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Haiti is more than 10 million inhabitants, UEBH is present in 5 departments of 9(Centre and North). Partnership with Mission Biblique comes from a desire of UEBH to enlarge its relationship towards Europe: exchanges with churches, to find human resources with Mission Biblique and secondly to solve the enormous needs in Haiti (equipment...) in addition to what birthed CrossWorld (formerly UFM) through the numerous missionaries sent to Haiti.
CrossWorld welcomes other partner. She desires to expand cooperation because the departure of its missionaries leaves the UEBH with resources, structure and management issues... Evangelization and edification cannot exist without the development of man.

1) History
The UEBH (Evangelical Baptist Union of Haiti) began with the missionary work of an English minister, Alfred Pearce, who arrived in 1925 in the north of the island at Port-de-Paix. Beginning in1943 the UFM Mission (USA) developed the field in the northwest of the country to Port-au-Prince.
In 1976 the UFM merged with the UEBH by placing their missionaries in the service of the UEBH and by transferring ownership of all their land and properties in Haiti to the UEBH.

2) Today
The UEBH consists of more than 100 Churches with 60,000 members of which 40,000 are baptized. The biggest Church, Bolosse, has more than 2000 baptized believers. The UEBH is implanted in four of Haiti’s new departments and in the Dominican Republic. The address of the office of UEBH is: 261 route des Dalles, Port-au-Prince.  Telephone: 23 0271 / 238702 / 23 9478 Faxes: 23 8702.
It has more than 100 ministers and evangelists.
THE UEBH collaborates with the other Protestant and evangelical Churches of Haiti. It is recognized as of public usefulness by the government of Haiti and enjoys the status of the NGO.

THE UEBH is comprised of many churches, which were begun by local evangelization and are more or less independent.
It maintains fraternal relations with the other unions of churches in Haiti.

Needs in Haiti are immense and the poverty is extreme. In an empty political context, only the Church can offer a hope. Approximately 30 % of Christians try to live their faith by their testimony and by sharing of the little that they have.

The objectives of the UEBH are:
Evangelize and strengthen the Christians in their faith. The extreme poverty obligates the UEBH to help in social development. An elementary school and a social work center are generally implanted next to the local churches. Every minister is as well an agent of development, and he needs counsel and assistance to carry out this task.

3) The works
THE UEBH is interested in the development of the man in his whole being. So in addition to teaching God's word, it has developed several social work programs.

The Evangelical Bible School proposes biblical training for every Christian who wishes it.

The Seminary of Evangelical Theology of Port-au-Prince (STEP) offers four years of university theological training.

Elementary schools: One hundred and fifty elementary schools and one secondary school, the Maranatha School of Port-au-Prince, count more than 25,000 pupils.

The Evangelical Maranatha School is situated in Bolosse, a district west of Port-au-Prince. Founded in 1956, it offers secondary training to 350 pupils who cannot afford to frequent private school. About twenty pupils graduate every year with their diploma, the Bac. A complement in technical training is at present envisaged to help students get established in a job.

A hospital and several health centers offer their services in disadvantaged regions (Hospital in La Pointe) with a reception center for sick and disadvantaged children, the House of Hope. About fifty children are cared for and more than 150 meals are served daily.

The Center of Professional Training in Beraca at La Pointe, Port-de-Paix, in the north of the country, trains 180 pupils of rural origin in the following professions: cabinetmaking, carpentry, joiner's workshop, ironwork, electricity, plumbing, sewing, cutting, cake shop, etc.  Sixty percent of the outgoing students find employment, while 20 % continue their studies.

A printing office in Port-au-Prince, the Evangelical Press, publishes several works in French and Creole. Several developmental projects are proposed by the UEBH, such as the protection of drinking water by constructing latrines in the poor and desert region of the northwest of the island. 

