On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti to its core.  Millions lost their homes and over 230,000 people lost their lives.  Hillcrest Baptist Church has joined Christians across the world in bringing the hope of Christ to the people of Haiti.

Through financial support and by sending teams to minister there, we work with the Institution Mixte Communautaire de Village Sam, a school in Bigarade, Haiti near Port Au Prince.  The village of Bigarade was established in 2010 by Baptist Global Response for families who lost everything in the earthquake.



In the wake of the 2010 disaster in Haiti, a young church member, Mackenzie Howell, was touched by the suffering and felt compelled by the Lord to help and share the love of Jesus.  In 2011, when just 7 years old she wrote a children's book called Leila's Big Difference.  In 2015, she had the opportunity to travel with a team from our church to visit the school in Bigarade where funds from her projects have supported.  She felt so moved by her visit, she wrote a second story called Leila's New Friend.  Both books are illustrated by Jace Theriot, another young Hillcrest member with a heart for missions.  Mackenzie continues to work to bring the love of Christ to Bigarade through various projects and speaks frequently to local schools, churches and civic groups about what it means to answer God's call.


To continue to grow our relationship with the precious communities of Bigarade and Damien, Haiti, Hillcrest takes mission trips there as often as God calls us. Read more about the three recent mission trips from the trip blogs below.