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When I think about what could be in the future for Haiti, my heart beats with hope. I have seen firsthand children who were born into poverty grow up through our mission and become leaders. I believe the future of Haiti is wrapped up in three specific objectives.
This first of these is its infrastructure. The country of Haiti has nothing to rebuild. We must build a new Haiti. From airports, to railroad systems, to roads and ports for shipping—Haiti must pioneer a future of mobility and commerce.
The second objective is education. More than 50% of the children in Haiti never attend school. There is no greater poverty than not knowing how to read or write. That is slavery…and it must stop! The children of Haiti deserve an education to help make a better future.
Last, but not least is the establishment of churches. Why? The church promotes values of family, community, and trust in God. With God all things are possible and there is no greater hope.
I invite you to read my blog at www.timdetellis.com where I share more long-term ideas for helping Haiti be a country of opportunity.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim DeTellis grew up on the mission field in Haiti. He currently serves as the President of New Missions, a full service Christian mission organization providing medical care, food, and education to children in Haiti from pre-school through High School, Bible College, and Business School. Discover more at newmissions.org.
The mantle of leadership is a privilege accompanied by great responsibility. When leaders are chosen, they are given a mandate to accomplish the vision of those who selected them. To be successful, leaders must be given authority to make decisions and the resources necessary to fulfill the vision must be made available.
Quality of leadership cannot be measured only by the fulfillment of a mandate (quantity). Many factors determine the total or partial success/failure of a leader and the mission to which he is called. This can be answered in part by asking, “Did the leader…”
• …effectively use the resources available?
• …fulfill all the goals of the vision?
• …garner support from his subordinates to the fulfillment of the tasks at hand?
• …mentor others in leadership roles?
• …make room for others at the top?
• …seek advice from those with experience?
Haiti: Past, Present, Future uses the experiences of Haiti, the world’s first black republic, to illustrate the factors outlined above. Though much of Haiti’s history is checkered with corruption, greed, avarice, betrayal, and poverty the nation continues to move forward. This speaks well of the majority of the people! Haitians want to succeed. They are vitally interested in education, healthcare, self-government, prosperity and national development. What Haiti needs more than anything are leaders who look to the common good rather than their personal wealth. Haitians long for the day when hunger and poverty are in the past—a day when every citizen has enough to eat and the means to provide an income for their family.
That day is coming…sooner than the world may think! Young Haitians are rising up so their voices can be heard above the cries of destitution. These young people have a vision for their country that goes beyond the past and reaches well into the future—a vision in which Haiti will again be the “Jewel of the Antilles.”
Reading this book will help you learn lessons vital to the success of any leader. Haitians have demonstrated courage and an indomitable spirit that points to the most important factor of leadership: People are the most valuable resource available! People will make or break a leader. They will help a cause succeed or will force a cause to fail. The masses, people, hold the true power.
You may not think of yourself as a leader, but the truth is that you are. Everyone has qualities of leadership and has opportunities to lead in the family, at work, in relationships and at the community level. The issue is whether you will nurture those qualities and allow them to strengthen. Haiti: Past, Present, Future will help you unlock those latent qualities within and show you how to use them in a Godly manner.