The Story of Arise Haiti
The vision for 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 strategic partner ministry of Assemblies of God World Missions and serves with the national Les Assemblѐes de Dieu church in Haiti. Les Assemblѐes de Dieu Haiti, founded in 1957, has over 200 preaching points throughout the nation.
Arise Haiti seeks to represent a forerunner voice to release a new generation of the ecclesia (church) to witness a supernatural transformation in the nation of Haiti.
The Arise Transformation Center is located on Gelèe Beach, just outside of Les Cayes, Haiti’s third largest city. Today Arise Haiti is launching forward in Kingdom initiatives throughout the country of Haiti.
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 of Hawaii or the country of Belgium and an estimated over 10 million people; about three 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 republic successful in a war of independence against a European colonial power in the Americas, the only nation in the western hemisphere to 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. Political violence has occurred regularly throughout its history, leading to government instability.
THE RESTORED PEARL
For decades the nation of Haiti has been mentioned alongside with words such as the least, lowest, poorest, etc. We at ARISE believe in the transformation of the 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 Transformation Center
Located on Gelèe Beach, Haiti just outside of Les Cayes, Haiti’s third largest city. The Arise Transformation Center seeks to establish a “spiritual beachhead” in southern Haiti. The Transformation Center houses a Worship Center, the Vicky Stommel Memorial Children’s Equipping Center and is the weekly site of Kidz Kapab and Reformiste Clubs.
Arise Medical Initiatives
For the first 7 years, Arise Haiti, invested heavily in clinical ministry planting and running a clinic on Gelee Beach that served over 50,000 patient visits. In 2016 Arise discontinued the medical clinic at Gelee Beach.
Arise continues with medical initiatives in partnering with the medical community in Haiti in training, consultations and medical education. We believe in the empowering aspect of training local healthcare leaders and indigenous sustainable models of healthcare. We also uphold a compassionate medical care model that embraces the “great physician” as the lead practitioner and healer of our bodies. Arise currently will only consider specialized medical teams to partner with Haitian initiatives.
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 SOML 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. The ARISE SOML is located in the city of Les Cayes, at Centre de Vie Church.
“Kidz Kapab Ministries”
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.
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 throughout the year at the Transformation Center.
Arise Conferences and Training Seminars:
Arise hosts and leads conferences and training seminars throughout the year for both church and marketplace leaders. These gatherings are located at the Arise Transformation Center in Les Cayes and various other venues throughout the country.
Our Mission Statement
To witness the body of Christ in Haiti ARISE, walking in their Kingdom identity, reclaiming the nation for the glory of the LORD.
Become a monthly partner
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