About the Study
2011–2012 Geographic Study - Overview
This study offers an overview of the cultures that shaped Haiti’s past and shape the ongoing legacy of colonialism. It offers glimpses into the heart and soul of Haiti’s people through pictures and Creole adages. The mission study also includes the impact of the devastating January 12 earthquake in 2010.
The study offers avenues available for those wishing to help the people of Haiti rebuild, but its approach and perspective go well beyond the immediate need of recovery from the earthquake. The book lays out the need for developing a theology of liberation for Haiti, insisting that mission must be aligned with the concept of partnership. Most significantly, it offers readers hope for Haiti’s future.
The leader’s guide that accompanies the mission study contains material to help readers address the painful impact of colonialism while celebrating Haiti’s cultural heritage. It provides biblical resources for understanding the basic tenets of liberation theology and its ties to the Wesleyan tradition of social holiness. Recognizing that many readers will want to find concrete ways to respond to the situation in Haiti, both the mission study and the leader’s guide describe church organizations, such as United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and the covenant partnerships between annual conferences and L’Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (The Methodist Church of Haiti), that are helping build and rebuild hope in Haiti.