At the beginning of the Bon Repos project, I can remember standing and looking out at the mountainside surrounding the area. The mountainside was filled with displaced people carving out places for their homes after being forced from the city of Port-au-Prince. I was struck with the thought that the people on the mountainside were the reason we were building homes in Bon Repos. None of the people living in the Bon Repos project came from that mountainside. However, the long-term goal of the project was not simply to build a community, but to also establish a local church that would reach out into the surrounding community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In June, 2016, I had the opportunity to lead a team back to Bon Repos with the main purpose of working alongside the residents of Bon Repos for two days of evangelism.
We had requested that three or four residents of the community join us as we went door-to-door in the community to do evangelism. Imagine our surprise when 20 eager church members were ready to join us in reaching out to the area right around Bon Repos. We set out and spent the day using the EvangeCube and sharing the Gospel with the people outside the walls of the Bon Repos community.
Prior to leaving, we told the group that the next day we would travel across the highway and work on the mountainside. There was some apprehension in the group as both Haitians and Americans were excited and nervous about reaching out into a new area.
The next day when we arrived at the church there was over 200 pounds of rice and beans that had been packaged for distribution to the families that we shared with on the mountain. Everyone in the group brought a backpack to load the bags of rice and beans. It was a special moment as we drove the truck to the other side of the highway, listened to the Haitians sing praise songs, and recite scripture to prepare the team for the day of evangelism.
We spent the morning sharing the gospel, distributing rice and beans, and making new connections with the residents on the mountainside. While there, one group had the opportunity to share in a neighborhood that was controlled by a witch doctor. The witch doctor stood in his doorway observing the team, but said nothing and would not engage with the group. As the team walked away to return for lunch, the witch doctor began yelling curses at the team members.
We headed back to the church for lunch and, as we prepared to load the truck to return to the mountainside, a great windstorm occurred. The Haitians said they had never experienced such a strange storm. The storm raged, and we decided it was time for our team to leave for the day. The storm subsided as soon as we pulled out of Bon Repos in the truck to leave. We had no doubt that Satan heard the curses of the witch doctor and sent the storm to keep us from returning to the mountainside that day. Indeed, this was a spiritual power encounter.
Even though the weather cut our time short in Bon Repos, we rejoice in knowing that 16 people gave their lives to Jesus and another two people rededicated their lives to Christ. As we drove away, we realized that there are still many who need to hear the Gospel, and that there are still forces of evil trying to keep us from going out to share the news of Jesus.