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"Let us consider how we may spur one another toward love and good deeds."

Hebrews 10:24

C o m m u n i t y  Development

Haiti has the world's attention. Several years after the fact, Haitians refer to the earthquake as "January 12." That cataclysmic event focused all eyes on the impoverished nation. People and organizations from all over the world poured in to help. Billions of dollars have been pledged for relief and rebuilding.

Today, relief work continues. Many people are coming and will do to or for the Haitians. However, it is past time to move from relief work to a development focus.

Raise the Roof exists to collaborate with Haitian community leaders, pastors, business owners, and expats serving in the area to create and implement an area development plan that will generate community transformation for the Glory of God as we all work together side-by-side.

In addition, Raise the Roof does rehabilitation ministry involving home renovations for the elderly, widows, single moms, and the disabled.

Our namesake program provides roofs for Haitian congregations that cannot afford them. In poorer areas of Haiti, churches build until they run out of money, then resume building when they have more money. It may take five years for building walls to be erected. The problem with roofs is that you cannot put up a third of a roof and wait for more money, so often churches meet in the open air or under wind-damaged tarps. Many may never have a roof.

This is a wonderful project that greatly blesses the Haitian congregation. Plus it does not promote dependency because it is a one-time event. The roofing will
be supervised by a Haitian foreman.

Please take a minute to complete our contact form if you have interest in communtiy development opportunities with Raise the Roof.

 

"One of the biggest mistakes that North American churches make - by far - is in applying relief in situations in which rehabilitation or development is the appropriate intervention."

Corbett, Steve & Fikkert, Brian: When Helping Hurts (Moody Press: Chicago), 2005. pg. 105.


"One of the problems with short-term missions is that we are stuck in relief work. We paint and build houses, hold babies, and give presents. We do this because almost anyone in our churches can get involved. This type of work makes us feel good but sometimes harms people. Relief is appropriate for short periods, but if you want to get involved in alleviating physical poverty and use that platform to share the gospel and relieve spiritual poverty, you must move toward development work. It's harder, takes longer, but is certainly a better form of mercy and justice ministry."

Posted By Darren Carlson On June 27, 2012 @ 10:00 PM In International,Opinion


"Development is a process of ongoing change that moves all the people involved - both the 'helpers' and the 'helped' - closer to being in right relationship with God, self, others, and the rest of creation.  I particular, as the materially poor develop, they are better able to fulfill their calling of glorifying God by working and supporting themselves and their families with the fruits of that work.  Development is not done
to people or for people but with  people."

Corbett & Fikkert: When Helping Hurts, pg. 104-105

 

 

 

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                     Raise the Roof


Raise the Roof
is a compassion ministry that connects individuals and churches with strategic international and domestic opportunities to become involved in community development.

In particular, there are four focus Areas:

Raise the Roof provides roofs for Haitian churches and humanitarian buildings – schools, orphanages, clinics, etc.

Haiti Area Development Plan focuses on particular geographical areas to build relationships, provide education and training, and work with local leaders to create an Area Development Plan, then work to implement the plan.

God’s Heart  provides home renovations for widows, single moms, the elderly, and disabled.

Training and Strategic Planning includes working with churches, teams, ministries, and partnerships. Activities include training, strategic planning, counseling, missionary care, developing and facilitating partnerships, and connecting resources to opportunities.


Raise the Roof    PO Box 1322    Midland,MI    48641

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