Our Haiti Partnership
Our Ongoing Work in LaGonave
The island of LaGonave, Haiti is home to over 100,000 people, most living in extreme poverty. We work with our partners in Haiti in the areas of healthcare, education and economic development. Our primary mission is a “mission of presence” — we work to develop long term relationships, to listen and to respond to the people in our sister communities.
Members of Covenant have been deeply involved at the partnership level. Deb Griffin and Lee Wilder serve on the board of directors. Jim Ingvoldstad has been the liaison for the Bill Rice Clinic and the “go to” person for medical issues. Deb supervises the community healthworker and children’s nutrition programs. Lee directs the adult literacy program and serves as treasurer of the partnership. Alison Caughman has just assumed the critical role of partnership coordinator and will be responsible for communications among all of the partner organizations.
“I sense a call on my life to reflect Jesus’ concern for the marginalized, the oppressed, the down-trodden, the sick, the poor and the broken-hearted.”Nancy Smith-Mather
Covenant Supports Global Mission Co-Workers
Covenant supports mission co-workers Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather living in South Sudan. They are both ordained ministers from the Greater Atlanta Presbytery and took their first ordained calls in Africa.
Shelvis serves as the principal of the RECONCILE Peace Institute (RPI), which offers three-month courses in community-based trauma healing as well as peace studies and conflict transformation. RPI trains community leaders from the areas of highest conflict in South Sudan. The courses build the participants’ skills and knowledge, while their time in the dormitory, sharing meals together, and engaging in practicums builds relationships which break down barriers and transform mindsets. After graduation, students return to their communities with a network of committed peace builders supporting them in the very challenging work of healing and reconciliation.
Nancy coordinates the PCUSA’s South Sudan Education and Peacebuilding Project (SSEPP), a five-year initiative focused on: mobilizing communities to support local schools, training teachers, increasing girls’ attendance in school, constructing schools, and building peace to support development. The vision for the project originated from the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan’s commitment to strengthening the education system in South Sudan, a country in which over 1/3 of primary school age children are not in school and the drop-out rate for girls is the highest in the world. The peacebuilding component to the project acknowledges the deep need for stability and safety in order for schools to thrive.
In addition to supporting the LaGonave Haiti Partnership and mission co-workers Shelvis and Nancy Smith-Mather, Covenant works with a wide variety of other mission partners around the world. Some of these organizations include Heifer International and ChildSpring International.
At Covenant we believe that we are called to profess our faith through living it out.
New Church Building in LaGonave, Haiti
Sharing a Meal in LaGonave
Global Gift Market at Covenant
“Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.”Ten Thousand Villages
Global Gift Market
The Global Gift Market is another way for us to make a difference in people’s lives across God’s world. This market sets up shop in our church each year before Christmas and is open to the entire community. Check out our calendar to find the times and dates of our next Global Gift Market.
All gift items are fair trade, which provides under- and unemployed artisans with an opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life by establishing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. Fair wages enable artisans to meet their needs for food, clothing and shelter.