We are even more excited for two months of outreach that is coming up in April and May, where we will be going to the Nations to share God's love to His people! All of the DTS students and staff will be split up and go to outreach in 7 different countries all around the world: TOGO, HAITI, PANAMA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, MICRONESIA, FRANCE.
For HAITI, our team has a real desire to help families and marriages. A very large number of couples in Haiti, have for many years of their lives wanted to get married, but have not been able to just because they can't afford to pay for a ceremony, a dress, or do a little reception. All of these things are very important in their culture and due to lack of money they resolve themselves to living together outside of marriage. More than 80% of the couples live together but are not married.
In Haiti, a wedding is one of the biggest celebrations in the lives of the people. It's also the biggest way a man can prove to a women that he is capable of loving her and capable to be a leader of the family. And the community sees living together outside of marriage as a shame, especially in the Christian community, but many feel they don't have an option. Even many Christian couples who started living together before they became Christians, their heart's desire is to be married but they simply can't afford it. Our heart's desire is to help these couples to finally have the privilege of celebrating their marriage.
During our 2 months of outreach in Haiti, our goal is to do mass weddings (which are common in Haiti) in 4 different locations all around the country. Each mass wedding will cost about $1075 to bless 10-20 couples with the gift of marriage. This $1000 will cover the reception for all the couples, the food for all the guests and a cake for each couple. We also are wanting to help each couple to get their official marriage license which costs $75 per couple.
The couples are also in need of rings, wedding clothes and shoes, ( i.e. suits, wedding dresses, brides maid dresses, nice shoes) which they normally can not afford. So we would love you to help with any donations of these items that we can take with our team to Haiti to bless these couples.
In addition to the wedding we would also love to bless each couple with a "honeymoon." This honeymoon would cost $100 and will provide 2 weeks worth of nice meals for their family. This means their family could have not only beans and rice but also a piece of chicken with their meal everyday, which is really rare! Most families are lucky to get only 1 meal a day and that is with no meet. So we would love to be able to bless these couples above and beyond just and wedding and also with these nice meals as their "honeymoon."
So here's where you come in!
We are asking for donations of:
- 30 Wedding dresses (or wedding type dresses) used or new
- 50 Prom like dresses or any fancy dress you may have that can be used as brides maid dresses
- 50 Pairs of Men's Dress Shoes, new or used.
- 50 Pairs of Women's Dress Shoes, new or used.
- 50 Suits for the grooms and groomsmen
- $4000 to fund wedding reception costs
- $75/couple for wedding license
- $100/couple for "honeymoon"
Our heart is not only to provide the wedding day for these couples but to also help give a solid foundation to their marriages. The couples that desire to get married will also be apart of a week long marriage seminar that our team will be doing for all the couples. We will be teaching on valuing each other, communication, unconditional love and God as the foundation of family and marriage.
We have also asked the leaders in the church and families to participate by encouraging the families to invest in the wedding anyway they can. The amount we ask is not going to be the full cost of the expenses for all the weeding, but we feel very strongly that the leaders, church and families also need to walk in gratitude and value this blessing from God by providing in every way they can. We would like to invite you to join in this wonderful opportunity to build up families, celebrate marriage, and change lives!
To donate financially please click here! Then select the option for "Q1 DTS (Jan-May) Outreach Fund" and in the additional comments please designate the donation for the "Haiti Outreach team weddings.''
If you would like to donate any items such as dresses, rings, shoes, etc…Please mail them to: YWAM Ships Kona, c/o Haiti Outreach Team, 75-5687 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona, HI 96740, U.S.A