Louisiana/Haiti Partnership Missions
Romans 10:15 How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!
On January 12 it will be three years since a devastating earthquake took place in Haiti. Louisiana Baptist churches were quick to respond to the relief efforts including Buckets of Hope, Disaster Relief and Prayer for Haiti. Two churches that were first responders to the earthquake recovery efforts were First Baptist Church of Covington and First Baptist Church of Lafayette. Since that time these two churches along with other churches from Louisiana have continued to share the love of Jesus in Haiti.
FBC Covington and FBC Lafayette took up the challenge by Wayne Sheppard of the Louisiana Baptist Convention to form a Louisiana Baptist and Haiti partnership. The LBC Haiti partnership currently involves work in Croix des Bouquets and Canaan in cooperation with the leadership of Haitian Pastors and the Haitian Baptist Convention.
These two churches currently have teams on mission in Haiti! They are working together conducting Medical Clinics and Vacation Bible Schools. They have already seen 468 patients in the medical clinic and had over 200 children in Vacation Bible School.
The medical team is seeing about physical symptoms but at the same time they are caring for spiritual needs of the patients according to Rock Kendrick who is coordinating the medical teams work. The pharmacy workers are dispensing medicines prescribed by the Doctors and at the same time you can find them hugging on the patients, praying for them and sharing smiles as they go over the orders prescribed by the physicians.
Dustin Lee who serves as the children’s minister at FBC Lafayette has led the Vacation Bible School efforts. The VBS team includes team members from both churches and is made up of teenagers, college students, young, median and older adults working together to God’s Word to the children. Dustin has provided great leadership, energy and passion to this effort and it has ignited the efforts of all team members even when the outdoor temperatures were soaring into the upper 90’s.
The Gospel has been shared through these efforts and the team trusts the Lord of the Harvest to bring forth a great harvest with expectations that one day Heaven will be expanded because of the Gospel story being shared this week.
The future of the Louisiana Baptist Haiti Partnership is bright but we need YOU! We need Medical Teams including High Adventure Medical Teams willing to go into the mountain region and smaller islands off the Haitian Coast to conduct medical clinics. We also need VBS Teams, Construction Teams, Prayer Teams, Medical Supply Donations, Financial Donations to purchase land for two permanent medical clinics can be built, along with an orphanage, school, and one home for a pastor and family who currently live in a tent behind a church.
Louisiana Baptist and Haiti Partnership Efforts are ongoing so make plans now to join this mission partnership in 2013 by going, giving and praying! If you would like to be part of the Louisiana Haiti Mission effort please contact Wayne Sheppard the with the Louisiana Baptist Convention or you can contact Jay Johnston, Associate Pastor of FBC Covington, La.