Haiti

Haiti Sister-Church Mission Trip...A huge success!

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Following the Haitian earthquake of 2011 ABCNJ and the Baptist convention of Haiti drafted a sister- church covenant designed to engage our churches in a relational partnership based on prayer, dialogue and mutual support.

An email was sent out inviting churches to consider partnering with a sister church in Haiti. Several churches answered the call.

On May 30th a team of 21 ABCNJ pastors and church leaders traveled to Haiti to meet our sister churches.

Our itinerary included meeting  with the Haitian Baptist convention where we were warmly welcomed by Pastor Gedeon, the president of the Baptist Convention of Haiti, and were also introduced to our sister churches.

We traveled by speedboat (thank you Haiti Coast Guard) to the island of La Gonave and were greeted by the 14 Baptist churches with a fantastic reception including champagne and homemade fruit sangria.

The gathered group of folks from ABCNJWe toured Port-au-Prince and I am so pleased to see the great progress being made since the earthquake. And on Sunday we spent the day with our new sister churches.

It was an awesome experience. New relationships were formed, new friendships were made, dreams were realized and new ones are being created, and hope is surging  once again among the churches of Haiti.

Thank you to Rev. Edgard Nicolas ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Haitian Minitries, our trip organizer, Rev. Ken Cadette, and especially Donny Merinvil who arranged our travel plans and itinerary and saw to our every need.

There are still opportunities for churches to join the partnership. If you are interested please contact me by using the form below.

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A Visitor From Haiti

If you are interested in the possibility of organizing a hands-on mission opportunity sometime in the near future, here is some good news. Tiga Wildor, Guest Director for Conscience International in Grand Goave, Haiti, will be in our area from November 26 to December 17, 2012. In the years since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Conscience International has been working with mission teams and local Haitians to build permanent homes made from the rubble of destroyed buildings. Tiga would love to have the opportunity to come and speak to your congregation and answer questions they may have about a mission trip to Haiti.

Tiga is already scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church of Manasquan on Sunday, December 2nd. He will be available weekdays, too, but if you would like to invite him to speak God's message of hope for the Haitian people on a Sunday morning, the two remaining dates are likely to fill up quickly.

Please contact Diane Rexrode of FBC Manasquan to schedule by emailing her via the form below or by calling 732-657-0654.

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IGNITE: Nathan Kang in Haiti

NOTE:  The following testimony by Nathan Kang (FBC, Trenton) was published on the IM website.  We have added it to ours with permission.  ABCNJ provided nathan with a scholarship for this mission.

Before coming on the IGNITE trip to Haiti, I have always asked myself, “What do I want to do with my life?”  Before I entered college, I finally settled on studying medicine to hopefully become a doctor.  I figured that it was worth the extra effort in school to live a comfortable life with a steady income, plus I was always interested in health and the human body.  However, I was still not completely satisfied with my career choice.  Throughout my first year in college, I quickly found out that medicine is a not an area of study I can simply cruise through.  To reach medical school truly takes devotion and motivation.  Because I seemed to lack these two things, my first year in college proved to be a drag academically.  I always questioned myself if this hard work was worth the comfortable life I sought after.  To what end was I putting in all my effort?  This question was on my mind as applied for the IGNITE trip to Haiti.  I did not think too highly of the opportunity, but I applied nonetheless thinking that no harm could be done by sending in the application.  However, after the IGNITE experience, I can say with confidence that this trip was something not to be taken lightly, for it gave me a clear vision as to what my calling in life is.

During our trip in Haiti, we stayed at the UCNH (Universete Chretienne du Nord d'Haiti) in Limbe.  This was where we met Dr. Steven James and his wife Nancy.  Dr. Steven is a missionary doctor in Limbe where he travels around to different clinics in the area to treat simple illnesses and ailments or to direct patients to a more specialized doctor.  Our team was given the amazing privilege to travel to the different clinics with Dr. Steve and experience a glimpse of the life of a missionary doctor.  While visiting various clinics, one thing I noticed in was Dr. Steve's relationship with all the patients.  When Dr. Steve and his patients would meet, they would greet each other like old friends and he would continue to treat his patients like friends during the entire meeting.  God's love seemed to radiate out of him with every patient he met.

Dr. Steve's lifestyle reflected his commitment and love for people, and it was this love that allowed him to give himself up for the sake of others.  Dr. Steve has a doctorate degree in family medicine.  He could easily be working in the United States and be receiving a hefty pay while living a comfortable life.  Instead, he gave this up and came to Haiti where he receives money only through the donations of churches and organizations.  He spent all those hard years in school studying not so that he could fulfill his own aesthetic pleasures, but so that he could use his skills to help others in need.  Dr. Steve's sacrifice for the people of Haiti pulled me out of my own swamp of being unsure about what to do with my life.  It instilled me a new passion as to why I want to study medicine.  I want to study so I can be a servant and expand the Kingdom of God.  Many times, people have told me that I need to live for something bigger than myself, that I need to live for Christ.  However, before the trip to Haiti, I was never really able to comprehend what these words meant.  Now, after I have spent time with Dr. Steve, who truly showed me what it means to give up oneself for others, I understand a little bit more of my calling in life.  I want to become the servant that God called me to be.