Our third day in Haiti was filled with some wonderful experiences of hope, as well as a stark reminder of the oppressive darkness that still seems to hang over this nation. Above is a photo I took while at Séminaire de Théologie Evangélique de Port-au-Prince (STEP) seminary during one of our interviews. Though you can’t tell it from the blurred background, this spot overlooks the city – this sticker a poignant reminder of our purpose in Haiti – a call to serve God by pouring our lives out for others.
One of the things I really appreciate about Reach Global‘s philosophy for Haiti is the humble mindset that we as American missionaries do not have it all figured out. While we certainly do have things to offer, the Haitian Church has many things it can teach us as well. They are the ones who know their culture, who see the needs and are best equipped to minister to their people. And so, with that in mind, we spent our morning at STEP, hearing what our Haitian brothers envisioned for this fledgling church. It was really a treat to hear their heart for the church and their desire to see Haiti transformed by the power of the Gospel.
We also had the opportunity to visit Jesus in Haiti for their Wednesday night service. When you picture the service, don’t think of your typical Baptist Wednesday night. It was much more vibrant and energetic, though not charismatic. The flow of the service was fluid and participatory, marked with lots of worship, a few testimonies and a message.
Another goal for Reach Global is the support and multiplication of indigenous churches among Haiti. Historically, missionaries have entered Haiti and largely planted American-styled churches among the people. In contrast, Reach Global is asking the question, what would a Haitian Church look like? The church at Jesus in Haiti (above) is one such manifestation.
Speaking of beauty in Haiti, the photo above is of the Milky Way taken from the roof of our base home, the Haitian Queen. Because the countryside is so dark, after just a few minutes (and a rather scary climb up the metal latter to to roof) you can clearly see the Milky Way (Above). I’ve been to several dark sky sites over the years, but I would venture to say this was the clearest view of the night sky I have seen. Having spent so many years in Jacksonville, where a clear night means being able to see a few dozen stars, this was pretty special.
Below is a collection of photos from our third day in Haiti. Enjoy!