Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
ANSWERED PRAYER FOR HAITI
In 2005, the nation of Haiti was placed on our Senior Pastor, Pastor Daniel’s heart. Since then, our community has been praying for an opportunity to go to Haiti and share the Gospel with the local people. During a mission trip through South Asia in 2014, a member of our community connected with a Haitian Pastor – Pierre Exantus! Through Pastor Pierre, we were blessed with the opportunity to send out the first Vision Team in May of 2014. Since then, God has opened various doors for us to send out mission and dental teams to serve and bless the Haitian people in Pastor Pierre’s hometown Les Cayes, as well as connecting with other missionaries who are laboring for the expansion of God’s Kingdom in Haiti.
LOCAL PASTOR’S CONFERENCE
Through Pastor Pierre and a few local pastors, we were able to mobilize more pastors to join our conference held in Pastor Pierre’s church. Pastor Daniel shared the biblical foundation of what a church is by speaking on the book of Acts and also the importance of making disciples. Along with the teaching on Acts, a few of our leaders led teaching sessions on the importance of the Word, prayer, hospitality, and stewardship. On the last day of the conference, we took Holy Communion together as a new beginning to what God is going to do, starting within the pastors who attended our conference and on behalf of the whole nation of Haiti.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT
Our team was given the opportunity to study the four point Gospel with the local youth and young adults. Through bible verses, we practiced writing, reading, memorizing and studying the scripture together. After each session, our leaders spent some time praying for each of the local brothers and sisters who attended. Also, we were able to bless them with various school materials that they have never received or lacked in having. However, we shared that above material possessions or the physical needs that we may have, Jesus Christ is the way, truth and life and He is the only one that would fulfill any void that we would have.
During children’s ministry, we spent each day praising God through songs and dance in English and in Haitian Creole. Similar to the youth and young adult bible study, the children learned the four point Gospel through specific bible verses and had a great time with various games and group activities. We made sure that they encountered the love of Christ and understood that Jesus Christ was sent by God to die on the cross for each of our sins.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
Our dental team included Global Community’s dentist, Dr. Joe Yong, two dental students, a dental hygienist student and a medical student. From the beginning, they struggled with the language barrier, but persevered in prayer for God’s provision for translators. By God’s grace, they were given an abundance in translators! Each day, about 80 people came to visit our dental team and as the patients were waiting, our dental team members rotated by assisting Dr. Joe, as well as, educating the local people to maintain and continue to take care of their teeth. Surprisingly, many of the local people were unaware of the effects of sugar on their teeth and since sugar cane is a local resource that is easily accessible, it is an unfortunate cause to the deterioration of many of their teeth. Although our dental team was physically tending to the needs of the local people, they were very intentional in sharing the gospel with the patients and praying for them.
“It is surely a fact of inexhaustible significance that what our Lord left behind Him was not a book, nor a creed, or a system of thought, nor a rule of life, but a VISIBLE COMMUNITY.”
On the last night of our trip, we were able to host a Community Dinner for the local people. The night kicked off with a time of worship and sharing. We were blessed to hear testimonies of what God did in their hearts and were able to bless the community with a time of fellowship. It was amazing to see the joy that was lit up in the eyes of the children, the determination of the local pastors to mobilize more local church leaders, and the Kingdom potential of what God has in store for this beautiful, yet broken, nation.