Today we met with some of the elders of the village of Barbancourt. Our purpose was to introduce our new pastor to them and get their blessing. The village is one of about 5,000 people with several established churches already, but they were receptive and encouraging about birthing another one. We were able to construct the actual building through the giving of a lifeline friend who wanted to reach unsaved Haitians for Christ. We dedicated the new church in her honor last May and finally found the man with a vision for church planting that matched ours. Alfredo and his wife, Merline, are planning their first Sunday service this week - Easter Sunday. We are so excited for the opportunity to be there as they launch this new ministry effort.
We are also excited about their plans to get to know the community through Kid's Club activities, door-to-door evangelism, and teachings for the young parents of the village. They have a young child of their own and realize the value in talking to young parents struggling to raise their children in difficult times. We invite you to pray for them as they take this step in reaching out as strangers in this area, Although they just live a short distance from Barbancourt, they are not from the village and may meet with some resistance. We believe God has directed us to choose them to be a part of Lifeline's Mission to reach Haitians for Christ and He will go ahead of them, but solicit your prayers on their behalf.
As you prepare this week to celebrate Christianity's most sacred events - the death and resurrection of our Lord - please pray for the Lifeline Mission to effectively spread the gospel message to all who have ears to hear. And we will pray for each of our partners to reach those in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools, and be a shining light for Christ as well. May God bless!
Bill & JoEllen - resident missionaries, LaDigue Matheux, Haiti