Every month Pastor Berthony Elucien and a couple of seminary students travel to the island of La Gonave in Haiti to serve a church in that far flung place. Why don't you come along and experience what it is like to travel with him.
After working as the Seminary librarian at S.T.E.P. during the week, Pastor Elucien awakens early on the last Saturday of the month. He will take a motorcycle taxi from his home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and arrive at the boat dock where he begins the first leg of his journey. All the boats headed to the distant island of La Gonave will usually be loaded with all sorts of goods, animals, and passengers. Although the destination is not that far away it may take a couple of hours by these slow ferries. A faster means of sea travel is available but that costs too much money every month. Since he is spending his own money for this trip, he can't afford to do it because he is also taking two or three ministry interns with him as well.
When they finally debark the overly loaded boat on La Gonave, they still have another one to one and a half hour motorcycle trip. The church is inland from the island coast. Because of it's remote location no real roads exist, only foot paths. The best mode of transportation other than walking is a motorcycle dirt bike.
Upon reaching the church by mid-afternoon they are greeted by a throng of smiling happy children who have been anticipating their monthly visit. The interns have been learning the practical side of church ministry. They have been hosting a kid's club ministry on Saturday with games and age appropriate Bible lessons.
Sunday brings an altogether different type of ministry as they preach, lead singing, teach Bible classes and help to infuse some hope into this community church. Not too many people ever come and visit this area of La Gonave. It's too far and too hard to reach.
The pastor who started this church passed away several years ago and some of the lay leaders have been doing their best to keep things going. A small school was started with about 75 students currently attending. Teacher training is lacking, school supplies non-existent and the facilities crude. However, the people of the church know the importance of education and the kids are receiving the best that they can provide.
The trip from the cost of La Gonave would take 4 hours to hike it on foot. So, motorcycles are an important tool. The ministry team usually will hire motorcycle taxis to take them to the church. We have been praying that God will supply the mission with several motorcycles to help provide the much needed transportation that they need for these ministry visits. Not only will the motorcycles provide the team with a time saving mode of transportation but they also will provide a source of income for the ministry team and the church there. The dirt bikes can be used by local riders to convert them into motorcycle taxis during the week. The money that they generate will provide income to the drivers as well as extra money for maintenance and income for the church.
We praise the Lord that a donor provided the mission with the funds to purchase the first motorcycle for La Gonave. During the recent 2016 Annual Conference in Bradenton, FL Pastor Elucien was presented with a check from the mission to make the first purchase. Below is a picture of the motorcycle that the mission now has put into use for the mission team on La Gonave. Will you please continue to pray with us that the Lord will provide the much needed funds that yet are needed to purchase the other three motorcycles for the team. They each cost $1,000 U.S. and can be purchased already delivered to the small island.
Praise the Lord He is supplying our EVERY need ! We serve a great God!
This year has already given us renewed energy that God is doing great things. We are now recognized in the United States under the name New Hope Coalition and our Kreyol name is listed here to the left.
This motorcycle is tangible proof that "God WILL SUPPLY" !
Oh, but you still have to finish the trip with the student ministry team...
After the Sunday church services they eat together that they have paid to have prepared for them. Usually $8 will feed each of the members of the team Saturday evening Sunday morning and Sunday noon. by 2:00 they jump back on the motorcycle taxis and head back to the island coast.
The boat knows that they are coming so as soon as they arrive they take off. This time the ferry is loaded with things going to market in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. As always it is packed with additional passengers none of who are looking forward to a two hour slog back to the mainland.
This trip happens on the last weekend of every month. Wouldn't you like to come along and see the impact that they are having on the lives of the people in that church?
Pastor Elucien is sacrificing himself, his time and his money for the cause of Christ in Haiti. Will you partner with us?
"Don't sacrifice the permanent on the alter of the immediate" - Unknown