In 1960, Bill Nealey, Sr. was invited to visit the country of Haiti. Bill and Ann had only been married for two years and were serving in their first church in Tampa, Florida.
Bill flew to Jamaica in a Pan-Am jet and then changed to a smaller plane to fly to the country of Haiti. At that time, the International Airport didn’t exist. As the small plane flew over the mountains of Haiti, Bill could see hundreds of little villages. He wondered if the people who lived there had ever heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missionaries met Bill at the small military airport in Port-au-Prince. Within a few minutes they arrived at the mission compound. The next morning, scores of people began arriving to ask for food. They were the poor people of Haiti. Bill had never seen such poverty.
On Sunday, Bill went with the missionaries to have service in the mountains. It was the first time that Bill would have the opportunity to preach the Gospel to the people of Haiti. It was this experience that led to the beginning of Mission To Haiti.
A few years would pass before Bill would have the opportunity to visit Haiti again. In the mid 1970s, Bill was invited to go to Haiti for the second time. He and another pastor spent a week in a small community near the border of the Dominican Republic. This experience was even more eye opening than his first experience. On this trip, Bill realized that the Lord was leading him to begin a full time work in Haiti.
After taking several teams to Haiti to help a church in a rural community, Bill and Ann decided that the Lord was calling them to begin a ministry in Haiti. Bill resigned at the church where he was pastoring, and on January 1, 1981 Mission To Haiti was born.
Mission To Haiti is primarily a child sponsorship organization. We are presently working with 13 churches and Christian schools, and 2 vocational schools. More than 4,000 children attend these schools. We are equipping these young people to change Haiti for Christ.
Now 40 years later, the Lord continues to enlarge this work through the churches, schools, food program and campus medical clinic.