This morning, I’m leaving for my third trip to Haiti. In case you’re wondering about how my relationship with Haiti got started, these posts will give you a good idea. I’m particularly excited about this trip for two reasons:
1. This is the first trip where I will be leading a team from another church to partner with the indigenous network of church plants in Haiti under the direction of Pastor Odanis Joseph. The team is from Christ Fellowship Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and they are led by Pastors Lance Parrott and Jody Sledge. Part of the vision with The Haiti Collective is to develop meaningful partnerships with American churches and Haitian churches, and CFBG is the first to take up the opportunity of joining us in Haiti. Our field personnel is all Haitian pastors and church planters, and the work is raw, robust, and richly rewarding. 🙂
2. We tailor the work we are doing based on the requests of leaders on the field, in particular pastors of the local church plant we will be ministering. We will be working with a church plant in Saint-Marc, and the leaders’ request were (1) to assist them in advancing the gospel through community evangelism, (2) provide theological education of their leaders, and (3) join them in caring for their 100+ orphans in their orphan school. So that is exactly what we’re going to do. In the morning block, we will be working with the orphans in the school; in the afternoon block, our team will partner with church members and translators to canvas the community with the gospel; also in the afternoon, Lance, Jody and I will be holding a six-session training for pastors and church leaders on biblical ecclesiology (nature, purpose, marks, ordinances, leadership, discipline, etc.); and in the evening, we will be hosting evangelistic rallies each night where we will be preaching the gospel to any and everyone who will hear (like all good Calvinists do).
So together, we will be loving on orphans, training pastors on biblical church health, evangelizing the community, and preaching the gospel every evening. YES.
Pray for us. Five of the seven going from CFBG are on their first mission trip overseas. Haiti will ruin them (in a good way). Pray for kingdom partnerships and gospel advance, safety from cholera and other diseases, and strength to endure under the summer heat and rainy season. I look forward to coming back and reporting on what God will do this week. I will likely be providing update via Facebook and Twitter (but not the blog).
And if you would like to learn more about working to encourage, strengthen, and serve gospel-centered Haitian church plants, holla.