Ivory Coast is a country in West Africa, with an area of 322 462 Km², bounded by the Atlantic Ocean at the South, Burkina Faso and Mali in the North, Ghana in the east, Liberia and Guinea in the west. Agricultural country, Ivory Coast draws its wealth from the soil. It has 23 million inhabitants. Abidjan, the economic capital, has 4.5 million inhabitants.  Religiously, Ivory Coast is divided into Christianity, Islam and animism. Christianity takes about 40% of the population. The dominant Christian religions are Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical, Baptist, Assemblies of God, etc.

Union des Eglises Evangeliques Services et Oeuvres (UEESO, Union of the Evangelical Churches Services and Works)::
The Evangelical Churches are born of evangelism executed by Mission Biblique in Ivory Coast since 1927.  The Union of Evangelical Church Services and Works comprises of 17 regions with autonomous assembly, spreading throughout the national territory. These 17 regions manage more than 1000 places of worship, gathering 70,000 believers. 132 pastors teach believers and 24,000 baptised.

The works of UEESO:
By work, we mean all establishments or any other training created or acquired by the Union, or whose management is entrusted to her and the following four objectives:
a. To spread the Word of God,
b. To contribute to the spiritual growth of Christians,
c. To support the Union materially or financially or the Churches in their missions,
d. To contribute to the social welfare of Christians and the population.

Doctrinal basis:
The Churches of UESSO adopted the confession of faith of the Baptist Churches in French language. l'UEESO ont adopté la confession de foi des Eglises Baptistes de langue française.

1. The Bible Institute of Man:
Created in 1957, the Bible Institute of Man is at the service of the Church for the training of servants of God. It  welcomes  students from and outside UESSO. It is located at Man (ZLANWOPLEU). The Institute can welcome more than 30 students. Courses are spread over 3 years. These students are taught by UESSO Ivorian and missionary teachers. Access to the Institut Biblique of Man is open to all committed Christians whose aim is to serve God full- time. But entry is subject to financial constraints due to the rising cost of living in Ivory Coast. For a single student, the tuition fee is up to 375,000 F. CFA and for married students, the tuition fee is 530,000 F.CFA.

2. Nursery:
This centre for babies in difficulties was founded since 1947 in Man: its objectives are:
 a. to have a witness of love,
b. to enhance life.
She provides care and education to these children for few years before they return to their family. The nursery is officially recognised by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

3. Protestant Secondary College of Daloa:
The Protestant Secondary College of Daloa was founded in 1947. The Cours Secondaire Protestant (CSP Jean Calvin), is a work of UEESO-CI. It is a private college. The College applies official program of the country. The College enrols about 1,000 students from secondary to college.

4. Primary School:
Among the UESSO works, primary schools participate in evangelism, education and contribute to the effort of socio-economic, moral and spiritual development of Ivory Coast.

5. UESSO health centre:
The mission of the Baptist conference built a community health centre in Abobo (Abidjan) with the help of Mission Biblique on a plot of 4000 m². This centre ensures primary health care mostly for the poor. This is done by caring and evangelism . The centre is made up of an administrative office, a maternity, a clinic, a training room... The head of this work is Doctor Pierre Balle.

6. Rural animation service (SAR):
The rural animation service or SAR of UEESO is located at Danané since 1983. Its aim is to bring food sufficiency to Christians.   The following are carried out:
- Poultry farming of local and mixed breeds.
-planting hundreds of grafted or selected fruit trees
-cultivation of vegetable gardens,
-sensitization/awareness programs and training in villages on hygiene, maternal and child health and nutrition.

7. Technical service of the Evangelical churches of Ivory Coast: SERTEECI:
It is the first carpentry workshop which started its work in 1965. Today, this service also makes auto mechanic. It trains young people but also helps churches in the building houses (doors, windows, roofs, etc) and car repairs. SERTEECI is located at UEESO station in Daloa.

8. The Bible training centre Sassandra:
This centre aims to train and retain committed Christians and preachers of the Word of God.  The courses are similar to bible schools. Training for preachers are given for a period of 3 (three) months.

9. Servants of Bethany:
Movement of UEESO women.

10. Disciples of Emmaus:
Movement of all UEESO youths.

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