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Elizabeth Proctor (Haiti)
Northeast Community Fellowship Missions Elizabeth Proctor (Haiti)
In April, 1977, Pastor Gracias Savain and Brother Joseph Eliazard invited Sister Liz Proctor to Nan Colo for a wedding. The wedding was held in a dilapidated, mud hut church building.
She could not help but notice the bright-eyed and smiling-faced children in the churchyard. It was as if her presence brought hope to a physically and spiritually despaired community – a community that was poor, illiterate, undernourished and untouched. Liz asked, “Where is their school?” The reply was, “They don’t have a school.” At that very moment, Sister Proctor envisioned the Community Training Center.
Sister Liz recalls, “On September 24, 1978, I was still overwhelmed by the vision. I was staying in Nan Colo, living with the people in their homes and sharing their lifestyle. I had a vision of what God could do in Nan Colo and committed myself to seeing the vision materialize.”
Role in the Rural Community
Haiti Evangelism and Education Ministry sees itself as part of the positive change in the community. A basic level education is offered to a population previously hindered by social and economical realities. The ministry offers the spiritual dynamics that are fundamental to lasting social change.
Today the Community Training Center at Nan Colo consists of eight buildings that include: a church, eight classrooms, a kitchen, two offices, a mission house (A new house is currently under construction), teacher’s dormitory, sewing center, outdoor toilets, and two storage rooms.
The School and Sewing Center provides regular jobs for nine teachers; two administration persons; six kitchen workers; three janitors; two yard persons; one monitor; one aide for preschoolers; one person to transport monthly food and other supplies; six to twelve occasional workers for transporting large food and other supplies; one person for the mission house; and an occasional repair person.
This employment raises the economic level of the whole community while it prepares young people for higher education and better jobs than would otherwise be possible.
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