about the FIELD
In Haiti OMS UK missionaries are involved in the following areas of ministry:
Bethesda Medical Centre
Bethesda Medical Centre has been serving the people of Northern Haiti with high-quality medical care for over 55 years. Bethesda was started by an American nurse who began by treating patients in a small hut. Over the past 50 years, Bethesda has grown and now treats around 100 patients a day. Many of these patients travel long distances to get to Bethesda.
Our services include general consultation, laboratory, X-ray, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental and maternity. We also have specialised clinics for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, antenatal, malnutrition, diabetes, high blood pressure and vaccinations. Our patients pay a small fee but for many, even this fee is too much. However, people know when they come to Bethesda they won’t be turned away…even if they cannot pay.
At Bethesda, we are not just concerned with physical health, but we are also concerned with spiritual health. Our patients hear the word of God in morning devotions before they get seen by a healthcare professional. Our staff are Christians and take opportunities to share the gospel and pray with patients as they feel led. We seek to share the hope the gospel brings to people who are often feeling hopeless due to poverty and illness.
Bethesda has experienced some property issues and our current facilities are extremely old and run down so in March 2019 the Bethesda board made the decision to move and build a brand new, up to date, fit for purpose Bethesda Medical Centre. In December 2019 we purchased a suitable piece of property and since February 2020 a team of highly skilled engineers, architects and construction workers have been working on the design. This new facility will bring us into the 21st century, improve our quality of care and reach more people with high-quality medical care and the gospel. Our goal is to move into this new facility by May 2023.
Emmaus Bible Seminary
Emmaus exists to train Christ-like redemptive leaders for the transformation of Haiti, the Caribbean, and beyond. We do this through higher education rooted in Christian orthodoxy in response to the theological needs of the global church in the developing world.
Emmaus was founded as the Emmaus Vocational Bible School in the 1967 by OMS International (now One Mission Society). After many years of successful training of Haitians for bi-vocational ministry, EVBS closed as a vocational school in 2001. It reopened the next year in August 2001 as Emmaus Biblical Seminary and focused exclusively on theological education.
In 2017, the Seminary’s enrollment topped 100 theological students for the first time. After several years of self-study and strategic development, EBS applied for full accreditation to the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association, the regional arm of the International Council on Theological Education, a globally recognized accrediting agency for international Christian theological education. The Seminary became fully accredited with CETA in January of 2018.
In November 2018, the Seminary board approved the change of name to Emmaus University and the institution was restructured into 3 different schools: School of Theology and Ministry, School of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and School of Education.
Students at Emmaus are challenged to the life of a mind transformed in Christ, empowering them to see their God-given abilities, and equipping them to boldly lead out for the kingdom. Our alumni become agents of transformation and sustainability in the Caribbean as move out into their communities, embrace the resources available to them, and change culture. Emmaus, as a leading Christian university rooted in Christian orthodoxy, brings truth to the fear-based animistic cultures the Caribbean through Christian higher education. We intentionally contextualize the message of the Gospel in a way that enables individuals and communities to experience the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit that protects, defends, and sustains them in a fallen world.