Global Mission

Tanzania Partnership

Since 2001, Shepherd of the Valley has enjoyed a vibrant relationship with our companion congregations in Makifu and Tungamalenga Parishes in the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
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haiti

Journey to Haiti

Haiti Outreach, Inc. is a non-profit based in Minnesota and Pignon, Haiti, that works with communities in Haiti on water, education, and other projects that the communities initiate, help build, and sustain.

Shepherd of the Valley has partnered three times with Haiti Outreach by sending groups of youth and adults to be immersed in Haitian culture, and serve in responsible ways that promote dignity. We will continue to explore other ways to support this important community development.

Scroll down to see how you can get involved in Haiti 2019!


2018 Walk for Water

Six years ago, Shepherd of the Valley worked with our partners in Mahove, Tanzania to construct a 10 kilometer pipeline to bring water to their village.  It was life changing. Girls and women used to spend four to six hours every day carrying water from a stream, uphill to their homes. Now that water is close to their homes – girls can attend school, and women have time to plant more crops and build secure enclosures for their animals. Life is good in Mahove.

Now, our partners are asking us to work with them to bring water to two more villages. Mpalapande receives water from a pipeline that serves several villages, but the pipeline is only turned on for two hours at a time, two days a week. At Ikwavila, the closest water source is a seep in a nearly dry stream bed.  When one family collects a bucket of water from the seep, the next family has to wait a couple hours for the seep to fill up again.

We’re working with water experts in Tanzania to extend pipelines to Mpalapande and Ikwavila so they will have full access to a good source of water. Pipeline construction begins in June.

We’re raising funds for the water project the weekend of August 11/12. 

    We’re asking you to Pray, Walk, and Give  to this project.

  • Pray for our partners. Pray that God will bless the project and these villages receiving the gift of water.
    • Gracious God, you have called us into a community of faith. We are called to life by you, the source of life and creator of every being. We pray for those who struggle every day for their daily supply of water. We pray that those who are fortunate enough to have an abundance of water, do not take your gift for granted, or fail to heed or understand the cries of people who need water for life. Amen.
       
  • Walk to experience, in a small way, the daily life of our partners.
    • Kids will walk for water during Godzone hours
    • Families are invited to walk 3 kilometers to collect and carry water. The family water walks will happen the weekend of August 11 & 12.
       
  • Finally, we’re asking you to give to support bringing water to Mpalapande and Ikwavila. We need to raise $30,000 and there’s lots of ways to give: collect your change over the next month, buy some pipeline at $2 per meter, write a check, or give online.

Questions? Contact Kirsten Levorson at kirsten.levorson@sotv.org.

Our Walk for Water has been rescheduled for August 11-12.

If you were prepared to pray, walk, and give April 14-15, feel free to make your donation now and experience the walk later.

Your gifts will bring an accessible source of water to the villages of Ikwavila and Mpalapande in our partner congregations in Tanzania.

Haiti 2019: How to Get Involved

Since 2012, Shepherd of the Valley has taken groups of youth and adults to Haiti with Haiti Outreach, a non-profit organization focusing on long-term development strategies (vs. short-term relief) for rural areas of Haiti in which potable water is not available or easily accessible. Haiti Outreach promotes sustainability in all aspects of their work ranging from creating clean water wells and systems to building and operating public schools. Their mission is to collaborate with the people of Haiti to build and maintain community-initiated projects that advance their development.

How can I get involved?

Join SOTV’s inaugural Haiti Steering Committee

  • Help shape the mission and focus of our church’s partnership with Haiti Outreach.
  • Familiarize yourself with Haitian history, culture, and the country’s current milieu.
  • Learn more about long-term development strategies through the example of Haiti Outreach in order to create and engage in sustainable community development in our own community.
  • Contribute and collaborate with others to help raise awareness about SOTV’s partnership with Haiti Outreach within SOTV and the greater community.
  • In its inaugural year, the committee will meet once a quarter:
    • Thursday, June 28 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
    • Thursday, September 27 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Thursday, January 24 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Interested? Contact Sarah Bane at sarah.bane@sotv.org or 952.985.7362.

And/or

Travel to Haiti

  • All ages 10+ are invited to join the SOTV sponsored trip on March 22 - 31, 2019
  • Approximate cost: $2,200
  • To hold a spot on the trip, turn in a deposit by: October 1, 2018

Haiti Travel Resources

Going to Haiti is not your normal “mission trip!” We’ll participate in service work, but our main goals are to experience God’s presence in the people and culture of Haiti, learn more about sustainable community development by visiting Haiti Outreach development sites and participating in facilitated discussion, share what we’ve learned when we return home, and grow in our faith as we journey together. 

This is not a luxury vacation or tour; we’ll travel primarily by walking or riding in the back of a pick-up truck, while staying in Haiti Outreach’s guest house. This is a great opportunity for participants to experience life in another culture and build life-changing relationships with our brothers and sisters in Haiti. A trip to Haiti could turn your life upside down—in a good way! If you sense the spirit rumbling around inside you and feel a call to Haiti, by all means answer it and consider yourself invited!

Our group of ambassadors will consist of 15 people:

  • 13 SOTV members: ages 10+ may come with a parent; must be 16+ to attend unaccompanied by a parent
  • Sarah Bane, SOTV Youth Director
  • 1 Haiti Outreach staff person

Timeline

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Travel Applications are available here: Haiti Info Packet & Travel Applications, in the Children, Youth, & Family Office, or by contacting sarah.bane@sotv.org.

October 1
Travel Applications + $500 deposit due to hold spot

October 1
A minimum of 6 participants needed by this date for trip to happen

December 16
Noon - 1:00 pm

Pre-trip meeting and $500 due

December 31
Final deadline for applications

February 10
$500 due

March 17
Noon - 1:00 pm

Final pre-trip meeting (remaining balance due, fundraising and scholarships applied to this payment)

March 22 - 31
In Haiti

April TBD
Haiti trip reunion

 

*Students in grades 6 - 12 interested in fundraising credits should reference the Summer Trip Book for more information.