Port-au-Prince - Stanghellini
Trip Dates:June 29 - July 9, 2017
Estimated Cost: $2,300 *
Team Leader: David Stanghellini
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 Hemisphrere, 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:
My name is David Stanghellini. I live in White Plains, New York with my wife, Heather, and my three beautiful daughters, Rina, Nuala, and Anna who came into our family through the blessing of adoption. I am a registered nurse and instructor at a local nursing school.
As a Christian, I believe that I have a calling to many roles: husband, father, nurse, educator, friend – just to name a few. Primary (and inclusive) of these roles is my calling to be a faithful witness of Christ. As a witness, I am called to be an active part of living and spreading the gospel message through my life and actions. I have been privileged to be a nurse where service and compassion are the bedrocks of my profession. In addition, I strive to witness my faith though service to my church and my community. I have been involved in mission trips to Rural Appalachia to assist in home building; I have helped to feed the homeless on the streets of New York City; I have also been involved in relief efforts to areas hardest hit during Hurricane Sandy.
Wanting to put my faith in action, I have been blessed to be able to lead mission trips these past three years – twice to Gansu province, and this last year to two orphanages in the Guangdong province – through Storyteller Missions. During these trips, I have truly seen the face of God through the children we met. We were physically able to carry out Jesus’ call for us to be His hands and feet in the call to serve these children. They are trips I will never forget.
Because of my experiences, I believe that I am called at this point in my life to serve Him by traveling to Haiti and sharing myself and talents I have been given. I believe that to be able to share knowledge, service, resources, action, and even a warm, gentle touch can serve the mission to which we are all called as Christians – to love God with all our hearts, minds, and strength. I invite you to join me. We all have talents that God has given us to share. Please share yours in service to the Least of these…
* 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. Our missions staff work diligently to keep the trip costs as low as possible.