Port-au-Prince - Benton
Trip Dates:July 6 - 16, 2017
Estimated Cost: $2,300 *
Team Leader: Toni Benton
Haiti is a Caribbean country that occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. While previously a French colony, Haiti declared its independence in 1804 as the first black republic. The country of Haiti is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland with a population of approximately 9.5 million people. Haiti was once one of the wealthiest colonies in the Caribbean, largely based on its forestry and sugar-related industries. Due to deforestation, erosion, political unrest and natural disasters, Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with approximately 80% of the population living under the poverty line and more than 50% of them living in extreme poverty.
Haiti is a beautiful, mountainous country with a tropical climate. The people of Haiti are vibrant, hopeful people with a rich heritage. Due to the earthquake that struck in January of 2010, there are estimated to be 1.5 million displaced and 300,000 killed instantly leaving hundreds of thousands of children homeless and orphaned.
Storyteller teams will stay in Port-au-Prince and work directly with orphanages that we have a strong relationship with to help with a long list of projects they are in need of and to provide ongoing care for the children.
ABOUT OUR LEADER:
Toni Benton and her husband, Bill, are the blessed parents of eight children--seven of whom were adopted from China. Never in their wildest dreams did they imagine all God had planned, but they are thrilled beyond measure (Eph. 3:20-21). Toni's passion for orphan care continues in her desire to visit orphans, to love on and care for them in the name of Jesus (James 1:27), and to assist families in considering the adoption of the precious children she and her teams have visited (Psalm 68:5-6).
Toni has traveled to China 10 times on adoption trips, as well as mission trips, and this will be her 1st time leading a team to Haiti. Each time, God builds the perfect team for the plans He has for that season. Toni welcomes you to prayerfully consider whether God is leading you to join her team in 2017. Contact her here to ask any questions you might have.
* This is a general estimate of the overall trip cost per person. The costs are all-inclusive and intended to cover all traveling expenses, including international airfare. Note: Lunches are not included. Our missions staff work diligently to keep the trip costs as low as possible.