North Indiana United Methodists can be proud they are supporting a new way of doing missions. HAPI, a brand new for-profit business was started in March 2007 with seed-money grants from the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries and its Women's Division.
A group of women artisans with no other means of income have been trained and are being guided through the process of developing their business in the mountain village of Mizak, Haiti. They are marketing their hand-embroidered products through their own Web site, www.HaitianArtisans.com.
In order to assist them in a very tangible way, volunteer groups in Indiana are assembling the embroideries into greeting cards that are sent to customers across the United States. Several UM churches have made the once-a-month commitment to assemble, including in Fort Wayne, First Wayne UMC, Saint Joseph UMC, Covenant UMC and 1st UMC; in Warsaw, Warsaw UMC; in Marion, Herbst UMC, Mier Community and several others are coming on board.
There are several ways to be involved including: product assembly, secretarial help, research, development and individual volunteers to work at the co-op site in Mizak to help eliminate poverty in the poorest country of the Western Hemisphere.
Please pray for HAPI and contact Lorelei VerLee at GodsDesign@gmail.com for further information.