Training Haitian Church Planters
Larry Woods and I returned this past week from a week of teaching church planters at the Harvest Training Center in Haiti. Harvest Indy West is partnering with one of these church planters, Pastor Nesly Alexis, to plant Harvest Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. What an amazing opportunity, privilege, and joy it was to spend the week in Haiti with these pastors. My time in Haiti with these pastors reminded me once more of my appreciation for the ministry of the Harvest Bible Fellowship and my thankfulness for our international partnerships.
A particular highlight of this trip for me was observing first hand the beauty of community (mutual ministry) across cultures. In his letter to the Romans, Paul writes to them, “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:11–12). We traveled to Haiti in order to be an encouragement, help, and benefit to our brothers preparing to plant Harvest Bible Chapels, and by His grace, I believe were able to do that. The Lord also graciously granted us to leave Haiti having been mutually encouraged by our brother’s faith, sacrifice for the gospel, and lives of unceasing prayer. Partnering with brothers and sisters around the world for the spread of the gospel and the glory of God remains one the most glorious privileges and joys of the Christian life in the church (Philippians 1:3–6; Matthew 28:19–20). Jesus Christ is building His church (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 5:9–10). Glory to God!