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Ubuntu Journey to the Republic of Haiti

Join other United Methodist Women on an Ubuntu Journey to the Republic of Haiti, October 14-20, 2012.  You will join with Methodist Women of Haiti on the grounds of the Methodist Guest House for a seminar focusing on the daily stigma and discrimination church persons with HIV/AIDS experience; visit Clinique Bethel and interact with programs supported by United Methodist Women; have quality time together as you share cultures, folklore, a tour of Haiti’s countryside, and enjoy recreational activities including a trip to the Caribbean beach with the Methodist Women of Haiti. Applications Closed.


“Understanding the reality of church persons of Haiti in regards to the stigma and discrimination they face due to HIV/AIDS.”

Bible Verse    

Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one that is speaking to you.”
~John 4:26.


  1. To participate in a conference/seminar, conducted by an HIV/AIDS activist, with a focus on ways Haitians living with HIV/AIDS face stigma, discrimination and struggle with deeply engrained beliefs that their situation is due to sin.
  2. To hear testimonies of persons living with HIV/AIDS and visit Clinique Bethel where they learn life-skills and engage in project activities that assist them economically.
  3. To share, learn and dialogue with each other about culture, folklore, history, ways of worship and participate in recreational activities together.
  4. To visit and interact with programmes supported by the United Methodist Women’s Division such as the YWCA of Haiti, where young girls are engaged in leadership programmes.

Itinerary (may vary slightly)

October 14: 
Arrival Day.  Transport to Methodist Guest House in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince.  Late afternoon worship service with the Freres congregation. 

October 15: 
Beginning of the conference with opening by the President of the Haitian Women’s Committee; historical and geographical presentation; presentation by HIV/AIDS activist followed by discussion, question/answer, sharing. Rev. Gesner Paul, President of the Haitian Methodist District, will offer evening devotion.

October 16: 
Visit to Bethel Clinic (Fond des Negres-Southern Peninsula); presentation by Captain Eze, Salvation Army, responsible for clinic where HIV patients are employed; return to Port-au-Prince for evening of recreational activities that include learning and singing a special hymn in French,  Creole and English.

October 17: 
This will be a day of quality-directed sharing, development of mutual respect and fun with the Methodist Women of Haiti. And, they have planned a restful trip to the beautiful Caribbean beach  together.

October 18:
Continuation of seminar with presentation by Rev. Sainton, another HIV/AIDS activisit; personal testimonies by Rev. Viergelin and others; discussions, question/answer and sharing; afternoon visit to and interaction with the YWCA, supported by the Women’s Division.

October 19:
Final day of sharing, learning, and being in mission with each other.  Discussions on the aftermath of the earthquake, and how women and families are surviving; challenges currently facing Haitian women, and their hopes; presentation by U.S. Ubuntu sisters; and a cultural evening of folk dancing, folklore and singing.

October 20:
Mutual devotional, evaluation time and departure for U.S.

Team Leader/Hosts in Haiti: Serna Samuel and Betty Flambert

Rev. Serna Samuel is a regional missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries working with women and youth in English/French speaking areas of the Caribbean related to the Women’s Division. Commissioned in 2009, she is working to upgrade organizational development and the infrastructure of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA). The work is collaborative and ecumenical, and deals with such specifics as HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and youth opportunities. Serna grew up in the Methodist Church in St. Vincent. She attended Teachers College there and the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where she studied education and counseling. She was a teacher for 25 years and was ordained in 2007. She holds her clergy credentials through the South Caribbean District of the MCCA. Serna and her husband, Godfrey have one adult child.  Serna says, “My firm belief is that my service to God lies in my service to others.”

Betty Flambert was born in New Jersey, the only child of her Haitian parents.  Betty is a Deacon for the Methodist Church, in the congregation of Port-au-Prince and serves as the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Haitian District Women’s League.  Since 1993, she has worked as Branch Manager of Hinoto, S.A, the Toyota representation in Haiti.  Betty graduated from Nouveau College Bird, a Methodist school in Port-au-Prince. She also took bilingual secretary studies at Cambridge School of Business, New York.  Betty and her husband Joel, have a son who lives in Pennsylvania and a married daughter who lives in Texas with the two granddaughters.

Team Leader from US: Lorna Jost

Lorna Jost is a member of First United Methodist Church, Brookings, SD. She has held numerous local church positions and was a delegate to the Dakotas Annual Conference in 2000 and 2004-2012. Lorna served with her husband as United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (UMVIM) co-Coordinator, 1991-2002, and as co-Conference Secretary of Global Missions, 2002-2003. Since 2003, Lorna has coordinated the UMVIM program for the North Central Jurisdiction, is an experienced team leader, once served as coordinator for the Individual Volunteers program for Global Ministries, is a veteran traveler and team leader to Haiti, and taught the Haiti Mission Study - Haiti: Challenges & Hopes.

Lorna has a degree in Food & Nutrition Chemistry and Mathematics and a graduate degree in Nutrition Research and Biochemistry. Her husband, Rick, is a Dakotas Conference missionary directing the Haiti Solar Oven Project. They have two children, and two grandchildren (soon will be four!). She has a deep love and respect for the people of Haiti and looks forward to returning with the Ubuntu Sisters!

For additional information and Team Member Application contact Lorna Jost, Team Leader, at umvim-ncj@brookings.net or (605) 695-0782.

Last Updated: 04/09/2014

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