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First Visit to Fond Baptist   Leave a comment

This is part of the Stories of Hope series. If you have a story you would like to share about a time you were in Haiti with Hope for Haiti, please email saintmarchaiti@gmail.com and attach any pictures. Thanks for reading, thanks for writing, and thanks for your prayers.

As you’ll see in this story, prayer can make all the difference.

Going to Fond Baptist

Going to Fond Baptist

I have many memories of Haiti. But the first time we went to Fond Baptist stays in my mind. Art, Pastor Marcel and I had to walk that last little bit of the way. I could see people scrambling around, but no one approached us until we got to the village. They were all waiting for us in their best clothes because “Pastor was coming.” It was great visit.

Made it to Fond Baptist

Made it to Fond Baptist

The highlight was a man going to his cabbage field and digging up a few chicken eggs that he had put there to stay cooler. He gave them to Pastor Marcel. Talk about the widow’s mite. There it was right in front of me. I started to feel physically bad and we headed back to the truck. It was a difficult walk back for me. Prayers were raised up. My next doctor’s appointment revealed I was diabetic.  No doubt the Lord was protecting me during our visit to Fond Baptist. Could have been a lot different outcome.

By Jim

Marcel Art at Fond Baptist Church

Marcel Art at Fond Baptist Church

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

At Fond Baptist

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Storms of Life   Leave a comment

Storms of Life

Storms of Life

Is this the only image you see when trials come into your life? All seems to have lost color, beauty. All you can see is the clouds of hurt, bitterness rising up against the spreading cloud bank of darkness, which meets the skyline to overtake the only shadow of horizon. We no longer see the hope promised by God. We have bolted our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading and our eyes are visionless.

My family, friends and I just recently returned from Haiti where we met a new community who love God and hope to establish a church in the future. We also visited our dear friend, Pastor Marcel, who struggled personally with the recent outbreak of Chikungunya. Pastor Marcel once started in this bleak place with the ministry that was left in his hands when the missionaries departed Haiti. Yet Pastor Marcel made the choice to keep his vow to his Lord of serving his country with God’s help. Pastor has seen the ministry grow under the direction of God from one church to churches in many communities surrounding the St. Marc and mountainous area.

We who are in this desolate state can make the same wise choice as Pastor Marcel did. Let’s opt to make a learned choice and become an overcomer, trusting in our Lord and His promises. I John 5:4-5 says “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” Learn more about God and His character as the Lord carries you through the trial(s) and restoring the beauty of Him who loves you dearly.

He also tells us in James 1:2-4 – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Come to Haiti and see the beauty God is growing in this small country.

By Liz

Worshipping in the Dark   1 comment

Pastor Rosemond

Pastor Rosemond

What will it be like to be in the presence of the Holy of Holies? Will the beauty of Heaven even register? Someday we will know. I believe when we are in fellowship and are worshiping with other believers we are as close as we can get here on earth, we had that opportunity in Haiti. Thursday evening we arrived at the church in Sylvan to greetings from members of the congregation and Pastor Rosemond(above).

Church in Silvan

Church in Silvan

The church was cinder block and concrete with a tin roof. There was no air conditioning, fans, or even electricity.

Inside the church at Sylvan

Inside the church at Sylvan

We walked into the sanctuary. As visiting guests were guided to the front. The seating was a menagerie of cinder blocks and planks as well as chairs that members brought from home. The worship leader stood at the front and led the congregation in worship from a hymnal. The congregation sang beautifully from memory (most can’t read). The service continued as night settled in. Jim gave a message using an old table as a pulpit and a kerosene lamp for light. Moise a young pastor who traveled with us translated. At the end the church congregation sang a few more worship songs some of which we could recognize the tune. I was sure God was in this place and the surroundings didn’t matter.

By Bud

Mud   Leave a comment

Haiti has many blessings to offer and a couple of challenges.

Mud

Mud

This is part of the road between Pignon and Hinche after a night of rain. The flatbed truck is in the ditch. The white pickup ran into the truck trying to get around the flatbed. (Haitian drivers can have a lack of patience). The front loader eventually pushed the flatbed up the hill a few feet at a time. 90 minutes later our team was walking up the hill while our driver floored the gas pedal of our Landcruiser all the way up. No way we were riding up that hill. Liz calls this place the “hill of doom.” Jim called it the “hill of many muds.”

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Haiti Shores

Haiti Shores

“The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice” (Psalm 97:1).

Haiti is a beautiful country. It has warm shores and clear water. The gentle wind shakes the palm tree leaves, sounding like they are praising the Lord in song. The earth is glad because the Lord reigns. Shores that may be far from us rejoice. Let’s join them.

-Se Seyè a ki wa! Se pou tout moun ki sou latè fè kè yo kontan! Se pou moun ki nan tout zile yo fè fèt! (Som 97:1)

Rejoice!

Rejoice!

Posted February 14, 2014 by hopeforhaitiws in General, Uncategorized

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