FOND BLANC, HAITI

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International Mission Trip

THE MISSION

In January of 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the surrounding communities. 316,000 people died in the earthquake, another 300,000 were injured and over 1,000,000 were left homeless — many of them children. Pastor Jean Claude, a Haitian pastor and community leader, oversaw an orphanage in Port-au-Prince partially damaged in the earthquake. Seeking a safe place for the children, he moved them up to the community of Fond Blanc and built a new orphanage.

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The beautiful mountain village of Fond Blanc is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Port-au-Prince. It is a two-hour journey from the airport along a dirt road that winds through jungles and small villages. There’s no electricity. And a local river is used to clean clothes and bathe. While the community is remote, Pastor Jean Claude felt it was the perfect community to raise young men and women in Christ. Next Step Ministries has teamed up with Pastor Jean Claude and the Fond Blanc Foundation to assist in construction at the orphanage, while also supporting the Fond Blanc Foundation care for the 50-plus children at the orphanage. Construction projects have included a new road, kitchen, dormitory, bathrooms, teacher housing and church. When we aren’t building, we’re joining the children in daily VBS. This has been our most ambitious and challenging project to date, but with the support of teams from the US and community leaders in Fond Blanc, we can make a positive impact on the lives of these children. Join us, and the community of Fond Blanc, for a challenging and powerful mission experience.

QUICK INFO

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DATES AVAILABLE

June 4-10 July 9-15
June 11-17 July 16-22
June 18-24 July 23-29
June 25-July 1 July 30-August 5
July 2-7*  

* Sunday – Friday Trip

  • Call for Availability on Crossed out Dates or for Winter/Spring Break Trips

 

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AGE GROUPS ALLOWED

  • Middle School Students 
  • High School Students
  • College Students

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TRIP COST

$649/person

*This includes all accommodations, food, on site transportation, work project materials and programming.

 

TYPICAL WORK

 Construction  50%

 Community Activities / Immersion  10%

 Relational Ministry 40%

PAST PROJECTS

KITCHEN 

When we first arrived in Fond Blanc, the orphanage staff was cooking on the ground behind the orphanage. Pastor Jean Claude wanted a new kitchen where the orphanages staff could properly cook for almost 100 people a day. With the generous support of our church partners, we coordinated the construction of a brand new kitchen with hygienic counter tops, tile floors, water basins, stoves and cabinet space to keep dishes and kitchen utensils.

CHURCH

Pastor Jean Claude felt called by God to build a large church on the property where the community could come together and worship. We started working on the foundation of the church in 2012. As of 2016, many of the exterior and interior walls have been constructed. While the church will not be finished for a few more years, it is currently being used as classrooms for school.

ROAD

Bad flooding in 2016 washed out the only road to the village of Fond Blanc. Our teams came together with local Haitian workers to fill over a hundred wire baskets with rock to reinforce the side of the road. Together we were able to rebuild the road and allow for vehicles to reach Fond Blanc.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

FOND BLANC FOUNDATION

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The mission of the Fond Blanc Foundation is to provide a foundation rooted and established in love, to promote the educational, health, spiritual and life development needs of the children of the Fond Blanc orphanage and the surrounding community. This mission is carried out through 4 main areas: 1) love and care; 2) health and nutrition; 3) education and 4) spiritual development. Next Step works alongside the Fond Blanc Foundation to provide holistic care for the children.

SURE FOUNDATIONS

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We were first connected with the community of Fond Blanc through Sure Foundations. Paul Young founded Sure Foundations after the earthquake in Haiti with the goal of helping those in need. Through these efforts he met Pastor Jean Claude and traveled with him to Fond Blanc. Once he saw the orphanage and met the children, this became his primary focus. He began supporting Pastor Jean Claude’s efforts in Fond Blanc, helping him complete the construction of the orphanage.

PASTOR JEAN CLAUDE

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Pastor Jean Claude grew up in Haiti with a real heart for the forgotten children. He currently runs four churches, two orphanages and one school. Next Step Ministries developed a partnership with Pastor Jean Claude in 2012 to help him build a new church in Fond Blanc. This church will be a central spiritual hub for the community and we couldn’t be more excited to join him on this journey.

WORSHIP

EVENING PROGRAMMING

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WORSHIP MUSIC
We’ve been told our worship experience is where summer camp meets mission trip. We put together bands from all over the country to lead your students in powerful worship every night. These talented and Christ-centered musicians will help show your students that worship can be fun, worship can be exciting, and worship can bring a joy they have maybe never experienced before.

CHALLENGING MESSAGES
It is our goal to bring your students closer to Christ this week. One way we do this is through challenging evening messages. Whether your students are new to the whole God thing or devoted Christians, these messages will help them understand Christ is alive and working in their lives today and a personal relationship with Him is available.

ORIGINAL VIDEO SERIES
Every summer we produce an original video series that coincides with the evening messages. This video series is our attempt to reach your students in yet another way with powerful stories of Christ in action. We’ve featured speakers such as Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne and Propaganda. You can watch some of our past video series in our Media Section. 

