The Story of Arise Haiti
Arise Haiti was birthed in the hearts of James and Rachael Courter, co-founders of Arise Haiti, in the fall of 2006. Arise Haiti is a ministry of Assemblies of God World Missions and partners with the national Les Assemblѐes de Dieu church in Haiti. Les Assemblѐes de Dieu Haiti, established in 1957, has over 200 preaching points throughout the nation.
Arise Haiti partners with the national church to train leaders, plant churches, empower a new generation to witness a supernatural transformation in the nation of Haiti.
The Arise Mission Base and the Transformation Center are located on Gelèe Beach, just outside of Les Cayes, Haiti’s third largest city.
Haiti ( French: Haïti [a.iti]; Haitian Creole: Ayiti [ajiti]), officially the Republic of Haïti (République d’Haïti; Repiblik Ayiti), is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. In addition, Haiti also occupies small satellite islands known for tourists, including; Île-à-Vache (Cow Island), which includes Port Morgan and Abaka Bay resorts. In French, the country’s nickname is La Perle des Antilles (The Pearl of the Antilles), because of its natural beauty. It is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean and the country’s highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft). By area and population, Haiti is the third largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba and the Dominican Republic), with 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi), roughly the size of the U.S. state ofHawaii or the country of Belgium and an estimated 9.9 million people; about a million of whom live in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Haiti’s regional, historical, and ethno-linguistic position is unique for several reasons. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Taíno people, the island was first discovered by Christopher Columbus during his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492. When Columbus first landed in Haiti (western Hispaniola), he had thought he had found India or Asia. His flagship, the Santa Maria, sank after running aground on 25 December in the north coast of present-day Haiti. Deciding to establish a settlement in the area, a contingent of men were left at an outpost christened La Navidad, because the wreck occurred on Christmas, north of what is now Limonade.
Gaining its independence in 1804, Haiti was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republicsuccessful in a war of independence against a European colonial power in the Americas, the only nation in the western hemisphereto have defeated three European superpowers (Britain, France, and Spain), and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt. The rebellion, begun in 1791, was led by a former slave and the first black general of the French Army, Toussaint Louverture, whose military genius and political acumen transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent country. Upon his death in a prison in France, he was succeeded by his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who declared Haiti’s sovereignty and later became the first emperor of Haiti, Jacques I. Its successful revolution by slaves and free people of color lasted nearly a decade; and apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all the first leaders of government were former slaves.
The Citadelle Laferrière is the largest fortress in the Americas. Henri Christophe—former slave and first king of Haiti, Henri I—built it to withstand a possible foreign attack.
At over 10 million people, Haiti is the most populous full member-state of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The country is also a member of the Latin Union. In 2012, Haiti announced its intention to seek associate membership status in the African Union. It has the lowest Human Development Index in the Americas. Political violence has occurred regularly throughout its history, leading to government instability. Most recently, in February 2004, a coup d’état originating in the north of the country forced the resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. A provisional government took control with security provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
THE RESTORED PEARL
For decades the nation of Haiti has mentioned with words such as the least, lowest, poorest, etc. We at ARISE believe in the transformation of this nation, the restoration of the pearl of the Caribbean. We declare the Father’s love for Haiti is bringing restoration to men, women and children for the glory of His name. ARISE HAITI Isaiah 60:1
Theology of Missions
- We believe we walk in a divine calling to the nation of Haiti for this hour of the church.
- We seek to partner with and support the national work particularly in the Southern region of Haiti to usher in a deeper hunger for the presence of God and a transforming revival
- We believe that God’s presence is essential to transformation in a community and thus seeking His presence must always take precedence over our plans and programs .
- We are determined to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2) and to be a people who live a lifestyle of being crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20).
- We believe God’s Word, the Bible, should be the guide for all ministry practice.
- We are committed to God shaping our own ideas, agendas and culture in order that we might walk out His call and purposes in the nation of Haiti.
- We believe that prayer is the center of everything, the sole way to nurture spiritual intimacy.
- We esteem honesty, integrity and a commitment to holiness that begins with personal transformation.
- We reject apathetic and traditional thinking as unrepresentative of a dynamic God.
The Arise and Transformation Centers
Located on Gelèe Beach, Haiti just outside of Les Cayes, Haiti’s third largest city. The Arise and Transformation Centers seeks to establish a “spiritual beachhead” in southern Haiti. The Arise Center houses the Arise Center of Healing, guest/intern housing and classroom facilities. The Transformation Center houses the Arise School of Ministry and Leadership, the Worship Center, the Vicky Stommel Memorial Children’s Equipping Center and Kitchen and is the weekly site of Kidz Kapab and Reformiste Clubs.
Arise Center of Healing and Medical Ministries
The central clinic/pharmacy is a community medical clinic at the Arise Center offering general medical consultations, basic laboratory services, labor and delivery with diagnostic ultrasound, physical therapy and spiritual counseling. The Arise Medical team also hosts mobile medical sites in various locations in Southern Haiti.
Arise School of Ministry and Leadership
The Arise School of Ministry and Leadership (SOML) is a training center focusing on both the practical and theological training of Haiti’s future leaders. This 5 trimester program provides students training at the Associates of Arts level. The mission statement of the AMLC is to equip spiritual leaders to be agents of transforming revival in their cities, nation and in the world. Church planters are being released from SOML throughout southern Haiti.
“Kidz Kapab” and the Reformiste Club
Kidz Kapab is a weekly Bible club for children between the ages of 4 and 13. The purpose of this club is to disciple a new generation of transformed leaders. We believe this generation will be released as transforming agents in Haiti.
The Reformistes youth are being equipped to carry the Kingdom in this nation and beyond. This group is for youth between 14 and 19 years old.
Unveiled Child Sponsorship Program:
A child sponsorship program which provides education, Christian formation, nutritional and medical support to children in need in the greater Les Cayes, Haiti region. The Unveiled Children meet weekly at the Transformation Center.
Arise Training Seminars:
Arise Celebration Gatherings take place periodically each month at the Arise Transformation Center on Gelèe Beach. These are times of extended community worship and proclamation of God’s promise of transformation for the nation.
Our Mission Statement
To witness the body of Christ in Haiti ARISE, stand and walk in the authority, reclaiming the nation for the Kingdom.
How can you help?
Please consider partnering with us monthly today to help bring transformation through the compassion of Christ. Click the button below to donate to Arise Haiti.