International Ministries

Haitian Baptist leader gives thanks for fasting days and IM’s recent visit

February 22, 2010 Journal

Haiti Baptist Convention

Ministry News Letter

February 22nd, 2010

Dear partners in Christ,

‘When the News reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Then he has a proclamation made in Nineveh: “…Human beings and animals shall be covered with sackcloth, and they shall cry mightily to God. All shall turn from their evil ways…” (Jon. 3:6-8 NRSV).

From this quote of the Scriptures, we are inviting you to celebrate with the Haitian people the great joy of having our president giving permission for a national three days of fasting.  From Friday February 12th to Sunday February 14th, 2010, the nation was called to fasting, to implore God’s mercy upon the nation, to confess the collective sins we have made through our bad choices and poor governance, to pray for people who are grieving their loved ones, for homeless and displaced persons, and for all the nations who came down to us in solidarity.

Several thousands of people went out on the squares in the Capital or on the streets of the great cities, marching for God, and singing, praying, and crying to God for help. Christian leaders harangued the crowd, asking them to reclaim Haiti for Christ and Christ for Haiti.  We blessed the Lord for granting us this moment of reunion of the nation at God’s feet. May it be the beginning of a national revival!

Those three days of fasting were followed by our third pastoral visit to the southern part of Haiti. Two delegations came down from Cap-Haitian with the aim to visit with leaders and communities. Rev. Emmanuel Pierre leads three high emissaries of International Ministries [Rev. Jose Norat Rodriguez, Dr. Herb Rogers, and Mr. David Worth] to Port-au-prince, Leogane, and Grand-Goaove. And rev. Joel Dorsinville accompanies Rev. Peter Pinder, General Secretary for the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship to the places of the Capital the most affected by the earthquake.

It was for us of the CBH’s leadership a moment of great encouragement and of thoughtful sharing on a compassionate and effective response to the challenges we are facing right now. Thanks to your faithful support, the above mentioned leaders who came from the United States and from the Bahamas were able to visit with us, to share with us in a way that will allow us to meet the needs of some of the people who are waiting for help.

The Haiti Baptist Convention continues to invite its partners to come and see, to send medical teams and work groups, to ship supplies, and to support child development programs, university students scholarship programs, little business loan programs, etc.

May the Spirit of the Lord be with you as you are following God’s lead to mission.

Truly yours in Christ’s mission,

Rev. Emmanuel Pierre

Haïti Baptist Convention

General Secretary