Haiti 101

Les Cayes & Vernet Located just outside the southwestern city of Les Cayes, a small community called Vernet was struck by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2017. Vernet is home to approximately 3,000 people, some of whom are native to Vernet and others who have recently fled from Les Cayes to seek relief from the hurricane […]

 

Continuing Your Mission Back Home

I’m home from a life-changing mission trip. Now what? Bringing what you learned back home A short-term mission trip is an intense experience, in more ways than one. In the space of a week to 10 days, you’re immersed with a new group of people, develop a routine and learn new tasks and skills. You’ve […]

 

2018 Mission Opportunities

Forward Edge partners with local ministries in different countries and the U.S. Taking a short-term mission team with your church, school, or another group, means being part of a long-term plan to empower vulnerable children and families. No matter which location you choose to serve in, you’ll be bringing the love of Jesus to those […]

 

God Trapped Us in Houston

What happens when a mission team meets a hurricane: “Life is full of unexpected occurrences. Nowhere was this more evident than the week I spent at the Hilton Garden Inn in Houston, Texas.” – Matt O’Brien, team member A mission team of 12 people representing several different Portland churches was headed down to Nicaragua to serve […]

 
 

From Hood to Coast to Haiti

Everything changed for the Belizaire family after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Mr. Belizaire was killed, and the family’s home was destroyed. Mrs. Belizaire has three children, and struggled to make ends meet by selling clothing on the street. The Belizaire children (Ralph, Carl, and Carla) were sponsored by generous friends through Forward Edge, which provided them with education, safe water and food—but without a safe home, it was difficult to stay healthy and keep up in school.