income from the church shop is overseen by the church board and they make the budget choices right for them.
Learning to lead
Many churches have day schools for children, paying their teachers is an on going struggle, a shop can help provide for this. We also encourage full support for their pastor and family, impressing on the board the importance of taking care of the Pastor financially. So learning how to make tough budget choices and finding ways to work as a team therefore helps the growth of the board. Through this process, leaders are brought to the foreground and with guidance and training the board can blossom without outside influence. True Shepherd can then, after the appropriate time, start to pull back and lessen it’s input and financial help. It is slow work but it is through long standing relationships and partnerships that we can begin to see real change.
Family or church shop
A shop in rural Haiti can be a focal point for the community, a place for meeting up with friends and family. Along with the usual things for sale like, soda, chips and canned goods, a shop offers the opportunity to charge your cell phone and perhaps purchase cell phone minutes.
Once an income source can be established, the church board can then decide what the funding priorities are. Most churches have a children's school like this one, which is funded by those parents that can afford to pay, the shop income can help subsidize the teachers pay, along with paying the pastor.
True shepherd provides funding for a full time nurse, along with the clinic built in 2013 by So Cal Nazarenes. Now the clinic is able to go mobile. This is a huge blessing to many across the region, where as a rule, if you are sick you have to go find health care, if indeed you can pay for it. True Shepherd is different, it comes to you! We travel to the remote villages and towns that no one wants to or can go. For a small patient fee, you can see a nurse, be provided with basic medication and advice. It can't be overstated what a blessing this is, people walk many miles to be part of one of these clinics. When word gets around that the clinic is coming, people come, just like in the gospels, caring their sick and needy. Much of the health care issues in the region stem from poor diet and lack of water, this produces all kinds of ailments, one of which is high blood pressure. There is much need in the North West of Haiti where government help seems to be lacking. Not only lack of food and water, but the spiritual food we each need and crave. When funding allows we give bibles to patients and pastors which will nourish the soul and transform circumstances.
Adult Training School
The need for training and skills is huge in NW Haiti, this school helps those past school age to learn skills that can help them earn much needed income for their families. In the future we hope to provide not only more spaces for more students but expand into other subjects.
life changing skills
The adult training school is now in its second year. True Shepherd has helped to provided laptops, sewing machines and furniture (chairs, desks, etc) for the ongoing classes. It has been a huge success and many across the region are hoping to get the opportunity to attend. Each student pays $12 per month to help with costs but more funding is needed in the future and we pray the Lord will provide for this incredible opportunity. These classes can be a simple stepping stone to a brighter future, having a skill can give you an edge when it comes to finding work or starting a small business. True Shepherd has partnered with 89 churches across the NW region, and places at this school are at a premium, and it is hoped to help those most in need. Pastors of the home churches will be choosing individuals from their congregations to attend. Classes include sewing, from simple repair to tailoring, and computer classes which are as important in Haiti as they are in the USA. When students attend theses classes 2-3 days a week, they will received a meal each day. Many have traveled great distances to attend and will sleep in the church during classes.
Leadership in Haiti
missionaires in NW Haiti
Antony and Marietta have ministry in Haiti running through their veins. They have planted many churches in the north west region and have felt the Lord’s call for many years to return to Jean Rabel, Haiti. The north west region of Haiti is particularly impoverished; spiritually as well as materially poor, and they need leaders to help point them to Jesus. The Haitian people cry out to be taught the ways of the Lord and to be trained as disciples so that they can lead their own people to a brighter, spirit filled future. Antony and Marietta are highly respected in Haiti and they have mentored many young leaders over the years. As they go out into the various communities visiting with pastors and elders, they are embraced as God’s ambassadors.
true shepherd is formed
Some years ago the Duclos’ formed True Shepherd and put together a team of like minded passionate believers with a heart for the mission of sustainable ministry through the Gospel. Through the sheep program, building shops, and the adult training school, along with many other disciple building initiatives, we bring hope and encouragement through the Word of God to so many Haitians forgotten by the modern world. Every day the Lord is making it possible to expanding His amazing work across the north west region. True Shepherd is excited to partner with the Nazarene church and other churches to make a difference in this challenging environment. Here in the USA we have many valued partners, including International Christian Adoption, The So-Cal Nazarene church, Cornerstone Church, Fourteen Six Church and so many others that partner with us to bring transformation to many through the Gospel of Jesus.
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