To work together to build communities physically and spiritually in Haiti.
Where We Are
We are located in a town south of Port-au-Prince called Gressier. Although we are only 18 miles from the airport, it usually takes us about an hour and a half to get to our house on a good travel day.
IWe are right off the main road on the ocean side of Route National 2 in a neighborhood called Lafferonnay. Most of our ministry is based in Gressier but oftentimes with teams, we head farther south to serve in a little village outside of Petit Goave called Marose.
What is a "Konbit?"
Ask a Haitian what a "konbit" is and they will instantly light up and proudly share with you the meaning because it goes back to their roots. A konbit is a term used to describe when a group of people come together to accomplish a project in their community. It is a term that embodies the solidarity among the Haitian people and the desire to do whatever one can to help their community advance. The payment for their hours of work is usually a meal and the strengthened sense of community and pride in the work done. It is a beautiful thing to witness and it speaks volumes about our brothers and sisters here in Haiti. It is in this spirit that we launched Konbit and this is what we desire to reflect in our work alongside of Haitians.
What We Believe
People cannot be placed on a to do list and they are not a project to be completed. The heartbeat of Konbit is to work with Haitians to develop communities spiritually and physically. We do not dictate to Haitians what is being done and how it should be done. Instead, we work with Haitian friends in communities to decide where we can and should serve in a way to make the most impact. We will serve our Haitian friends and we will empower, encourage, and equip them to help each other in ways that are already in their hearts.
Jesus passed time with people in their communities. He walked beside them, worked alongside, and conversed with them. The heart of Konbit, we do not doubt, was born in the heart of God because these are the same things we desire to do. We will work and share about Jesus as we serve to those who are working and those who are being served. We will invest, teach and disciple as we have opportunity and we will not pass up opportunities to point others to the love of Christ He has for them through the provision needed to accomplish the project we are doing. We are confident our friends will meet him because we will live Him and love Him in front of them. We will be in community together and we desire to love Jesus and love Haiti together.
Who We Are
The Coleman Family
Kris and Rachael Coleman met at school, Rockford Masters Commission, in 1995 and were married in 1997. In their nearly 20 years of life together they have served as Youth Ministers and a bit as Associate Pastors. Their heart for God, discipling, and living life with people has dominated their everyday life since before they met. Ministering to the lost and broken in America was their heart long before God called them out of America. In 2013, God called this family to serve in Haiti. Their ministry in Haiti began in May 2015 when Kris, Rachael, and their 3 children, Anna, Levi, and Lydia, moved there to live and work. In Haiti, they have loved well and lived life alongside the people they have come to serve. Konbit is a natural expression of their desire to minister like Jesus in an organic and community-driven environment.
Jessie first came to Haiti in 2011 and her heart was instantly captured. She eventually moved to Haiti full time in 2014 after spending 3 years traveling back and forth on short term trips. Jessie brings to the table a love of the Word and teaching it, a love for the Haitian people both young and old and a love of seeing people empowered and living as the person God created them to be. She is our team coordinator, helps maintain Haitian partner relations, and handles most things administratively and social media-wise. When she's not got her nose in a book or spending time with her Haitian pup Cherie, you will find her out visiting and spending time with members in our community.
Jeff &Pat Fanger
Jeff and Pat have been married for 36 years and enjoy life with their sons Connor and Cameron, and his wife Joy, and their beautiful grandson Peter. Together they have over 70 years of experience in business, management, and education. God has been working in their lives for many years and preparing them for loving and discipling others. It has been a journey of short-term mission trips and a call to long-term service that has them in Haiti today. God wonderfully orchestrated events to place them with Konbit and to serve alongside the beautiful people of Konbit and the community of Lafferonnay, Haiti. They love Haiti and the Haitian people and know that God has blessed them with this opportunity to share the love of God and the truth of the gospel which has been so generously poured into them over their lifetime.