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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Church ~ Communauté de Gloire, Community of Southern Haiti, Kids at the Glory Glory Center, School

Sam’s Plan to Educate and Sustain a Community

Ever heard of a BHAG? I’ve often heard it this acronym used in vision-casting meetings or in the context of a motivational speaker. I’ve actually used it myself, from time to time. However, this morning, when I went to write about it, I realized I didn’t actually know its exact meaning or origin, so I did a little research.

The term BHAG or “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” was proposed by James Collins and Jerry Porras in their 1994 book entitled Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. Dave Ramsey (personal money-management expert and national radio personality) wrote about BHAGs, saying, “A BHAG is a challenge. You want a goal that’s just out of reach. Even when you stretch or jump a little, it’s just beyond your fingertips. A BHAG isn’t a goal that’s too far to ever reach—that would make you feel defeated. A BHAG inspires you to work harder and more creatively to make sure you reach that goal. There’s no good reason not to reach it. It’s right there!”

The Haiti Ministry is currently consumed with a BHAG, and we couldn’t be more excited. Actually, the BHAG belongs to Pastor Samuel. To him and his team, the goal seems almost impossible and beyond reach…and alone, it is. But with our help, with God’s blessing, and the generosity that exists in this community, we believe we can help Pastor Sam turn his BHAG into reality.

One year ago, Pastor Samuel approached the Haiti Ministry with the idea of building a private, for-profit school which would generate enough income to cover the Glory Glory Center’s annual operating budget. At the time, the project required more research, which is part of the reason Dave and I traveled to Haiti for two months this past winter. While there, we worked with Sam and his team to evaluate the project, brainstorm ideas, conduct market research, assess available human resources, and run the numbers to determine whether or not a private school would really generate the amount of money Sam believed it would. By the time we returned home, we were convinced. Conceived in-country by people who know the culture and the people’s needs better than we ever could, we’ve determined that this school is the best solution to Glory Glory’s long-term, financial sustainability. Not only will the school provide 1,000 kids (including Pastor Sam’s 54) with an exceptional education, it will employ more than 35 local residents per year and generate enough annual net revenue to financially sustain the orphanage, the church on-site (Communauté de Gloire) and a wide variety of ongoing community outreach initiatives.

Over the next year or two, you’re going to be hearing a lot more about this school. You’ll learn how it’s going to change hundreds of lives in the town of Torbek, how it’s going to restore dignity to those who haven’t been able to provide for themselves for far too long, and how our community is going to come together financially to make it happen. For now, we invite you to take a look at the proposal that we’ve written, detailing the who, what, when, where, and why of the project. To download the strategic plan or budget, click here and look for the blue and white buttons on the right side of the page.

Our goal is to raise $1.5 million, which will pay for the school’s construction and operation for one year. Compared with the $62 million they’re planning to spend in Texas to build a high school football stadium, this seems highly achievable! However, it’s going to “take a village” to make it happen. Join us as we come together to turn Sam’s BHAG into a BHAR…a Big Hairy Audacious Reality.

This post was updated to reflect the final Haiti School Strategic Plan published 8/14/16. Any plans or proposals published prior to this date are obsolete and should be destroyed.