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

Hands-on Ministry in Haiti

By Lois Nattier

Even small hands were a big help.

Even small hands were a big help.

A work team of fifteen from the First Baptist Church in Salem, Illinois, and two from Olney, Illinois, went to Cap Haitien, Haiti, to help construct a new high school building for One Mission Society. The Cowman school also ministers to missionary children as well as other children who desire to be accepted and attend colleges in the States.

We also had the opportunity to evangelize among the Haitian people after we had traveled 2-1/2 hours in the back of a cattle truck. Subsequently, we witnessed of Jesus, of His power to save, and thirteen people made decisions for Christ. At least 40 solar powered AM/FM radios fixed-tuned to Radio 4VEH, with the New Testament in French and Creole, were left in homes. Statistics show each radio can reach at least 20 people. The local Haitian pastor and church will follow up and disciple the converts.

Most everyone on the team got hands-on experience with construction or evangelism.

Most everyone on the team got hands-on experience with construction or evangelism.

The construction focus involved pouring concrete for the second half of the second story floor. The entire project, as all Haitian projects, was accomplished without benefit of mechanization. Everything was done by hand tools. All materials were moved, placed, secured, and installed by hand. This required removing many of the existing form/brace materials from the first pour and repositioning the next and final floor pouring. Occasionally, all 17 of us were precariously needed, and we constantly worked over our heads.

The women, young people, and men held ladders to stabilize everyone climbing since all work occurred from ladders. We praise the Lord for His provision of safety and productivity for everyone. The women and young people ministered in the classrooms by putting together bulletin boards, organizing the library, and other supporting tasks associated with an environment conducive to learning. I conducted a teacher workshop at Cowman School on the eight multiple learning styles and motivation of students. Many rooms were painted and a zip line installed for the young people to use.

The First Baptist Church, Salem, Illinois team in Haiti.

The First Baptist Church, Salem, Illinois team in Haiti.

We toured the seminary, Radio 4VEH station, Cowman school, nursing school, and medical clinic. We were blessed to see the improvements made by the contribution to the clinic in memory of Megan Hawkins Patterson. We thank God for blessing us with another safe and productive trip.

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