MYSTEP FOLLOW-UP

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MyStep is an online program solely dedicated to helping your students, your church, or your ministry take the next step in a commitment to Jesus Christ. Whether you just came back from a mission trip through Next Step, or you’re just looking for another way to strengthen your faith, MyStep is for you! We created a safe environment for students to explore the faith, and experience God in new and amazing ways!

Devo Stories are one of MyStep’s most popular features. We have over 365 short video story illustrations that show the many different ways God is working in our daily lives. Whether it’s a comical lesson about the consequences of stealing or a serious conversation about a parents’ divorce, these stories help students understand God in new and real ways.

Another feature is the Prayer Wall, which provides an open and anonymous prayer forum for anyone to share their praises and concerns, and be prayed for throughout the year. Know our team is praying for these requests.

Both of these features can be installed for free on your mobile device. Simply search for Devo Stories or Prayer Wall on your phone or tablet’s app store. This makes staying connected to God and each other easier than ever!

LOGISTICS

ACCOMODATIONS

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The trip is hosted at the Fond Blanc Orphanage. This is a very safe place to stay in a gated compound that houses 50 children, as well as a number of staff, teachers, and construction workers. Your group will be on the third level of the orphanage with 30 beds and mosquito nets, six showers, and six toilets. Haiti is very hot, humid, and there are no fans or air conditioning units. There will always be clean drinking water available. Your group will be served two meals a day at the same time as the children at the orphanage.

TRANSPORTATION

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Please book your flights for arrival and departure through the Port-au-Prince Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP). Our friendly Next Step staff will be waiting for you at the airport and will provide ground transportation for the entire trip. The airport is about 2 hours away from our mission site in Fond Blanc.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Passport
  • $10 Cash Customs Entrance Fee
  • $20 Cash Wahoo Bay Beach Fee
  • Bedding & Pillow
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Work Shoes
  • Work Clothes
  • Casual Clothes
  • Church Clothes: long dress or skirt for women and pants with collared shirt for men
  • Swim Suit
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight
  • Personal Size Battery Operated Fan
  • Personal snacks
  • Work Gloves

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

SUNDAY (ARRIVAL DAY)

Land in Haiti
Meet the Next Step Ministries staff at the airport
Drive to the orphanage in Fond Blanc
Unload luggage/Free Time
Dinner
Orientation and Worship
11:00 pm Lights Out

MONDAY – THURSDAY (WORK DAYS)

6am – Wake Up
6:15 – Begin work Day
8:30 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Devotional
9:30 – Continue Work Day
12:00 – Break/Lunch Devotional
1:00 – Continue Work Day
3:00 – Dinner
4:00 – Free time/Showers/VBS Option
5/6 – Church/Next Step Worship
9:30 – Lights Out

FRIDAY (COMMUNITY / FUN DAY)

8:00 am Wake Up
8:15 am Breakfast
9:00 am Leave Fond Blanc for Wahoo Beach
12:00 pm Lunch (bring money for lunch at Wahoo Beach Hotel)
4 :00 pm Leave Wahoo Beach
7:00 pm Worship
9:00 pm Small Group/Church Time
10:30 pm Lights Out

 

FAQS

Yes. Next Step Ministries exists to give middle school, high school, and college students an opportunity to explore their faith, experience God, and extend service to others on a mission trip. Students are our top priority and safety is always our primary concern. Thankfully, because of our long-term commitment and involvement within the community we have developed many close relationships with the locals. The community is familiar with Next Step and we’ve worked hard to humbly earn their trust and respect. Because of these close friendships we are the first to know if something out of the ordinary comes up or is unsafe. 

The trip lodging facility will always be locked to ensure safety. During the day, students will be serving at homes where Next Step has already visited the family and knows who they are. Furthermore, community members select these projects, so we can ensure they are safe places for us to be. This network of community friendships allows for Next Step to engage with the community in a way that is trusted and safe. 

On the first night of the trip, our staff will train and equip your team to understand safety on the construction work sites. If you’re interested in learning more about this, please visit our Construction Safety page.

We are more than happy to talk in more detail about safety on this trip. Please feel free to contact our office for further conversation regarding trip safety.

We are committed to never being in an area where we feel students are at a heightened risk to their physical, spiritual or emotional health.  However, we understand we are serving in a community where safety concerns surround us at a distance. For that reason, we have created Safety Procedures available for the main leader of your trip on the Trip Dashboard. You can access this information at anytime leading up to your trip.
Registration opens in July and will be available through early spring. To get your preferred dates, locations, and spaces it is recommended to secure your spots sometime before October.
For summer mission trips you must have a minimum of five participants to be eligible for a group. If you have less than five participants please contact our office. The maximum number of people will depend on location capacity and availability. Please call our office to learn more about the special requirements for spring mission trips.
Our office staff is available to help with this process. Please contact our office to learn more about how to reserve your spots. You can always add people to your group, as long as there is space available.
Next Step Ministries offers trips for middle school, high school, and college groups. Some trips are reserved for specific age groups and other trips are mixed ages. Please contact our office with your preferences and we will provide you with a list of available trips. Middle school trips are for students going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. High school trips are for students going into 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. College trips are for ages 18-25.
Next Step Ministries asks for 1 adult for every 6 students.
Yes. Each church group is responsible for conducting background checks on all participants ages 18 or older.
Each location has a different max capacity, so please contact our office to learn more about spaces available. In the event that we are fully booked for the trip you are interested in, we can put you on a wait list or help find alternative trip options. To avoid these delays, we recommend registering for your trip as soon as you can!
$50 Deposit- 30 days after registration

