Population: 10.2 million (2012)
Official language: French
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Groupe Biblique des Ecoles et Universités d’Haïti (GBEUH)
The earthquake of 12 January 2010 has left the country in a situation of extreme political, economic, social and environmental fragility. Beyond the horror, the disaster has led to a greater openness to the Gospel and many survivors have decided to commit their lives to Jesus. In this predominantly Roman Catholic country which enjoys religious freedom, nearly 15% of the Christian population call themselves Protestants.
- 11 faculties belonging to the State University of Haiti, only 5 have a GBEUH group
- 12 groups in secondary schools
- 1 part-time staff and 1 volunteer
- largest group University State of Haiti, 30 members
- smallest group 5 members (Institution mixte André Malraux)
The Haiti 2010 Mission organised by IFES and GBEUH after the earthquake has boosted the energy of the students. In addition to offering practical help to those who had lost everything, the mission enabled the students to become aware of belonging to the large IFES family, and this renewed their zeal to spread the gospel. A large Haitian delegation attended IMPACT 2012, the regional missions conference held in Jamaica, demonstrating the passion for mission that burns brightly in so many Haitian students.
View from the inside
Pierre Michel Dérivois, Board Chair of GBEUH, grew up in a Christian family. From a very young age he became aware of the urgency to share the good news of the gospel around him. 2 Timothy2:1-2 has profoundly influenced him: ‘You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.’
He adds, ‘It is with great joy that I and my colleagues invest time and energy into the ministry in schools and universities in Haiti. It is there that the future of the country and of its young people is being decided”.
- for the next generation of students to maintain the continuity of the movement in the schools and universities;
- for the students not to move away from the truths they learned from the Bible;
- for the movement to have a positive impact in the universities and to make a difference in the country and in the world, both now and in the future.