Dear Haiti – (no not the country but all the people that make up the country.)
The first time I visited you I came with a team and we spent our time building a church, evangelizing and working on Radio’s so that many of you could hear the gospel. It was an exciting trip – and it broke my heart for Haiti. I wanted to communicate to you all the love that Jesus Christ has for you. But my voice only reached a few and some of you refuse to listen. So I made a second trip and now a third. I thought the third trip might be different, but I loved it again. Some people might complain about the heat, but I don’t mind it. Still your country takes a bit of getting used to since it’s so much different from my own. Your sudden mountains and beautiful people are firmly embedded in my mind’s eye.
Once the plane landed I was greeted by my host who ushered me through customs at the airport, took my baggage and taxied me through the streets of Cap-Haitian on the way to Vaudreuil and the OMS compound. (Driving in Haiti is a bit like a game of high-speed “chicken” it’s exhilarating to say the least.) It was a familiar enough since not much has changed. I saw some UN troops in scattered places but felt no threat. Once on the compound I settled in and prepared to accomplish what I’d come for: sharing the love and victory of Jesus Christ. These I made with a different goal. Instead of talking to one person at a time about Christ, I came prepared to help train some of Haiti’s future pastors. They know the language and they will live among you in your remote villages and towns. I will stay only a few weeks and live on a secure compound – they, like Christ himself, will take up residence where you live and share their lives with you. (See John 1:14). I have come to teach. I’m simply one teacher out of many who come in two week rotations to share their skills, their hearts and their knowledge of the scriptures with the students at the Emmaus Seminary.
My course was Principles of Spiritual Warfare. Sometimes it can get confusing to teach theology across the language barrier. That’s why I was happy to meet my translator, Jean-Alex, a godly man who stayed up every night past midnight studying my notes so he could better communicate in his own tongue the concepts I was teaching in English. At first all my students were a little uncertain but they quickly warmed up to the material and started asking hard questions. In a flash my two weeks were up. My students (the second year class of Emmaus Seminary) had all passed their final exam and the final grades were posted. I had planned on visiting and encouraging all the missionaries on the compound and somehow ran out of time. While my students started another round of learning, I waved goodbye again to Haiti, hugged my friends and journeyed back to family, home and church. In the words of my host Al Johansen, I left another chunk of my heart with Haiti and took another chunk of Haiti home in its place.
So you see I have a reason to come back. The first year class at Emmaus is promising and I’m already making plans to return next year to learn and teach the Bible’s words on overcoming the enemy of your land. I’m grateful to serve a church who believes in God’s power to change Haiti from the inside out. And I’ll be grateful for another chance to serve my God in Haiti. Haiti â€“ your golden future will not come with political prowess or consulting the demons of Voodoo. The promise of Haiti’s future is Jesus Christ. I earnestly yearn to see Haiti turn en-mass away from voodoo and all false religion which has left you so destitute. Hear the words of God’s son Jesus saying to you all, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
O Haiti will you listen? Will you heed the call of the Almighty one? As God gives me strength and ability I will return each year to help train a new batch of your future pastors. And may He by His grace command that I will see with my eyes the golden future of a Haiti committed to Jesus Christ come to pass.
In the Love of Jesus,