Men for Missions - Your Life Changing Journey
Men for Missions - Your Life Changing Journey
Men for Missions - Your Life Changing Journey

My Bon Repos Experience

By Jeff Minello

The Bon Repos Project will help "the poorest of the poor" people who cannot afford property. The proposed Bon Repos community north of Port-au-Prince will be comprised of:

  • About 3.18 acres
  • 35 homes
  • A church/school
  • A secure perimeter wall
  • ...and much more
Bon Repos Site Plan

Bon Repos Site Plan

It has been some time since I returned from Bon Repos, Haiti. I want to thank OMS for the great experience I had and cite some highlights of the trip.

The first day, I was moved by the women and children that kept looking up at us as we were driving down the street to the Villa Ormiso in Port-au-Prince. I remember making direct eye contact with just about every person that looked my way as we were heading to the Villa –– especially a little girl who looked up at me with the sweetest eyes. Looking into her eyes, I sensed hopelessness, void and lack of true joy in her. It is often said that the the eyes are the windows to a person's soul. I was greatly moved with compassion for her. I had a hunger to mingle with the locals, to fellowship, and get to understand their culture. I wanted to share the love of Christ. This first day was God preparing my heart for what I was about to embark upon the rest of the week.

MFM work team building a home in Bon Repos.

MFM work team building a home in Bon Repos.

I had prayed that God would allow me to have time to interact with the precious children of Haiti. The first work day I had the opportunity to do just that at the Bon Repos site. The local kids there wanted me to pick them up, and during my breaks from work, I picked them up and twirled them around, much like I did with my own boys when they were a lot younger.

I also prayed that God would give me strength to be able to do the work in the heat and stay alert for opportunities to interact with the local Haitians. God answered that prayer. The team worked well together and I had more energy than normal. I know it was the prayers of family, friends, and OMS staff that empowered us. I saw God working in all of us!

Sheila, Gulaine, and Jacque receiving Bibles.

Sheila, Gulaine, and Jacque receiving Bibles.

I prayed that God would give me an opportunity to share the Gospel message and be a part of leading some to Christ. I had the opportunity to give the Tuesday message, and I extended the invitation to receive Christ. That day five individuals came forward. I have to confess I was not quite expecting that response. I prayed over them God's blessings, and asked that God's truth would resound in their life. We offered them Bibles if they returned the next day. That night I prepared my heart should the opportunity present itself to pray the "sinners prayer" for repentance and give them the Bibles.

The following morning God used the preparation to minister to others instead. Leger, our driver, presented a devotion, and at the end gave a call for anyone to come forward to receive eternal life in Jesus Christ. Three came forward and Leger asked me to pray over them and lead them to Christ; what an amazing opportunity! Jacque, Gulaine, and Sheila are our new brother and sisters in Christ. Jacque worked with us that day and the two ladies were just there for devotion time. We gave each of them a Bible and encouraged them to stay in the Word.

Rick Fehr and Jeff Minello preparing to install ceiling.

Rick Fehr and Jeff Minello preparing to install ceiling.

This trip in general taught me to look to God in all things. It was a stepping stone to help strengthen me to trust more in Christ. I learned the value in giving to others my time and resources for the glory of God and to put others first and exercise selflessness.

Thank You OMS and MFM for allowing me to have this experience.

Al Gaines, Jeff Minello, and Dalen Smith installing tin roof.

Al Gaines, Jeff Minello, and Dalen Smith installing tin roof.

A week after I returned from Haiti, I had a thought I believe was from the Lord. Just like the homes we built in Haiti the foundations need to be level and constructed well before the walls and roofs go up or it will fall. The fool who builds his house on the sand will find his house destroyed when the winds come (Matthew 7:26-27).

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