Why Go Home?

We are proud to announce that our son, John, is coming on board to work with Rehoboth Ministries in Haiti. John has had a growing burden to work with the youth of Haiti and will also be teaching in our Bible institute. Check out the link to his new blog: backtohaiti.com. As you can imagine, we are delighted that John will be moving back to assist us in this great work. We are visualizing his move to take place around the beginning of August 2013 just in time for the opening of the Bible Institute. He is presently raising support for this transition. We covet your prayers for John as he’s working to make this major shift in his life!

download (1)I was born to missionary parents in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1985. My mom & dad worked in a Christian school there until 1988, when they moved north to plant a church in the second-largest city of Cap-Haitien. As a child, I grew up on the church pew, seeing the church blossom into a congregation of over a thousand people. My parents have also started an elementary school, a Bible school, and a radio teaching ministry. You can learn more about their work at rehobothhaiti.com.

I moved to the U.S. after graduating from high school in 2003. I went to Portland Bible College (Portland, Ore.), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2007. It was during this time that I felt the Lord begin to call me to pastoral ministry and lay a burden on my heart for the French-speaking world. After graduating from PBC, I went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., graduating in 2011. Since that time, I have been working in North Carolina, paying back my student loans and seeking to discern the next step in the Lord’s will.

I believe that the Lord is indicating that the next step is to return to the church that sent me out 10 years ago. I practically grew up on the church pew in Haiti and since my college years, I have preached there several times. My church members have invested a lot of prayer into me (they see me as one of their own), and I believe that the Lord is now calling me back there to invest my life into them. In January 2010, through a very particular set of circumstances (which you can read about here), I began to be burdened to see the next generation of Haitian leaders discipled and sent out, sown into the soil in anticipation of revival rains. My desire is to put the degrees that I have attained to good use in the church that discipled me in my earliest years of faith. As someone who has a foot in both the the United States and Haiti, I am qualified to train leaders of intellectual excellence with a particular sensitivity toward the unique context the Haitian church faces.

In order to return to Haiti for one year in August 2013, I estimate that I will need to raise about $15,000. Since the Bible school where I would be teaching will not be able to pay me a salary, that number includes:

  • Housing ($300 monthly rent to my parents, who have not asked for money but who deserve something for graciously allowing me to stay on their property) = $3,600
  • Food ($300 monthly) = $3,600
  • Transportation (I will not own a car, but $100 monthly to help my parents with gas) = $1,200
  • Student loan payments ($300 monthly) for an entire year = $3,600
  • Airfare to and from Haiti = $1,500
  • Emergency fund (medical, etc.) – $1,500

If you (or your church) would like to partner with me in what the Lord is doing this year, please visit my website and click “Donate” (you can also click “Support” to see monthly giving options) or e-mail me if you have any questions. May the Lord bless you!

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