Sister Churches

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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ABCNJ and Haitian Baptists Take First Steps Toward Sister Church Relationship

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ABCNJ and the Haitian Baptist Convention have taken the first steps in fashioning a cutting edge sister church relationship! Rev. Emmanuel Pierre, General Secretary of the Haitian Baptist Convention, along with Rev. Ronel Mesidor (a pastor from the Port-au-Prince area who also serves the Convention in its Development work), have spent the last two days (Friday/Saturday - June 22-23) in New Jersey.  On Friday, they visited Baptist Camp Lebanon and spoke with our new summer camping staff.

Camp Director, Don Smith, led us on a tour of the property and then shared the inspiring story of the Green Cathedral.

 

On Saturday, a number of ABCNJ team members, church pastors and lay leaders gathered at the Living Word Baptist Church in Beachwood to discuss the Sister Church relationship we hope to establish with the Haitian Baptist churches.  Unlike many other sister church projects, in which first world churches are valued for the monetary support they can provide, this sister church ministry is based on the following 3 principles:

1.  The focus is on the developing of authentic and long lasting friendships that are mutual and based on a spiritual equality.

2.  The purpose is the sharing of wisdom and other spiritual gifts in a spirit of openness and humility.

3.  Joint mission endeavors will embody the principles of equality and mutuality.  Haitians pastors and lay members will serve in New Jersey settings (such as at Camp Lebanon), even as we will work hand in hand with them in Haiti.

 

About 15 ABCNJ churches have indicated an interest in participating in this ministry, but we can certainly take on more churches!  If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, please contact Rev. Sue Royle (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for GoGlobal Ministries), Rev. Dr. Edgard Nicolas (ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastor for Haitian Ministries), Rev. Ken Cadette (ABCNJ Coordinator for this project), or the region office.