Here is a very encouraging update about spiritual ministry taking place in Jacmel. This is the ministry of our contact in Jacmel, Pastor Cherubin. Donated money from our ORH supporters is sending food and supplies for Pastor Cherubin and the many whom he is helping. The report below comes from Tom and Sarah Bennett who work with him. The Bennett’s have invested their lives in Haiti. It has been my privilege to know them for many years. This is the message from their ministry “Mission for Haiti.”
The first Sunday after the quake (January 17) Hosanna Baptist Church as well as all 10 sister churches in surrounding areas were pack out. At Hosanna Baptist Church in Jacmel, people stood outside because there was no more room inside. At the invitation, 25 made professions of salvation. The newly constructed church in Lavanneau was packed out as well and 20 made professions faith. There were another 30 or more professions of faith made throughout the other sister churches.
The next Sunday (January 24) Hosanna Baptist Church was packed out again with over 100 people standing outside. At the invitation, 24 college age young people came forward to accept Christ. The invitation lasted almost one hour. (Young people are devastated because their god (education) has been crushed – because so many school buildings have collapsed.)
Saturday evening (January 30), Pastor Cherubin conducted an open-air meeting in Jacmel. Because the area was congested, many people listened to the preaching in their yards. When the invitation was given, 55 responded for salvation and many others responded for re-dedication.
On Sunday (January 31) Pastor Cherubin preached mostly to Christians. The invitation lasted over one hour and more than 100 re-dedicated their lives to the Lord and confessed that they had been cold and indifferent in their spiritual lives. There were another 16 college age young people who came forward to accept Christ.
As many of you know, Mardi Gras in Haiti is a celebration of evil spirits and Satan. (It is vile.) Because of the devastation from the earthquake, Mardi Gras has been canceled in the southern parts of Haiti. (I don't know about the northern parts – I forgot to ask.) Pastor Cherubin would like to hold evangelistic services, if God wills. (ORH has offered full support for Pastor Cherubin's effort to hold an Evangelistic Crusade.)
Pray for the distribution of a special Gospel track that has been written for this catastrophe and will be distributed by the thousands.
Continue praying for Sunday services all over Haiti – that many more will continue turning to the Lord.
Other spiritual possibilities and opportunities:
As thousands of homeless Port-au-Prince residents are carried to villages in the north of Haiti, they will be exposed to more Christian influence and Gospel radio. Please pray that many will find Christ in some of these Christian communities where there are many missionaries ministering.
This is a great report. Please, pray for Pastor Cherubin as he leads out in a very difficult and conflicting religious atmosphere in Haiti. He desires to be a light in his country of Haiti.
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