Youth Conference - Haiti
In 2018, being the first event of its kind, there were 15 churches who participated sending some of their young people. Some churches were a bit reluctant, however we were getting calls the day of the event from pastors and missionaries asking if there were any places open for more kids. A month after the event Pastor Fred received messages from three churches saying they want to reserve places for their youth for next year.
Response from the attendants:
As a result, the young people who attended were extremely impacted. Weeks after the event, Pastor Fred received calls from various young people thanking him and saying how special that time was for them.
The Facility – VivaRio Hotel:
The Viva Rio Hotel is a facility mostly used by sports teams for training camps. There are several soccer fields, a large swimming pool, basketball court and gym. There are small cabin dormitories which hold approximately 5-7 people. The meeting area is large and open as seen in the pictures provided. Maximum capacity for occupants is 150. Viva Rio is a nonprofit organization.
To help change a generation by targeting the core issues that plague the people of Haiti. These are character issues and the beggar mentality. Without the “renewing of the mind” there will be no progress, individually or collectively.
Bring the young people together for a 3-day youth conference where they will be distanced into a safe environment from the chaos and distractions of everyday life. This will allow them to focus on teachings, workshops, as well as socializing and forming new friendships with others from different churches in the surrounding areas.
There are no “summer youth camps” nor are there any other youth events that are multi-denominational.
That year, as a gift to each person, we gave out a brand new bible. 80 bibles were distributed at registration. The Bible campaign was a last minute idea of one our directors and fundraising began two weeks prior to the event. Upraise was blessed by Valley Christian Church in Moreno Valley, CA who donated half of the bibles. Several young people had bibles, but many did not. One bible costs $6 or more, which is very expensive for the average Haitian.