50% Payment on March 15
Final Payment on May 15

The deposit is $50 per participant and due 30 days after online registration. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. March 15 is the last day to cancel participants. Note, if you cancel participants prior to March 15 the deposit money will be lost. If you need to make cancellations after March 15, your church will still be responsible for paying the full fee for all participant registrations reserved. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact our office and we would be happy to discuss in more detail.

No, we do not affiliate with a particular denomination. Next Step Ministries is an interdenominational organization and we partner with hundreds of churches from all different denominations on our mission trips. Please see our Statement of Faith to learn more about what we believe. In simple terms, we stick to the basics of the Gospel. Our foundation for ministry is to provide opportunities for students to connect and grow in a personal relationship with Christ.
Next Step Ministries works alongside community leaders, non-profit organizations, and the local church in order to line up work projects. Next Step Partnership Coordinators live and serve within the community year round and are well connected. Next Step collaborates with the community to plan the projects you will be working on in advance.
Your group will learn about the work projects on the first night of your trip! Our staff will contact you 1-2 weeks prior to the trip to share updates in advance and provide an updated tool list. 
A Next Step Partnership Coordinator facilitates community partnerships, lines up projects, leads the summer staff, and coordinates other logistics such as lodging and accommodations. The trip will be facilitated by 8-10 energetic, mission-minded, and highly trained college interns. The site staff will include a construction team, worship team, speaker, meal coordinators, and administrative leaders to guide you through the week.
You will most likely be attending a trip with 2-4 other youth groups. All groups will share sleeping quarters and we will have meals and worship together as a large group. Most of our mission site locations can accommodate for 80-100 volunteers each week. For work projects, we love to mix students and encourage new friendships to form, but also understand that many groups prefer not to have their group split up for different work projects. Please let our office staff know your preference and we will plan accordingly to accommodate your preferences.

During the mission trip it is important that we make every effort to dress respectfully, modestly, and appropriately. We will be working hard serving in the community so it is best to wear old, comfortable, and modest clothes. Please understand there may be different cultural norms in the other partnering churches and/or community you are visiting for one week. While certain clothing may be acceptable in your hometown, it might not be appropriate for the mission trip.

Please review the dress code below and pack accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact our office at missions@nextstepministries.com or 608-514-4051.

  • Shirts: All trip participants should wear either a short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt on the work projects. You may wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts in the evening during free time, dinner, and worship. Tank tops must be modest. Please note, no spaghetti strap tank tops or ripped/torn cut-off shirts. All sleeveless shirts must have a hem.
  • Pants/Shorts: All trip participants should wear modest pants or shorts at all times on the mission trip. Please adhere to the following rules:
    • Please be mindful of the length of your shorts. Follow the “fingertip length” rule to determine if your shorts are appropriate length. To do this, stand with your arms straight at your side and place your palm against the side of your legs. The length of your shorts should be at your fingertips or longer. Spandex pants/shorts are NOT allowed on the mission trip at anytime. This includes yoga pants or spandex athletic shorts.
  • Bathing Suits
    • Ladies must wear a one-piece swim suit or wear a t-shirt over a two-piece swim suit. Males must wear swim trunks that are long enough for the “fingertip length” rule mentioned above.

The trip cost is the same for students and adults. The cost covers all meals, materials, and lodging. The only cost not included is for transportation. You will need to provide your own vehicle for every day of the trip.
The trip begins on Sunday evening. Please plan to arrive between 3:00-5:00 pm. Our friendly staff will welcome you with dinner and help you unload all of your bags. The trip concludes Saturday morning after breakfast and clean up. Please plan to depart by 9:00 am. We are happy to accommodate your travel plans so please contact our office if you need special arrival or departure plans. Please note the July 17-22 trip is scheduled as a Sunday-Friday trip and will conclude Friday morning at 9:00 am.

Each trip participant should be sure to pack the following items: 

  • Air Mattress (twin size to be sure there is enough space for everyone)
  • Bedding & Pillow
  • Water Bottle 
  • Sunglasses and/or Hat
  • Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
  • Personal Snacks (i.e. granola bars, trail mix)
  • Towel and toiletries (i.e. soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Work Shoes: an old pair of tennis shoes will work well 
  • Work Clothes: old t-shirts, athletic shorts, cargo shorts, or jeans all work well. Please be sure to review the dress code in advance. 
  • Casual Clothes: bring a clean set of clothes to change into after showers every evening. Plan to dress casually and comfortably! 
  • Personal work gloves, safety glasses, and hammer